Chestnut Spice Latte

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First of all: Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great celebration ringing in 2015.

The HH, The Girls and I enjoyed some down time at home after a veritable whirlwind during the month of December:  Elsie’s health first deteriorated, then improved; my old achilles injury flared; and I marked 400 assignments and exams in about a week. With that behind us, the HH and I did manage a couple of festivities and a late December dinner party at my friend The Architect’s place (and hi, K!) as a way to ring in the year a bit early.

By the 31st, we were kind of pooped and could think of nothing better than chillaxing in front of the TV (you know, because we’re old people). I did quite enjoy watching Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper sling barbs at each other, however (for about 45 seconds).

And now, with the new year upon us, I have a confession to make. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to sit down or cover your eyes or anything). No, it’s not that I’ve already broken my resolutions (I didn’t make any). It’s not that I consumed more than my fair share of chocolate and peppermint over the holidays (even though I did). It’s not that I secretly wish Anderson would finally pummel Kathy the next time she demeans him on air (besides, that’s not such a secret).

Here it is: I have never consumed a Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte. GASP! I know, right? Well, for that matter, I’ve never had a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, either. (Double Gasp.)

It’s not that I don’t like coffee, believe me. In fact, even though I’ve not let even a single sip of java pass my lips since 1999–the first time I was diagnosed with candida–I still LOVE the smell of coffee brewing and remember it fondly. But since coffee is incredibly acidic (and anyone with candida wants to keep their diet as alkaline as possible), and since I’m not into the whole Bulletproof fad  trend  silliness movement, I’ve chosen to stay away.

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I tell you all this as a warning that, as alluring as it is, this libation may taste absolutely nothing like the coffee house version. In fact, this drink contains neither coffee nor a typical “hot” beverage of any kind (though feel free to sub Dandy Blend or another coffee substitute for some or all of the milk). To me, though, this drink was very reminiscent of my lattes of old, since my preferred coffee-like beverage was always fairly diluted in any case. Throughout my twenties and thirties, my idea of “coffee” was a cup half filled with fairly weak brew, then topped up with boiling water and finished with a splash of skim milk, for a final result that looked like Chaser’s bathwater after a run in the woods (yum). In other words, my caffeine intake from “my” version of coffee was about the same as taking a mug of Joe and passing it quickly under your nostrils to inhale a few molecules through the steam.

Whether you’ve imbibed the Starbucks version or not, I bet you will love this rich, aromatic, comforting latte. You may recall my infatuation with chestnuts last year around this time; the romance has continued since then, and I still love their delicate, nuanced nuttiness. The combination of carob and chestnut here creates a synergy of toasty, smooth and sweet that’s reminiscent of chocolate milk without actually containing chocolate–almost like savoring the center of a chocolate truffle in liquid form. The perfect way to set off the new year!

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Here’s to a year filled with happiness, fulfillment and healthy sweet sipping on warm chestnut lattes. Bring on 2015!

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  1. This is great! I found a vacuum packed bag of chestnuts recently and wondered what to do with it. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen them in my store. Definitely a must try during this cold, wet weather.

  2. First, LOL on your comment on Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper slinging barbs. You lasted about 43 seconds longer than I would have! Okay, 44 1/2 seconds really. I abhor KG and would love to see her get pummeled by AC. Now that would be great tv! I’d pay for that! Second, I’m glad you all had a good holiday. I’m really glad that Elsie is better and sorry about that Achilles issue. This Chestnut Spice Latte looks divine. It seems ideal to me to make a recipe that includes the actual ingredient in its name anyway. 😉 I love the idea of coffee and the smell and using it occasionally as flavoring, but a mug of coffee is not my friend, so this is much, much better! I still can’t do chia seed so I’d probably just add some sifted coconut flour. I love that as a healthy thickener in beverage. Gorgeous photos!

    Happy 2015, my friend! xo,
    Shirley

    • Ha ha! Yes, I think she really plays up on that annoyance factor on purpose! I loved Joan Rivers, so we’ll see if KG grows into the role. 😉 And I’m with you on the coffee. I used to enjoy a (very weak) cup in the morning, but it was never a beverage I sought out because I loved it so much. This one is a different story! Hope you and Mr. GFE had a great New Year’s, too! xoxo

  3. We don’t have all the fancy-pants coffees that you seem to on the other side of the pond though they’re getting more and more each season but they usually sound pretty revolting to me anyway! This, however, sounds much more up my street. I also have an extra pack of chestnuts leftover from Christmas so I’ll definitely be trying it soon.

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