A Day Without Coffee Is…
Just kidding, I have no idea.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then my hectic, bleary-eyed mornings invented Protein Cashew Coffee Drink with Instant Espresso.
On a day off recently from my real life job, I lazily sipped my morning coffee while thinking how much I loved these slow mornings. I wake up early but I don’t have to be anywhere STAT! No patients to see, no night shift to relieve. Just me, my joe and a crossword.
As the hour ticked by and I finished my second cup, I headed to the kitchen contemplating what I was going to have for breakfast. Again, enjoying the slow morning and wondering how my life could be easier on ‘workdays’.
As I looked down at my empty cup, the idea hit me. A coffee drink that was somewhat filling so that I could get to work on time and skip an early breakfast. The early breakfast part was always an issue. I don’t get hungry until I’m up at least 1-2 hours. If I don’t eat anything, I’ll be hangry by the time I’m suppose to see patients. Not a good plan so I forced myself to eat before work, before I’m hungry so that I don’t scare any poor soul who needs more nurturing than a visit from a grumpy goose.
I pictured some kind of smoothie-latte-drink thingy that I could make fast. Something that I could make in the morning without having to make or prep the night before, because you know, squirrels!
I opened the fridge and I saw
food that needs to be tossed almond milk and yogurt. A good start I thought.
It has to have coffee in it. I opened the coffee & tea cabinet and saw a small jar of my hubbys instant espresso, hmm… maybe.
Then I remembered a cashew coffee recipe I read a while ago. I have cashews.
It all went in the Vitamix with a handful of ice cubes. I thought this might work so naturally I grabbed my camera, just in case;)
I also timed myself, sort of, actually just guessed at how long this will take me in the morning. Under 2 MINUTES!!
I took a sip and I knew. The cashews gave the coffee a latte-like feel, creamy and with a slight nutty taste, like foo foo coffee. The protein powder and yogurt gave it some body. The ice made it instantly cold.
This was IT. I took it to hubster and said ‘try this’. He took one sip, then another, then… he tried to steal it:) Yup, I knew.
Let me know if this is IT for you too. When I get to work, I eat an apple while getting report and I’m set until lunch.
‘You’ve got this girl’
May the coffee be forever in your favor…Print
Cashew Coffee Protein Drink With Instant Espresso. A quick morning pick-me-up/snack for busy people on the go. Nutty cashews give this morning bevy a coffee house like taste and creamy texture and instant espresso makes this super fast to whip up. Dive in!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1 Tbs instant espresso
- 1 heaping Tbs of protein powder
- 1/4 cup yogurt, plain or vanilla
- real maple syrup to taste
- handful of ice
- a pinch of cinnamon, optional
- In a blender, add first 3 ingredients and blend very well. A high speed blender works well but is not necessary.
- Add next 4 ingredients, blend until ice is fully incorporated.
- Pour in a to-go mug or glass, sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon, just because.
- Take on the day!
This is a highly adaptable recipe. You can use a banana instead of yogurt, soy milk instead of almond etc. It’s OK to play with your food.