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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cinnamon Latte

 

Currently, I am 18 days into my Whole 30 journey!

For those of you unfamiliar with this program it involves a complete focus on whole foods and avoiding: dairy, legumes, sugar and sugar substitutes, grains of all forms, alcohol and additives. For the month of June I have chosen to try this elimination diet and test myself like I never have before. 

 

What do I think? So far, it has been much easier than I had anticipated. My sweet cravings have lessened and are satisfied with fruit and the occasional Larabar. The sight of my trigger foods are still difficult to overcome, but I have made a commitment to myself and will not give in!

 

This recipe was created due to my love of caffeine, and while I tend to drink my dark roasts black... I also love to treat myself with lattes from the amazing local cafes nearby! Unlike Starbucks, they aren't sickeningly sweet and artifical tasting. The following recipe is my attempt at being a healthy dairy-free barista.

 

This latte is deliciously subtle in flavor and fulfills the desire to head to the cafe!

 

 
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup coffee, dark roast or preferred
  • 3 oz coconut milk, canned
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour hot coffee into blender followed by milk, vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa.
  2. Blend thoroughly about 30 seconds.
  3. Allow to settle and the layer of froth will rise to the top. Pour into mug and sip!
 

Best Ever "Candy Bar" Protein Balls

 

Adults love candy bars just as much as kids. 

Case in point: the hand trying to snag one pictured above belongs to a 30 year-old :)

It's not difficult for me to eat the things I should eat (ie: veggies, fruits, healthy fats.) However, it's a challenge for me to avoid sweets... enter: PROTEIN BALLS!! 

This treat is creamy, crunchy, sweet, chocolatey and guilt-free. 

Chopped dates add chewy sweetness that mimics caramel. Eating one or two should be enough to satisfy your sweet tooth while holding you over to your next meal. 

Hungry? Grab a protein ball!!

 

INGREDIENTS (makes 20-24 balls) :

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

  • 2 1/2 scoops plant-based protein powder

  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 3/4 cups natural creamy peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

  • 6 tbsp almond milk

  • 5-6 dates, chopped

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 1/8 cup peanuts, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Stir together dry ingredients in medium bowl.

  2. Add peanut butter, maple and almond milk. Mix well and use hands if necessary.

  3. Sprinkle in nuts and dates and combine.

  4. Use hands to roll into balls of desired size and place on cookie sheet.

  5. Place in fridge to cool for 30-60 mins before eating.

  6. Enjoy as the perfect, portable snack!