During the course of my collegiate career I developed a very, very healthy coffee habit and since graduating it’s still going strong. While I used to drink it black, black coffee has become one of the triggers of the chronic heartburn I’ve developed over the past couple of years (the addressing of which is one of the factors that motivated me to take a Paleo lifestyle seriously, a topic I will eventually devote at least one blog post to). I am a devoted Fresh Direct customer, especially as I continue to heal from breaking my leg, so when I ran out of almond milk yesterday and my grocery delivery isn’t scheduled until this afternoon, I had to come up with a creative preparation for my coffee today, because momma needs her fix.
In my pre-Paleo life, I was a huge baking nerd and a well-meaning-but-terrible banana eater which means that I have a ton of very-ripe bananas stacked in my freezer like firewood, waiting to be turned into banana bread as their fresh-eating life has come and gone. While I first bemoaned this thinking, “how will I get rid of these now that baked goods are largely off the table?!” I’ve realized that they’re fantastic for making smoothies (duh) in my lovely roommate’s NutriBullet, which I definitely use more than she does.
These bananas and NutriBullet have once again come in handy for this poor, caffeine-addicted lady as they facilitated one of the most delicious solutions to my coffee crisis. I’m calling what I made a “latte” as opposed to a shake or smoothie because while thicker than straight coffee, by no means is it thick enough to give a straw a workout. This turned out so yummy I drank it before I even had a chance to take a pic! Maybe next time around! Here’s what I did:
Paleo Iced Mocha “Latte”
First, get this!:
1 medium to large (over)ripe banana, frozen
2-4 TB organic cocoa powder (I used Equal Exchange’s Baking Cocoa)
2 cups black coffee, chilled
Pinch of high-quality sea salt
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1tsp honey or sweetener of choice (I eyed my roommate’s liquid vanilla stevia but stuck with the lesser-processed honey in the end)
Now, do this!:
Combine and blend the hell out of the ingredients, stick a straw in it, and get down with your bad caffeinated self!
NB: Want to make this into a ridiculously healthy shake, or, don’t like/are allergic to bananas? Use 1/2-1 chilled avocado either in addition to or in place of the banana and add a bit more sweetener if you like. Boom.