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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my lovely friend, Marjorie Saveski, author of the This is So Good website. Marjorie is a blogger and a home cook with a passion for real food, health, and fitness. She hopes to share what she has learned through her real life experience and research with her readers. Stop by her site, This is So Good, to find more delicious recipes and helpful health information.}

Today, I want to share with you how easy it is to make hazelnut vanilla coffee creamer at home. This recipe skips all the junk found in those store-bought coffee creamers and is perfect for that morning cup of ‘joe or tea.

I recently wrote a blog post on how and why I decided to finally kick my coffee habit. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a warm mug with a delicious drink in my hands! One of my favorite treats is sitting down to read a book or watch a funny movie with something delicious to sip on.

After ditching the coffee, I have found that there are plenty of satisfying options out there to meet my cravings. Rooibos teas (read about the health benefits of rooibos tea here), herbal teas, and Jessica’s herbal coffee blends are some of my favorites. All of these provide me with that warm, delicious cup of goodness and the recipe that I’m sharing with you today takes these beverages to the next level!

And no worries, if you are a happy coffee drinker, my Hazelnut Vanilla Cream is perfect for your regular cup of joe too! This recipe is Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegan, and SCD-legal as well.

I’ve been making my own nut milks for years. There are a few reasons why I choose to do this:  I’m in control of the ingredients and can buy the highest quality nuts and seasonings, there are no added gums or stabilizers, and it just tastes better! Really, once you try homemade nut milks you will never want the store bought stuff again.

This goes double for things like flavored coffee creams! Have you looked at the ingredient list on those – holy moly… What is all that stuff?

But what’s a girl to do when she really loves Hazelnut flavored coffee and tea? Make a clean version at home!

So here we go! Let’s get to the recipe. If you have questions about why I soak the nuts in salt water before processing, please check out my Crispy Nuts post for details.

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Hazelnut Vanilla Cream
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Raw Hazelnuts
  • ½ Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • Filtered Water
  • 2 Vanilla Beans (you can use the whole bean, as you'll be straining off the pulp and fibrous part of the bean later)
  • 2 Dates(remove the pits)
Instructions
  1. Place the 2 cups of raw hazelnuts in a large glass bowl and add the ½ tablespoon of sea salt. Add enough filtered water to cover the nuts by a couple of inches. Stir to dissolve the salt and cover the bowl. Set it aside for 8-12 hours.
  2. After soaking the nuts for 8-12 hours, drain them and rinse with cold water.
  3. Place the nuts in a blender with 2 cups of filtered water, the vanilla beans, and the dates.
  4. Blend on high for 1 minute (the mixture will be pretty thick).
  5. Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag or a mesh strainer lined with 3-4 layers of cheesecloth. Gently squeeze out the liquid into a bowl, leaving the solids behind in the bag or the cheesecloth.
  6. I like to store my Hazelnut Vanilla Cream in a small Mason jar.
  7. Keep the cream refrigerated for up to a week.
  8. NOTE ON THE NUTS: I have made it with both the skins on and the skins removed from the hazelnuts and have not found there to be a huge difference in flavor. If you prefer to remove the skins, I would toast the nuts in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 300 degrees and then rub the skins off with a kitchen towel before soaking them. Since the nut milk bag captures the pulp in this recipe, I usually don’t worry about it as it’s an extra step and a lot of work!

So, what do you think? Have you made your own coffee creamer before? Leave a comment below!

 

Want to Make Your Own Gourmet Herbal Coffee Blends & Support Your Stress Response, Adrenals, Thyroid, and Whole Body Through Herbs?

When it comes to supporting overall wellness, herbs are a great tool to have in your toolkit, especially those who may be dealing with chronic illness of some type. Since 2009, when I started this site, I have met thousands upon thousands of people through my work and by far, the #1 health complaints are:

Because of this, I wanted to add in a section into this post about the benefit of using herbs with chronic illness. Adaptogens are by far one of the most used herbs when it comes to working with people who have low energy, fatigue, and overall imbalance in the endocrine system (thyroid, adrenals, and blood sugar).

While the benefits of adaptogenic herbs extend far beyond just supporting that one system, this tends to be one of the main reasons people turn to adaptogenic herbs in the first place. That said there are a lot of other herbs out there that offer amazing support for the body, especially those dealing with chronic illness which is why I wanted to share this section today.

If you are dealing with any type of chronic illness, I’m sorry to break it to you, but caffeine may not be your best friend. 🙁 While you can find lots of info online in both the pro- and the anti-coffee camps, the fact of the matter comes down to the fact that are a lot of people dealing with chronic illness, especially thyroid and adrenal problems, that simply cannot tolerate coffee and caffeine.

While those with sluggish adrenal glands tend to feel run down and in need of a regular pick-me-up (like coffee and other caffeinated beverages), in the long run, caffeine can do more harm than good while you are healing. I go into the “whys” around caffeine and your adrenals in this detailed post here. In addition to the caffeine, there are other constituents, molds, and mycotoxins that can show up in coffee that some people find they react to and can further exacerbate the toxic load on the body.

When I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease and adrenal fatigue, one of the first things that had to go was coffee. In addition to dealing with these issues, we suspected that I was having some detox pathway sluggishness so we wanted to also focus on supporting the liver and lymph systems. Most people who are dealing with chronic illness are also going to have issues with detoxification of the body, which is why herbs can play such an important role. 

To be honest, I never drank coffee because of the caffeine. I drank coffee for the taste and aroma, as well as the emotional experience I felt to my morning cup of joe. For me, it was a ritual that I looked forward to every day (and sometimes multiple times a day). Whether I was brewing it at home or going to my local coffee shops, the experience was one that I clung to tightly.

But, when I was faced with new health struggles, I knew I had to do whatever I could to support my body and give it the tools it needed to heal. Giving up coffee and caffeine was one step in this direction.

And it sucked.

I turned to the coffee substitutes on the market in a desperate attempt to recreate the ritual I had grown so fond of, but nothing ever tasted the way I wanted it to. Nothing ever gave me that same experience that my cup of “real” coffee did. I knew there had to be something better, but I simply could not find it on my health food store’s shelves.

Necessity is the mother of invention so that is why I created my own coffee substitutes. They were made with organic, sustainably harvested herbs with zero grains, zero gluten, and zero caffeine. Just herbs.

Herbs that not only tasted delicious but supported my body’s function, like liver detox, bile production, digestion, etc. All of the herbs used in my “coffee” blends have been used for thousands of years to support the body’s normal functions and help everything work a little better — something we all need in today’s toxic world! (psst, dandelion is one of the herbs!)

When it came to creating these blends, if I could get something to not only tasted amazing (and helped me recreate my dearly loved ritual), but also did amazingly supportive things for my body, then it’s a no brainer!

I sold these pre-made blends on Etsy for awhile and the demand was more than I could keep up with. People literally LOVED these blends and were stunned at how much like coffee they actually tasted. Customers who had been dealing with a variety of chronic illnesses had given up coffee to heal their bodies, but like me were deeply missing their morning cup of joe ritual.

After careful consideration and work with some highly experienced advisors, I decided to stop selling the pre-made blends and instead share my proprietary recipes in the form of an eBook. That way I could arm people with the knowledge and recipes they needed to make their own caffeine-free, gluten-free, grain-free blends in the comfort of their own home. 

That is why I created the best-selling DIY Herbal Coffees eBook: A Complete Guide To Making Delicious Herbal Coffees to Support Healing & Stress Relief.

Now in its second edition, this ebook features:

  • All of my proprietary herbal blend recipes to you can craft a homemade herbal cup of “coffee” at home.
  • A ton of researched information about coffee’s impact on the health of those dealing with issues like adrenal fatigue, blood sugar dysregulation, autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, and any other chronic illness.
  • Information about all of the herbs used, why I selected them, how to source them, how to prepare and store you “coffees”, and much more.
  • Access to your own personal coffee shop where I show you how to recreate your favorite coffee shop drinks and pastries with wholesome, nourishing real food ingredients. No junk here. Only real food.

This book truly is a comprehensive guide to supporting your health, reducing your stress, and bringing a little something special back into your healing journey. You can learn more and download your own copy of this revolutionary wellness guide here, or simply click on the image below.

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