I gave up coffee for more than a year, then one day it just sounded good again, and every time I have it it feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure, like I may be breaking some rules. I don’t have a lot of vices, so I take my coffee very seriously. We have a Nespresso, a Keurig and a Cuisinart Grind and Brew. My husband insists on using that French Vanilla chemical creamer that I call cancer-in-a -bottle, so I’m always on the lookout for other things to put in your java to make it taste great. I try to be gluten and dairy free, which can make for some boring coffee. So, my jaw hit the floor this morning when I was cruising blogs and read that Jessica Seinfeld uses coconut oil in her coffee. I’m pretty sure anything that woman does in the kitchen is brilliant, how did I not know about this???
A quick google led to this blog Wellness Mama, and her fabulous healthy coffee recipe. Apparently this is how Dr. Oz drinks his coffee too – I still can’t believe I’ve never stumbled across this little nugget of healthful caffeine addiction before! There are a ton of benefits to using coconut oil. One post noted that if you let the coffee go cold, as in you don’t drink it right away (who does this??), it gets very oily in texture.
I was very skeptical, (a coconut oil capuccinno??) but I gave it a try. All I had was coconut butter and it’s -8 degrees here today, so that’s what I used. Anyone that knows me knows that my Vitamix is kind of like an extension of my right hand, it’s whirring at least twice a day around here – so I poured my coffee and a tablespoon of the coconut butter into that baby and let it fly. I have to tell you, I think I’m hooked. Obviously this only works if you like coconut, I for one can’t get enough, I closed my eyes and had visions of pina coladas on the beach. The texture is so creamy, not at all oily, and the blender makes it frothy and light. I’ll keep experimenting, I’ve found recipes that include honey and almond milk, I think blending it is the key.
Happy caffeinated Weekend! xo