Herbal Coffee [Super] Lattes 4 Ways

Posted by: on Okt 31, 2016 | 28 Comments


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A healthy green juice to start my morning..? Um NO thank you. I don’t know about you but all I want is a cup of cosy herbal chai, frothy plant based lattes, tonics, infusions and other warm concoctions. Mornings are now really chilly, rubber boots are muddy and my hands wouldn’t mind being glued to a gigantic cup of something warm pretty much twenty four seven.

Caspian is at his outdoor kindergarten a couple of hours a day, 4 days a week and heading out the door is now a huge rain-gear mess complete with both laughter and sweat. I get back home just in time for Avalons nap and once he’s snoozing it’s super latte time! These Herbal Coffee Super Lattes have totally been taking over my Instagram lately but for a good reason. They taste incredible and they are a perfect base that I can boost with medicinal herbs, superfoods and adaptogens (which I SO need with these two wildlings in my life). Essentially they are like a huge grounding hug but with powers to elevate. Since I’m finding myself craving something a little bit more substantial than a cup of tea after that morning excursion, these lattes are perfect.

Having small routines that give me a breather and boosts inspiration -that somehow works as a reset- that’s where it’s at. May it be a quick walk in nature, some deep breaths ..or a silky, smooth, sexy’n frothy latte. I can promise that this babe is gonna give your winter days that extra little somethin’ somethin’.

BY THE WAY. Get a milk frother, it will change your life. With a milk frother you simply add the spices/superfoods/herbs of your choice directly to the milk before frothing it + pouring it over the herbal coffee. It’s genius. Seriously. It’s one of my best kitchen hacks at the moment ’cuz lattes, golden milks, tonics, hot chocolates in a jiffy = a way more sane me.

Herbal Coffee [Super] Lattes 4 Ways @ www.Earthsprout.comHerbal Coffee [Super] Lattes 4 Ways @ www.Earthsprout.comFun & Fabulous Facts

– Herbal coffee, say what now?

Well first of all, you coffee lovers out there – no, I’m not claiming it’s like coffee. Herbal coffee will never BE coffee since there are no coffee beans in it. It’s simply a glorious mix of herbs and spices (among other things) that with it’s deep, roasted aroma slightly resembles the taste of coffee. Faux coffee have been a thing forever and there are many examples of herbs and grains that have been roasted, brewed and enjoyed as actual coffee. If you have tons of time on your hand you could most likely make your own blend but if you don’t feel like diving into that, there are some good brands out there. I’ve tried many different kinds and I’m not sponsored to say this but because you are going to ask, I’m currently loving Teeccino. When you are on the hunt for herbal coffee you want to look for brands that are organic (or to an as high percentage as as possible) with no added preservatives or difficult-to-pronounce ingredients.

I really love the taste of good quality coffee and I’ll have a small cup a couple of times a year if I’m i the mood but I’m not a big fan of what that concentrated caffeine does to me. I get shaky, feel super weird and since I’m well aware that I need to support my endocrine system and adrenal health as much as I can, herbal coffee is perfect for me (and countless others who needs to cut back on those cups of joe). One very straightforward positive thing about switching (at least some of your coffee cups) to herbal coffee is that these lattes in the pictures here actually comes with so much great-for-you nutrients and you can customize the added adaptogens/spices to support your current life/health/goals. Regular coffee I dare say, isn’t really that bad ass.

If you are interested in diving further into the caffeine/health discussion I recommend reading these two article by my gorgeous friend Lauren over at The Holy Kale and the ever so brilliant Kris Carr. Does Coffee Cause Infertility and Is Coffee Bad For You?. There are many sides of the story and in the end, as with all things, we just have to find what suits us best.

How to use herbal coffee

In a latte or a cup of ’coffee’: All brands are different. Some will suggest stirring 1 tsp into your cup of hot water and the coffee itself will dissolve. Other brands, like the one I use leaves coffee grounds. I usually add my herbal coffee mix to a tea pot, pour over hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes then pour though a strainer into my cup. I then compost the coffee grounds and save leftover coffee in a glass bottle in the fridge for the following day(s). It will last for a week if you choose to make a bigger batch.

In baking or the like: An addition of herbal coffee (the dry mix) in cinnamon buns, waffle batter, raw ice cream, spiced dessert-y smoothie is incredible. Play around and use it where you would regular coffee in cooking or uncooking.

Herbal Coffee [Super] Lattes 4 Ways @ www.Earthsprout.com
Herbal Coffee Super Lattes

Roasted, delicious ’coffee’ with none of the caffeine and with added nutrients from both the herbal coffee blend and the added (of your choosing) spices, herbs, superfoods or adaptogens. Below are 4 of my favorite ways to spice & spike my herbal coffee latte to upgrade it to a wildly delicious health tonic. You can skip the addition part altogether if you want a really basic latte with just a dash of cinnamon.

1 serving
1/2 cup strong herbal coffee (brewed according to instructions on package)
1/2 cup plant based milk

Note: If you are into sweetening your coffee, feel free. I personally think the milk & herbal coffee gets it sweet enough.

  1. Brew your herbal coffee. This can be done with a Chemex, in a tea pot, in a pot on the stove or whatever you have on hand. Even in a ’regular’ coffee maker. If using a pot or tea pot you simple our the coffee through a strainer after 10 minutes.
    2. Pour 1/2 cup of coffee into your favorite cup (save any leftover coffee in the fridge for later use). Compost or discard the herbal ’coffee grounds’
    3. Heat up your milk (either in a milk frother or on the stove). Add spices / superfoods towards the end. Wisk to work up a foam if you’re doing this in a pot on the stove.

What makes this latte so super?

4 versions that boost the base

Cinnamon / Cardamom
Add 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom when heating your milk

Pumpkin Spice
Add 1/2 tsp fresh pumpkin spice when heating your milk (2 tbsp of pumpkin puree is also amazing here)

Chocolate Vanilla
Add 1/2 tsp raw chocolate, 1/2 tsp maca and a pinch pure ground vanilla bean when heating your milk.

Mushroom Medicine
Add 1/4 tsp each of reishi, cordyceps and chaga powder when heating your milk

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So will you try one of these creations? ..Or are you already a badass herbal coffee magician? Tell us all about it in the comments below! Then, grab a superboosted cuppa, wrap your hands around it and take a big breath. Do something good today. Make this NOW matter. It’s up to us.

Let us take a peek into that yum-moment of yours by sharing a pic on Instagram with the hashtag #earthsprout

All the Love, Elenore

 

28 Comments

  1. Lauren
    31 oktober, 2016

    This post came like a magic piece of mail in my inbox! I was just at The store trying to figure out what ingredients I needed to revamp my morning non-coffee drink and too overhelmed by my indecision over doing a hot turmeric or matcha or cacao drink I gave up. And voila! Now I have my answer! Love love love this post, this drink and you! Totally going after the cacao version plus a little maca and reishi :) Oh ya, plus adding this crazy delicious royal jelly raw honey mix I have. Muah!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      1 november, 2016

      Ohhhh lady!? Royal jelly in this?! You sure know how to take this to the next level. Those bees, eh? Such miraculous creatures! I’m so darn thrilled this recipe popped up in just the right time for you! Miss you always! Totally planning a colorado skiing trip (ran it by Fabian a couple of weeks back!) It’s on! ..just gotta build that house first ;) Biggest hug!

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      • Nena
        4 november, 2016

        I don’t mean to be rude or anything here but I don’t know if you guys are aware how royal jelly is made. In order to extract royal jelly from the beehive you need to kill the queen. I’m not a vegan or anything and I do love honey but I think the smartest thing to do considering the situation we are in with bees dying out and all, it is a smart option for us to skip royal jelly! ;)

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        • ElenoreEarth
          7 november, 2016

          Thank you Nena, for pitching in! I need to look further into this for sure! Have a beautiful day!

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  2. Patti
    31 oktober, 2016

    Hello Dear and Beautiful Elenore,

    I am having difficulty getting alternative milks to produce a high volume of thick froth. I am using a manual frother. Do you have any suggestions about the type of ”milk” to use and/or the method? xo

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    • ElenoreEarth
      1 november, 2016

      Hi Patti!

      It’s all about that foam.. So this depends and is different from brand to brand but I’ve found cashew and oat produces the best thick foam, again it might just be the brands (+homemade) that I’ve tried. Investing in an electrical milc frother however would do the trick and is SO worth it.

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  3. Sophia MacKenzie
    31 oktober, 2016

    Oh these drinks! How gorgeous!!! I too have been devouring herbal superfood late concoctions like crazy this fall, but these ones look even better. I must follow your advise and snag me a milk frothed for that extra magical kick <3

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    • ElenoreEarth
      1 november, 2016

      Oh you have?! Gosh how I wish I could be there next to you devouring one of these! Btw, LOVE the new profile pic, sister! You are magical. Thank you for being here. It warms my heart.

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  4. Sabrina
    31 oktober, 2016

    After cutting the caffeine craze out of my daily routine, I’m a herbal coffee addict too now! I make a morning brew of roasted dandelion tea, steeped in hot water for five minutes, then add it to warm almond milk, mixed with cacao, shatavari, ashwagandha, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and ghee? It’s divine! And I’m sleeping far better now than when I was drinking coffee!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      1 november, 2016

      Ohhh YES to all of the above! Love love loving the superfood + ghee addition. I go crazy like this too but seemed a bit excessive for a recipe here ;) Keep shining, Sabrina! Thank you so much for being here too!

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  5. Hannah-Phoebe
    1 november, 2016

    Oh Elenore you are too cool! I’m so impressed you have the imagination to come up with here drinks in your time for ”resting” between kids and house and events and greenilicious projects 😉💪 Wonder Woman!
    Anyway yes I must must give these a try, maybe with actual coffee though as I have that in the house 😉 And I love an Arabic-style cardamom coffee or a relishing coffee. Will look out for Teecino though – I love my one-a-day coffee habit because of the ritual and flavour but recently it’s been creeping to one-and-a-half and then two and it’s a slippery slope!!
    much love to you! Happy November

    Ps did you see my comment re oil on last post? I managed to grab some end of summer toms and herbs after a really warm start to autumn (17 degrees yesterday!) and plan to make those quinoa bowls this week!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      3 november, 2016

      Ah Hi babe! Yes! I say the comment! Totally forgot to answer, sorry! Actually it’s not a typo. The correct temperature is the trick. High enough to caramelize and low enough to let the juices out (not to dry out the pan). You’ll love it! Aint these late tomatoes such a treat?! Anyway – yes, try this concoction. I feel like the coffee habit is not only the addiction to the kick but so much the ritual and when you simply swap it for a new (and slightly similar) ritual than in can make for some (hopefully) lasting change. Do it your style, hun! My biggest hugs!

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      • Hannah-Phoebe
        6 november, 2016

        Bless you, what a great trick to learn re the onions! Thanks for teaching me so much!

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  6. Patricia
    1 november, 2016

    Elenore,
    Your photos alone put me in a good mood. :-)
    I was wondering.. for caffeine addicts like me, what about adding some real coffee grounds to the herbal coffee & brewing?
    Does that defeat the purpose of herbal coffee?
    Patti

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    • ElenoreEarth
      3 november, 2016

      Hi Patricia! You could absolutely do that. Or simply make your regular blend and add the suggested frothed milk + choose one of the ‘super’ additions/flavorings. Hugs!

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  7. Allie
    1 november, 2016

    Super herbal lattes YES!!!

    I love just whizzing up some herbs (typically ashwagandha and a mushroom blend) with coconut butter / ghee / tahini / tocotrienols.

    One of my favorite rituals of the day. If not, THE favorite, at least right now ;)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      3 november, 2016

      YES YES YES to all of the above! It’s the best. Deeply nourishing, working with these herbs and adaptogens. So much gratitude.

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  8. alessia@handmadetoast.com
    2 november, 2016

    Herbal coffee addict I am too! My favourite at the moment is with raw cacao powder and cinnamon sprinkled on top..and with soya milk..can’t wait to get up in the morning..sort of ;)
    Thanks Eleonore

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    • ElenoreEarth
      3 november, 2016

      Haha! You make me laugh! If you have a moment, try making that pumpkin spice bland that I linked to an add that to your morning blend! It’s super delish! Hugs!!

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  9. Francesca
    4 november, 2016

    Hi Eleanore, thank you for such a beautiful post! a great idea to alternative or sub with coffee.
    i HAVE to ask where your mugs are from? they are STUNNING!! i need them! xxxx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 november, 2016

      So glad to have inspired you! Yay! The mugs I’ve made myself.. So, sorry no link! ;) But thank you so much for the compliment!

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  10. Leena
    6 november, 2016

    Hello Elenore,

    I love herbal coffee substitutes. I am currently drinking one with loads of good things for mama’s milk. I’m wondering about adaptogens and breastfeeding. Are they safe? Over at http://www.foursigmatic.com they recommended I not have any of their mushroom elixirs while breastfeeding. Let me know. I would love to have them back in my life. My littlest is 8 months and I plan on breastfeesind until he’s 2 and that’s a long time to wait 😘

    Thank you!

    Leena

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 november, 2016

      Hi Leena! Because there are not a lot of research around the matter, companies that sell superfoods, herbs and adaptogens must state this on their sites/products. After doing my own (extensive) research and also listening in on my gut feeling I use these adaptogens and they have supported me tremendously during postpartum and beyond. I breastfeed still (Avalon is also 8mo) and for me to be a happy mama I need to boost my foods and drinks with all the healing powerful sources that nature has to offer. It is all up to you.

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      • Leena
        10 november, 2016

        Hello Elenore,

        Thank you so much for response. You have given me the confidence I needed to add them back in :)

        Lots of love to you and your littles,

        Leena

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    11 november, 2016

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  12. Jessie Snyder
    18 november, 2016

    Yes! I’m so happy to hear someone else loves Teechino too! I have a glorious cup every morning and it is oh so satisfying. I love the sound of your sweet life girl, reading bits about it every time I’m in this space always makes me smile <3. And a milk frother = need.

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  13. Nancy
    4 december, 2016

    What’s your favourite Teeccino flavour? I’m excited to give this a try!! Canada gets cold!!!;)

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