Raw Coffee Recipe


Here’s a raw coffee recipe that will cheer you up in the morning. If you’re like me, that hardest part of transitioning to a 95-100% raw food diet is skipping your morning cup of coffee. The first couple of days are especially hard as your body relocates its natural balance.

Of course having a break from a coffee addiction occasionally is good for everyone. If you’re intending to drop coffee long term you might like to investigate a few raw and healthy replacements. These are also not for every day, they’re special treats.

Both times I’ve upped the raw from 80% to 95-100% I’ve forced myself to lay off the cacao until at least day 3. Then I’ll only eat cacao every third or fourth day. It’s not that I think cacao is bad, but I don’t want it to become another addiction. And mate, cacao tastes so good that it could quickly become one!

Having said all that, here’s a raw coffee recipe that will give you a mid-morning boost without the afternoon crash.

Raw Almond Coffee

raw coffee in orange cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almonds (you could also use cashews)
  • 4 dates
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Method

Blend all ingredients on high until creamy. Makes about 2 cups.

Tips

I don’t strain out the nuts (like when you make nut milk) because it seems a shame to waste the pulp. Plus skipping the straining step saves time, but go ahead and blend the nuts and water first then strain out the bits if you prefer. My super blender (no it’s not a Vitamix) blends nuts so fine it doesn’t matter.

Don’t be tempted to go overboard on the agave nectar – you’ll mask some of the bitter flavours that emulate coffee and you’ll end up with a milkshake instead.

Raw Macadamia Coffee

raw macadamia coffee


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup macadamias
  • 4 dates
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Method

Blend all ingredients on high until creamy. Makes about 2 cups.

Tips

This is even better than the almond version because it tastes nutty without having too distinctive a flavour.

Don't be fooled by the rawness - these coffee substitutes are majorly indulgent. Even though the nuts contain healthy fats, 1/4 cup raw macadamias contains about 240 calories and covers nearly 40% of your daily fat intake.

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