I am very exited about this new concoction. I know it’s only a drink but it’s just SO GOOD. As a former coffee addict (I used to live for my morning French press), it is one thing I do actually miss. Well, I don’t miss drinking coffee as it turned me into a jittery lunatic with crap skin, but I do miss the taste. I go into a coffee house now for a cup of tea, but really I just to smell the roasted beans…ahhh.
Because I was such a huge lover of coffee, I have always dismissed the coffee substitutes there are out there. What a WASTE OF TIME. And come on, can barley, rye and chicory really taste anything like coffee? Well, erm, yes it can actually! When I took my first sip recently, I was forced to eat my Costa Coffee hat. I mean, it’s never ever going to compare to the real thing of course, but it is really quite remarkable just how coffee like it is. I’m specifically talking about ‘Barley Cup’ here – and no, it’s not raw but I gave up coffee 2 years ago and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna give up a bloody coffee substitute as well. Ahem. Plus, they used ‘Inka’ (another non raw coffee substitute) during my raw food training out in Bali, so if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for me. So! Back to the drink. It came about when I was making some thick and frothy almond milk the other day. Whilst straining the milk through my nut milk bag*, I spied the jar of Barley Cup out the corner of my eye. I thought “Hang on a little second…what if I were to put some of that in this?”. And I’ll tell you what happened – some amazing coffee milkshake magic is what happened!!! Needless to say I was very happy. I made it again today, except this time with hazelnut milk, which I think compliments the coffee taste much better. As the weather was so hot today, I was going to make it with a load of crushed ice – but when I got to the freezer… alas – there was non [hangs head in disappointment]. So I had to scrap that idea and go without – but if you do have ice in, chuck some in your blender. It will be an amazing, chilled, coffee tasting shake for you enjoy on hot summery days. An added bonus to this drink is that hazelnuts are packed full of vitamin E, so you know what that means? Fresh looking skin, glossy hair and strong nails.Woo!
*You will need a nut milk bag or a sieve to make the hazelnut milk. Sieves are ok to use but can be quite messy, and you waste a lot of milk as can’t squeeze it out like you do in a nut milk bag. My nut milk bag was the first piece of raw food equipment I bought (as it’s the cheapest!) and I use it nearly every day.
If you haven’t already got a nut milk bag, you can buy one here – Nut Milk Bag
- 1 cup hazelnuts
- 5 dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cup water
- 1 tbsp Barley Cup or other coffee substitute
- Pinch salt
- First make the hazel nut milk. In a blender place the hazelnuts, dates, vanilla extract, water and salt. Whizz everything up until thoroughly blended.
- Strain through a nut milk bag into a large jug or bowl.
- Place freshly made hazelnut milk back in the blender jug, along with a tbsp of Barley Cup.
- Whizz it all up again, pour into a glass and enjoy.