Two words: CASHEW COFFEE.
Oh my word, you guys. This could be – has been – is currently – a game changer in our collective coffee lives. It fits anywhere and everywhere into your life because when something is so luxuriously creamy, nutty, and sweet with a bite of salt, how can it not be? For example.
It’s 6am and you’re getting up for an early work meeting, and you’d like to not hate the next two hours of your life. CASHEW COFFEE.
It’s 10am and you work from home and it’s kind of rainy, so naturally a cozy pre-lunch pick-me-up becomes necessary. CASHEW COFFEE.
It’s 2pm and you’re a stay-at-home mom and the kids are finally napping (I used to be a full-time nanny and I semi-know this feeling), and you want to give yourself a hug in celebration of fifteen minutes to yourself. CASHEW COFFEE.
Holy creamy goodness. This is heaven-sent.
About a year and a half ago, I made an important discovery with a tiny bit of help from my friend aka counselor: maybe it’s for the best if I don’t drink coffee.
It’s one of those things you always think about, right? You always say that you should probably start cutting back on coffee, pop, caffeine, whatever… but for some people it’s not so much a thing-would-be-nice-to-do thing and more of a this-is-really-important-for-my-overall-well-being kind of thing. I found out last year that I am that person. Hi. Nice to meet you.
I have some perfectionist, anxious, zero chill tendencies (gasp) and caffeine makes my brain WORSE, not better. If I am already a high-strung person, caffeine just takes the high-strung-ness to new heights that should not be humanly experienced. When I stopped drinking coffee, or more accurately, swapped my default morning coffee for the occasional decaf latte or Americano or – get this – MORE WATER, I found that my overall well-being dramatically leveled out. For those not familiar with being constantly in overdrive, leveling out is a good thing. It means calm. Normal. Eyes not bulging out of head, hair not standing on end, life not spinning wildly out of control.
So I do love good coffee. Big fan over here. I still try to stay away from regular coffee for big-picture wellness reasons, but I love a deep, dark, mildly creamy cup of decaf in the morning. My two rules are that it has to be good coffee, and it has to be decaf.
This is where my beloved (decaf) coffee journey will now merge with an old, trusted friend: wrinkly, buttery, roasted cashews.
That’s right, I just said cashews. Here’s the secret that will unlock some morning magic for you:
You can, in fact, BLEND CASHEWS INTO YOUR COFFEE and it will give you the best latte-like beverage of your life.
What have I even been doing! This is hands-down the best latte – er, coffee? – I’ve ever had. I love the cashews both in theory (dairy free, healthy fats, etc.) and in taste (lightly sweet, nutty, and so super creamy). And when you add a spoonful of honey and a pinch of sea salt? Game over. Cashew coffee is going exactly nowhere. This is a new level of coffee enlightenment.
Did I mention that there is no draining or straining or nut milk bags or any such fussing with this? No thank you, ma’am.
For those who are concerned with this development and are having visions of cashew pieces floating in their coffee: I see you. I hear you. Let me calm your anxious hearts.
If using a high powered blender (preferably Vitamix, Blendtec, or equivalent), you should not have any trouble with cashew chunks. I used both types of blender and, with enough blend-time, I never had any issues with flecks that bothered me. You can see a few tiiiiny tiny flecks of cashew on the side of the blender in a few of these pictures, but it should be virtually imperceptible when you drink it. Just silky-smooth, luxe cashew latte texture. I don’t even know how it happens, but thankfully my job isn’t to know. My job is just to tell you about it.