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cashew coconut steamer

 
There is fresh snow falling, the temperature continues to be well below freezing, and a slick of ice has covered the neighborhood streets. I feel a sense of relief when everyone has arrived home for the day, when we are safely ensconced in our cozy living room where the twinkling tree still stands sentinel, when we can review homework papers and have a snack and talk about nothing and everything in between. The afternoon and evening hours are when we come together and connect. The snow continues to fall and there is talk of tacos again for dinner. I find myself anticipating some quiet time later after everyone else is in bed, but for right now we're all together as the sun dips away and the temperature outside continues to fall farther into the hazy dusk.

I made mugs of hot chocolate, topped with mini marshmallows and whipped cream, for my girls after school, and then I whipped up a simple cashew milk steamer for myself. I happen to adore cashew milk - on granola, in baked goods, and especially warm in lieu of coffee in the late afternoons when I need a pick-me-up that doesn't involve caffeine. There's no added sugar in this warming drink; it gets a slight hint of natural sweetness from the addition of coconut butter, which melts into the hot milk and adds the most delicious flavor and silky texture to this drink.

Cashew Coconut Steamer
This steaming hot, frothy drink is incredibly satisfying on a cold day. I find it's a nice alternative to hot tea when I want something a bit more decadent.
Yields: 2 small servings (or a generous mug for 1)

1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
1 heaping tbsp organic coconut butter
Whipped cream, for serving
Unsweetened coconut chips, for serving

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk, whisking frequently, until it is frothy and steaming hot. Add the coconut butter, whisking until it has melted into the hot milk.

Toast the coconut chips briefly until golden and fragrant, either in a dry skillet over low heat, or on a sheet pan under the oven broiler. Toasting them only takes a minute or two; watch closely so they don't burn.

Pour the hot liquid into mugs, top with the whipped cream and toasted coconut, and enjoy piping hot.

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