smilingrid: alternative morning coffee

August 20, 2013

alternative morning coffee

My morning cup(s) of coffee are kind of vital to me not communicating through grunts and sleepy glares. Not only does caffeine do a wonderful job of helping me be my amiable self, but I love the smell, taste, and feel of that warm cup encircled by my palms in the stolen moments of my morning routine. There is honestly no better way to start a day.

Unfortunately, I have never been a black coffee enthusiast. I don't use much cream/milk/half-and-half but I do need a splash of something to fully enjoy my morning cup.

which is fine... until we run out of half and half! *gasp*

This happened recently- my morning brain processed the annoyance but, upon seeing a can of coconut milk, thought it would make a good substitution (spoiler alert- it doesn't). the coconut milk separated into this weird white-ish film across the top of the mug. While I was able to drink some of it, it wasn't exactly enjoyable. I knew that I'd want another cup or two of good coffee-and-lightener to have a happy caffeine center in my brain. To the internet I went!

I found a couple of suggestions for using coconut milk in coffee, but settled on this recipe since I had all of the components. 

Non-Dairy Creamer
1 can of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 egg
a splash of vanilla

The original recipe said to just pop all of the ingredients into a food processor. We don't have one of those, but working on my separated (and kinda icky) half a cup of coffee, I thought I could just whip it around in the electronic mixer. 

Don't make this mistake. It lead to a greasier than greasy cup of coffee. Despite the excess oil, it did taste like I had a cup with my regular dash of half and half! 

After that better cup I was happy-camper enough to realize that I could stick the mixture into the blender and puree it. YUM! Came out surprisingly well! It doesn't even taste like coconut, weirdly enough! I think I'll stick to dairy products when I can get them, but it's nice to know I can be content without them should this situation strike again.

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