One Minute Recipes: Coconut Chia Latte

I used to work in a bakery and nanny for twin toddlers, and I thought that I had to rely on caffeine rather than energy-dense foods to keep going (except #5). Also, there was an espresso machine at the bakery and the iced lattes were free, which might have more to do with it than my former justification. While I’m not a coffee drinker, I do enjoy adding espresso to baked goods or with chocolate, and while I no longer power down mega-lattes from Dunkin Donuts in order to get through my day, the occasional treat is nice.

I’ve been indulging in this simple treat/pick-me-up during my spring break. The first day I added WAY too much espresso powder, because I haven’t had any espresso in about 3 years. So experiment and see what fits best for you. Also, I like a lot of chia seeds, but you can reduce the amount if they aren’t your jam.

Coconut Chia Latte

3 oz light coconut milk

4 oz water

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder

2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

2 Tablespoons of goji berries, optional (but fun!)

Add all ingredients to a glass jar with a lid, shake, and let sit for at least 3 hours or overnight.

*My friend Olivia from the blog OmNomLove turned me on to the great idea of adding gelatin to smoothies in her recipe for Brownie Chia Seed Pudding. I’ve been adding about a tablespoon of Great Lakes Gelatin. I hear the hydrolyzed version is the best for smoothies & cold or room temperature drinks, but I’ve been using up what I have, though it gets a bit clumpy.

One Minute Recipes: Coconut Chia Espresso
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Recipe type: Breakfast, treat, on the go
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz light coconut milk
  • 3 oz water
  • ¼ – ½ t espresso powder
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 2 T goji berries, optional
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a glass jar with a lid.
  2. Close tightly and shake to mix ingredients.
  3. Let sit for at least 3 hours for chia seeds to plump and regain texture.

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