During my time living in Seattle (which is where Starbucks originated), it was pretty hard to avoid becoming a bit of your stereotypical “white girl latte drinker.” My go to drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course. And when that wasn’t in season? The Skinny Blonde Vanilla Latte. HAHA okay I have to laugh at myself here. As undeniably delicious as those drinks were, who had I become? Spending 5+ dollars every day to put unhealthy drinks in this body had to be stopped.
So I accepted the challenge. Not only could I no longer have dairy, I was cutting out refined sugar as well, so thus began the concoction of me throwing together two of my favorite flavors to create this lovely latte.
Cinnamon and Vanilla. Mmmmmmm, now that’s a combo I can get behind. Combined with the subtle nuttiness of the Silk cashew milk and the sweet hints of maple syrup? Yeah this was definitely my new go to. (And if you’re not a big nut milk drinker, Silk Coconut Milk also tastes delish for this latte!) And cha-ching, so much cheaper than Starbucks, your wallet will thank you.
But why stop there? Sure, it was decently healthy, but I wanted MORE.
Then, I learned about Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder. At first, I was a little hesitant, I mean… mushroom powder? Not necessarily the most drool-inducing stuff. But as I learned more about it, I was determined to incorporate it into my diet. And it’s pretty strong tasting, so what better way to mask the taste than in coffee! It works perfectly!
So why incorporate this weird sounding, lion-hair-looking mushroom into your diet, you ask? Umm, none other than like, a bajillion reasons.
- Lion’s Mane has been used for centuries in Chinese herbal healing medicine and has mostly shown to boost brain function significantly. It enhances the neurite outgrowth, which means it helps support growth of axons and dendrites from neurons. This could lead to potential slowing or even reversal of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s! It also improves memory and concentration. Okay now I was convinced to try it, but there’s still more!
- Lion’s Mane is also: antibiotic, anti-aging, protects your heart, helps prevent certain cancers, boosts your energy, protects your liver and kidneys, and improves anxiety, depression, and cognitive function. WOWZA.
- It’s also anti-inflammatory which plays a huge role in the healing of the body and your digestive health and immune function!
So this crazy sounding mushroom does it all, not to mention you get all of those benefits from drinking none other than a delicious latte!! And, to my surprise, it’s actually fairly easy to find, too. I got mine at Planet Organic, but I’m sure you could find it at Whole Foods or any larger health food/supplement store. It’s also widely available online through companies like Four Sigmatic, Harmonic Arts (the brand mine is), and Hybrid Herbs (which I have their pitaya powder and it’s delicious).
Now obviously the mushroom powder is optional in this recipe, and it tastes equally as refreshing and tasty without it. So make one now. put it in a to-go mug, and drink it while you’re on you way to your closest health food store to buy some Lion’s Mane powder to put in your next latte. Easy peas-y.
Delicious Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk Latte (With Optional Lion's Mane Powder)
- In a small saucepan, combine your milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and Lion’s Mane extract if you are using it. Heat on medium low heat, stirring occasionally until it’s almost boiling.
- Meanwhile, make your coffee or espresso.
- Once your milk mixture is just about boiling, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Combine with your coffee or espresso and enjoy!