Blackstrap Molasses Latte Recipe
For me there’s nothing like a seasonal latte to get me in the holiday mood. Its mid-November and Starbucks has officially added their wonderful Eggnog Lattes and Peppermint Hot Chocolates to the menu.
Inspired by those delicious holiday beverages, I have enjoyed making my own at home too. My favorite has been this Black Strap Molasses Latte. Don’t be too alarmed if you don’t like the taste of black strap molasses. The taste of this latte is somewhere in between a ginger bread cookie and a cup of eggnog, but with 50% less guilt!
I was first introduced to blackstrap molasses by my hairdresser. Yes, you read that right, my hair dresser! A few years ago, I went through a very stressful stage where I was working 60-hours a week. I was young, single and independent and more determined than ever to meet my goals. While I was working hard and slowly achieving those goals, unfortunately it was at the expense of my health. I noticed that my once clear skin was breaking out terribly (see the blog post where I talked about that experience here), I also noticed that my healthy hair that I worked so hard to grow was shedding at a rate that really scared me. That’s when I knew something had to change. I booked an appointment with my hairdresser for a treatment that would hopefully stop all the shedding.
While speaking with my stylist, she dropped some knowledge that I won’t ever forget. “Have you checked your iron?” Our 1 hour long conversation about health & hair started with this question. To cut a long story short, she was right and my iron levels were low which was causing my hair to shed. She seemed to have heard my story many times before from her previous clients, to whom she always suggested the same thing. “Take 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses a day and you won’t believe the difference it will make”. Boy was she right, my days of insane hair shedding came to an end promptly after including blackstrap molasses in my diet.
Blackstrap molasses is the end result of the sugar cane refining process, but is very different to refined sugar which has proven to be harmful when consumed in large amounts. Blackstrap molasses has a dark rich brown color. On its own it has a very strong taste. It is nutrient dense and contains vital minerals like manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper and is particularly rich in iron. 1 table spoon provides 19% of the daily recommended amount of iron for an adult woman, 43% for an adult man and 50% for toddlers. Don’t think blackstrap molasses will only benefit your hair, adding these vitamins and minerals found in blackstrap molasses can help your health in so many other ways too.
When I make a blackstrap molasses latte, it is a guilt free treat that I feel so good about since it is packed with so much that my body needs. It also works great as a coffee replacement. But as with everything, consume in moderation. While it is way healthier than refined sugar, it is still a sweetener.
Here’s how I make my latte!
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- ½ tsp of ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
- Optional – 1 piece of unsweetened dark chocolate (High in iron and protein, also contains a small amount of caffeine)
- Optional – 1 shot of caramel syrup (Note: The molasses is already sweet, but this adds a little something extra)
Pour your milk, nutmeg and cinnamon into a pot and bring it to boil while stirring occasionally. If you have chosen to use the chocolate and caramel syrup add this to the pot as well.
Put your teaspoon of black strap molasses into a separate cup and add 1/3 cup of boiling water to it. Give that a good stir.
Once your milk has boiled, use a milk frother to create that lovely whipped latte texture, then pour your black strap molasses & water mixture into the milk. Stir and enjoy!