Mexican Hot Chocolate

1 cup raw milk 1.5 tsp rapadura (or sweetener of choice) 1-2 oz dark chocolate Splash vanilla extract Pinch cinnamon Sprinkle cayenne pepper Heat milk and sweetener until steaming. Add remaining ingredients and stir until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat to low and allow flavors to blend several minutes before serving. Advertisements

Crock Pot Apple Cider

64 oz apple juice 3 cinnamon sticks 1 1/2 tsp whole cloves 1 orange, sliced 1/2 lemon, sliced 1 TBSP brown sugar Add cloves to a spice bag (or strain cider when done). Place all ingredients in crockpot, stir, and set on low for 2 hours.

Chai Hot Cocoa

1 cup milk 2 TBSP honey 2 TBSP cocoa powder 1 /2 tsp vanilla extract pinch sea salt 1/4 cup chai tea concentrate Warm milk over low heat. In small bowl mix honey, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt into a paste. Add chai and cocoa paste and stir until combined.

Golden Gingerbread Latte

This weekend I tried this delicious new Golden Gingerbread Latte recipe from Keeper of the Home. These unusual spices work wonderfully together. 2 shots espresso 2 TBSP maple syrup/honey 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup milk Combine espresso, maple syrup, and spices and mix well. Froth milk and pour into…

Green Monster Smoothie (Vitamix)

There’s a bit of a fad centered around a variety of drinks all referred to as green monster smoothies. They are purported to affect weight loss, complexion, and energy. Coconut milk is a laxative, which may account for part of that 😀 1/2 can coconut milk (about 3/4 cup) 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt 1 frozen…

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate

4 cups water 1/3 cup sweetener of choice (I used rapadura) 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 2 cinnamon sticks 3 star anise pods 12 whole cloves 8 black peppercorns 1/8 tsp cardamom seeds (or 8 pods, crushed) 1/8 tsp ground ginger (or 1″ fresh ginger) 10 black tea bags (or 1/4 cup loose tea) 1 tsp…

Homemade Mocha

1 cup milk 1 TBSP cocoa powder 1 TBSP honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch of sea salt 2 shots espresso Prepare espresso. Heat milk in a sauce pan until steaming. Combine cocoa, honey, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl, and stir into a paste. Add paste and espresso to warmed milk and…

Real pumpkin spice latte

Disappointed that retail chains use chemicals instead of pumpkin in their lattes? Here’s a good alternative that will save you money and help you stick to real foods. 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon pumpkin purée 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot espresso Combine milk, pumpkin, and spices. Froth, or heat…