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Alternative Dairy Free and Gluten Free Tea and Coffee Creamer!

November 16, 2013

Lately we have decided to try to eliminate dairy products from our diet. We are big tea drinkers and I especially love strong black tea in the morning. This usually has to have tons of half and half or even cream to cut it enough to make it palatable to me.  This is basically a combination of two recipes I found.  The basic recipe uses a can of full-fat coconut milk. You don’t want Lite because you actually want as much coconut fat as possible for this to work.

This is so easy it’s almost laughable!  You simply take one can of Whole Foods 360 organic coconut milk (or any brand), dump it in a high-speed blender, then add one can’s worth (use the empty coconut milk can) of hemp milk or almond milk, flax or oat milk. (I prefer to use homemade hemp milk – see my recipe below.) You can add a teaspoon of vanilla and also some sweetener if you want it to taste great or you could add a good squirt of raw organic agave nectar or some other sweetener such as Xylitol. Whir for a minute or so and enjoy.

You can also easily make hemp milk at home. Take one cup of hemp hulled seeds (available at Whole Foods or online). Pre-grind a tablespoon or two of Chia Seeds into a powder. This will help make it more creamy. Add both to your Vita-Mix or other high speed blender. Add three cups of water. Blend for about a minute.

Use about a can full of the hemp-chia milk to your can of coconut milk mixture with the vanilla and sweetener. Blend all together for a minute or two, and voila, you have a fabulous tea or coffee creamer!  The first time I tried it I was amazed!  It was the best I have tried of all home-made recipes or store bought!

You can keep this in the fridge and use it all week long. It makes at least 2 – 3 cups worth.  Enjoy!

Needless to say I had a good amount of hemp milk left over, so no problem, I made delicious chocolate milk out of it!  Of course you could just have it straight too.

– Steve