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Make This: Coconut Moringa Latte

Make This: Coconut Moringa Latte

Soothing, delicious and remarkably nourishing.

A nice frothy latte is something just about everyone can appreciate. Creamy yet light with that rich coffee aroma and flavor. Caffe Latte originated in Italy and literally means 'Coffee Milk'. The typical recipe is as follows: 1/3 espresso, approx. 2/3 hot milk and topped with a layer of foamed milk. Recently, however, a whole lineup of coffee-alternative lattes have become increasingly popular. There's the Cinnamon Rooibos, Pumpkin Spice, Golden Turmeric Latte and of course the Matcha Green Tea Latte. These are all healthy, warming and nourishing substitutes for your traditional espresso latte.

So what makes our Coconut Moringa Latte different?

1. Moringa is 100% naturally caffeine-free. But don't worry, due to moringa's abundance of B vitamins, you'll still get that boost of energy to get you going. It won't be a caffeine buzz followed by a crash, rather a slow burning boost and clarity.

2. Moringa outweighs all of the above mentioned lattes in nutritional power. Even Matcha, the super popular green tea powder, doesn't compare to moringa's level of antioxidant activity. The same goes for turmeric. Plus, moringa is about 27% protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a rare complete plant protein. Add over 25 vitamins and minerals and a  host of other phyto-nutrients and you begin to see why some call moringa 'The Miracle Tree'.

Recipe: Coconut Moringa Latte

Moringa Latte Recipe

Ingredients-

  • 8-10 oz. coconut milk 
  • 1 tbsp Moringa Leaf Powder
  • 1-2 tsp honey or agave syrup
  • pinch of coconut flakes
  • foamed coconut, almond or 2% dairy milk (more on this later)

Directions-

  1. Heat the coconut milk in a small pot being careful not to burn. Remove from heat before boiling.
  2. Mix in the Moringa Leaf Powder using a whisk. Make sure the powder is thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add in your preferred sweetener. Some coconut and nut milks already contain sugar or sweeteners so perhaps taste your mix first. You can always add more, but you can't take it out once it's in!
  4. If you have an electric milk frother or a coffee machine with a steamer*, foam up about a 1/3 cup of your preferred milk.
  5. You may need to whisk or stir the milk and moringa mix again.
  6. Pour the mix into a mug (shallow and wide if possible) 
  7. Spoon the foamed milk on top 
  8. Sprinkle with coconut flakes

Serve and enjoy! Notice the balance of creamy, sweet and slightly bitter from the moringa.

* If you don't have a frother or steamer:

Pour the 1/3 cup milk into a jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Now remove the lid and quickly microwave the foam for 20-30 seconds. This will stabilize the foam.  Alternatively, you can use a blender bottle. Please not that this method really only works well with low fat dairy milk.

 

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