If you’re a regular coffee drinker who typically goes for a plain drip coffee, National Coffee Day may be your time to splurge. Unfortunately, many specialty coffees come with several pumps of sugar, artificial flavors and usually, dairy which we know a large chunk of our population does not tolerate. So what’s a coffee lover to do on National Coffee Day?
We got you covered.
Instead of trekking down to your next door coffee shop, try making this DIY plant-based, dairy free latte that has all the fun and flavor you’d expect to enjoy on National Coffee Day.
If you’re into seasonally flavored lattes, you can avoid all the sugar and artificial ingredient by adding ¼ tsp of dried spices to the espresso grounds before brewing. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice blend if you want some Fall in your mug.
A large percentage of the population is lactose intolerant or chooses not to drink cow’s milk by personal preference. Fortunately, there are many great dairy-free options. Each dairy free milk has a very different flavor and texture, so we recommend trying a few to see which suits you best.
According to Jamie Epting, Morrison’s Systems Clinical Nutrition Manager at St. Peter’s Health Partners, “most plant-based milk contains less fat and calories than cow’s milk and provide different nutrients, like almond milk that is rich in Vitamin E. Most are also fortified with calcium so you won’t lose out.”
For this plant based, dairy free latte we recommend an almond/cashew blend or almond/coconut blend.
TIP: If you are making your latte seasonal with fresh spices, add ¼ tsp of dried spice into the espresso grounds before brewing rather than stirring them in after the fact.
Heidi DeCosmo, Chef
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