This is pregnant lady friendly (or just afternoon/had to many coffees already but still want one friendly) and is sooooo good with the almond milk.
I was at Starbucks the other day and had a cold brew toasted coconut coffee. While it was good, it got me thinking of some other flavors – and the fact that I can make my own cold brew in a decaf form so I can drink more of it! Or at least still have my approved one cup a day AND an afternoon cold brew.
So let’s talk about homemade almond milk for a minute. Almond milk from the store, while good in a pinch, pales in comparison to homemade. I mean, there’s just not even a contest. I started making my own almond milk about 5 years ago and never looked back.
This recipe for cold brew is a little different then the other one on my site. It’s stronger, measured by weight (so more accurate across different grinds of coffee) and it’s DECAF. This recipe works off of a simple ratio that you can use for any kind of coffee, caff or decaf.
Decaf Cold Brew Ratio:
70 grams of coffee per 500mL of water.
Or 2.5 oz of coffee by weight per 17 ounces of liquid.
This makes about 3.5 cups of coffee concentrate. I am crazy and elected to not dilute mine, it was so delicious and strong with the almond milk, but you can water it down to taste.
For the Cinnamon Honey Almond Milk:
3.5 cups water
3/4 cups almonds, soaked overnight with 2 pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw honey
Why this recipe is pregnancy friendly:
We use decaf here! So you can have a little afternoon coffee drink and not worry about going over your daily one cup (if you are being strict about that). Did you know that dates can help you reduce labor time? Check out more here!
Cinnamon is a natural antioxident, and when you use cinnamon to flavor desserts and drinks, typically you can use less sugar. However, don’t consume large amounts of cinnamon without first consulting your doctor.
Raw honey benefits:
Honey possesses natural antibiotic properties, has the ability to reduce allergic reactions, and has also been found to reduce and inhibit the growth of H. Pyroli, a bacterium that is known to cause ulcers. It’s safe to consume during pregnancy, however infants should not consume honey until at least one year old.*
So relax, Mama! Drink up and enjoy the calm before the storm!
*I’m not in the medical field, please consult your doctor before following any protocols. All opinions and recommendations are personal and my own.