HAPPY HOUR + COCONUT CASHEW MATCHA LATTE

vegan coconut cashew matcha latte - The First Messpin it!
I know I’ve done a ton of drinks with cashews lately, but somehow I wound up with 2 Costco bags of raw cashews relatively recently so… forgive me? Maybe someone out there is in the same predicament and totally appreciates the cashew frequency? I’m going off of coffee for a little bit, so matcha is gonna be my number one baby for real. I do this thing where I consume waaaaay too much caffeine in one day, and then proclaim that I’m giving coffee up FOREVER (yeah right lol). Kind of like when you swear off wine after a rough hangover (yet another “yeah right lol” situation). Anyway, I’m turning to matcha because it’s a much more chill caffeine buzz that keeps me steady and focused. Plus this drink with cashews and coconut butter is so creamy and comforting first thing. Win on win! :)

And some links this week! I feel really good about this particular bunch, and hope you enjoy them as much as me. Hope you all get a little rest and some time in the sunshine over the weekend. All my xo’s

ARE YOU READY FOR NEW EMOJIS? Avocado finally! #sobasic

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A couple innocently bought a baby pig thinking that it would stay mini. Then it grew to 300 kg. Then they bought a farm, went vegan, and started rescuing animals. Going with the flow to the power of one million, right?

Giggling at these alternate titles for The Joy of Cooking.

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COCONUT CASHEW MATCHA LATTE RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: 1
NOTES: If you want to do a cold version of this, just replace the hot water with cold filtered water and remember to soak your cashews for at least 3 hours prior. Blend the whole thing up, fine strain it, and then serve the chilled coconut cashew matcha latte over ice.

¼ cup raw cashews
1 teaspoon matcha powder
½ teaspoon coconut butter
⅛ teaspoon ground vanilla powder
sweetener, to taste (a pitted Medjool date, drops of stevia, drizzle of maple syrup etc)
1 cup boiling water

Throw the cashews, matcha, coconut butter, vanilla, and sweetener of choice into the pitcher of an upright, high-speed blender. Pour the boiling water into the pitcher as well. Cover the pitcher and slowly bring the speed up to high. Blend until cashews are thoroughly incorporated/liquified. Pour the coconut cashew matcha latte into your mug of choice. Enjoy immediately.

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  • valentina | sweet kabocha04/06/2016 - 3:25 am

    Same problem here – too much caffeine :P
    Anyway, I love matcha – and I’m also working with an Italian matcha brand developing some recipes [http://www.lovelymatcha.it/ricette-matcha/cheesecake-vegana-matcha-tofu-sesamo-nero/] – and we totally forgive for the abundance of cashews <3
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full04/06/2016 - 9:40 am

    Oh hey girl. I am ALL about this matcha latte. My GI doctor said I have to give up coffee (crying emoji) and I’ve been looking more seriously at alternatives like matcha and green tea. So this recipe couldn’t have come at a better time for me!ReplyCancel

    • Amanda06/06/2016 - 8:17 am

      Sorry to be snoopy snooperson but dandyblend makes for a pretty great coffee substitute!ReplyCancel

      • Laura06/06/2016 - 10:33 am

        I appreciate this recommendation so much! I still haven’t tried Dandyblend, and now I really want to ;)
        -LReplyCancel

        • Claudia07/06/2016 - 8:28 am

          agree on Dandy blend, great substitute! If you like strong coffee like espresso drinks, you need to make it strong, otherwise you’ll try and it’s just blah. they recommend like a tsp, i use a heaping TBLS for a mug of ‘coffee’.. but that just might be me… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Pia04/06/2016 - 10:05 am

    Laura. In all seriousness, as sad as it sounds, I didn’t know we were getting new emojis soon, and I am SO EXCITED! =D
    Not so much because of the avocado (outcast,I know) but there are quite a few other ones that are definitely going to come in handy. So “yay” and thank you for sharing. And now, I’m just about to read another 4 of your links and I’m pretty certain they won’t disappoint. Happy weekend xxxReplyCancel

  • La petite poire04/06/2016 - 10:13 am

    This sounds amazing! I al looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for sharing ReplyCancel

  • Jodi04/06/2016 - 10:46 am

    I rely on your saturday post to keep me up to date in this world, like my saturday paper ;) This weekend did not disappoint! So many good articles, I had to save some to read later on. We did a hike to watch the sunset last summer solstice, it was magic. Adding tips #6 to bring a thermos of tea (or cashew lattes!), and maybe some cookies. So many summer links here have me dreaming of warm days, yummy foods and tons of adventures. Hope your weekend brings all of the above xReplyCancel

  • thefolia04/06/2016 - 11:48 am

    I have two cases of the yummy nuts as well but I make cashew and hemp milk for my little one every other day. She still prefers my milk but one day I’m hopeful she will drink a plant based milk instead of cow like her brothers. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Jo04/06/2016 - 12:46 pm

    You might have to drive pretty far up north to find one, but a night hike in a dark sky preserve is the most amazing experience!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie04/06/2016 - 6:08 pm

    I am so excited for the avocado emoji too! FINALLY :D this coconut cashew matcha latte looks beautiful! Nothing wrong with too many cashews!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte04/06/2016 - 7:09 pm

    i live in costa rica and cannot get coconut butter. can you recommend a substitute? thanksReplyCancel

    • Laura05/06/2016 - 7:25 am

      You could 1/2 a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil instead.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Lindsay's Feast06/06/2016 - 5:05 am

    This looks so good Laura! Definitely one I need to try! beautiful and inspiring photos as always! Have a great week! LindsayReplyCancel

  • Marta06/06/2016 - 12:25 pm

    I’m way too thrilled about that avocado emoji ^^
    Great recipe! I don’t drink coffee but am a matcha fan and I’m also on a cashew moment.. so this recipe comes in good time :)
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kandja Sylla07/06/2016 - 7:05 am

    Excited about that avocado emoji! Since I’m not much into coffee (Itend to be hyperactive LOL!), I will definitely try this coconut cashew matcha latte of yours Laura. xx

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  • Carla16/06/2016 - 11:22 am

    Is there a brand of matcha tea you can recommend?
    Can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

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