superfood lattes part 2!

Superfood Lattes Part 2 via thefirstmess.com (early grey, lucuma + dark chocolate // ginger maple molasses // matcha mint + vanilla)pin it!
Another round of drink recipes! I know, I know. But is there anything better than sipping on something warm, frothy, creamy, and delicious (and healthy yaaaaay) while you’re all bundled up over the holidays? I’d (obviously) have to say no. After this post had been around for a while, I had a request to come up with some more superfood latte concoctions (thanks for the nudge, Sophie!). When I started trying a few, all I could think of was peppermint, ginger, and hot chocolate-ish versions, so I knew I had to share these pre-Christmas.

I’m going to have to take some of my own advice and cozy up with a couple of these before we flip it over to 2016. I think I let some of the holiday madness get the best of me this year. Somewhere between the sugar crashes, the lists, the pressure cooker situation that gift-giving can be, and all traces of the daily routine flying out the window (taking sleep with it weee). Next time I get a cue from the universe to the tune of “Sshhhh go to bed and have some tea,” I’m gonna take it to heart.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with three snuggly mugfuls to keep you bright and glowing through the next little bit. The first one is a rich hot chocolate essentially, all scented with earl grey and sweetened with lucuma. If you take the earl grey out of the picture, you have my go-to hot chocolate method right now. Next up is a ginger, maple, and molasses concoction that tastes like cookies. Last of all there’s matcha green tea powder frothed up with mint and vanilla–it has a sneaky sprinkle of spirulina too, but you’d never know. One important thing to note: my superfood latte “method” relies on blending hot plant-based milk with a small scoop of coconut oil (among other add-ins) to get that creamy, latte-like texture. Definitely don’t leave the oil out! You could also use coconut butter/manna in place of the oil if you have it.

Sending out all of my Christmas sweater-y hugs, wishing you happy and restful days, and hoping I’ll see ya here next week ;)

Superfood Lattes Part 2 via thefirstmess.com (early grey, lucuma + dark chocolate // ginger maple molasses // matcha mint + vanilla)pin it!
Superfood Lattes Recipes

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Serves: All recipes serve 1

1. earl grey, lucuma + dark chocolate latte
Notes:
This is a rich cupful of one of my favourite dessert combinations. Lucuma powder has a creamy sweetness that really emphasizes the bergamot in the tea. You can use any sweetener you like though.

1 cup/8oz plant milk (I like unsweetened coconut or almond milk for this)
1 earl grey tea bag
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon lucuma powder (or other sweetener you like)
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 square dark, dairy-free chocolate
teeny pinch of sea salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the plant milk and tea bag to a boil. Once boiling, remove the tea bag. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the coconut oil, lucuma, cocoa powder, chocolate, sea salt, and vanilla to the pot. Whisk the warm milk mixture constantly  until the chocolate is totally melted. Serve right away OR blend the mixture in a blender until frothy. Serve hot with coconut whip and chocolate shavings if you like.

2. ginger maple molasses latte
Notes: This tastes exactly like a chewy ginger molasses cookie, and I won’t qualify it any further than that ;)

1 cup/8oz plant milk (I like unsweetened oat or almond milk for this)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon black strap molasses
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon mesquite powder (optional)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
teeny pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the plant milk, coconut oil, molasses, maple syrup, mesquite powder (if using) ground ginger, cinnamon, and sea salt to a boil. Carefully transfer the warm milk mixture to a blender and add the vanilla extract. Carefully blend the latte mixture on high for about 20 seconds. Serve hot with a drizzle of molasses and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like.

3. matcha mint + vanilla latte
Notes: I use the tiniest sprinkle of spirulina in this latte to make it extra super, but to also really bump up the green. You can’t taste it at all, swears!

1 cup/8oz plant milk (I like carton/boxed coconut milk for this)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon spirulina/chlorella (optional)
stevia or maple syrup, to taste
teeny pinch of sea salt

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the plant milk and coconut oil to a boil. Carefully transfer the warm milk mixture to a blender. Add the peppermint essential oil, matcha powder, vanilla, spirulina (if using), stevia/maple syrup, and salt to the blender as well. Carefully blend the latte mixture on high for about 20 seconds. Serve hot with coconut whip and crushed candy canes if you’re feeling extra festive.

 

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  • Megan24/12/2015 - 4:10 am

    Ooooh love the idea of ginger + maple + molasses!ReplyCancel

  • danielle is rooting the sun24/12/2015 - 10:28 am

    fantastic laura! while i’m battling my uncanny cravings for cold on cold action – you help to remind me of all that is sane and cozy in the midst of freezing temperatures. earl grey is quite possibly my favorite tea (so perfect for lattes) – and your combinations here are so thoughtful and delicious! wishing you the best holiday (followed with some ultimate tea and relax). xoxoReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Danielle! I hope you had a lovely holiday too :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Kiki Empey24/12/2015 - 2:00 pm

    Yesssss! This is both timely and relevent to my interests. I’ve been thinking up new traditions since this is my second Christmas as a wife and our first Christmas living on the west coast far away from both our families. The one I’m really looking forward to it making a new (to us) hot drink or two and taking them out on a walk with the dog after breakfast. We’ll walk down the street to the ocean sipping on some superfood lattes now.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:08 pm

      That sounds like a wonderful new tradition, Kiki. Hope you had a lovely holiday :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable24/12/2015 - 2:41 pm

    I finally got a new blender last week and I’m excited to try out all your new drink recipes, Laura!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:06 pm

      Congrats on the new blender! :D :D :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Erin @ ErinHonor.Wordpress.Com25/12/2015 - 9:21 am

    These are all so beautiful! Can’t wait to try the matcha mint + vanilla latte. Sounds right up my alley =)ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:11 pm

      Thanks Erin! Hope you get to try it out soon.
      -LReplyCancel

  • thefolia26/12/2015 - 3:03 am

    Cheers! These will be my go-to drinks for the beginning of the year as I try to get back on track!ReplyCancel

  • Avery26/12/2015 - 4:08 am

    Looks divine! This seems even better than hot cocoa on a winter’s day – and that’s saying something, because I love chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • These are all so delightful! Can hardly wait to attempt the matcha mint and vanilla latte. Superfood.ReplyCancel

  • Brenna Paulsen28/12/2015 - 5:13 pm

    These recipes look lovely + can’t wait to try one or all of them out. I especially love the image of the superfood powders-what a gorgeous still life.

    I’ve been following and cooking from you’re site for years, this is the first time I’ve commented but please do check out my site https://brennapaulsen.squarespace.com

    Can’t wait for you’re cookbook to come out!!

    All my best,
    BrennaReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Brenna! I can’t wait to check out your site :)
      -LReplyCancel

      • Lucy James03/03/2016 - 5:03 am

        first of all, Great Photography, i love your ginger maple molasses latte. keep sharing your inspiring ideas with us.ReplyCancel

  • The recipes Boss29/12/2015 - 6:45 am

    you are the bestReplyCancel

  • Christine29/12/2015 - 8:41 am

    I tried the molasses ginger one yesterday morning and you are absolutely right – it was just like a (very delicious) cookie. SO good. Thanks Laura!ReplyCancel

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  • Allyson29/12/2015 - 7:22 pm

    Oh these look fantastic. I especially love the idea of adding earl grey and hot chocolate.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:02 pm

      It’s one of my favourite dessert-y combos. Hope you get to try it soon! :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well31/12/2015 - 6:27 pm

    Laura you are a healthy cozy sips genius! I am now totally craving both your lucuma sweetened hot cocoa and the matcha mint! HAPPENING this week. Thank you for the yummy, healthy, cozy vibes in this post – and for all the crazy inspiration you constantly pump me full of with every post I view of yours. You are a wicked inspiration to us all. I hope you have an fan-flipping-tastic new years! Cannot wait for #messycookbook 2016 (!!!).ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:02 pm

      Awwwww Jessie! You inspire me so much, girl. All hugs and love to you in the new year.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Smadar03/01/2016 - 2:31 pm

    Sipping the ginger maple molasses latte right now… YUM. Thank you for your genius recipes!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/01/2016 - 1:01 pm

      Thanks so much for making it! Thrilled that you liked it, too :D
      -LReplyCancel

  • Kate04/01/2016 - 6:06 pm

    How wonderful! I’ll be sipping on these all winter long. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut05/01/2016 - 11:40 pm

    FANTASTIC stuff I love everything about this!! Gorgeous healthy drinks all the way! Happy New Year xxReplyCancel

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    omg… the ginger maple molasses latte is mine!! :DReplyCancel

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