Coffee is somewhat of a controversial topic in the world of Paleo. Some people see no problem in slurping down 32 oz. a day plus a couple of shots of espresso. Others think that coffee consumption is sure to lead to adrenal issues and myriad of other problems. I think I fall somewhere in the middle.
I love coffee. I like the way it tastes. I like the ritual of drinking it in the morning. I like the smell. I love going to coffee shops. I just love it all. However, in the not too distant past, I gave up coffee for about 40 days. I tend to run on the “anxious” side, and miraculously (after the first five days of detoxing) my anxiety subsided and I was getting great sleep. Since then, I’ve been living with one foot on the wagon and one foot off. Meaning that I still drink coffee, but I usually drink decaf, and I often drink some tea instead. If I feel my anxiety creeping in, I’ll pull back on the coffee.
So there you have it. It is possible to have your coffee and drink it too. Just make sure you are getting adequate sleep, sunshine, exercise (but not over-training), and eating clean. You will be better off getting those things in line before you hit the mug.
One of my favorite things about the coffee experience is my homemade coconut cream. I’ve tried using almond milk, coconut milk from the box, the coconut creamer in the box and they all fall very short in taste and texture. This creamer is thick and wonderful! After I blend up the ingredients, it’s a little frothy so my coffee ends up looking (and tasting) like a latte!
Coconut Coffee Creamer
1 can of full fat coconut milk (Golden Star is a good, clean brand)
1/4 c. almond milk (optional)
1 shake of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or chinese five spice
1 shake of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients in a blender, vitamix, or magic bullet. I also use my hand blender with the whisk attachment.
- Serve with coffee and store in the fridge
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This sounds really good. I have yet to find a dairy-free creamer that is acceptable to me. I think I need to give your version a try!
This is one of my FAVORITES! I am obsessed and love adding this amazing creamer into my morning routine. I have even added a little pumpkin spice twist for the holidays. You are a genius Nik!
how much do I have to add to my coffee to taste it? I made it according to the directions, and it tastes wonderful alone, but when I added it to my coffee it just disolved and didn’t add much flavor at all. I was expecting something more like creamer to blend and leave my coffee a nice caramel color. should I add more almond milk? thanks!
Did you use canned (full fat) coconut milk. Usually upon mixing, this cream is pretty thick. While it doesn’t “whiten” the coffee like a half and half would, 2 Tbsp. is usually enough to get some good flavor in the coffee. Make sure you’re not using boxed or lite coconut milk.
you might also want to use less almond milk if it seems too light.
I love your blog Nikki! I can’t get everything here and I am not following the paleo diet, but I love the recipes and could definitely use a lot of them here 🙂 So glad I stumbled upon it. i can’t remember if it was through fb or pinterest. But I didn’t know that you blogged until recently and I love reading food blogs and trying new recipes, so it’s a cool way for me to stay in touch with you and get new, healthy ideas 🙂
Thanks Katina! I’m so glad you’re looking at it!
I was excited to try this recipe, but found the flavor lacking. I used silk coconut milk instead if almond milk but otherwise followed the recipe. Even after adding more than 3tbs, it tasted like black coffee. 😦
Really?! So sorry. Are you sure you used a “full fat” canned coconut milk? Sometimes I omit the almond milk if I want a more “thick” creamer.
Another thing to keep in mind is that full fat canned milk can vary from brand to brand. Many of them have already been thinned out with water (even though they aren’t the “lite” version) Golden Star is one brand I’ve found that not only, doesn’t add water, but also doesn’t add guar gum. A good way to check is to shake it in the store. If you hear liquid sloshing, that means the coconut milk has been thinned out.
Hopefully that helps!
I omitted the almond milk… Added about two tbsp of honey… I like it on the sweeter side… And DELISH! Better than store bought and wicked frothy! Great job and I love the site!
Just wondering if I was to store it in a container of some kind in the fridge, how long would it keep?
I usually stick it in a mason jar. It keeps 5 days or so
I’m going to try this for tomorrow! I just learned I’m soy intolerant. I found that out after going vegan for a month. The soy substitutes packed on inches and made me sick. As soon as I stopped eating it I immediately lost 2 inches off my belly in 24 hours. I’ve eliminated soy except for my creamer in the coffee every day. So I want a soy-free creamer and also want a sugar-free and dairy free creamer! i’ll give this a shot–
Great! Hope you love it like I do!
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I’m drinking this now and it’s amazing – my new favourite coffee! 🙂
that’s so great! So many people love it 🙂