Sweet Coconut Basil Latte

Okay, here's a twist on coffee that I stumbled upon quite accidentally - basil.  I thought I was adding a sprig of mint, but was adding a basil leaf to my hot cup of joe.  Not too bad.  I was later making my Coconut Faux-latte when I remembered the basil.  It turns out to be a great combination.

Besides the great flavor combination of coconut and coffee, there are several reasons that adding coconut milk to your coffee is a great idea:

  • Coconut milk contains medium chain triglycerides to speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight.
  • Coconut contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds that assist your immune system
  • Coconut milk contains enough fat to slow the absorption of caffeine for a more even boost of energy without causing the jitters.
Note:  A true latte is made with espresso, but for simplicity I use a strong brew of coffee.

Make a 6 cup pot of coffee as you normally would with the following exceptions:
  • Add two-three fresh basil leaves to the filter basket along with the coffee grounds.
  • Make the coffee a little stronger than you normally brew it.
  • In the carafe to receive the hot coffee, add 1 cup of coconut milk and 6 tablespoons of honey.

If you are dairy-free you may drink the brew as it is for a great tasting cup of coffee but I prefer to continue as directed below for a creamier and more frothy latte experience.

Combine the brewed coffee concoction and 1/2 cup of half & half into a blender.  

Blend until frothy and smooth.
Serve hot in your favorite mug or over ice.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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1 comment:

  1. I made it this morning, but I used maple syrup because I was unexpectedly out of honey. What a cozy way to start the day! It tastes like fall. ;-)

    It seems like this would be good iced, as well.