Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Recipe
I wept… I cried… I mourned… I felt empty and cold inside. It was awful.
Yes, this is how I felt when I had to break up with coffee. It was not a happy day.
I know I talk about it a lot, but my health journey wasn’t a happy one. At least not at the beginning. As I was trying to figure out what I was eating that was hurting me, I came to the horrible realization that it wasn’t just what I was eating that was hurting my stomach. It was what I was drinking too.
Coffee, which had been my longtime friend, was just too hard on my stomach. Even after getting rid of dairy (which made a huge difference in how much pain I was feeling), coffee broke up with me.
Next to go was black tea, but isn’t really part of this story.
I mourned the loss of my morning coffee for months, especially on the cold fall and winter days. And, finally, after over 1 ½ years, I was able to try coffee again. And I am so happy to tell you, that we got back together. I could see the clouds parting and the angels singing. Seriously, I was that happy!
Of course, that didn’t mean I could start back in with adding milk to my coffee. And, unfortunately, I have not learned how to drink my coffee black. Well, to be honest, I’m not all that sad to dislike black coffee. I enjoy it nice and creamy, but now with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.
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My favorite fall-inspired coffee flavor is cinnamon. I usually like adding a bit of cinnamon into my coffee to add a bit of sweetness to it. Because I try to go (real and fake) sugar-free as much as possible, I don’t add any additional sweeteners to my coffee. But this is where nature really helps me out. Cinnamon adds natural sweetness, without sugar. Don’t add too much, because then it just becomes spicy. But a dash or two really helps take away the bitterness/acidity of coffee.
And add to that the natural sweetness of coconut milk, you have a real winner. I get the stuff in a can that is just coconut milk and water. This brand is pretty tasty! I also like the Trader Joe’s coconut milk.
For a long time, I went with the reduced fat version, but I’m now embracing the full-fat variety. Both taste great, but the full-fat coconut milk really brings in the creaminess that I enjoy in my coffee.
After a bit of experimentation, I developed a hot coffee recipe that made my mouth happy and kept my insides warm and cozy for the change in seasons. There are no special mixers or extra steps necessary. It is so easy! Not only, is this coffee recipe super yummy, I feel good about the ingredients that I am drinking. You don’t have to follow Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto friendly, and good ole’ real food diets to enjoy this! But if you do, you are totally safe! This recipe is compliant for all!
No need to wait to try out this amazing flavored coffee creamer replacement. You probably already have the cinnamon and vanilla in your pantry. Why don’t you give this Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee recipe a try? I think you’ll like it!
- 1/2 - 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 Tbsps ground coffee or enough to make 12 oz brewed coffee
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
Pour cinnamon on your ground coffee before brewing. Use 1/2 tsp if you like a more subtle cinnamon flavor. I go for 3/4 tsp.
Add vanilla and coconut milk to your brewed coffee.
(Note: to keep this Whole30 compliant, just omit the vanilla. It isn’t quite as decadent, but still tastes amazing!)