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Hello from the first day of classes. At UNC we call it FDOC (eff-dock) because universities are legally required to shorten things in order to create a made up language. I'm feeling good about classes this semester because I had one of these popsicles this morning which it my favorite type of self-medication! The result is that my eyes are super large and my hands are a little shaky (because really I ate two of them.)
If you, like me, are not able to pull a lot of enthusiasm out for the coming fall, make these popsicles. It is your morning coffee but colder and stronger and more ready to party. As it happens, colder and stronger and more ready to party is also my attitude for the coming year.
I realize that it's not actually fall yet, but we're in fall mode anyway. The next couple weeks are my favorite time of year because they are a blur of the last tomatoes and peaches that will momentarily overlap with figs and kale and apples in this beautiful North Carolina moment. I get nostalgic this time of year because the produce moves so quickly, just like life. There's a profound observation for you.
I took a long moment this morning to eat one of these popsicles sitting on my shady front porch. In my opinion, it's most important to take long, quiet moments when life is moving fastest. Pro-tip: don't get dressed before you eat this popsicle because it will probably drip all over you and ruin your outfit and your outlook (if you're like me.)
You know how food magazines always talk about making big batches of grains and vegetables so you can easily eat healthy throughout the week? (You probably have no idea what I'm talking about since most people don't actually read Bon Appetit before they fall asleep.) This is the coffee equivalent of that. Set yourself up for a week of good caffeination.
Almond Macadamia Nut Latte Popsicles
- 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 5 cups water
- 6 dates
- pinch of salt
- Cold brew, purchased or made from this recipe.
For the cold brew, I usually make my own, because if you steep it for 36 hours (for very strong coffee), you get a pretty good deal. If you don't want to take the time, I like Trader Joe's concentrate.
Place nuts in bowl and cover with 2-3 cups water. Make a note of how much water, later you'll want to add more to 5 cups. Soak nuts overnight, then add nuts and water to a blender and add water to equal a total of 5 cups of water. Blend with 6 dates and a big pinch of salt. Taste and add more dates or salt to taste.
Use a fine mesh strainer lined with paper towels (or a cheese cloth) to strain your nut milk. Mix milk and coffee to your preference. I used half and half but your coffee to milk preferences may be different than mine.