Three months ago, I was not a coffee drinker, at all. Coffee-flavored desserts? YES. But never coffee in the morning, not even caffeinated tea. Mint tea or dandy blend were always my beverages of choice, in part because I loved them (still do), and also because I disliked the idea of getting hooked on coffee and needing it to start my day.
Aaron, well, he’s totally hooked. We’ve had many an argument over how many cups he’s drinking (“Amanda, I only had two mugs today!” …that were the size of soup bowls.) and I always pester him about drinking enough water (“You have to drink two cups of water for every one cup of coffee just to net zero on the dehydration scale…blah blah blah” —every day, like a broken record).
Twelve weeks on the road with this guy and I’m now drinking coffee in the mornings. Of course, I’m still giving him flack about drinking enough water and lovingly rolling my eyes at any coffee consumption after the first mug. I’m also picky about the beans (organic, fair-trade) and the creamer (dairy-free) that we use. He likes his coffee black a lot of the time, while I’m all about the milky, lightly sweetened creamer.
I don’t love the overly long, processed ingredient lists in many of the dairy-free options, which is why I’ve been making my own vegan coffee creamer. It’s simple, almost ridiculously so, economical, and only four ingredients including the water and pinch of sea salt. Most importantly, the texture is perfectly smooth and extra creamy. Blend, pour, and sip, no straining required.
- ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked 2-4 hours (or overnight)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 soft, pitted medjool date (adjust to your desired sweetness)
- generous pinch fine grain sea salt
- Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and process on high speed for 30-60 seconds, until very smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the sweetness with an additional date or two if you prefer a sweeter coffee creamer.
- Transfer the creamer to a jar or airtight container and store it in the fridge. Give it a quick shake before you use it. It should keep for 3-5 days.
a splash of vanilla, almond, or peppermint extracts
a few generous pinches of pumpkin pie spice (for fall!)
one to two tablespoons of raw cacao powder
fresh vanilla bean scrapings, or a couple small pinches of vanilla bean powder (vanilla bean flecks!)