Taste Test Tuesday: Dream Caramel Latte

What a couple of weeks we’ve had, its been crazy around here.  And you know what crazy calls for right?  Coffee… Who couldn’t use a little zap of caffeine blended with some sugar to help you through the craziness.  Some might say that its those two items that help lead to the crazy, but if not done in excess I’d disagree.  🙂

Jackie and I have been searching all over the US for the single serve Califia Farms Salted Caramel Iced Latte drink, but we haven’t found that ANYWHERE!  Its like a unicorn, completely made up.  While we were at Hy-Vee the other day though we stumbled upon a newer product from Dream products.  You can see all their products and read more about the company here.  I hadn’t realized they made any coffee drinks, I thought they stuck mostly to the milk blends and ice creams, but I’ve been proven wrong.  Anyway, what we found was this Caramel, Coffee and Almond Milk Latte.

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We got home and Jackie must have been feeling it, because she went right for it. Grabbed some ice and poured this over it. Now one of the coolest things about this product was that it was shelf stable. I kind of like the ability to have some fun drinks that don’t need to be refrigerated. It certainly makes it a lot easier to transport and store. Sometimes you just don’t have room in the fridge to hold it. The drink itself was really good, it was nice and smooth, with a coffee that was not too bitter. Sometimes you get lattes and the coffee has just been overdone and burnt, but this wasn’t the case. The caramel flavor was one of a toasted brown sugar, almost like a roasted marshmallow.  I also love that the coffee they used in here was fair trade certified.  Who can’t get behind that.

We both enjoyed it a lot. I’ll definitely be buying more of this any time I’m in the mood for a coffee drink and don’t want the hassle or cost of a Caribou/Starbucks. This is something that anyone can enjoy from their home. Pick one up and give it a whirl.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Scones (vegan & refined sugar free*)

I love me some scones, y’all! I like when they have a soft, chewy texture. I’m not as big of a fan of the drier, crumblier ones. While those have their place – great with coffee and tea! – I just prefer something you can eat on the go and not worry about it crumbling all over the place! These scones are DELICIOUS! I know I say that about everything, but seriously, these are, too. They are perfectly chocolately, with small pieces of banana. And they’re refined sugar free! How awesome is that? *I mean, I suppose there is refined sugar in the chocolate chips, but I didn’t make those with my own hands. 😉 I hope you try these scones out! You won’t be sad you did. However, beware! You might just eat two. Or three.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
2 small bananas, cut in half lengthwise and then diced
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup almond milk (I used Califia Toasted Coconut Almond Milk)
2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder. Add melted coconut oil and mix with a fork (or your hands) until the oil and the flour mixture are well combined. Add chocolate chips and diced banana and mix to coat. In a measuring cup, whisk together agave nectar, almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Add to dry mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined and no dry flour remains. Using a large cookie scoop (think ice cream scoop size), scoop onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press down slightly and bake for 12 minutes, or until just golden brown. I got 10 scones.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Enjoy!