I have been experimenting rather a lot with coffee in my breakfast recipes of late, ever since guess my discovery of my new breakfast obsession, the cappuccino oatmeal. Essentially this is a vegan milkshake, but a lot less thick and sweet, thus ideal for breakfast as a coffee alternative.
Nut milks are all the rage at the moment. Almond milk is great vegan, low carb alternative to regular milk. Not only is it easier to digest, it is also high in protein and deliciously unprocessed. I have to say I don’t much care for the shop bought varieties, not since I have started making it myself. I have a feeling that this too might just be a recurring addition to the breakfast table.
As I you might know, nut milk and dairy free alternatives have made quite the splash lately and milk has been quickly condemned as being unhealthy and bad for us. Since it is something I have recently been studying, I wanted to share a bit of information about it…
Generally we assume that being healthy depends on getting the right amount of certain vitamins and minerals into our bodies. Common belief is that the more clean and health food we eat, the more control we have with our overall health. Unfortunately, that strictly isn’t true. The food we put in our mouths doesn’t control our nutrition entirely. It is more about what our bodies do with that food that does.
The truth is with milk, is that it is not necessarily bad for every body. dairy products are high in vitamins like calcium and phospherous, but it is a food that people (including me) often struggle digesting, thus making it less useful for our overall health. Many of us loose the enzyme that is used to break down milk post-childhood, rendering us lactose sensitive. If you ever get the gripes, or sore gargling tummy after you have drunk it, you may be lactose sensitive. Milk also contains a natural growth hormone (intended to make baby cows grow) which affect the speed that cells grow and change in our bodies. Just think about it this way, fast growing cells in a population where one in three poople have cancer. Its not the best idea for optimally functioning cells. That said, if you aren’t sensitive to it, a little in tea or sometime cooking is fine, just be sure to reach for the organic variety. Its certainly worth those few extra pence!
Coffee Chocolate Almond Milk Recipe
- 60g/1/4 cup whole almonds
- 130ml/1 cup water
- 1 shot strong espresso coffee
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao, or cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Simply place all the ingredients in a high speed food processor (I use the Nutribullet) and blend for 3-5 minutes.
Optional : For a smooth silky shake I like to pass the mixture through a fine mash nut bag, to remove the granular almond sediment.