London Fog: Earl Grey Latte

A delicious, creamy, dairy-free Earl Grey delight that is perfect for a chilly or rainy day. Warms you down to your toes. Paleo and AIP-friendly. The perfect treat for an overcast day! – The Nourishing Gourmet

The full flavor of Earl Grey tea is enhanced with vanilla and steamed coconut milk for an amazing dairy-free tea latte. With grey skies above and a chilly rain falling, this seemed fitting and appropriate for a delicious hot drink when I was first introduced to it. Now when the day seems a little depressing, I turn to this special drink for a pick-me-up for both my spirits and energy. It helps so much! It’s also AIP compliant.

On a cold drizzling day I was looking for a place to have a cup of tea while I wrote, and I ended up seeing London Fog on a menu as a new item to try. I’m so glad that I did! This drink originated in Canada, where weather can be chilly during the winter, and this is just the right type of drink to enjoy on a grey afternoon or morning.

Earl Grey has always been a favorite tea of mine, but I never thought to make it into a tea latte. For those who like variety from coffee, or who don’t indulge in coffee, this drink gives you the frothy milky experience without coffee beans. I truly do love it. Another tea latte recipe is this Pumpkin Chai Latte recipe. Yum!

What makes a London Fog

To make a London Fog you need a couple of ingredients – Earl Grey tea, vanilla, sweetener of choice,  and milk of choice. Of course, you could use regular milk in this recipe with no problem. I’ve made mine dairy-free with the use of coconut milk, which is also AIP (Autoimmune Protocol Diet) safe. Another dairy-free option, though not AIP, would be homemade almond milk – very creamy and decadent. Some of the local shops in my area also use homemade coconut milk in their dairy-free lattes, and I plan on trying that too!

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A couple of notes on ingredients:

  • To be fully AIP, I use this gum-free Coconut Cream.
  • Also, my understanding is that for AIP recipes, you should use an alcohol-free vanilla extract .
  • Loose tea is always going to give the best flavor. Though I also tested this recipe with this brand of organic Earl Grey. I liked using heaping portions of loose tea, or double bags of Earl Grey as I like a strong cup of tea.
  • Honey makes a perfect sweetener for this drink! The two teaspoons give a very nice sweetness to make this a special drink – especially for those of us who are used to unsweetened teas. In fact, with the natural sweetness of the coconut milk and vanilla, you could get away with using less. However, I will admit that the cup I had at my local shop used much more honey, so sweeten to taste, as desired.

A delicious, creamy, dairy-free Earl Grey delight that is perfect for a chilly or rainy day. Warms you down to your toes. Paleo and AIP-friendly. The perfect treat for an overcast day! – The Nourishing Gourmet

London Fog: An Earl Grey Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 (or 2) tea bag, half a cup of water, 2-3 brew time
  • ¼ cup each water and coconut cream, or 1/2 cup of coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1. Brew tea according to the directions for you tea (it can vary a bit) in about ½ cup of water. I like a stiff cup of tea, so I brew on the longer side and do heaping servings of loose tea or double tea bags.

2. While the tea is brewing, heat your milk of choice in a small saucepan along with the honey over medium heat. Using a wide whisk, whisk the milk as it heats until it is just hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Remove tea bags from the cup, and pour the steamed milk into the cup. Enjoy.

London Fog: Earl Grey Latte
 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (or 2) tea bag, half a cup of water, 2-3 brew time
  • ¼ cup each water and coconut cream, or ½ cup of coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Brew tea according to the directions for you tea (it can vary a bit) in about ½ cup of water. I like a stiff cup of tea, so I brew on the longer side and do heaping servings of loose tea or double tea bags.
  2. While the tea is brewing, heat your milk of choice in a small saucepan along with the honey over medium heat. Using a wide whisk, whisk the milk as it heats until it is just hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Remove tea bags from the cup, and pour the steamed milk into the cup. Enjoy.

 

Peppermint Hot Carob

Peppermint Hot Carob: Sweetened with maple syrup, and dairy-free! A delicious caffeine-free drink that's great right before bed. Yum! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Frothy and rich, this peppermint flavored hot carob drink is a delicious and soothing way to end the day. Since it’s caffeine-free, it’s great for having at nighttime, or for serving to children. Made with rich coconut milk or cream, it’s dairy-free deliciousness!

Carob is an antioxidant-rich food and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Many think of it as a “chocolate alternative”, but as a chocolate-lover myself, I find it better to think of it as its own distinctive flavor.

However, having said that, once you add the peppermint extract to this recipe, you could easily think that you are drinking peppermint hot cocoa!

If you prefer, feel free to use homemade almond milk too.

Ingredients:

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Other Hot Drinks: Chai Latte Powder and Coconut Ginger Apple Cider

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Peppermint Hot Carob

  • 1 cup of coconut milk (or ½ cup of coconut cream and ½ cup of water)
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (for less sweet option, use 2 teaspoons. You can also substitute stevia extract)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – ½ teaspoon peppermint extract  (I love peppermint, so I really add a lot, but a reader emailed to say it was much too strong for her – so start with a scant 1/4 teaspoon, and add more only if desired).

1. Combine coconut milk carob powder and sweetener in a blender, and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a pan, and heat over medium-high heat, until just barely simmering. Remove from heat and add the two extracts.

3. Enjoy!

Optional Topping Ideas: Homemade Honey-Sweetened Marshmallows or Coconut Whipped Cream

Peppermint Hot Carob
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (or ½ cup of coconut cream and ½ cup of water)
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (for less sweet option, use 2 teaspoons. You can also substitute stevia extract)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (I love peppermint, so I really add a lot, but a reader emailed to say it was much too strong for her - so start with a scant ¼ teaspoon, and add more only if desired).
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut milk carob powder and sweetener in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a pan, and heat over medium-high heat, until just barely simmering. Remove from heat and add the two extracts.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Instant Chai Latte Powder- A great DIY gift (dairy-free option)

DIY Healthy Chai Latte Powder - Lovely to hand on hand for afternoon tea times, or makes a great gift! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This creamy, foamy, hot beverage epitomizes pleasure for many tea drinkers. Even those who enjoy coffee have a hard time resisting the sweet comforting spices, ones we smell first and then savor as we taste them. During the holidays the incense and flavors of chai are even more nostalgic and pleasing: the familiar flavor of cinnamon, the healthy bite of ginger, the peppery quality of allspice, and the earthy excitement of cloves, the subtle exotic presence of cardamom, and the pungent, almost bitter flavor of nutmeg.

We’ve all seen instant chai powder at the grocery market. But most instant drink powders contain refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and overall, less than healthful ingredients. These are unnecessary. Whole foods, full of nutrition + a spice or coffee grinder quickly makes this dreamy, creamy drink into a real food reality!

One main difference? There will be settling with this real tea version. If you wish to avoid this, simply steep the drink for 3-5 minutes, once blended; then pour through a strainer into your cup.

DIY Healthy Chai Latte Powder - Lovely to hand on hand for afternoon tea times, or makes a great gift! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

NOTES ON INGREDIENTS:

There are two approaches to this recipe: either buying a high-quality mix of bulk chai spices or measuring them out individually. Both create pretty much the same outcome, although whole spices ground fresh are more flavorful. The choice depends on your preferred sourcing.

For example, Mountain Rose Herbs has an excellent chai blend. If you like ordering from them, their mixture works perfectly for this recipe. You can also order through our affiliate Amazon this Frontier Organic and Fair Trade Chai blend . One recipe option uses this measurement.

However, if you have most of what you need already, and you only need a couple more spices to get started, I give the quantities below for measuring the spices separately.

This recipe can be made with whichever milk you like best. Instead of using powdered milk, as most factory-made chai latte blends do, this recipe uses milk instead of water to create your latte. Choose raw milk, goat milk, coconut milk, nut milk, whatever suits your diet. All will work well and taste great.

Regarding the tea, you can also choose which tea suits you best: black tea, decaffeinated tea, or red rooibos. All blend beautifully in the spice grinder, creating this instant tea delight!

NOTES ON EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

I tried out few spice grinders before landing on (affiliate) my favorite . If you have a coffee grinder at home, it is likely the only tool you’ll need. The recipe requires a fine powder. I purchased my grinder just for this recipe and am excited to have it from this point forward, finally a spice grinder in my very own kitchen! If you don’t have one yet, they are inexpensive and effective, so nice to have on hand.

INSTANT CHAI LATTE POWDER
Makes approximately 1-1/2 cups powder or 8-16 oz. servings of Chai Latte
Recipe can be doubled

  • 2/3 cup loose black tea or rooibos (this will measure out to slightly less than 1/2 cup tea powder, once blended in spice grinder)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or substitute granulated sweetener of choice; or add honey to taste at the time of serving)
  • 1/2 cup collagen or gelatin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons whole spice chai blend
    -OR-
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: allspice, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg (these spices can be measured once powdered)
  1. Place 12 oz. hot milk of choice and 1 tablespoon Instant Chai into a blender.
  2. Blend 12 seconds on medium speed. Serve and enjoy.

Bulletproof Variation- Use hot water and 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, in place of hot milk.
Iced Latte Variation- In warmer months, use collagen instead of gelatin. Blend cold milk with spices. Pour, strained, over ice.

Instant Chai Latte Powder
 
 
Ingredients
  • Makes approximately 1-1/2 cups powder or 8-16 oz. servings of Chai Latte
  • Recipe can be doubled
  • ⅔ cup loose black tea or rooibos (this will measure out to slightly less than ½ cup tea powder, once blended in spice grinder)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or substitute granulated sweetener of choice; or add honey to taste at the time of serving)
  • ½ cup collagen or gelatin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons whole spice chai blend
  • -OR-
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon each: allspice, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg (these spices can be measured once powdered)
Instructions
  1. Place 12 oz. hot milk of choice and 1 tablespoon Instant Chai into a blender.
  2. Blend 12 seconds on medium speed.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

 

 

 

Apple Pastila (A Honey-Sweetened Confection)

Apple Pastila - The Nourishing Gourmet

By Natalia Gill, from An Appetite For Joy

Imagine the bold, pure taste of apple presented in a wafer-like crisp. Apple pastila, the latest gift idea in this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Series, is a lightly sweet, Russian confection that is easy to make (though it takes a while to dehydrate in the oven). Its unique taste is surprisingly fresh and pleasant (and a little addicting!). It just happens to be grain free and dairy free too.

To make it, you’ll need two cups of your favorite applesauce, homemade or even store bought. Green apples, slightly underripe are best. This easy applesauce recipe yields two cups. This plum applesauce would be delicious as well.

The 200°F oven temp doesn’t officially cook the egg whites. Katie wrote a little about raw egg safety when she shared her delicious chai eggnog. Using good quality pastured eggs and giving them a wash in warm soapy water makes the risk very small, but there is always a risk. If you are uncomfortable with this risk see the notes in the recipe section below for how to make this candy at a higher temperature.

A little history

Apple pastila became popular in Kolomna, Russia (outside of Moscow), during the 18th century as a simple fruit leather to stretch the apple season. It was such a simple recipe that I’m sure it was present in other apple-growing regions as well. Later, egg white was added for a lighter texture. Now, different fruits, spices, and nuts are incorporated to make a variety of flavors. (In more recent years, pastila has been almost entirely eclipsed by a new variety of this style of dessert – the sweeter, marshmallow-like zephyr.)

Traditionally apple pastila is made in layered blocks or bars of varying denseness, but I like this easy 2-bite variation.

How to make apple pastila

Get your apple purée very smooth with a hand mixer or food processor. If it is unsweetened, add honey or sweetener of choice.

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free) - The Nouirshing Gourmet

 

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites til stiff peaks form.

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free) - The Nouirshing Gourmet

 

Fold the egg whites into the applesauce.

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free) - The Nouirshing Gourmet

 

Drop your apple mixture onto a silicone baking sheet (best option) or parchment paper. Use standard parchment, not a cutesie variety like this one, or it may stick! Learned the hard way.

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free) - The Nouirshing Gourmet

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free) - The Nouirshing Gourmet

 

Dehydrate in the oven, and you have some light and airy apple goodness, ready to be sprinkled with sugar and wrapped up for loved ones!

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free) - The Nouirshing Gourmet

Looking for more holiday ideas? How about Chai Eggnog, DIY Mint Chocolate Lip Balm, Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts, or Garam Masala Pickled Onions?

APPLE PASTILA (GRAIN & DAIRY FREE)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened apple puree (preferably from green apples – see recipe idea here)
  • 5 tablespoons of honey (or other sweetener, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional, see notes for alternatives)
  • 2 egg whites, beaten stiff

Directions:

1) Make sure your apple purée is very smooth. I beat it with a handheld mixer for about 2-3 minutes.

2) Add honey and almond extract (or alternative flavorings in the notes). If your apple purée is cold, you may need to gently heat it to get the honey to incorporate.

3) Fold in the stiff egg whites. Drop by spoonfuls onto a pan lined with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper.

4) Dehydrate for 7-8 hours at 200°F. After turning it off, leave them in the oven overnight to cool. Enjoy as they are, or sprinkle on some powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. (I use unrefined powdered sugar at home and organic white powdered sugar when presenting as gifts.)

Notes:

Higher temp option: If you choose this method, please use a silicone baking sheet and not parchment paper or the pastila will stick. If you want to get your egg whites to a higher temperature, preheat the oven to 350°F. After making your apple mixture (through step 3 above), bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 200°F and continue to let them dry out for 3 hours. Leave in the oven (turned off) several hours (or overnight) to cool.

Flavoring options: In lieu of almond extract, you can use a little vanilla extract, cinnamon, or your own mix of spices and extracts that go well with apple.

 

Apple Pastila (Grain & Dairy Free)
 
Author:
Recipe type: Confection
Cuisine: Russian
Serves: 40 pieces
 
2 cups unsweetened apple puree (preferably from green apples - see recipe idea here ) 5 tablespoons of honey (or other sweetener, to taste) 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional, see notes for alternatives) 2 egg whites, beaten stiff
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple puree (preferably from green apples - see recipe idea here)
  • 5 tablespoons of honey (or other sweetener, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional, see notes for alternatives)
  • 2 egg whites, beaten stiff
Instructions
  1. Make sure your apple puree is very smooth. I beat it with a handheld mixer for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add honey and almond extract (or alternative flavorings in the notes). If your apple puree is cold, you may need to gently heat it to get the honey to incorporate.
  3. Fold in the stiff egg whites. Drop by spoonfuls onto a pan lined with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper.
  4. Dehydrate for 7-8 hours at 200°F. After turning it off, leave them in the oven overnight to cool. Enjoy as they are or sprinkle on some powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. (I use unrefined powdered sugarat home and organic white powdered sugar when presenting as gifts.)
Notes
Higher temp option: If you choose this option, please use a silicone baking sheet and not parchment paper or the pastila will stick. If you want to get your egg whites to a higher temperature, preheat the oven to 350°F. After making your apple mixture (through step 3 above), bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 200°F and continue to let them dry out for 3 hours. Leave in the oven (turned off) several hours (or overnight) to cool.

Flavoring options: In lieu of almond extract, you can use a little vanilla extract, cinnamon or your own mix of spices and extracts that go well with apple.