Pretty, isn’t it?
This is how I started my Saturday morning! Not bad, huh?
Feeling a slight twinge of jealousy? That’s okay…
I’ll have you feeling better by the end of this post!
I’ve always had a “thing” for lattes! Lately, however, I’ve been on more of a tea kick. So this was a very nice change of pace. A very nice change of pace, indeed.
(Just in case you were all impressed with my artistic abilities…don’t be…I didn’t make it, I just drank it.)
I could make you one that looks like this, though! I can take full credit for this one! See the pretty design? No? Look closely!
Nah…just kidding. If you do see something, I would love to know what you thought you saw!
Anyway, while it may not be quite as pretty, it definitely is(was) every bit as tasty!
And dare I say good for you?
I’ll say it. This is good for you!
I just made some coffee…a bit on the strong side.
And then I made some nut milk…using cashews and hemp seed.
Tasty, yes. But “good” for you? I mean, why would your body thank you profusely for drinking this?
Well…do you realize what hemp seeds can do for you??
Not only are they complete sources of protein and high in iron, but they also provide your body with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are “essential” fats. We need them for many bodily functions, but unfortunately, our bodies can’t produce them. The only source is food.
Plus, hemp gives you a perfect balance of omega-3’s and omega-6’s. This is a pretty big deal, as we tend to get too many omega-6’s and not enough omega-3’s. (This is a bad, bad thing.)
These wonderful little fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, reduce inflammation, promote brain health AND support your immune system!
[And to put your mind at ease, hemp seeds DO NOT contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active substance in marijuana.]
So, if you have 10 minutes to spare, all this nutrition could be yours, as it took all of 10 minutes to whip this together! (Minus the soaking time for the cashews.)
Cashew Hemp Seed Lattes
Recipe by Gena Hamshaw of ChoosingRaw.
This will make about 4 cups of nut milk. Add that to the coffee, and you should be in the latte business for days! Starbucks will have to make their money off of someone else this week!
2/3 c. cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours)
3 T. hemp seeds
3 1/2 c. water
1 t. vanilla
4 T. maple syrup
a pinch of salt
Prepare coffee however you want to prepare your coffee. Stronger will be better, however. Rinse cashews, and place them in a high speed blender along with water, hemp seeds, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt. Blend for a couple of minutes. Wah lah…cashew/hemp milk! Put your nut milk bag away…NO STRAINING required! Then, place equal amounts (I used equal amounts…you may enjoy a different ratio) of coffee and milk into a microwaveable cup. Microwave for a minute or two. This makes the milk nice and frothy!