Vegan Coffee Alternatives

vegan coffee alternatives

For some people, the adrenaline rush that they get from caffeine is a bit too much for their body to handle, others cannot function unless they have a minimum of 3-cups worth. We all know the old adage, ‘everything in moderation’ but how many of us in this go-go-go world actually apply that philosophy to our caffeine consumption?

For all it’s pros, caffeine has many dangerous side effects when used excessively. After all, it’s still a drug. Like all drugs, caffeine triggers a release of dopamine that gives your body a warm and fuzzy feeling that makes makes you crave another cup. Caffeine is the world’s most popular drug, and coffee is possibly the second most valuable product after oil.

Up to 90% of Americans 🇺🇸 of all ages consume some caffeine daily and more than 50% consuming coffee daily. More than 50% average 300mg per day, with an average daily dosage for all consumers of about 200mg. One report estimates nearly 95% of Brazil’s 🇧🇷 population consumes caffeine daily,

Personally, I am a coffee wimp. One cup of coffee can sometimes send my body into an anxious frenzy and at times, it makes me bloated. Espresso seems to agree with my body a lot more than coffee but even still, I have to make sure that I am not drinking it on an empty stomach, otherwise I’ll have splitting headache the rest of the day. To make a long story short, I think it can smell my fear 🤓.

For me, coffee is a something that I indulge in when I want to treat myself and it’s more about the ‘ceremony’ of drinking coffee rather than any real benefits. I had to ask myself: is the short pleasure that I receive when I have a cup of coffee or espresso really worth putting up with these symptoms?

Whether you’re a casual drinker or a full on coffee machine, you should check out the 5 reasons why you should think about swapping out coffee for one of these recipes below. Learn how to make delicious caffeine free and vegan Rose Lattes, Lavender Lattes, Golden Milk, and Matcha Lattes with these easy recipes that will pick you up without dragging you down later.

Reasons to cut down on coffee

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1. Caffeine can trigger panic and anxiety attacks

In 2003, the University of Chicago found that patients struggling with anxiety and panic attacks are more likely to suffer caffeine-induced panic attacks. In a double blind study, patients with a history of panic attacks were given caffeine while others were given a placebo. Seventy-percent of the patients given caffeine reported feelings associated with panic attacks after consuming the caffeine. [source]

2. Caffeine increases the risk of miscarrying

According to the National Institute of Health, a woman is more likely to miscarry if her and her partner drink more than two caffeinated drinks a day during the weeks leading up to conception. Women who drank more than daily caffeinated drinks a day were also more likely to miscarry. [source]

3. Caffeine increases the risk of infertility

A study conducted at The University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno showed that caffeine interfered with the muscular contractions of the fallopian tubes. This makes it harder for an egg to move smoothly through the fallopian tubes, making it harder to conceive. This study was done on mice  (😥) so take this one with a grain of salt. Animal testing is cruel is rarely able to gives total and accurate insight into how our own bodies work.

Researchers at the University Department of Growth and Reproduction at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark did a study investigating whether or not high caffeine consumption had an effect on sperm count.

Some of the participants consumed mainly Cola as apart of their 800mg daily caffeine consumption while others consumed mainly coffee and tea as their primary source of caffeine. The results showed that the group that consumed mainly Cola based soft drinks had 30% lower sperm count. [source]

In yet another study on male fertility, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that men who consumed 265 mg of caffeine or more had the lowest chance of becoming a father through IVF.

4. Caffeine and Breast Disease

In a hospital-based case-control study that included 634 women with fibrocystic breast disease and 1,066 comparison women in Connecticut, the occurrence of fibrocystic breast disease was positively associated with average daily consumption of caffeine. Women who consumed 31–250 mg of caffeine/day had a 1.5-fold increase in the odds of disease, whereas women who drank over 500 mg/day had a 2.3-fold increase in the odds. [source]

5. You can overdose on caffeine

There are two types of drugs: stimulants and depressants. Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the whole world. Because of caffeines ability to treat drowsiness, headaches, and migraines, it is also used in many medications. Aside from coffee, energy drinks, soda and certain types of tea, caffeine is also used in medicines for migraines, weight loss and Type 2 Diabetes. A cup or two of coffee in the morning, a soda with your lunch, an energy drink after you hit the caffeine wall, and then a couple headache pills on the drive home and you’re looking at the world’s most common overdose.

Caffeine Intoxication is now listed in the DMS-V. Restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis, gastrointestinal disturbance, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia, periods of inexhaustibility, or psychomotor agitation are all symptoms of Caffeine Intoxication.

Vegan Coffee Alternatives

Rose Water Latte

vegan coffee alternatives

Rose Water Latte


Course Breakfast, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Tea
Cuisine coffee alternatives
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp beetroot powder
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (clear if possible)
  • 2 tsp simple syrup
  • dried food grade roses for garnish (optional, but kinda the point 😉 )
  • approx 1/4 cup non-dairy milk for foam (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add milk, rose water, vanilla, and simple syrup to a saucepan and heat on low heat. Stir often to prevent 'milk film'

  2. Once the mixture is hot to the touch, stir in the beetroot powder until all the clumps are gone. Lower heat to prevent burning/'milk film.'

  3. While the latte is warming, froth your milk. I used a Mr. Coffee hand-held frother. 


  4. Transfer latte mix to a mug and then spoon foam on the top. *Garnish with food grade rose petals.

  5. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 5 days.

Recipe Notes

You can find milk frother that I used here

*make sure the dried rose petals are organic and have not been sprayed with harmful pesticides. 

 Lavender Latte

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Lavender Latte

prep time is for steeping the lavender buds

Course Breakfast, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Tea
Cuisine coffee alternatives
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds (use a tea strainer)
  • 1 tbsp lavender syrup (I used Monin's)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup (can sub maple or agave)
  • approx 1/4 cup non-dairy milk for foam (optional)

Instructions

  1. Steep lavender buds in about 1/3 cup boiling water for 5-7 minutes.

  2. Heat non-dairy milk, stir frequently to prevent 'milk film.'

  3. Remove tea strainer and add hot non-dairy milk to the steeped lavender tea. Add lavender syrup and simple syrup. Stir well. 

  4. Using a milk frother, froth the 1/4 cup non-dairy milk until you get a fluffy foam. 

  5. Top with hefty scoops of foam. Sprinkle lavender buds on top for garnish. 

Recipe Notes

You can purchase organic dried lavender buds here

You can purchase vegan lavender syrup here

Golden Milk Latte

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There is something so satisfying about taking an extremely strong and nutritious herb like turmeric and making it drinkable and sweet. Turmeric contains curcumin which is a natural anti-inflammatory compound that can help to prevent Alzheimer’s.  Most diseases are caused by inflammation, so reaching for a golden milk latte over a cup of coffee is not only delicious but preventative. One thing I have to mention if this is your first time using turmeric: IT STAINS! Whether in powder or in liquid form, be careful because it will leave a mark.

Golden Milk

Course Breakfast, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Tea
Cuisine coffee alternatives
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can coconut milk (I prefer regular over fat-free, it's creamier)
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • dash of black pepper
  • powdered cinnamon for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. WARNING: turmeric (wet or dry) can stain your clothes so be careful. 

  2. In a saucepan, add canned coconut milk (hard pieces as well) and almond milk. Stir in turmeric, ginger, pepper, cinnamon stick, coconut oil, maple syrup, agave, and a dash of black pepper. Bring to medium heat, whisk until smooth. Serve with a dash of cinnamon. 

Matcha Latte

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There aren’t many drinks that are as instagrammable as a bright green matcha latte. But matcha lattes are more than just a pretty face, they are chock full of anti-oxidants. Matcha’s ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram. Compare that to pomegranates’ 105 units per gram or blueberries’ 93 units, and they have more than 10 times the concentration of antioxidants, but what does that have to do with immunity?

Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease. [source]

Another plus? They are just as good hot as they are cold.

To make a batch of iced matcha lattes, I double or quadruple the recipe depending on pitcher size, make as usual, let cool and then refrigerate. Add in in clean, filtered ice cubes before servig. I make ice cubes using an ice tray and filtered water from my Brita.

Matcha Latte

Course Coffee, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Tea
Cuisine coffee alternatives
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp agave

Instructions

  1. Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil and pour over matcha. Whisk together briskly until all the clumps are gone. 

  2. In a saucepan, bring almond milk to a low boil and then pour over matcha. Add 1 tbspa agave or more to taste. Serve. 

  3. Can be served hot or cold.

Maca Latte

*pictured but not in video below

Maca is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, a demanding job or even illness. Maca’s antioxidant properties helps to fight off free radicals and can even decrease bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. Antioxidants are crucial to preventing heart disease, cancer and diabetes

Ever had those intense jitters after drinking too much caffeine? You know, the ones that make you question if the ‘I can conquer the world’ feeling coffee gives you is worth feeling like you’re coming off a 3-day bender? Well…maca can give you that ‘conquer the world’ feeling without the heart palpitations, jitters, and restlessness. Instead of the caffeine ‘crash,’ maca helps to stabilize your mood and energy levels. [source]

Maca also has many benefits for male and female sexual health. Studies have shown that maca root consumption increased both male and female sexual desire and even improved sperm quality and motility in men. [source]

Maca Latte

Course Coffee, Drinks, Tea
Cuisine coffee alternatives
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cacao
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Instructions

  1. Mix everything in a blender. To serve hot, place mixture in a sauce pan on low heat until warm. 

Watch my video on how I made each of these vegan coffee alternatives here:

 

Recommended:

Rose Water Donuts (coming soon)

Vegan Matcha Cheesecake Bites (coming soon)

Vegan Breakfast Ideas 

Resources:

The Dangers of Caffeine

Caffeine Effects on Fertility

Fun Coffee Facts

Overdosing on Caffeine?

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