Paleo Coffee Treats

It’s the time of year when my coworkers start showing up in the morning with those festive red Starbucks cups wafting scents of pumpkin and peppermint.  And while I don’t really have any desire to ingest 700 calories of whipped cream and sugary syrup that will leave me comatose in a few hours, they do smell reeeally good.  I’ve been playing around when I make my morning coffee this week, and I’ve come up with Paleo versions of three yummy seasonal lattes: pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha, and gingerbread.

 These all follow the same basic premise, which is strong coffee (or espresso, if you’ve got a machine) + coconut milk + spice. I used an 8 oz. coffee to 4 oz. coconut milk ratio, but feel free to adjust that according to your taste.  Warm the coconut milk on the stove while the coffee brews (or steam it if you have an espresso machine).  Add spices, stirring constantly to combine.  No clumps, unless you want a spicy chunk at the bottom of your cup!  Combine and sweeten if desired.  For a really decadent treat, open a can of regular coconut milk (without shaking) and put a dollop of cream on top your coffee.  Don’t forget a sprinkle of cinnamon, too!

 

Pumpkin Spice

8 oz. strong coffee

4 oz. coconut milk (I used light)

1 tbsp. pumpkin puree

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. ginger

Pinch of cloves

Peppermint Mocha

8 oz. strong coffee

4 oz. coconut milk (I used light)

1 tsp. cocoa powder (optional)

½ tsp. peppermint extract (peppermint teabags would probably also work)

Gingerbread

8 oz. strong coffee

4 oz. coconut milk (I used light)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

Pinch of cloves

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2 Comments to “Paleo Coffee Treats”

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I eat paleo, but I am a coffee addict… and every once in awhile I get that horrible jones for some sort of fake decadant coffee creamer (I hear they just came out with a Cinnabon flavor??) arghh! I don’t know why I never thought about coconut milk! You just made my day! I’m trying one of these out tomorrow morning ASAP!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! Let me know what you think of the recipes, or if you come up with any good tweaks.

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