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.
1 can of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
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.