Almond Date Latte

Almond Date Latte

 

Almond Date Latte featuring Wicked Joe Coffee

This almond date latte is a recipe my husband created a few months ago while on the Whole 30 diet and we have been making and drinking it every morning since.

Sugar and sweeteners are omitted on this diet so those who like their coffee a little sweet need to get a little creative.

The Whole 30 diet is based on specific whole foods. When we saw dates were acceptable that was the answer to adding some sweetness to the coffee.

When I was offered a sample of the Sumatra blend coffee from Wicked Joe, I thought it would be great to try it in this recipe.

The Sumatra blend is a delicious coffee with notes of dense chocolate and spices which pair perfectly with the cinnamon and coconut oil that goes into the recipe.

Wicked Joe is a family-owned coffee company based in Maine serving up 100% certified organic, fair trade and non-GMO verified coffees.

They roast their beans in a state of the art energy efficient facility using sustainable business practices from crop-to-cup. To complement their sustainable business practices all of Wicked Joe coffee beans are purchased directly from farmers and cooperatives across the globe.

Wicked Joe offers a variety of blends and single origin coffees which include Sumatra, Honduras, Bali, Ethiopia, Costa Rica and more. The Wicked Joe single origin varietals are imported directly from the country from which they are grown and are not blended with other coffees.

This latte recipe is super easy and delicious. We like to use almond milk but you can use any milk you like. If you are trying to keep it Whole 30 compliant though, you will need to skip any milk with dairy in it.

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Almond Date Latte
Servings: 2 16 oz Cups
Author: Sharm
Ingredients
  • 6 Pitted Whole Dates
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 3 Cups Brewed Coffee
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Brew your favorite coffee

  2. Pour milk into microwave safe mug or dish and add dates. Be sure to remove any pits in the dates. Even if you buy pre pitted dates, a pit can be hiding every now and then so double check them carefully.
  3. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until milk is warm and dates are soft. You can also do this on the stove top. Just combine milk and dates in saucepan and heat until milk is warm and dates are soft.
  4. Add coffee, date and milk mixture, cinnamon and coconut oil into blender. I recommend a Vita Mix.

    Place a towel over the top lid in case the coffee leaks out the top when blending.

    Start blender on low speed to get it going and then increase to high. Blend until smooth.

  5. Using a large spoon, block the foam while pouring into mugs. Pour coffee about an inch from the top of the mug. Then top with desired amount of foam.
  6. If your mixture seem a little grainy and it bothers you blend a little longer. You can also place a fine mesh strainer over the mug while pouring in coffee.

    Enjoy!

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Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Dip

This roasted heirloom tomato and goat cheese dip is simple and the perfect appetizer to impress guests or take to a party.

As an ambassador for Whole Foods Market I get to create and share a simple recipe using great products and produce that are in season and available at Whole Foods Market. At the moment this includes delicious heirloom tomatoes. I wish to thank whole foods for providing me with a gift card to purchase the ingredients.

Here are some tips and recipes from Whole Foods Market along with my recipe for the roasted heirloom tomato and goat cheese dip. Enjoy!

Why they’re cool:
Precious and short, heirloom tomato season is at its peak in early autumn
Tomatoes should feel heavy for their size, be soft and yield only slightly to the touch. Size has no correlation with quality — large tomatoes can be just as delicious as small ones. Also, avoid tomatoes with open splits and cracks. Only purchase what you can eat within a few days. Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature, not the refrigerator because it destroys both flavor and texture.

Whole Foods Market Heirloom Tomatoes

Whole Foods Market Heirloom Tomatoes

Here are a few favorite varieties!

Cherokee Purple. This very large, beefsteak variety is purple or very dark red. It’s deeply flavored and rich with a firm, dense texture. Slice these tomatoes thickly and serve with brined cheeses such as feta or with a sweet drizzle of honey.

Marvel Stripe. This large, beefsteak variety is yellow with interior blush. It’s mild, sweet and fruity with low acidity. These tomatoes are juicy and soft and are wonderful for gazpacho, paired with balsamic vinegar as a tomato relish or with earthy clothbound cheddar cheese.

Brandywine. This is another large, beefsteak variety, however these tomatoes are pink or yellow and sweet with low acidity. They are perfect for sandwiches, used as the base of a fresh summer salad or paired with the creamy saltiness of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Evergreen. This is a medium to large, beefsteak variety. They stay green when ripe and are mild and sweet. Make tomato preserves, a sandwich with triple crème Brie and baguette or bread and fry slices for fried green tomatoes.

Black Prince. This is a medium-sized, round globe variety that’s purple or very dark red. It’s deep and sweetly flavored with a firm texture. Sprinkle wedges with vinaigrette and fresh herbs for a simple treat; pair with Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue to match the tomato’s sweetness.

Sun Gold. This small, cherry variety is dark yellow or almost orange. These tomatoes are tangy-sweet and perfect for an anytime snack, tossing into quick salads, baking on pizzas and flatbreads and pairing with Parrano cheese.
Black Cherry. This small, cherry variety is purple or dark red, very sweet and highly flavored. They’re great in salads, roasting whole, baking into focaccia and pairing with Monterey Jack for a cream-of-tomato soup flavor combination.

Here’s some of Whole Foods Market favorite recipes:
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/fresh-heirloom-tomato-juice
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/heirloom-tomato-kale-and-orzo-salad
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/heirloom-tomato-salad-basil-yogurt-drizzle

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Here is my favorite heirloom tomato recipe.

I love serving this dip with the Whole Foods Market house made crostini but you could use and cracker of bread of your choice.

Whole Foods House Made Crostini

Whole Foods House Made Crostini

The balsamic glaze is sold in a squeeze bottle that is usually found in the oil and vinegar isle at the grocery store. You can also make your own by using regular balsamic vinegar by pouring 1/2 cup vinegar into a sauce pan and then bring to a boil. Stir consistently until vinegar begins to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool. Store unused glaze in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.

Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Dip

1 10.5 ounce goat cheese, softened
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil to taste
balsamic glaze to taste

Heat oven to 425. Rise and pat dry cherry tomatoes and place on baking sheet. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cherries began to burst and caramelize.

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

While tomatoes are roasting, place goat cheese in mixing bowl. Add minced garlic and Italian seasoning.

Fresh Basil

Fresh Basil

Remove tomatoes from oven and cool slightly. Chop fresh basil and set aside.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

To assemble spread goat cheese on serving platter. Top with roasted tomatoes. Sprinkle with fresh basil. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top just before serving.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Serve with cracker, French bread or crostini of choice.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Dip

 

Basil Lemon Cooler

Basil Lemon Cooler

Lemon Basil Cooler

Basil Lemon Cooler

I bought a Juicer a few months ago and have been juicing up whatever I have on hand or needs to be juiced up. This mornings juice came out quite tasty and very refreshing so I am sharing the recipe for those other juicing fanatics out there.

Basil Lemon Cooler

1 handful fresh basil leaves

1 apple, sliced

2 lemons, peeled and cut in half

4 baby cucumbers

4 celery stalks

1 small head Romain lettuce

2 handfuls baby spinach

fresh cilantro to taste, or omit if you are not a cilantro fan

Juicing Ingredients

Juicing Ingredients

Wash and prepare all produce and run through your juicer.  It is ready in minutes! The fresh basil and cilantro really give this juice great flavor!