Saturday, August 27, 2011

Paleo Coconut Chai Latte


We're prepping for a storm here tomorrow, though we're in the Boston area, so by the time Irene gets here it's looking to just be a bad storm, not anything like an actual hurricane. We are ready to go, from a food and water perspective, and now we're just huddled inside while the first batch of rain waltzes through.

And it's dark and drizzly so I put on a sweater and Will is wearing a flannel shirt and we felt like we needed something hot to sip.

SO!

I made this paleo-friendly Coconut Chai Latte recipe in my teeny tiny crockpot. (You could make it in a bigger one, but just keep an eye on it to make sure the milk doesn't burn.)

And it was delicious. I served it in our Simon Pierce glasses to feel extra fancy (and because my mugs were all dirty and I'm too lazy to fish them out of the dishwasher to wash them.)

The Tools: (serves 4)

- 2 qt. crockpot

- 4 cups coconut milk
- 4 black tea bags (mine were decaf for evening tea)
- 2 T agave nectar (controversially paleo... but I use it every now and then)
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1/2 t ginger
- 1/4 t cloves
- 2 t cinnamon

The Process:

Put everything in the crockpot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

You can periodically taste this, to be sure it's on the right track. Lots of times, crockpot cooking can be thwarted if you take the lid off too much, but in this case, I was a total rebel and tasted it several times.

When you're done, dig out the cardamom pods and CAREFULLY remove your tea bags. I say carefully because mine broke and I spent the next twenty minutes carefully straining the liquid through a loose leaf tea strainer.


Oh, well. There's a hurricane coming. It's not like I have anything else to do.

Drizzle a bit more agave in if you want it a touch sweeter.

Stay safe and dry, everyone!




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