Morning wake-up + homemade almond milk coffee creamer

You know what gets me out of bed most mornings? Coffee.

I love my morning coffee. Yes, love. I know, it seems like an everyday ordinary activity. But there’s joy and meaning in the routine and ritual of that cup. I wake up bleary eyed, thinking, ‘Sam slept through the night, it’s gonna be a good day.’ Hit a few buttons on the Keurig and the stolen moments of that cup turn it into a great day. Because I am all about instant gratification.

The weather is warmer, the sun is up earlier and my goal is to get outside for a walk. My first, small step is getting up for that cup before the house awakes. I treasure that time. The house is quiet. This moment is all mine. The day is full of promise.

Homemade Almond milk creamer

Green Mountain Coffee sent me some samples, and I really liked the smooth, full bodied flavor of the Colombian Fair Trade Select. And their French vanilla might just be the push I need to transform myself into a morning person! Because right now, coffee is just about the only thing that keeps me from hitting the snooze button one more time.

Before I even finish the cup, someone – usually Henry – is up. Full of the crazy energy that never diminishes until his head hits the pillow again at night. Did someone give him coffee? Why can’t I have energy like that? Time for another cup!

Morning Wake-up

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Good coffee deserves a good cup. Here are a few coffee finds – in my favorite black & white – that would make my day just a little bit greater. I’m pretty sure that’s a word, right?

Homemade Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

Recently I started making my own coffee creamer. After looking up homemade creamer recipes I found lots using condensed milk or half and half, which are no go’s since I can’t do lactose. Others went heavy on coconut milk, which has a crazy amount of calories, or intimidating ingredients like date paste. So I found a simple solution from items I already have in my cupboard.

For almond milk creamer you will need:

1 cup vanilla almond milk

2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk

Mix one cup almond milk with two tablespoons of full fat coconut milk. Pour as needed into coffee and store in the refrigerator. Give it a stir to mix together before pouring.

I’ll warn you, sometimes the milk curdles in the coffee and I’m not sure what causes it. Anyone know why this is?

Are you a coffee nut too? What morning rituals start your day?

Thank you to Green Mountain Coffee and Technorati for being sponsors of this article. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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Stephanie

chases 3 small kids and edits Hello Natural


Comments

  1. Anita says

    This looks delicious! As far as the date paste goes, I started using whole dates in my smoothies as a sweetener (I use unsweetened almond milk cause I’m lactose intolerant, too). I let the dates sit in the almond milk in a cup in the fridge overnight and it kind of dissolves into a paste on its own. BTW, thanks so much for making the videos on the headscarf tying – it took me a few times to get the infinity scarf, but I love it!

  2. Shannon says

    You know what would make the coffee even better? If Keurig made their cups recyclable/compostable/something not detrimental to the environment.

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