What inspires you to cook and create? This latte is inspired by cardamom and memories and aromas and travel!
I grew up with cardamom as a spice in many savory dishes, as well as sweet ones. Recently my parents decided to do a family trip to Jordan, our tour guide was Jordanian, a true traveler and an amazing guide. He sure loved his coffee. Our stops were obviously focused on sightseeing but also making sure his coffee cup was refilled on a regular basis. Do you know what is special about the coffee in Jordan? They flavor it with cardamom spice!
In this cardamom Spiced Latte I bring together my love for travel, coffee, purple foods, whole foods, essential oils and yes spice! It doesn’t get more interconnected than this! Well photography as well, because not only do get to make it, I get to enjoy the beauty of the ingredients visually, then aromatically and then for a few moments to sit down and enjoy this warm, truly comforting, nourishing latte as I think back to all those delicious dishes my family, mom, grandmother, aunts and relatives prepared. I also get to transport myself to being driven through Jordan from the Dead Sea to Petra and so much more!
I know you are ready for me to get to the recipe, but I must share with you what else is special about this latte. Instead of using the cardamom spice itself I chose to use a drop of Cardamom essential oil! To learn more about essential oils and how to use them in cooking, to support mental and physical wellness and well-being please contact me here.
I wish to make the coming year and years to come more about using food as medicine but also about educating everyone on the benefits of essential oils. If we are educated we can make better choices for our health, mind, body and spirit! So please reach out to me if you are even a tiny tiny bit curious about using essential oils for anything, and if you already know and use some I am happy to help you grow as well. Please send me a personal message via this website or here
Another surprise ingredient! Instead of coffee with real caffeine I used an herbal blend that is coffee and caffeine free, but, please keep reading. I love coffee, the aroma and the taste, mostly the aroma, but in recent years I have not found a need for caffeine! Yes when I changed how I eat I didn’t need caffeine to start or get through my day. So what is the special latte created with? My new favorite caffeine free, balanced energy blend of adaptogens and herbs, you will be missing out if you don’t learn more about this amazing blend and company, Rasa. Of course I wanted to spread the love and team up with them so we can have more people drinking Rasa! Just for YOU this is the special created by Rasa. You can use my affiliate link http://bit.ly/2LnilTs to learn more and shop for Rasa and code HEARTFULRASA to get 20% off your first order!
You will notice that I am not using any traditional sweeteners or creamers here! Instead I use the purple sweet potato for sweetness and dreaminess, nutrients and phytochemicals too. You can now get your anthocyanins (with purple sweet potatoes) or carotenoids (with orange sweet potatoes) or both in your latte for breakfast or anytime!! The collagen is optional but does add some additional nutrients and protein as well. I use the multi collagen in mine. Skip the collagen to keep is vegetarian and vegan!
1 cup brewed hot Rasa (and for coffee lovers you may use 1 cup brewed hot coffee or for Rasa adventurers 1/2 cup Rasa with 1/2 cup coffee)
1 small purple or orange sweet potato ( I get mine at Sprouts!)
1 drop Cardamom essential oil (essential oil must be food or supplement grade) or 1/4- teaspoon or a few pinches of cardamom powder, use less or more for your taste
1 tablespoon Ancient Nutrition multi collagen powder – optional
2 tablespoons Nutiva buttery coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel and slice sweet potato. Add 1 tablespoon of the Nutiva buttery coconut oil or more if needed. In winter we may need to let the oil and potatoes warm for a few minutes before we can get all the rounds coated. Then roast in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. While the potato is roasting brew your Rasa and coffee!
To make your latter add 1 cup of your Rasa/coffee 1-2 rounds of the sweet potato, 1 drop Cardamom essential oil, you could also add some of that buttery coconut oil (1/2 teaspoon) and optionally add your collagen to your high-speed blender. I do love my Vitamix. Perfect for lattes and smoothies too!
Blend well till the sweet potato is completely smooth, pour into your favorite cup and as you pour enjoy the aroma of Cardamom! Enjoy a few quite moments with your cup of cardamom latte and be transported to where your mind takes you! Wander and be still with your cardamom latte! Later, save spare sweet potato and brewed Rasa/coffee for your lattes the next day.