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Coconut Milk Latte with Vanilla Cappuccino Swirl Ice Cream

Why do I love dressing up coffee? I mean it's perfectly fine brewed and served all my itself but for some reason I want to mix in some creamy milk and sweeten it up and add a frozen, smoothie aspect to it. This creation was inspired by an instagram post that I found by The Floured Kitchen. It's creamy and rich and sweet and you can make it as healthy as you wish. Instead of making it with homemade ice cream, I bought Almond Dream cappuccino swirl ice cream. But I also have a chocolate peanut butter homemade gelato recipe here that would go great with this recipe.

This recipe is so simple to throw together but you can draw it out by making the ice cream yourself, making the milk yourself and adding more ingredients such as dates or homemade chocolate drippings. I didn't go all out with this, I made this on a whim and it ended up super great. This is a wonderful recipe to put together when you are visiting the grocery store as it can be made with all store-bought ingredients. Homemade is wonderful and is healthier overall but supporting plant-based food companies is awesome too. This is a perfect excuse to take advantage of a sale on your favorite vegan ice cream (Almond Dream is on sale at Whole Foods!).

I was never a coffee person growing up because my mom drank tea. I never even got into it in college because I just wasn't used to drinking it. I started drinking a ton of Starbucks when I worked as a social worker after college. My coworkers and I went as a group to the Starbucks near our office and ordered giant frappuccios. When I went vegan, I was pleased to know that they had plant-based milk. I often wonder just how much of my hard earned money I gave to Starbucks. Anyway, it was super fun getting out with my coworkers and sipping on yummy, high calorie coffee. As I look back on this now, this is where my love for coffee began and who doesn't want to make homemade frappuccinos??
Now, I buy Trader Joe's cold brew coffee and dress that up. It's very strong so you need to dilute it but it's PERFECT for iced coffee and coffee smoothies. My favorite ingredients to add to a coffee smoothie is peanut butter and chocolate. 

Why is coffee so awesome? When I don't overdo it, coffee makes me happy, It brightens my mood and with the right amount of milk and a little sweetener it's very tasty. I love the smell too. It conjures up a sense of comfort, family, home and coziness, would you agree? It wakes you up in the morning and makes me think of a lazy Sunday morning. It's a beverage of comfort and evokes memories and sweeter times. That's why I love making coffee drinks at home. 

1/2 cup of ice cream
1 cup of plant-based milk, I used coconut milk
8 oz of coffee, cold brew or freshly brewed
5-6 ice cubes

Add half of the ice cream to a cup or mason jar. Add the milk, ice cubes and coffee. Then add the rest of the ice cream. I waited a little bit before I drank it so the ice cream could melt. I drank about half and saved the rest for tomorrow. Did I mention Trader Joe's cold brew is hella strong??? Happy coffee drinking!!!

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