If I had all the money I ever spent on Starbucks lattes, I would be a rich lady! Throughout university, I studied at the Starbucks in the library. Then while I was working, a Starbucks to-go was not unusual. Then when I had my first born and became a stay at home Mom, Starbucks was THE stopping place before play dates. Oh how I used to love a good latte…
THEN we moved far away from a Starbucks, and I adopted the autoimmune protocol, so ixnay on the cafe latte!
BUT “cafe” lattes are back y’all! Totally different ingredients then what Starbucks offers, BUT it’s cheaper, AIP friendly, and healing!
What you need:
Roasted Dandelion Root Tea: This is what creates the coffee taste. When I first gave up coffee, I thought life was over. Clearly, I was addicted. The struggle was real, but after discovering roasted dandelion root tea, things became a little easier. It also helped to know that what I was drinking was helping my healing. Did you know the tea helps regulate the liver and aids digestion? I personally only use Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion Root Tea.
Dried Apricots: I picked up a bag of these Malatya Apricots at my last trip to Costco. Oh my, they are delicious. They are sweet since they are a dried fruit but not as sweet as dates. It’s possible to use dates or dried figs in this recipe, but I think these apricots make the latte!
Collagen or Gelatin: You all must know by now that I LOVE my collagen. What’s not to love? it helps repair leaky gut and is great for skin, hair, and nails! My personal fave is Further Foods Collagen, if you’re interested in trying, make sure to use coupon code AIP10 for 10% off. My first choice is collagen for this recipe, but if I’m out, I will use gelatin instead, and it works fine since it is a warm drink. Remember, collagen can be used in both cold and warm liquids, but gelatin only dissolves in warm liquids.
Coconut Oil: The coconut oil adds healthy fat and helps create that latte foam we all love!
Creamy “Cafe” Latte (AIP/Paleo)
- 2 bags Roasted Dandelion Root Tea
- 1.5 cups boiling water
- 2 Malatya dried apricots
- 1 tbsp collagen OR gelatin
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Place tea bags in boiling water and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove tea bags then add tea and the rest of the ingredients to a high powered blender.
- Blend until smooth.