Ode to Coffee (Or two recipies to get your fix for breakfast)

I love coffee  I love good coffee.

Its the one thing I allow myself every day without feeling guilty, is it good for me? Who knows. Is it bad for me? Not as long as I am sticking to  a cup or two a day. A work collegue of mine was telling me recently that she had to cut down her coffee intake, apparently she was drinking 9 cups of black coffee a day. She would brew a big plunger first thing and then microwave it when it got cold (If I had emoji emoticons right now you would be seeing a little horrified face… actually wait a sec…)

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There we go, thanks google. I think I actually made that face when she told me this story, I might have even gone blue from the forehead to my eyebrows.

In the end this collegue of mine started getting migraines and heart palpitations. Which in the great big list of ‘signs your coffee habit is killing you’ is up there with a big flashing sign over your 9th cup. Don’t even get me started on the dehydration that must go hand in hand with that, yikes.

Anyway, back to how much I love coffee. In moderation, we are talking two cups at most.

Another thing I love are rolled oats. Which I have been told is very very boring as far as things to love go but rolled oats are probably one of the most versatile bases for breakfast I have come across. If you can drink it, you can probably turn it into porridge, if you like cake, you can probably make a baked oat version, if your in a hurry first thing overnight oats work a treat. Basically I am saying oats are the god of breakfast food… At least they are in my kitchen. I’m thinking about having a little shrine, do you think my housemate would mind?

Recently I have been mixing these two things together to make a wonderful breakfast of chocolatey, coffee goodness. Its all the enjoyment of a Mocha plus the added benefit of lasting you till your mid-morning snack.

ImageMocha Morning Oats

Serves One

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Brewed Coffee
1/2 Cup Milk of Choice*3 Medjool Dates
1/2 tsp Vanliia Essence
1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
2 tsp Chia seeds
1 tbs of Cacao Powder
Pinch of Salt

Method
In a blender combine the coffee, milk, dates and vanilla essence. Blend them until the dates are mostly chopped and mixed in. If you don’t have a blender you can chop the dates up very small and mix it all together, all the blending does is ensure even distribution of sweetness.

In a pot add the oats, chia seeds, cacao powder and salt then pour the coffee mixture in and stir. Turn you stove top on medium high and cook until most of the liquid has cooked in and it is quite thick.

This will re-heat quite well if you want to take it to work in the morning.

Note on Milk: I find with oats that the kind of milk you use will effect how sweet the recipe is. If you are using a non-sweetened almond milk or even a full fat dairy milk you may want to add and extra date. I was out of everything except soy when I made this so that is what I used and the soy milk we have is quite sweet on it’s own.

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The second recipe is based on an old love affair of mine. In Australia we have a coffee house chain called Gloria Jeans, it basically destroyed Starbucks hopes and dreams of successful business down under. I honestly didn’t even know we had Starbucks until I came across a store in the city a couple of years ago.

In year 12 I had an obsession with Gloria Jeans Iced Coffee. I think I had myself convinced it was better for me then the frappes somehow even though it tasted like someone had dumped 1 cup of sugar into every glass.

Now I drink my coffee black. No sugar, no milk, just black. Earlier this week however I had a craving for something sweeter and decided to re-create a healthier version of my old Gloria’s favorite.  You will notice similarities between these two recipes, like I said, if you can drink it, you can turn it into porridge so feel free to do that with your iced coffee.

 ImageNot Gloria’s Iced Coffee

Makes One Large Iced Coffee

Ingredients

3/4 Cup of Concentrated Coffee (I’ll explain bellow)
1 Cup Almond Milk (Or milk of choice)
4 Ice cubes
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 Medjool Dates

Method
To make the coffee concentrate I combined three heaped tablespoons of ground coffee with 2 cups of boiling water in a jar overnight and then poured it into a plunger so I could filter out the grains before pouring it back into the jar to keep. Your brand of coffee and how much you use will affect the taste of this drink so you may need to play with that. I did not want mine extremely strong.

Once you have your concentrate, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend very well. It may take a while for the dates to break up. It will help if you soak them overnight.

Then pour into a glass, add some ice and drink.

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I have decided that brown food is very hard to photograph.

Particularly with such pour lighting in my apartment and a very old camera….

Also at some point my neighbors are going to notice me taking photographs of my breakfast on a chair, with a shoebox on it in out little courtyard at 6:30 in the morning. You can only work with what you have right? hahaha! Image

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