Sunday, April 21, 2019

A Gray Day and a Dairy Free Chocolate Cafe au Lait

So, at the moment, I'm eating in the style of Low Fodmap.  I'm not eating regular sugar.  Or dairy.  Or caffeine.  Or a bunch of other things...

It's a gray day here in Kirkland and our apartment is chilly.  Hubby is sipping on coffee and I'm craving something warm and delish.  A latte would be totally amazing right now.  Hubby offers to walk down to the coffee shop with me so I can get one, but I know the "alternative milks" at the local coffee shops all have sugar or carrageenan, or something else that isn't so good for the gut, so I shake my head.  I could just go for my normal drink and have a cuppa herbal tea, but now lattes are floating around in my head.  

What's a girl to do?




Then I remember I have some instant decaf in the cupboard.  (It's actually pretty good for instant...and for decaf.)  And then I remember I bought some unsweetened, carrageenan-free vanilla almond milk the other day...  My face brightens.  I can make something Latte-ish at home!  

Yay! 

But now, how do I make it extra delish?  A little creamy and a little sweet?  Maybe even, dare I say it, chocolatey?  

Well, I've got some Montezuma's Absolute Black Dark Chocolate (100% cocoa solids)...not a diet food, by any means, but it IS milk and sugar free!

And I've also got some Lakanto Liquid Monkfruit Extract (zero calories, zero glycemic, doesn't elevate blood sugar or insulin) in the fridge.  

I think this is doable.

Here's what I came up with.  (And by the way, it totally hit the spot!  Even more so the next day when I made it with half a date rather than monkfruit extract!)

I kinda didn't measure, so I'm guessing a bit---plus it depends on how big your mug is, if you like your Cafe au Lait chocolate forward or coffee forward, and how sweet you like your stuff...so adjust as needed!  :)  Please read all the directions FIRST!  


Day 1 with Monkfruit Extract



Day 2 with 1/2 Date (Much better IMHO)

Chocolate Cafe au Lait Sans Milk


Equipment:

  • Small pot with high edges
  • Immersion Blender
  • Large mug


Ingredients:

  • 14 oz almond milk or other non-dairy milk (I used Malk's Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk*)  
  • 2-2.5 tsp instant decaf coffee (or regular if you like high octane)
  • 1 square Montezuma's Absolute Black Dark Chocolate 
  • 1-2 DROPS Lakanto Liquid Monkfruit Extract**  OR half of a date (Or other sweetener YOU like!)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Directions:
  1. Gently heat your almond milk in a small pot with high edges
  2. Once warm, add instant coffee and stir
  3. Add your dark chocolate, stir again until the chocolate melts
  4. Add Monkfruit extract (or other sweetener--1/2 a date worked really well and still keeps it fairly low fodmap!)
  5. When hot, remove from heat.  
  6. If you like a foamy drink or if you added a date, CAREFULLY use your immersion blender to blend until foamy.  Tip:  Tilt pan (so the liquid all goes to one side) and be sure your immersion blender is fully submerged before turning on so you don't splatter and burn yourself! 
  7. Pour into your favorite mug and sprinkle with cinnamon!
  8. Enjoy! 
*Malk is one of my favorite almond milk brands because it doesn't add any crazy carrageenan, gums, colors, sugars, etc.  I thought is was stupid expensive the first time I bought it, but when you compare it to the cost of a coffee-shop latte, you actually SAVE money!  Plus, Whole Foods often has it on sale (and if you're a Prime member, you get extra discounts!)

**If you've never used Lakanto Liquid Monkfruit Extract, please be warned that a little goes a long way and you're better off using 1 drop, tasting, and adding more if needed.  It's pretty strong.  If you don't like liquid monkfruit (cuz for me it has a weird aftertaste), you can of course, use a different sweetener of your choice (coconut sugar, stevia, agave, or soak half a date and blend along with your completed cafe au lait!) or just leave out sweetener completely!


Cheers!
Dorothy




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