Recipes & DIY

Cozy London Fog Tea Latte with Espresso

There’s something so comforting about a cup of freshly brewed coffee, but sometimes a cup of joe just doesn’t cut it and you need something fancy. This London Fog Tea Latte will do the trick. A combination of espresso andEarl Grey black tea, it’s unique and delicious. And did I mention it’s ready in only 10 minutes?

Sure, you can go to any old coffee shop and get a couple of London fog lattes, but if you have some almond milk, black tea to steep, vanilla extract, coffee or espresso, and some sweetener, you’ll be all set! You can even get a little adventurous and top it off with some driedlavenderor lavender flowers. I didn’t have dried lavender, so I topped mine with chocolate shavings. Easily the best decision I’ve made all day.

Recipe Qualities

  • Cozy
  • Comforting
  • Smooth
  • Warm

Ingredients

  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Almond milk

 

3 Health Benefits of This London Fog Tea Latte Recipe

1. Promotes the growth of good gut bacteria

Black tea contains prebiotics, which help grow good bacteria in the gut. The molecules in black tea are also larger, allowing it to stay in the intestines longer. Not only does this promote beneficial bacterial growth, but it also regulates your metabolism.

Studies have shown that harmful bacteria in the gut is associated with obesity. However, when consuming black or green tea, the good bacteria provided by the prebiotics fights the harmful bacteria, promoting a lean body mass. [1]

Black tea is the only tea that provides a probiotic called Pseudobutyrivibrio. Pseudobutyrivibrio produces butyrate—an important anti-inflammatory fat. [2]

When you reduce inflammation, you help aid in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. [3]

2. Boosts energy

There’s nothing worse than waking up and still feeling tired or hitting that midday slump. There’s some truth to all the memes you see about someone who feels like a completely new person after a cup of coffee.

Coffee helps fight toxicity in the body due to the amount of antioxidants it contains.

While there are no studies that link antioxidants and increased energy, foods and drinks containing antioxidants have been shown to increase energy expenditure.

One study, in particular, had a group of people drink 100 mg of caffeine and then measured their energy expenditure after consumption. Their energy levels increased 8–11 percent, accounting for 79–150 more calories burned.

That may not seem like a lot, but it adds up very quickly. In just one week, it’s an extra 1,000 calories—just from sipping coffee. [4]

3. Fights free radicals

For this recipe, you can use any nut milk. I’ve tried it with almond, cashew, and macadamia. I typically stay away from conventional dairy simply because it’s a highly inflammatory food.

All of the kinds of nut milk I listed above have some great benefits and are also a part of a  plant-based diet.

Also, all of these nut milks, as you may have guessed, offer up the same benefits as the original nut that made the milk.

Almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts have loads of antioxidants, which helps neutralize unstable molecules (known as free radicals) and lower oxidative stress.

Specifically, vitamin E (a fat-soluble vitamin) is a powerhouse when it comes to warding off those pesky, inflammation-causing free radicals. By doing so, it’s further delaying the chances of developing harmful diseases associated with inflammation, which is the root cause of most diseases. [5]

 

London Fog Tea Latte

You can use any bag of black tea to steep for this London fog tea latte, but Earl Grey tea bags are, by far, the best. With just a few, simple steps, you’ll be sipping your way to tea town and telling me “thanks a latte” for this great recipe.

 

Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2

London Fog Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 shot of espresso or ½ cup brewed coffee
  • 1 bag of Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups warmed almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla, non-alcoholic flavoring (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ tablespoon chocolate shavings

 

Directions

1. In a mug or cup, steep the tea for 4 minutes, and then strain the tea.

London Fog Tea Latte Recipe

2. In a high-speed blender, add all ingredients except the chocolate shavings. Blend on high until well-combined.

London Fog Tea Latte Recipe

3. Serve in two coffee mugs and top with chocolate shavings (or dried lavender). Enjoy!

London Fog Tea Latte Recipe

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