Yak butter tea is a primary food in Tibet, providing the essential fat that enables people to thrive, spiritually and physically, in a harsh environment.
This London Fog latte is a (much less pungent) variation on the theme.
It is warming and stimulating while also providing high-quality fat to help you rock your day.
In Tibet, tea, salt and yak butter are churned into a hot frothy beverage. At my house, coconut cream, MCT oil, vanilla & tea are whirled in a blender.
I've heard that yak butter tea is an acquired taste. Especially when the butter is rancid . But ~I promise~ this tea latte is love-at-first-sip.
Dave Asprey used Yak Butter Tea as the inspiration for his Bulletproof Coffee. This bring the beverage back to it's roots... with tea~!
Pre-AIP, I loved London Fogs. Not those sweet drinks they make in coffee shops with vanilla-flavoured syrup, but homemade, with frothy milk, vanilla extract & Earl Grey tea. I have no idea why I gave them up, because this AIP version is actually better than the London Fogs I used to make.
In fact I've been drinking these daily throughout these chilly, foggy, damp late-Autumn days.
In the winter months, it only makes sense to keep a couple of tins of coconut milk in the fridge so you're always ready to counteract any accumulating interior or exterior gloom with a hot frothy London Fog.
London Fog Latte (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)
- 1 tin full-fat no-additive Coconut Milk, refrigerated
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Powder
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 1½ cups boiling water
- 1 Tablespoon MCT Oil (optional)
Advance prep: Chill the tin of coconut milk in the refrigerator for several hours, to separate the cream from the coconut water.
Scoop the coconut cream out of tin into a saucepan. Reserve the coconut water for another use.
Pour the boiling water over the tea bags & steep for just 2 minutes.
Add the steeped tea & the vanilla powder to the saucepan & heat until bubbling.
Pour the hot mixture into a blender, add the MCT oil (if using) & blend on high for 30 seconds.
Pour into 2 mugs & be in love with life.
Note: MCT oil can take a while to get used to, digestively speaking. If it is new to you, start with 1 teaspoon & gradually increase the quantity. MCT oil is a liquid nutritional supplement made from refined coconut & red palm oils.
Substitute rooibos for black tea for a delicious caffeine-free version.