I’ve always loved coffee with cream. Going Paleo meant I had to ditch it and get used to the taste of black coffee. To be honest, I never could.
Should I have stopped drinking coffee altogether at that point? Probably—but I didn’t. I soldiered on, so great was my addiction, and began experimenting instead. I tried Bulletproof Coffee, Egg Coffee, coconut oil, and different spices. The results were pretty good but it was just missing one key ingredient, which I couldn’t put my finger on. Thankfully I found it at AHS13 in Atlanta.
The vendors at events like these are incredible. There was everything from tallow lip balm to kombucha starters—a veritable cornucopia of Paleo delights. One table that really caught my eye was the Pure Indian Food’s Ghee display.
I’ve always loved and used ghee, but it’s hard to find good sources of it. Here, starring me in the face, was organic, grass-fed ghee—gallons of it. Not only that, there was coffee too, with a little sign saying “try some ghee in me!” And so I did.
Deciding between the different types of ghee was difficult—they had cultured or plain, coconut mixed with ghee, and different flavors, including a digestive blend that tasted like chai. I knew that was the one I wanted to play with.
Believe it or not, I actually took a blender, a French press, coconut oil, coffee, Stevia, cinnamon, vanilla, and eggs with me to AHS. I take my coffee very seriously, and wanted to make Primal egg lattes for the girls, so I didn’t even have to wait until I got home. Upstairs in my hotel room, I believe I immediately stumbled upon what could possibly be the best frothy, rich, smooth, delicious drink I’ve ever had. You can find the recipe below.
I can’t really describe the taste—you’ll have to wait until you try it. All the different components to the drink blend so well together that it leaves you wondering, “Is this coffee? Eggnog? Chai? Hot buttered rum? Oh, I bet this would taste amazing with rum.” And it does. Vary the spices, add some alcohol and you could easily turn this drink into a warm, holiday beverage for grown-ups that will not only intoxicate you, it will also caffeinate the crap out of you so that you can stay up super late wrapping all those stupid presents you left until the last minute.
Coconut Ghee Egg Spiced Chai Latte Recipe
- ¾ cup of hot coffee or strong black tea
- 1 TBSP coconut oil (or coconut ghee)
- 1 tsp. Pure Indian Foods Grass-Fed, Organic Digestive Ghee or Indian Dessert Ghee*
- 1 tsp. sweetener—Stevia, honey, sugar, or whatever you prefer
- Pinch of unprocessed salt (I use Redmond’s Real Salt)
- 1 egg
*If you don’t have this, add 1 tsp. – 1 TBSP regular ghee and some spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, or whatever you like. Chai, eggnog, and pumpkin pie spice mixes work nicely. You’ll want about ¼ – ½ tsp. total, but it will depend on your personal tastes. The flavor in the spiced ghee is very strong, so only use a little. Add up to a TBSP if you’re using regular ghee.
1. Put all the ingredients, except the egg, into a blender. Turn blender on low. You’ll see the coffee turning lighter.
2. Add the egg while the blender is still running.
3. Turn blender up to high, and watch the magic happen.
4. Pour your latte into your cup and enjoy hot.
Some awesome stuff about why you should choose Ghee
Ghee is a healthy, shelf-stable alternative to plain butter or other cooking oils and is an ideal fat for frying.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), an essential fatty acid, is found in a higher concentration in Ghee than in traditional butter.
Ghee is a nutrient dense food and contains healthy fat soluble vitamins which aids in the absorption of nutrients in foods and are essential for good health.
Ghee does not contain harmful trans-fats or hydrogenated oils, which can cause heart disease and many other serious health problems.
During the Ghee clarification process, milk solids are removed, leaving the healthy butter fats behind. Small, trace amounts of casein and lactose can possibly remain in the ghee, but unless a person is extremely sensitive, consuming ghee should be fine, even if dairy is not.
Lastly, grass fed, open pastured cows are free to roam, they are exposed to natural sunlight, and they eat high fiber green grass, all of this combines to creates a healthy stable environment for them. On the other hand, most conventional cows are fed large amounts of grains (primarily corn), soy and other supplements to increase milk production and decrease cost and they are kept in crowded feedlots. This makes them vulnerable to various diseases and they are often given antibiotics in their daily feed to treat those diseases. Grass fed by-products are healthier for you and the cows!
For more information, check out www.pureindianfoods.com 1-877-LUV GHEE