- 1 - 13.5 oz can of full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbs maple syrup
- Mix all ingredients together in a jar and shake.
- Store in fridge for no more than 7 days.
Nix the jitters
Whether you’re trying to clean up your coffee creamer options or just wanting to add a rich treat to your morning routine, this cinnamon maple coffee creamer is delicious. Sometimes coffee can leave you feeling jittery (especially if had on an empty stomach). Using this coconut creamer will prevent that from happening. The fat in the coconut milk will slow the rate at which the caffeine hits your blood, which means no more jitters! Pair with our banana pancakes or breakfast porridge recipe for a tasty weekend brunch.
Unlimited flavor variations
This is another great recipe for unlimited variations in flavor to never get bored. Try switching up the extracts (hazelnut anyone? Yum!) or the spices/sweetener. Some yummy options are lavender honey, cardamom lime, or cocoa powder and cayenne for a Mexican chocolate flair.
If you’re about to hit that 7 day period and you still have a ton of creamer left, try using it as a base for a coconut milk latte or mix in turmeric and heat for an anti-inflammatory beverage. OR you can double the recipe and put it in an ice cream maker for a dairy free dessert!
In terms of performance
It is thought that a certain type of fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short) help to optimize exercise performance due to the body’s ability to quickly break it down for use. The fat in coconut milk is a natural source of MCTs. The thinking is that your body can use these MCTs for energy and spare your muscle glycogen, therefore extending power for endurance athletes. While the studies on this are conflicting and I won’t call it conclusive without the science, the fact that MCTs are easier to digest is always a benefit, plus dairy can be inflammatory and mucus forming for some people so having a dairy free option can only help performance. PLUS the lauric acid in coconut milk is an antiviral and anti-bacterial so it is good for your immune system as well. I’ll call that a win/win!