Being home with Ella Jane has really helped me begin a habit that I’ve wanted to cultivate for a long time – making coffee at home! I’m definitely a latte kinda gal. I just don’t find regular drip coffee as pleasureful as espresso, steamed milk, and usually a bit of sweetener of some kind. Plus, during my years of school and work outside the home, I loved the ritual of stopping at my favorite coffee shops each morning. As special and fun as that was, I quickly realized that it was a lot less fun when you had to bundle up a squirmy babe, and get her in a car seat just to drive 5 minutes, get her out again, etc…you get the picture. So I was determined to find a way to make drinking coffee at home feel similarly special and delicious!
For years I drank venti caramel macchiatos from Starbucks with the full amount of vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle they include, but as I became more conscious of the effects of sugar on our body, I thought: I wonder if I can cut down on that. Now I’m not anti-sugar by any means. I definitely enjoy sugary treats from time to time, but I like to be intentional about it. Once I started ordering my coffee drinks with “half the flavor” I found I actually liked them better! I could taste the coffee more, and the flavor augmented it rather than overwhelming it. So needless to say when I make my coffee at home, I’m also looking for it not to be overly sweetened.
I’ve been hearing about bulletproof coffee for years, and I know the importance of getting plenty of good fat in our diets – it helps our bodies digest the caffeine better, helps keep us fuller longer, and helps reduce carb cravings. I also wanted to give collagen peptides a try for their protein and benefits to gut, bone and skin health, and I figured this was the perfect place to sneak some in! So this winter I bought myself an immersion blender ($30 – Cuisinart brand on amazon, and it has seriously changed my life!), and started experimenting with creating a bulletproof mocha. I want to be clear that I’m not doing this as a meal replacement or part of any restrictive diet, but instead because it is enjoyable, delicious, and helps me add more good fat to my day! I wanted some flavor without actually using refined sugar, so I settled on using cacao powder and maple syrup to flavor my drink. I tinkered a few times to get the right proportions, and the resulting recipe is below! It is seriously so rich, creamy, delicious and filling that it is adding some delightful coziness and energy to my mornings.
In my opinion, this is the perfect cozy weekend (or weekday!) treat, so I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think :).
2 shots of espresso
1C steamed milk of choice (I’ve been using an almond/coconut blend)
1T coconut oil
1T cacao powder
1T maple syrup
1 scoop collagen peptides
Combine all and blend until frothy and well incorporated.
I use my nespresso machine and frother to prepare the espresso shots and steamed milk, then add everything to the little pitcher that came with my immersion blender. All the other ingredients just go straight in, I blend on low for 30ish seconds, pour into my favorite mug, and sip slowly all morning!
It’s seriously so delish I’m very sad when it’s gone, but I’ve learned this body can definitely not handle more than 2 shots of espresso per day, so that’s the limit. I also think you could do this with drip coffee, you would just increase the volume of coffee and decrease the volume of milk.
Play around with it and let me know what you think!!