As winter (hopefully) comes to an end, the variable weather has left me - and many others - with feeling slightly run-down. Tonight I was craving a milky elixir to soothe an almost-sore-throat and wavering body temperature (I'm hot...no, wait, I'm cold... Now I'm hot again, seriously?!)
What you will need to make this gluten-free, dairy-free treat:
- 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk substitute of your choice)
- fresh vanilla bean pod
- a spoonful of coconut oil
- a pinch of maldon salt
- a spoonful of maca powder
- a twist of clementine
- an Egyptian-Licorice Yogi Tea tea bag (or whatever you may have on hand)
- love (the secret ingredient)
This is how I mixed up this concoction.
I boiled some filtered water. And poured 1/4 cup over the tea bag and let it steep into a concentrated tea.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan I gently heated up 3/4 cup of vanilla almond milk (choose your favourite non-dairy milk substitute of your preference).
I then, distractedly, checked my phone.
After regaining focus, I split a vanilla bean pod and put all of its antioxidant-rich goodness into the saucepan with almond milk (I used the entire "little pod's" contents which is apparently rather extravagant - use a quarter or a half of the bean if that suits you).
I mixed in a spoonful of coconut oil for its antibacterial properties to help fight off this potential cold my body is warning me about.
Lastly I tossed in a twist of clementine, the tea mixture, maca powder, Maldon salt and love - all while whisking over gentle heat.
I poured It ever so carefully into an attractive mug and enjoyed thoroughly, wishing I had made a wee bit extra.
If you prefer a sweeter mix, add a Medjool date to the tea steeping phase. Filter out the date or add it in to the saucepan as a treat at the bottom of your favourite mug. Raw honey will do just fine, too. Enjoy.
Be good to you.