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Coffee with Coconut Oil? (Not as Gross as You Think!)

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I worked at Starbucks throughout high school and college and developed an undying love for coffee. Something about that cup in my hand brings me comfort, gives me motivation and brings me back to center. I love the atmosphere of a little coffee shop; given a comfy chair, free WiFi and free refills I would probably never be seen again. One of my little life mottos is: "life is better with a cup of coffee in hand". 

Three years ago, I kicked coffee creamer to the curb and started adding unsweetened almond coconut milk with stevia to my morning cup. I have been hard-pressed to find a combination I like better: it's light, refreshing and less calories than the average Starbucks cup of Joe. A few weeks ago, a friend recommended I try coconut oil in my coffee, insisting it was a "game changer". At first I was like "coconut oil in coffee? Gross." Part of my "joy journey" is finding the good in trying new things....something I tend to avoid out of my fear of the unknown. 

Using this post from Paige at Healthy Hits the Spot I concocted a delicious new treat, who knew!

Coconut Oil In Your Coffee!

....not as gross as it sounds!

(Mug from TJ Maxx...it's one of my absolute favorites!)

(Mug from TJ Maxx...it's one of my absolute favorites!)

Ingredients:

1 cup brewed coffee (any flavor will do!)

1 tbsp coconut oil (I used Trader Joe's brand)

2-4 pinches of pumpkin pie spice (you can also use cinnamon)

2-3 drops of liquid Stevia

Mix up in the blender

Go outside and sit on the porch with your dog. Sip this while reading your favorite book.

At first, I expected it to taste oily and ruin my coffee but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it kind of tastes like a pumpkin spice latte! I won't make this an everyday thing (my heart still belongs to my almond coconut milk and Stevia combo) but when I want to mix it up, this will be a new go-to, especially when fall rolls around and I'm in the mood for something "comfortable". 

Let me know if you try it, like it or find some new variations to the recipe!