Cozy Superfood Lattes Part 1

Cozy Superfood Lattes Part 1

superfood lattes, 3 ways //
I usually walk into my local health food store for a crusty loaf of sourdough and maybe a bulk refill of brown basmati rice. But also… I almost always walk out with 3 sample size packets of plant-based protein powder, a kombucha, maybe a pint of coconut milk ice cream, a new herbal tea, some kind of rice cracker/cake, something with chocolate, a new flour/grain to play around with, and whatever superfood du jour that I’ve just read about. I enter a consumerism-fueled vortex in there *nervous laugh*.

Those bags and jars of dried fruit, seeds, powders, tabs, bark pieces, and leaves tend to realize their fate in my daily smoothie. The individual flavour of each is buried in this application and I really can’t tell you with 100% certainty whether my immunity is stronger (no colds yet this year), my focus more laser beam-like, or my energy levels significantly enhanced. I just know that I feel good.

I do have specific uses for some of these quote unquote functional foods, but for the most part they seem to fit in just right with my beverage routine. A traditional latte is one of my favourite small/frequently enjoyed luxuries–it’s rich without being overwhelming, the ratio of coffee to (non-dairy) milk suits me just right, and the foam is fun and nice.

Around 5 years ago, I found myself enjoying a soy milk latte while out and about every other day or so. I also found myself with the worst case of acne I’d ever had. I was dumbfounded on why this could be happening at 25 years old and also considering how healthy I was otherwise. I ate a varied diet based on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and healthy fat with little sugar. I hydrated religiously, green juiced often, took probiotics and Omega 3 supplements, made horrifyingly blue spirulina shots every day, used the gentlest all natural face care I could find, got my exercise, avoided excessive time on the internet, and slept relatively well. I felt amazing, so it was extra frustrating that the most visible part of me didn’t effectively communicate that vibrance. It’s like living with a cautious confidence. After taking some time to focus on higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals and removing soy almost entirely, I started getting results. To this day, if I drink even a small soy latte, it’s almost a guarantee that a throbbing zit will be saying hello the next day.

I overshare just to emphasize how often I enjoy coffee/warm drinks at home now. I wasn’t about to buy one of those specialty plug-in milk frothers and once I happened upon the discovery that coconut/MCT oil + warm liquid + blend on high = creamy, foamy, frothy latte-like goodness, my non-dairy, soy-free woes weren’t a thing anymore.

I really got into a vegan version of bulletproof coffee last summer–just hot coffee with a bit of MCT oil, a dab of coconut butter/manna, and a splash of full fat coconut milk. All of the supposed benefits of mixing coffee with fat aside, I enjoyed the taste and texture so much after it all got blended together. So this led to my superfood lattes habit. I could use up all of those random bags I had picked up at the health food store, maybe enjoy their individual flavours a bit more, and have myself a cozy drink too. I have one of these superfood lattes everyday, usually when I hit that little afternoon slump and they’re never the same way twice.

I offer three versions here that you can play with: a turmeric vanilla spice, a raw cacao and goji berry one and a wildcard matcha and maca one with tahini! Totally, totally super 🙂

With respect to origin, the turmeric + milk combination ties to haldi doodh, the Hindi phrase for “the milk of turmeric.” One of my favourite pieces of food writing ever revolves around this particular drink. You can read it here.

turmeric vanilla spice superfood latte // www.thefirstmess.comraw chocolate + goji berry superfood latte // www.thefirstmess.commatcha + maca superfood latte with tahini // www.thefirstmess.comslurp // via @thefirstmess
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Guess what? We did a part 2 superfood lattes post! Three more recipes here.

1. turmeric vanilla spice superfood latte recipe
serves: 1
notes: I’ve tried this with both fresh and powdered turmeric and generally prefer the powder. It just seems to integrate itself into the drink nicer.

10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2-2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
fat pinch of vanilla powder
tiny pinch of ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
maple syrup/brown rice syrup to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm, carefully pour the liquid into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined and frothy. Pour the drink into a cup and shake a bit of cinnamon on top if you like.

2. raw cacao + goji berry superfood latte recipe
serves: 1
notes: I love the intensity of raw cacao powder in this, but regular cocoa powder would be just as tasty.

10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 pitted date
1 1/2 tbsp goji berries
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
pinch of berry blend/acai powder (optional)
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm and the date/gojis are completely soft, carefully pour the liquid and softened dried fruit into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined, smooth, and frothy. Garnish with extra goji berries, a sprinkle of cacao powder or cacao nibs if you like.

3. matcha + maca superfood latte with tahini
serves: 1
notes: I imagine a bit of raw cacao butter dissolved into the mix would give this a delicious white chocolate feel similar to this gorgeous recipe.

10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp tahini sesame paste
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil (or coconut butter/manna is especially good here)
maple syrup/brown rice syrup to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm, carefully pour the liquid into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined and frothy. Garnish the drink with a little sprinkle of sesame seeds of you like.

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  • Jodi

    you had me at tahini. seriously. that matcha + maca superfood latte is a winner. I am more of a strong americano kind of gal, but every now and then something a little frothier warms the soul – like a hug in a mug. Oh – and don’t even get me started on that giddy yoyo sea salt chocolate, I emailed them to see if they would ship me someto France – no joy. So my last suit case was filled to the brim, the supplies didn’t last long. Big hearts for this one, Laura xReply

    • Laura Wright

      I live right by a store that’s always fully stocked with it. We could strike up a little pen pal exchange deal if you want 😉Reply

  • valentina | sweet kabocha

    I don’t like smoothies, but this lattes seems perfect, warm and nutritious. And your health food store shopping reminds mine a lot 😀 – but for kombucha which doesn’t exist in Italy 🙁Reply

  • Anna

    OMG this is perfect to get warm now that it’s sooo cold!!! I’ve ben hearing a lot about macha I’ll have to try it out 🙂

  • supal {chevrons & éclairs}

    I’ve been looking for an afternoon caffeine alternative that is slightly indulgent. These are perfect! Looking forward to trying the raw cacao one!Reply

  • Jessica @ BAKECETERA

    These look fantastic… and I’m really excited about trying the cocoa and goji berry latte! (The tahini-goji cream already makes regular appearances in my fridge!)Reply

  • Julia

    ummm…YES. JUST YES. these drinks are wicked! matcha + maca?! brilliant!! i started stocking the giddy yoyo bars last week.. cheese & crackers!!! FABULOUS. can’t wait to try that matcha latte this afternoon, when i don’t want to go for espresso. thanks lady;)Reply

    • Laura Wright

      Sometimes I dirty up a superfood latte with an espresso shot too 😉 xoReply

      • Julia

        i like your style:)
        this matcha latte was so freakin good.. i had to have 2 today!! high fives.

  • Aysegul

    These recipes sound (and look) delicious. Especially tahini and maca combination..Reply

  • Christine // my natural kitchen

    Yay! This is perfect! I love making ‘superfood’ drinks in the mornings before I leave for work – sometimes in smoothie form and other times (especially on these super chilly mornings) a hot version. I can’t wait to try your matcha maca latte! Everytime I go to the health food store, my basket has a similar mix 🙂 Have you tried the Rise Mint and Chlorophyll kombucha? I can never seem to pass it by (the Rose Hibiscus by Rise is another favourite) and the Giddy YoYo chocolates are SO delicious! xoReply

    • Laura Wright

      The RISE kombucha is totally amazing and I love that they’re Canadian too. The lemongrass one is my fave.Reply

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I’m eying the raw chocolate and goji berry creation. That looks right up my alley. Though, really, all of these sound so interesting!Reply

  • s

    GOD the exact same thing happened to me with soy, though i unfortunately discovered my intolerance about 1 week after busting into a tub of soy protein powder. when i stopped soy cold turkey (tofurky?), i stopped breaking out entirely. until that point, i had decent skin, but still got a bit of acne every now and then. the protein powder left me with disastrous cystic acne, and it took my skin almost 2 months to recover completely. but now that i am totally soy-less, my skin is totally free of breakouts, save the one usual zit i get right before my period. it still shocks me how big of a difference it made to cut out soy. i am so glad to know i’m not the only one!Reply

  • Ashley

    Girl. These are everything!!! I love a good soy latte (no face issues from them, heh) but these obviously sound 1 million times more satisfying. I haven’t tried the bulletproof coffee yet but have been intrigued. Definitely going to try these out and holy heck, VANILLA BEAN POWDER? There’s a coffee shop right around the corner that makes their own almond milk…next time you’re here, we’ve got a date. 😉Reply

    • Laura Wright

      Oooooh I hope that coffee date happens sooner rather than later! xoReply

  • Adrienne J

    This looks so wonderful!! I can’t wait to spend the time to make these on a slow morning. I wonder if they’d hold so I could make a bigger batch for a couple days in a row. Thoughts?Reply

    • Laura Wright

      Hey Adrienne, I think with each of the drinks you could make a large batch up–just follow the simmering and blending steps, but leave the coconut oil out. When you go to reheat portions of the drink individually, add the dab of oil in at that point and re-blend it (that’s what gives it the frothy/foamy quality).

      • Adrienne J

        Thanks for the help!

  • Dillon

    Yes to these… They are all morning bevs I can totally get behind. Unfortunately coffee makes me super anxious. 🙁 I’m gonna go make one now. It’s a toss up between cacao-goji and turmeric-vanilla spice.Reply

  • Katie @ Whole Nourishment

    Made the cacao and goji latte today and thoroughly enjoyed it outside in the sun (for once! as the sun makes rare appearances during our Swiss winters). I make something similar during the winter months but hadn’t added goji berries before and I love this addition. Thank you!Reply

  • lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    I love how you shared about how your poor skin hates soy. With so much health info out there we can sometimes forget that our body is totes unique and we have to listen to it. what works for me, maybe won’t work for the next guy…. one of these beautiful babies is sure to do the trick though 🙂 xo.Reply

  • Shira

    Totally relating on the soy issue! One year I broke out with the THE worst case of face rash ever, and for the life of me did not know what was up. It took a while for me to figure out what it was – who knew! I avoid soy milk at all costs now.

    These scream breakfast for me and the combos sound lovely!Reply

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    Matcha, maca, AND tahini?! So have to try this! These are brilliant and I am now googling what the heck bulletproof coffee is all about. Super weird about that soy-face-conundrum (I love using that word) but glad you got it sorted, and these look like they will beat a 5 buck cafe late any day. Nice work **tipping hat**Reply

  • Clem @ The Vegan Cookie Fairy

    I was really intrigued so I went ahead and tried the turmeric latte. Bit weird, I think my tastebuds need to adjust to the turmeric, but it’s actually growing on me. I like the warmth the spice leaves on my tongue, it’s definitely helping me beat the Scottish winter cold! I’ll be trying the matcha + maca next 🙂Reply

    • Laura Wright

      Drinking turmeric took a bit of getting used to for me too. Especially combined with something milky. Upping the amount of sweetener and vanilla helps ease the transition a bit 🙂

  • Emilie murmure

    I am in love with all your recipes!!
    Everyting is perfect and beautiful !!
    Thank you for your inspiration & work.


    • Laura Wright

      Emilie, I’m such a huge fan of your work, so that’s a huge compliment right there 🙂 xoReply

  • Shilpa

    Amazing combinations and perfect post for this time of year! I love them all and can’t wait to try them!!Reply

  • shanna mallon

    I do this too! Only you’ve got me inspired with new kinds and ways. Love this!Reply

  • Elizabeth Jarrard RD (@ElizabethEats)

    woah. want to make all of these!! what a great idea. Love your process shots.Reply

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    If this doesn’t tell people what a magical, vibe-y superfood goddess you are, I don’t know what will! I’m heading to the airport today, so I think the tumeric one will be my drink of choice for the ride over : ) As always, love your work dearest!Reply

  • Natalia

    Love these lattes too and I can’t imagine a day, especially during the cold season, without at least one of them! Thanks for lovely post!Reply

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High

    DAMN LAURA THESE ALL LOOK AMAZING!!! Seriously, thanks for sharing this armada of superfood lattes — I’m always on the lookout for breakfasts that make me actually get going instead of wanting to crawl back into bed and die (hence why I am a hater of brunch). These lattes look bomb!Reply

  • michelle

    These look amazing and the photos are gorgeous! I am trying to cut back on coffee but these look so good that I want to try them. I have just started replacing coffee with roasted barley tea. I love exploring different kinds of teas too!Reply

  • Abby

    These photographs are insanely gorgeous, Laura. So stunning! I must give one of these a try… they look lovely.Reply

  • Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen

    I make warm drinks SO similar to this almost everyday too! I can always feel the difference when I’m consistently consuming superfoods. I’ll have to experiment with taking soy out for a while, my skin has been acting weird and maybe that’s the culprit. Thanks for the suggestion!Reply

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation

    My vote goes to the matcha version!
    P.S. we all love it when you overshare 😉Reply

  • ale

    just made the first one..omg it’s sooo good I already want another one. thanks a lot 🙂Reply

  • Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

    These look so cozy and tasty! 🙂 Also I adore Giddy Yoyo chocolate too. Have you ever tried their dried banana spears? They are magical I tell you!Reply

  • Heather

    Your photos are so beautiful as always Laura. A matcha latte is my daily afternoon pick-me-up, but I think I will be trying the raw cacao latte tomorrow. 🙂 Oh and store bought almond milk is gross! All I can taste is salt and it just ruins any coffee drink for me. My homemade cashew or almond milk is the bomb.Reply

  • kristie {birch and wild}

    These are my kind of lattes. I often do a maca root/coconut oil/mct oil/chaga mushroom blend, but I need to get out of my old habits and try something new. Thanks you for the ideas 🙂
    P.S. Your dog has such a sweet face!Reply

  • Sophie

    Hey Laura,

    I had the exact same thing happen with soy milk! I was eating (whole food, mainly veggie diet) healthy, exercising plenty and sleeping well but started cutting out dairy… as a consequence I was consuming a lot of soy milk and tofu (blended with herbs etc to make creamy sauce). Pimple central in my mid 30s… as soon as I cut out soy it stopped, but I also notice it now if I eat soy products. I mentioned it to my doctor at the time, and he didn’t seem convinced with my theory… anyway, I’m usually ok with tempeh and a little bit of organic GMO-free, high quality tofu now and again, but I steer clear of soy milk as it seems to be the worst offender.

    Cheers, Sophie

    ps. I like the new design of your site (and love your blog – plus these lattes)Reply

    • Laura Wright

      Hey Sophie, I loved reading your comment because it sounds like you went through the exact same thing I did–including the part where your doctor wasn’t convinced. Mine was a naysayer too! Good thing we both listened to our bodies 🙂 Thanks so much for this <3

  • Tara

    These are so creative and look amazing! I can’t wait to try all three!


  • Tünchen

    wow, thiese recipes sound amazing! Finally I can put all these lovely ingredients in something to drink. Can’t wait to try them.
    I have a question: why do you add the Coconut oil? Can I leave it out when i use Full Coconut milk?Reply

    • Laura Wright

      Hi Tünchen, I add the coconut oil because it seems to give the drink that frothy/foamy quality that I love. I think when the oil gets blended with the water-based plant milk, it combines by surrounding the water-y components with a layer of fat essentially–kind of like when a vinaigrette gets mixed/emulsified. And that’s what makes for the extra creamy texture. Even with full fat coconut milk I would use a little bit of oil.

  • Juliet Sterlin

    I appreciate your work & recipe. Sure, I will try it on this valentine day for someone 🙂Reply

  • Kathryn

    That tumeric + vanilla spice latte has got my name written all over it. So good.Reply

  • Austin

    love this! i have been marathon training for the past three months and using tumeric lattes for their anti-inflammatory power 🙂Reply

  • Arlette

    Just made the turmeric vanilla spice latte – it is awesome, thanks for the recipe! I too purchase far too many coffee/soya combos, so intend to try all these.Reply

  • Ingredient1

    Yes! We love the idea of combining the creaminess of nut milks + the benefits of superfoods. Awesome recipes.Reply

  • anita

    These all look so delicious! I will definitely give them a try once winter hits back on us here. Right now is 35°C so anything hot I want to keep away.
    Dreaming of the colder days only for this though!! 🙂Reply

  • Keara McGraw

    How cold is too cold for a superfood smoothie? Probably a 3 degree windchill in Chicago. Will definitely be experimenting with these this week as the temps drop past the acceptable-for-a-smoothie threshold (sob). All of them look lovely!Reply

  • Sini

    Such a stunning collection of superfood lattes! Can’t decide which one to make first… Probably the one with turmeric in it.Reply

  • renee (will frolic for food)

    i seriously cannot WAIT to try each and every one of these. you’re speaking my language, lady!!!! matcha TAHINI! oh man. so stoked. STOKED i tell you. and hey have you ever tried drinking mugwort during the day? it’s usually used to enhance dreams and sipped before bed, but my herbalist friend gave me a tea mix which includes it as a main ingredient. And i’m telling you i’m super focused after sipping a cup of it. just wanted to share. i’m thinking of steeping mugwort in the base liquid for one of these superfood lattes to get that focused energy element. again, love these wholeheartedly.Reply

    • Laura Wright

      I’m on that mugwort move. Sounds like the perfect addition to my slightly distracted work-at-home outings 🙂 xoReply

  • Julia

    All of these sound really appealing, i want to try them right now! But i will have to wait until tomorrow mornings breakfast… hm, guess it will be the cacao and goji one 🙂 Thanks for sharing these and your personal story with soy!Reply

  • Hayles

    Hi Laura. Am sipping the cacoa and berry latte as I write. It’s delicious. Have been a fan of bulletproof coffee for a few weeks now and have just come across your blog while pinning other recipes. This is a great blog. thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and recipes. Making the vanilla turmeric next. Turmeric jar was empty Reply

  • I Love coffee

    There is no coffee in your lattesReply

    • Laura Wright

      Cool observation!Reply

  • June Burns

    What a terrific idea! I can’t wait to try the matcha + tahini latte 🙂Reply

  • Kari

    These look like such a delicious way to incorporate superfoods into my diet!

  • Jerrelle | Chocolate For Basil

    I am drooling over myself…

    And you’re photography is breathtakingly artful <3Reply

    • Heather

      Checking in to say I made the matcha+maca smoothie yesterday aaaaaannnndddd….lets just say I made it again today 🙂 probably again tomorrow. tastes and feels so good Laura! You are a genius, and I really should branch out tomorrow and try one of the others! thank you!Reply

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats

    Love this post. I usually tend to throw maca, etc. into smoothies or oatmeal but the latte idea is great for winter (or whenever winter decides to roll around southern california)…

    And a similar thing happened to me! After I started to eat healthy, take omega 3 + spirulina, exercise, sleep, etc. my skin was wonderful until last year in May when it started acting out. I tried every face wash/cream under the sun but nothing has helped so far. Its incredibly frustrating. Now I’m trying to see if there was anything I started eating around that time that could be blamed? UrghhhhhReply

  • Kelly

    checking in because I haven’t in awhile. We’ve been moving / shaking / changing! Every time I come on your site I freak out. I just love you. These are brilliant. The new look is beautiful!Reply

  • Lorna

    Wow, the turmeric vanilla spice latte is just the thing for a snowy winter’s night. After a week of not being able to feel my toes, I think I’m finally beginning to thaw. So warming and delicious, thank you.Reply

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn

    Laura!! You are just such a magician and these pictures are nothing short of DIVINE (as I’m sure the lattes are as well!).

    If I hop on a plane in two hours or so will you have a frothy cup of goodness waiting tomorrow?

    Lots a love!!

  • Dana

    I just did the turmeric latte with a spoonful of masala chai at the steeping stage (strained it out before frothing) and wow! I think the turmeric + pepper makes a really complex flavor. Thanks for an afternoon-work-at-home boost!Reply

  • Lorna

    I thought this might be going a little toooo far with the superfood trend. But, you know what? If you can get a dog into goji berries then it’s good enough for me!Reply

  • darcy

    I had kelp noodles for dinner, which is fine, except that I blended an avocado into the sauce. And for some reason, blended avocados leave my stomach feeling queezy. (too bad at lunch time tomorrow)
    BUT it was an incentive to make your tumeric drink above. OH MY GOODNESS, how beautiful. Thank you. Bodes well for winter as it heads towards New Zealand
    yum yum YUM, thanks againReply

  • Courtney @

    This post is amazing for so many reasons!

    1st- I just stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest, and I love it!
    2nd- I was having the same skin issues, doing everything right and still breaking out. I just recently started cutting soy out and skin cleared! I’m glad to hear this is a thing (for at least the 2 of us).
    3rd- I tried to make a homemade latte yesterday using almond milk (store bought) and it tasted rancid after being heated. Again, glad to hear this wasn’t me screwing something up.

    I will definitely be trying these recipes! Have you tried a latte with reishi mushroom (another superfood of sorts) yet? It is delicious!Reply

  • Sophie

    I now make one of these lattes every weekend because I love them so freaking much. Might I request more superfood latte concoctions? They are so, so warming.Reply

    • Laura

      Might go for Part II in January! 🙂

      • Sophie

        Hooray! You rock. As per your tips, I’ll be inventing too. 🙂

  • elle

    what a sweet puddin’ your pup is …Reply

  • Robert

    Wow, that is fantastic. Great work.Reply

  • Maja

    Oh my! These photos look absolutely stunning. I’ve just had the matcha and tahini latte, and I threw in some cacao butter as well. Pleased to say that it was delicious 🙂 I love matcha latte, but the same old recipe gets boring after some time, so adding some maca and tahini is really a great idea!
    It’s only recently that I have discovered your blog and I have no idea why it took me so long… Anyway, now that I know about it, I’ll probably become a very regular reader… 🙂Reply

  • CC

    The Vanilla bean almond milk turmeric latte is the one for me…I’m in heaven. Thank you so much. I was so depressed yesterday, I know it sounds strange but since the big M began last year I have been suffering bouts of extreme depression. I came across this site and thought I would make this latte. I ended up making two then another latte last night for my husband as well. He’s in love too..we sat and talked over a cup of this luscious latte..I felt better. Something so small made a difference in how I felt. Thank you for that.Reply

  • Jana Bedard

    I have made the first two and love them! I added cayenne to the top of the second one for a little kick. Have you made any other versions recently that you love?Reply

  • Carolyn

    I was just thinking i want to start a new habit of sipping turmeric at night and then this hit my inbox! And i cant wait to try the others too! I would love to hear more about those spirulina shots too! Is it just mixes with water?Reply

  • Kim

    I should probably know this but … vanilla powder? Do I just go into a health food store and ask for that? Does vanilla bean or vanilla work just the same?Reply

    • Laura

      Vanilla bean or extract is just the same!

  • Susanne

    This looks delicious. I am curious to know why you have added coconut oil to the recipes.Reply

    • Laura

      The coconut oil helps to emulsify the mixture and make the resulting latte much more creamy.

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