Cafe Con Coconut Panna

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Father's day is coming up and I share this recipe in honor of my Dad, a veritable coffee lover. Especially espresso. His coffee beverage of choice is Espresso Con Panna- a potent cup of espresso snowcapped with a generous heaping of homemade whipped cream. Being more of a french press kind of gal, and since I love putting my own spin on recipes, I've naturally made this combination my own. While I love the dairy version* of homemade whipped cream, I've found that this coconut cream is a wonderful alternative when I'm in the mood for plant-based foods. Plus, summer finally came to tickle us hello here in LA and right now coconutty things are making me feel summery and happy. 

Ingredients (yields several servings of cream) 

1 can organic coconut milk (full fat)**
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon
Dash cardamom
Some organic lemon zest (optional) 


Pour contents of can into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add vanilla extract, spices and lemon zest (if using). Using a hand mixer, whip cream on high until frothy. Garnish a freshly brewed cup of coffee*** with several tablespoons of cream. Store remaining cream in an airtight glass container (this will keep in your fridge for 3-4 days).  

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Creativity Boosters

Coconut Milk ~ is a powerful brain food. This is because it contains medium chain triglycerides, which the brain can access and use as fuel immediately (no need for them to pass through the digestive tract). This means that this coffee combination is amazing when you want your brain to function at super-speed for your very best creative work. 

Cardamom ~ I love sharing recipes that feature this spice. There's a reason I chose to use it as part of the blog's title. Christina Avaness, one of my mentors, and a food guru if there ever was one, first introduced me to the idea that cardamom is beneficial for creativity. While I haven't found any scientific research to back this up, I've found sources that share that cardamom has long been used as an aphrodisiac and mood-elevator****. Our sexual energy is closely tied to our creative energy. I believe that aphrodisiacs, foods that stimulate our libido, by default also stimulate our creativity. 

In other news, for those of you who are wondering what is going with cacao: a journal, our wonderful Jules is currently embarking on new adventures up in NorCal. She's still very much involved with the C&C world, think behind the scenes work and long, creativity-inspired, blog development-related type of phone meetings. I feel so blessed and grateful to be collaborating with this shining creative soul! If you want to learn more about her work, check out her website and her profile on I Love Creatives

Thank you always for all of your support, dear readers, enjoy your coconutty cream, and happy creating! 

With love & creativity,


* If I'm going the dairy route I like to use organic heavy whipping cream. I always make sure to take an extra glance at the packaging to make sure that there aren't any other ingredients, just pure and simply organic heavy whipping cream.
** I'm not sponsored by these peeps, but I've found that the Native Forest CLASSIC coconut milk works really well for this. While it may seem super rich and creamy, keep in mind that you're only using a relatively small amount on your coffee. Also, their cans are BPA free, which is a huge added bonus. 
*** I love using French-pressed Papua Coffee for this recipe =)


author: Leah Steiner // photos by: Leah Steiner