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Coconut Cardamom Spiced Breakfast Latte

cardamom-latte3My Coconut Cardamom Spiced Breakfast Latte is a cozy holiday treat to try. Blend the creamy coconut spiced base with either black tea, coffee or a shot of espresso for a morning-approved sip that will get you out the door feeling perky yet warm and fuzzy all over. And the house will fill with a blissful aroma of coconut holiday spice. And if you are a cardamom newbie, give this recipe a look and fill your spice cabinet with a new holiday-approved fave..

I was just about to call this AM eggnog – but since there are no actual ‘eggs’ in the recipe, I decided against it. But you may know that one of the prominent spices often found in a good eggnog is cardamom. Cardamom is also used to spiced chai tea.

Cardamom is less common that say ginger, nutmeg or cinnamon – but next time you are in the spice aisle grab a jar of either ground cardamom or whole cardamom pods for your pantry. You can use this lovely spice in hot beverages, desserts and more. Cardamom rose cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts ever (from a local cafe here in LA called Native Foods). But start off your cardamom exploration with this dairy-free breakfast latte. Warm spices and rich black tea (or use espresso) makes this a festive holiday season sip. Creamy coconut milk adds a cozy richness…

Coconut Cardamom Spiced Breakfast Latte

makes about 2 cups

Ingredients
2 cups plain soy milk
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom + a pinch of whole pods if you have them
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1/8 tsp cayenne (or less if too spicy for you)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
optional: 1 vanilla bean pod + seeds or splash of vanilla extract

Caffeine (choose one):
3 black tea bags + 1/4 cup water
1/2 – 2 cups strongly brewed coffee
2 shots espresso

Directions
1. This recipe is all about the simmering of the liquid with the spices. Add all the base ingredients to a small sauce pot.
2. Heat on medium for at least 15 minutes – allow to slowly simmer – but not burn.
3. When the mixture has simmered to a slow boil for enough time you can add in your caffeine option (or drink as is for caffeine free – kid friendly!)
Note: strain out the cardamom seeds and cloves before serving (they are shown in photos just as presentation.)
Note: The base liquid will be quite rich – so you can choose to use as much or as little as you’d like. I made a black tea latte with about 1 part brewed black tea and 1 part creamy base and it was delicious. You can even pour over ice for a chilled latte.

Enjoy! Serve with any of these delightful “Holiday Season Breakfasts!”

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Searching for eggnog? Find a recipe in Babble’s Family Kitchen!

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