I used to be highly addicted to my coffee maker routine in the morning. I would grind my coffee beans the night before (I had a fabulous coffee grinder that measured the grinds for me and made it so easy), get my coffee maker ready and roll out of bed in the morning and flick the switch (I never quite trusted the timer) so I’d have a nice hot cup ready for me when I got out of the shower. I just remembered Mommy gave me some lovely footed red Denby mugs. I had 3 or 4 so I could use them up and then run them through the dishwasher near the end of the week. I’d fill a mug up and sip while I dried my hair, and then enjoy another cup while I read.
It took me a while to stop this habit, but for a while I bought huge bottles of non dairy creamer (sugar free hazelnut) from Winco. YEAH! Each time I bought a bottle I cringed a little, knowing that Mommy would not approve of me ingesting such a thing, so I eventually said goodbye to my beloved creamer and used agave or just half and half instead. Right now, stevia is a once-in-a-while treat for me (even though I think it’s pretty benign), and so is every other alternative sweetener I can think of.
Since we have a big bag of dates in the fridge, I took the opportunity to make a dairy free creamer. I flavored mine with vanilla and cinnamon, but you can add whatever you like. I’m sure I’d enjoy this with coffee, but I actually poured mine in tea and loved it. Since I’m sugar-conscious I limit my intake of this creamer (knowing how many dates are in the whole batch and how many servings I should try to get out of it) and just make my coffee/tea the “right” color by adding more plain milk or cream.
Sweet Cream – [Dairy Free Creamer]
makes a little less than 2 cups
6 dates (pitted)
1.5 c nondairy milk (e.g. unsweetened vanilla almond – YUM)
dash of cinnamon
splash of vanilla
Put everything in your blender and turn it on. When everything’s combined well, you’re done! Enjoy.