This "latte" is unlike anything you'd find at Starbucks - it's dairy, coffee AND sugar free, and actually packed with superfoods that help heal your gut. I also happen to think it's completely delicious and energizing in it's own right, no caffeine required!
Before I jump into the recipe, I want to highlight a few of the awesome ingredients in here:
Collagen - Collagen is pure protein and it helps heal the lining of your gut. It's also great for your hair, skin and nails. Plain collagen powder is completely flavorless, so you can add it to just about anything - I love it in my latte drinks and this addictive Almond Butter Fudge, but you can also simply stir into tea, coffee, smoothies or oatmeal. Think of it like a tasteless clean protein powder.
Ginger - Ginger has been used for centuries as both a powerful anti-inflammatory and stomach-calming remedy. Plus, it gives this latte a great flavor without sugar or fake ingredients.
Ashwaganda - Ashwaganda is an adaptogen which means it helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way. From my experience, so many gut issues (indigestion, bloating, constipation, gas, etc) originate not from food, but from stress. In fact, your body cannot properly digest food if it's stressed out and in that "fight or flight" mode. The more you are able to chill out around meal time, the better able you'll be able to drop into your "rest and digest" mode, leading to fewer uncomfortable digestive issues.
Gut Healing Ginger Latte / dairy free, gluten free, paleo, caffeine free
- 2 scoops collagen peptides (I like Vital Proteins)
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Small knob of peeled fresh ginger (about 1/2 - 1 inch)
- Generous dash of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp maca powder (omit if drinking this at night)
- 1/4 tsp ashwaganda powder
- 2 cups hot water
- A few drops of stevia or raw honey, if desired
- Boil your water.
- Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy and delicious.
I've enjoyed this spicy latte both in the morning and at night. If you do choose to drink this at night, I suggest omitting the maca as it has quite an energizing effect on the body.