Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (Copycat Starbucks Recipe)

I don’t drink much coffee, so when I do you can bet it has a major impact. Like an “is this really just coffee or did they spike it with something” kinda impact. So naturally, my trick for crunch time essay writing is to go to Starbucks, order some form of latte/iced coffee/vanilla sweet cream cold brew (!!), and instantly transform into Super Katherine, who just happens to be an essay writing machine.

While employing this strategy last week, I discovered the best Starbucks drink I’ve ever had. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew that got me through my history paper was delicious, but that caffeine high was intense (and the ingredients are probably pretty sketchy) so buying one will definitely be a very occasional indulgence.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Luckily, I was able to come up with a pretty great copycat recipe at home, which I can make with decaf coffee without the fear of being judged by a barista and has much less sugar than the original.

This is definitely going to be a regular part of my morning routine, and I’m confident it will become part of yours too!

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Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dairy free milk (I used Ripple Foods)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cold brew coffee (I prepared mine using a french press, but if you don't have one there are lots of great tutorials online)
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Stir together dairy free milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small pitcher or cup.
  2. Divide ice between two glasses, then pour half of the cold brew into each glass.
  3. Add ¼ cup creamer to each glass, and serve with a straw for the true Starbucks experience.

 

I used Ripple Foods milk in this recipe because I love its creaminess and protein content, so I want to share it with you, but this post is not affiliated with Ripple Foods in any way.

Spiced Applesauce

Sometimes I struggle with giving the people I love space to grow and change. I fear that I will no longer be able to connect with someone I care about or that they may lose interest in me. So and I have a tendency to distance myself from people in an effort to protect myself from loss.

Recently I’ve felt this happening with one of my best friends. We’re at pretty different points in our lives and don’t have many overlapping interests, so it makes sense that we haven’t been as close. I know friendships fluctuate though, and there may absolutely be a point when she once again feels like the Christina to my Meredith (we’re both obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy).

But I spent the afternoon with this friend and I realized how much I’d missed her and her family. As a strong introvert, it’s rare for me to find people that allow me to completely relax, and she is definitely one of those people. I think it’s the unconditional love I feel from her that allows me to be completely free from self consciousness.

If there’s someone in your life who makes you feel like this, or who you wish you were closer with, take a moment to call/text/write them a letter, then come back and make them some applesauce. Because obviously applesauce is the most authentic and complete expression of love.

But truly, this is such a great gift to others, yourself, and your entire household (it will make your kitchen smell AMAZING as it cooks). Sharing warm bowls of applesauce with my family gave me all the cozy warm feelings (both in my stomach and my heart).

I’m so interested in what you have to say, so let me know your thoughts about friendships, Grey’s Anatomy, and/or applesauce here or on Instagram.

Spiced Apple Sauce
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Serves: 1.5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 cups chopped apples, such as fuji, gala, or honeycrisp (about 2 large apples)
  • ½ tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil in large, heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Add chopped apple, cover, and cook on medium low for 30 minutes.
  3. Add ginger and water to pot, bring to boil, then cover and simmer.
  4. Continue to simmer for an hour, periodically mashing apples with a large fork or potato masher. (Alternatively, blend in food processor once cooking is done. I haven't tried this, but I imagine it would create a smoother sauce.)

 

Bye Bye Boring Breakfast

Breakfast brings so much joy to my life. That may sound silly, but it’s true. All my life my family has taken time to eat together before school/work during the week, and on the weekends we enjoy relaxing breakfasts where we take time to talk, read, and eat delicious food.

So many of my best food memories involve breakfast foods, like the time my little sister and I made ourselves pancakes for dinner and threw in every random ingredient that sounded good, or when my siblings and I would try to make special anniversary breakfasts for my parents.

But recently I’ve been eating the same 3 breakfasts (yogurt + granola, eggs + toast, oatmeal + banana) over and over and over. And those are good breakfasts, but a girl’s gotta mix it up sometimes. Plus, my Instagram is starting to get a little repetitive.

So in an effort to have some fun with breakfast, I’m creating the Bye Bye Boring Breakfast challenge. All of these recipes can be prepared in 15 minutes or less and are sure to bring some variety to your routine.

This week, I’ll be making these recipes and sharing them on Instagram each day. I hope you’ll join me in trying some (or all!) of the recipes and banishing your breakfast blues. If you make any of these recipes, be sure to tag me on Insta or let me know in the comments!

Sunday:

Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast by Pinch of Yum

 

Monday:

Pecan Pie Oatmeal

 

Tuesday (Valentine’s Day):

Chunky Monkey Mug Cake

OR

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls (these take longer than 15 minutes, but if you have time they’re really fun)

 

Wednesday:

Breakfast Tacos by Nutrition Stripped

 

Thursday:

Banana Chia Pudding  by Baked Greens

 

Friday:

Matcha Green Smoothie (personally I’ll probably have this with some peanut butter toast)

 

Saturday:

2 Ingredient Pancakes by Gimme Delicious

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Personally, I take it as an opportunity to show love to my family, friends, and myself. This usually involves taking time to enjoy some of my own favorite things (such as a face mask, a good book, Grey’s Anatomy, and chocolate), making breakfast for my family, and giving cards and little gifts to my friends. I love giving presents, but to be honest, I’m so indecisive that I’m not an amazing gift giver. And that’s where these Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls come in.

They are pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and, most important, chocolatey. Because nothing shows love better than chocolate. Especially Eating Evolved Chocolate, which allows you to show love to your body, the environment, and your tastebuds, all at the same time.

These rolls would make the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast or gift, either to friends/family or to yourself. But if you don’t have time for baking this year, you could also order Eating Evolved products to be delivered right to your door, so you won’t even have to leave the house to give the best Valentines day present out there.

Check out Eating Evolved products here (by ordering through my blog you’ll receive a free jar of mint chocolate spread!) and if you make these rolls be sure to share with me on Instagram.

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls
Serves: About 10 rolls
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour/gluten free flour
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Eating Evolved hot chocolate mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pour warm water into a large bowl, add yeast, and sprinkle sugar on top of yeast.
  2. If yeast is activated, you will see small bubbles form in the center of the bowl. If yeast doesn't activate (as often happens to me), just try again!
  3. Melt coconut oil, then stir into water.
  4. Add flours and combine thoroughly .
  5. Allow to rise for ½ hour (at least), then roll into a 3 inch wide, ¼ inch sheet on a floured cutting board.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º F
  7. Sprinkle hot chocolate mix and cinnamon in the middle of the sheet of dough and roll the dough into a long cylinder.
  8. Cut into 1 inch pieces and place in a small nonstick skillet.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

 

Masa Harina Blueberry Muffins

 

Do you  have any foods you just can’t eat because you had an awful experience with them when you were younger?

Unfortunately, for me that food is cheesecake. One of my earliest memories is going out for dinner with my dad at this diner we loved, having a good meal, then ordering cheesecake for dessert. And while I wish I remembered that night as a nice dinner with my dad, what I actually remember is how disgusting the cheesecake was and how sick it made me feel.

The other day I went out for coffee with friends, and someone ordered a mini matcha cheesecake. It looked gorgeous (we took lots of pictures) and as soon as my other friends tried it they raved about how delicious it was and immediately ordered their own. So I figured, if it’s that good, I have to try it. And sometimes tastebuds change, ya know? I was confident I had outgrown my cheesecake hatred.

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