What’s up, latte Friday!?!
I feel like that should be a thing. Fancy coffees + teas for every Friday to celebrate the start of another delicious weekend. Especially if we’re talking about a bulletproof rooibos cardamom blender latte! They’re like heaven, you guys.
I love a fancy latte as much as anyone, but I had a realization a little while ago (as I’m sure we all have) about how much money I was spending on latte’s and fancy drinks while I was out and about. It was kind of a depressing number.
So since then I’ve really gotten into the habit of making these drinks at home like nobody’s business.
I really REALLY do not need one more kitchen appliance hanging around on my counter // under my cupboards (which already desperately need to be de-cluttered!), so I mostly use my blender to froth them up, or sometimes my immersion blender (if I’m feeling like a lazy bum and don’t wanna wash out my blender 😉)
Usually these fancy drinks are a bullet proof coffee (decaf for me! Yes I AM one of those people who can’t have caffeine and still drinks coffee.. go ahead and roll your eyes at me but I love the taste too much to ever give it up all the way!), or if it’s the evening maybe a golden milk.
But lately I’ve been experimenting with making latte’s out of tea. I know this is not at all a new thing to most of you and I’m a little late jumping on this bus, but I am so in love!
For awhile it was chai from this place – http://www.samovartea.com (and yes I realize this tea is caffinated… my body wasn’t exceptionally happy afterward but it was so worth it!!) and then earlier this week I started making these rooibos cardamom blender lattes.
And I am so in love! They’re earthy and have some really nice dark and intriguing notes without any of the bitterness of a black tea or coffee, which the cardamom pairs perfectly with.
Because this tea doesn’t turn bitter when it’s been brewed for too long, you can extend the brewing process a little longer to get a nice, dark + rich tea.
It makes such a difference in the flavor of the latte when you start with a strong brewed cup of rooibos!
I made this latte bullet proof style – because I love sneaking in healthy fats into my diet! And nothing compares with that dreamy creamy texture.
The fats I used in this latte are:
Raw almond butter – which adds an extra creamy note to the latte and will keep it from turning out too watery. It’s a method that’s piggy-backing on the idea of making nut milk by blending raw (super important that it’s raw so it emulsifies properly!) nut butter with water.
Coconut oil – this fat adds another layer of emulsifed creamy goodness, along with tons of health benefits such as anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, balancing blood sugar, supporting the thyroid gland and boosting metabolism (source).
Ghee/butter – I love the flavor that ghee and/or butter adds to a bulletproof style beverage, but it can very easily be left out for a dairy free option!
Cardamom hasn’t always been my favorite spice, but I’ve been experimenting with it a bit lately and the more I use it the more I like it.
Plus isn’t it just so pretty sprinkled on top of the latte?! I love that it’s a multi-colored spice.
But if you’re just not into the idea of using cardamom you could easily substitute cinnamon, or leave it out all together.
And that’s that, babes! I don’t know about you but after all that I’m ready to jump on that old rooibos cardamom blender latte bus and get my fancy drink on!
Who’s with me?!
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Rooibos cardamom blender lattes! These fancy homemade drinks are a frothy, creamy dream – made with natural sweeteners and full of healthy fats and antioxidant + mineral rich rooibos! No fancy milk steamer required.
- 2 cups water
- 3 roiboos tea bags
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp raw almond butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp ghee or butter (optional)
- 2 tsp maple syrup or a little more to taste
- pinch of cardamom (or cinnamon)
- big pinch of sea salt
- Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.
- Lower to a simmer and add tea bags. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until quite dark.
- Remove tea bags.
- Add hot tea to a blender with vanilla, raw almond butter, coconut oil, ghee (if using), maple syrup, cardamom and sea salt.
- Blend on high for about 30 seconds until fats are emulsified and latte is creamy and has some nice foam.
- Taste and adjust sweetener if desired and serve, topping with a little pinch of cardamom for a pretty garnish.
- Category: Drink
- Cuisine: Paleo, gluten free, vegan