Sweet & Creamy Mornings

by HEAB on May 18, 2011

Regular coffee is back in my life, and I welcomed it with open arms. In all honesty, I don’t really care for the taste of coffee itself. It’s simply a vehicle for cream and my beloved NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops…


These days, breakfast usually consists of a couple of cups of coffee and unsweetened chocolate squares. I save the more elaborate meals for lunch and dinner.

Speaking of stevia, I recently received some free samples of a new brand…



I have yet to try the Steviva Blend for baking, but I’ve used the pure stevia in various recipes including…


Coconut Cornbread

The above recipes turned out great, and I didn’t notice any funky stevia aftertaste. However, the Steviva pure stevia does not dissolve very well in warm beverages. NuNaturals it is then. That stuff is hard to beat!
How do you take your coffee?

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Scott in Ohio September 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

:: waving ‘hello’ ::

I am catching up on HEAB’s (forgive me!) and have no idea if you’ll get this or not.

I think you and CD would be the perfect candidates for this coffee recipe…


I use unsalted Kerry Gold (which I *might* be familiar with…haha!).

Scott in Ohio September 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Whoops. Edit that to “(which YOU *might* be familiar with…)”

HEAB September 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Hey Scott,
Oh my…I must try this. I would think that butter in coffee would form some type of oily mess, but perhaps not? I bet blending it makes a big difference…and yes, I’ve heard of Kerrygold. They say it’s really good butter. πŸ˜‰ Hope you guys are well – always good to hear from you!

Scott in Ohio September 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I thought the same thing. You are correct…blend in the Vita for as long as your ears can take it and it’s good and frothy (at least a minute or so).

It’s amazing that it really does keep you satisfied all morning.

Cassie Daughtrey July 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I have a Casein issue as well which is sort of why I asked. I had a food sensitivity test done a few months ago to find out I’m sensitive (intolerant) to gluten, dairy, beef, almonds, and eggs. Which is fine! I’m okay with it. But, learning to eat without all of those things and adapting my family to it has been a challenge. But I’m finding tons of resources. Though…almond butter is officially OUT (as it was a staple previously) because of my intolerance. Thanks again! I’ve been using So Delicious no sugar added coconut milk in my coffee. But I miss the creamy-ness of a real creamer or 1/2&1/2. Maybe I could try a heavy cream…

Cassie Daughtrey July 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

What kind of creamer do you use in your coffee? By the way, I just stumbled upon your site in doing a Greek yogurt querry. And now I LOVE it. Added it to my google reader, just shared it on Facebook. Thank you! So many good ideas!
Cassie (Seattle, WA)

HEAB July 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

So glad you found me and thanks so much for reading and spreading the HEAB love. I usually just use Horizon organic half & half or heavy whipping cream. My body prefers the high fat dairy as I have problems with whey and casein. So, the lower the dairy proteins, the better.

Mali K (The Mali K Whey) May 30, 2011 at 5:49 am

Thanks Heather, I really appreciate it! I think perhaps I will give the vanilla drops a go! Perhaps the reason the Stevia over here has such an aftertase is because it’s the pure stuff. Thanks again for the info!

Mali K (The Mali K Whey) May 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

I am tempted to travel to the states purely so that I can come back with a suitcase load of NuNaturals and unsweetened chocolate! All the pure stevia over here (South Africa) has a weird metallic aftertaste which overpowers everything, and unsweetened chocolate simply does not exist!

HEAB May 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

Mali K,
I know you can order NuNaturals on http://www.iherb.com, and they ship internationally. Great prices – I order all my supplements/beauty products from them. You can use the code EME542 for $5 off your first order.

Mali K (The Mali K Whey) May 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

Thanks for the link Heather, I really appreciate it!

Mali K (The Mali K Whey) May 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

Before I order anything, would you mind giving me a heads up on which product is best? I’d quite like to get the Pure NuStevia White Stevia Extract, as you need such a small amount that it would last longest. Do you have any experience with this particular product? I am nervous that the pure product is more likely to have a funny taste. And would it be suitable in baking (that is what I would be most likely to use it in)? Thanks, sorry for all the questions!

HEAB May 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Mali K,
You are welcome and never hesitate to email me with questions. I don’t mind – I promise! So, I love the NuNaturals vanilla alcohol-free stevia drops the best. Use them in everything from coffee to puddings to baked good. I like the stevia baking blend for baking as well, but only use a little at a time since it seems a lot sweeter than sugar…or it might be b/c I don’t like things really sweet. The pure stevia will last you forever, but honestly, it’s not my fav. Compared to other NuNaturals products, it does have more of an aftertaste to me. Good, but not my favorite. Hope this helps!

Gena May 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

Coffee makes my world go round. Literally and figuratively.

Emily May 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

I’m a black coffee kind of girl. πŸ˜€

Serina May 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

Soooo envious of all the cool products (well, probably not the fructose-stuffed ones) you’ve available. I live capital city and have to travel all throughout it to find one store that sells one brand of white almond butter… Stevia… one product and has to be sold as bath salt because it’s not considered “food”… Miss living on your side of the ocean! πŸ™‚

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

ohh I do so miss real coffee! Right now I’m usually drinking some chai tea with a splash of milk to sub bec real coffee makes me irritable and overall not feel too great. Occasionally I do just go for it though! Same way just a splash of milk because I do like the flavor πŸ™‚

I don’t like the taste of stevia powder, is the liquid very different? πŸ™‚

HEAB May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

Although I do like stevia powder, yes, I do think the drops taste different – love them in my coffee as well as baked goods. However, not all liquid drops are created equal. I’ve had some that were not so good – not a fan of the Sweet Leaf brand, but I love the NuNaturals stuff.

VEGirl May 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

I don;t drink coffee– it sends me on a tail spin and I gets so frantic and slightly jittery I can’t focus! It also makes me have to pee every five minutes, but that’s another story. I stick to stevia hot cocoa πŸ˜‰

Chad @ thebreakupnote May 19, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love Stevia. I try not to use it in things that are almost no calories… but what I like to do in baking is use part stevia part something else so that I can have some sugar in it but keep the sugar content low and healthy.

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

Don’t like the taste of coffee????!!!! Whaaaaat?! πŸ˜‰

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad May 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

LOVE coffee. And stevia.

P.S. My friend from high school is doing social media for Stevia in the Raw and she was wondering if I had any blogger friends who wanted to try samples of it… Let me know if you want them! I can pass your name along. It was so funny – she came across my blog and was like “HEY I know her!!”.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

If I’m at home I always have my coffee black (or if I have some in the house, a dash of vanilla syrup). We use decent coffee in our house!

When I’m out and get a coffee from Costa, Starbuck’s, Esquires etc I always get a soy vanilla latte – I just don’t like the taste of their coffee without the creaminess of the milk to balance it out.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

Oops, can’t believe I put an apostrophe in Starbucks!

Wanted to add that I don’t like adding milk to a black coffee such as a filter or Americano, but I’m all for making coffee with it!

Tita May 19, 2011 at 1:18 am

I love my coffee cappuccino style the best… I don’t like it sweet…
(preferably with a tablespoon of peanut butter, yummmm!!!! There’s something about coffee and peanut butter combo that makes my whole body sooo happy!!!!)
Heather – have you ever tried KAL Stevia? Since I have tried it, I swear by it! Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but NO OTHER BRAND I have tried is more pure (it has no other ingridients) and NO aftertaste whatsoever!!! If you have a chance, try it… I haven’t meet a person that wouldn’t like it…


HEAB May 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

Never had PB in my coffee…believe it or not. I’ve done the almond butter in my hot cocoa but never nut butter in my coffee. Hmmm, I’ll have to try that one! Also never heard of KAL stevia. I’ll check it out – thanks for the link. πŸ™‚

Tita May 19, 2011 at 10:19 am

No, no, no, not IN the coffee, Heather – sorry sorry, I meant – sipping coffee WHILE licking a spoonful of peanut butter!!!! I’m sorry, I NEVER tried to stir it IN the coffee!!!! Sorry, it’s my language… Gotta learn english better, I know I know I know… I used to have an apple, peanut butter and coffee for breakfast…and I thought it was peanut butter & apple combo that was sooo yumm…but then I realized it was actually coffee and peanut butter that was so good…
I hope you didn’t stir peanut butter in coffee already!!!!!!!!

Ellie@fitforthesoul May 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

you might now find this very wonderful, but I take my coffee with just skim milk! πŸ™‚ or soymilk. I like taking 1 or 2 good sips of sweet coffee, but no more. I’m not too much of a sweet drink person–I like to save that for edible baked goods or somethin’.

Miava May 19, 2011 at 12:27 am

I take my coffee BLACK. And in the summer I pour black coffee over ice. (ice coffee). I think it would work the same for your cream-of-coffee? It might be good poured over a lot of ice?… I can never resist that first hot cup though..!

Anne@MyZenPulse May 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm

The NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract + Stevia is my FAVE! I mix Trader Joe’s decaf coffee crystals with some warmed Almond Milk and make a mocha for my evening treat πŸ™‚

s May 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

lately i have green tea with stevia drops in the mornings … coffee makes me way too jittery/anxious anymore. occasionally i get decaf coffee (with soy milk and a bit of sugar).

Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

If it’s really good coffee I take it black with some stevia in it to take the bitter edge off. Yum!

McKayla @ Green Groats May 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I usually go with skim milk and sometimes stevia in my tea/coffee. This morning I had earl grey tea with almond milk and stevia! I’ve never tried the nunaturals before, but I’m sure I’d love the vanilla/stevia combo.

Lee May 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

French Vanilla soy creamer and stevia, please.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Mmm, I LOVE the taste of coffee! Black with cinnamon please! I tried the stevia drops but I just wasn’t a fan of it, but I’m thinking I’ll give it another shot in some iced coffee because for some reason I always like my iced coffee to have a little sweetness to it.

Pure2raw twins May 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Another stevia company?!?! haha
To be honest I enjoy the taste of coffee when it is a good quality brand πŸ˜‰ I used to hate it now I love the flavor and just drink my coffee nowadays black.

Sarah May 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Oh no!! Haha, how will you have your oat bran??

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I eat oat bran every night after dinner. It’s my favorite “dessert”. πŸ™‚

Sarah May 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I love oat bran for dessert…so creamy and satisfying! Especially with ice cream. Do NOT get me started…;)

Anita May 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I do not drink coffee any more but when I did drink it I drank decaf. Once a year I put sweetened condensed milk in it. Like Vietnamese coffee. A nasty habit and you can get used to having it rather quickly.

Angel7 May 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I like my coffee with milk in it.

I also like to buy flavored iced coffees when I am out and about.


Annie@stronghealthyfit May 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I’m completely addicted to coffee, but I try to stick to 1-2 cups a day. Lately I’ve been putting cream (rather than just milk) in it more often. It’s just so much better! I’ve also been eating unsweetened chocolate, and alongside some coffee it sounds like the perfect breakfast. THanks for the idea!

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Yes, cream makes the cup and definitely a perfect breakfast if you ask me. πŸ™‚

Kate May 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I’m easy… I’ll take coffee however it comes – black, Turkish, with cow’s milk, without sugar, strong, espresso, with a sweetener (though only tiny amount), with almond milk, weak… But if I was to have it my favourite way it would probably be espresso with almond milk and a tiny touch of something sweet! Is is sad that coffee is the first thing I think about in the morning?

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

No, I think many of us have the same “problem”. πŸ˜‰

michelle May 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I love my coffee strong and steaming hot with full fat carnation milk and stevia. Whipping cream for special occasions πŸ™‚

Jill May 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Weirdly enough, I used to drink coffee much closer to black but as you know I do have a weakness for the flavored creamers and sugar free syrups. I really want Starbucks to make a sugar free mint one! I also found out today that the Seattle’s Best coffee shops have sugar free raspberry syrup and it is GOOD. I have to say that heavy cream is AMAZING in coffee also-but I am still a little phobic about high fat stuff like that (which is silly, I know-but at least I’m done eating Yoplait light yogurt :-))

Last, here are a few reasons to make us feel good about our coffee habit:

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Yes, coffee is good for us. I believe it! I thought Starbucks did have a sugar free mint one – they offered sugar free peppermint mochas around the holidays this year. I remember b/c I couldn’t have one since I was off chocolate. πŸ™ However, you can buy sugar free peppermint syrup online. That I know for sure. Torani makes a yummy one. πŸ™‚

Susan May 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I have been following breakfast up with a square or two of Baker’s just about every day! I find I like it even better in the morning.

Coffee is black 95% of the time, but occassionally I will add a splash of soy milk if I’m out.

melissa @ the delicate place May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

i take my coffee black with a splash of heavy cream, sometimes cinnamon sprinkle if i’m feeling spunky πŸ˜‰

Alaina Rose @ Sweetness Of Life May 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Awww I miss coffee! I haven’t been drinking it because I’m on my little cleanse. But when I do drink it, I love it with a little coconut milk and cinnamon. Sometimes with a tiny dash of maple syrup. It really depends on my mood though. Sometimes I’ll just drink it black. Other times I like to get all fancy and make mochas or pumpkin spice lattes. I’m always changing it up πŸ™‚ Variety is the spice of life!

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Do you use regular coconut milk or the coconut milk creamer? Whenever I’ve tried regular coconut milk in coffee, it does not work. It separates and gets yucky.

Alaina Rose @ Sweetness Of Life May 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Oooo I’ve actually never tried coconut milk creamer before. I just use regular coconut milk. I’ve never experienced it separating and getting yucky before. Maybe it’s because I usually only use a splash. And I usually make espresso instead of regular coffee, I don’t know if that really makes a difference or not! I’m interested in trying coconut creamer now though! Have you tried it?

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Yes, and it’s really good. Thick and creamy, but I think all the flavors contain sugar. Could be wrong about that though as it’s been a while.

Felicia (Natural + Balanced) May 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

call me crazy, but i love good black coffee made right!

Hannah May 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I take my coffee black, except at work where the coffee is horrible instant stuff and I need to add sweetener. I’m so excited to heat the vanilla stevia works in coffee! Once I make my order, I’ll be taking a bottle to work πŸ™‚

Cindy May 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hey Heather!

Currently I am on a no sugar added challenge and I am loving it.

I love coffee because I love the sweet creamers too…sadly…

but lately I have been just adding coconut milk and cinnamon.

It’s good. It’s no sugar. I am happy.

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’m happy for you. πŸ™‚

Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

My day usually starts with several mugs of black tea with cream. πŸ™‚ I’m still curious about the stevia, haven’t tried it so far.

The Teenage Taste May 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Mmmm…I know you posted the picture for that cornbread already but it’s still making me drool! πŸ˜€

Melanie May 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I take my coffee diesel strength, black with a little splenda. I do want to switch to Nunatural stevia though.

Samantha May 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Most days I take my coffee black. On occasion (depending on the keurig flavor or if I buy it out somewhere and its too strong/burnt tasting, I’ll toss in a little stevia and coconut milk or half/half)

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Starbucks coffee always tastes burnt to me. Blech. I actually prefer McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts coffee. πŸ™‚

Samantha May 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I’ve always said the same about Starbucks. Many people here on the rock comment on missing it but me, not at all. I do miss Caribou though!

Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I love my coffe black. I love the sharp taste.

Julie May 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I used to use Coffeemate and Splenda. After trying to cut some calories, I finally weened myself off it and now drink my coffee black!!

CH May 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I love love love nunaturals vanilla stevia. It is incredible in tea, cocoa, etc. I am dreading the day my bottle runs out. I think I actually won it in a giveaway from you months ago!

Emilia May 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I’ve tried many brands of stevia and honestly, Nunatural is the way to GO! πŸ™‚ I’m with Diane– I have enough Nunatural stevia to last me for forever. In fact, I was thinking of giving some away as presents, hehe. πŸ™‚ Don’t you wish Artisana was that generous with their nut butters? πŸ™‚

No coffee for me, but I do have a crush on chocolate!

bobbi May 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I LOVE my coffee with ALMOND MILK and that’s it. I bought some Stevia, but just can’t get used to it πŸ™

Cbid May 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

“These days, breakfast usually consists of a couple of cups of coffee and unsweetened chocolate squares.”

Spoken like a true mom…

amber May 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hi Heather!
I LOVE coffee and I drink it every morning with stivia and almond milk. I love when you post recipes.

Danielle @ weightsandmeasures May 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I have to drink decaf. If I drink caffeine, it seems to build up in my system and lead to a migraine (like I had yesterday). I like iced coffee with soy cream. Hot coffee is good black though. If I start adding cream to hot coffee I will drink more than I want to.

Ellen May 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Usually I drink it black, especially when I want to warm up. However, on hot days, I make my own iced version. It consists of Milk, ice, agave or maple syrup, and a pinch of vanilla. YUM!

Erin May 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I actually think that’s pretty much the perfect breakfast! πŸ™‚
Lots of good endorphins and staying power. I like my coffee lately with LOTS of whole milk. Now that I do that it is pretty much a breakfast unto itself and I don’t want much else.

Sarah @ Recipe Love May 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’ve been thinking about trying NuNaturals but it’s kind of expensive. How long does a bottle last you? How much do you put in your coffee?

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

My coffee mug holds 16 ounces, and I usually add 1 to 2 TBSP of cream and about 3 to 5 drops of the stevia. Perfect. πŸ™‚

Sarah @ Recipe Love May 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Nice, I think I might try it! I’ve been using cream and organic sugar for a while but I’d like to get away from refined sugars in my diet. This sounds perfect.

Beth May 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I love soy creamer in my coffee. But i agree with you about the taste, I think it’s more of a morning ritual for me.

Lenna May 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I donΒ΄t drink “real” coffee, I enjoy my cup of Caro, Pero, Teeccino or something similar, with oat milk or vanilla soy milk πŸ™‚

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) May 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Nu Naturals all the way! I love it. And it’s a good thing because I have enough to last me for approximately 28349 years. Should I do a blog contest to guesstimate when I finish it? πŸ™‚

I do especially love it in my coffee–I’m with you there.

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Haha – me too. Ron is the best, no?

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) May 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I would say he’s my sugar daddy, but that’s not quite right. Not-sugar daddy? πŸ˜‰

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I like Sugar-Free Papa.

Cbid May 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

OMG spoon idea!

Katherine May 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

My coffee…I would say black, but I like putting a little packet of Stevia in it.
I have feel in love with coffee singles from Maxwell House!

Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. May 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I use the NuNaturals vanilla in my coffee (and oats, and yogurt and baked goods) too! The stuff is hard to beat! And your coconut cornbread looks SO amazing πŸ™‚

lindsay May 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I use vanilla stevia in my coffee as well. So cozy! Its good in tea. okay, its good in just about ANYTHING!

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Too distracted by that PIZZA to see anything else in this post! πŸ™‚

Melissa R May 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

HEAVY Cream <3

Veronica May 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

A new study from Harvard has now claimed good benefits about coffee. I’m curious about others who do or don’t drink it. I’ve never really been interested, but some appear to love it.
I like those baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares. I have at least 2 squares on a daily basis. What is the difference between the baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares and Lindt’s 99% cocoa bar?

Regarding yesterday’s post, if you add either vanilla or cocoa to the mix, you can have flavored almond milk.

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Yeah, I need to experiment more with flavored nut milk. Used to love chocolate milk growing up. The Bakers unsweetened chocolate is nothing but chocolate. The ingredients in Lindt 99% chocolate bars are chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and sugar.

Stephanie @ StephSnacks May 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I love love love my coffee with two zero cal sweeteners and soy milk! I look forward to it every morning πŸ™‚

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I love nunaturals in my coffee! Yes the liquid vanilla drops (and I just used them in the tropical smoothie I made too…and in just about everything else…hah!) and also the white stevia powder is a staple.

In fact, I traveled to Aruba with my NuNaturals…liquid vanilla (2 bottles) and a huge container of white powder. Good thing customs didnt ask any questions πŸ™‚

I also brought the Magic Bullet. Didnt wanna risk the Vita and any damages. Yes, life as a food blogger, those are my must haves!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I’m dizzy with all of the stevia products flooding the market. When Eden, JB & I were at the farmer’s market, there was a stevia plant- I should have bought it and called it good. However, I do love NuNaturals.

And I take my coffee with low fat foam and stevia. And a dusting of cocoa powder πŸ™‚ Makes me feel like I’m at starbucks without parting with $4~

Love to you heabie!

Amanda May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

ahh, my favorite way is with warm, steamed almond milk, some stevia, and *cinnamon* Something about the dash of cinnamon just brings the whole flavor up a notch and makes it fantabulous.

out of curiosity, what’s the deal with splenda vs stevia? i know one is industry-made while the other is nature-made (but industry-processed), but thoughts??

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Splenda or Sucralose is made from sugar. They change up a molecule or something. I really don’t know. Stevia comes from the leaf of a plant. Somedays I read Splenda is horrible for us, and the next day it’s okay. Same with stevia. In my mind, I feel like stevia is a better choice since it’s come from nature, but I’ve been known to enjoy a few nibbles of Splenda here and there. I’ll use stevia, and although I don’t buy Splenda, I will order sugar free syrups, which contain Splenda in my lattes if at a coffee shop. However, I do try and stay away from aspartame.

Meg May 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I am so impressed you made it this long without coffee. I only gave it up while morning sick, and then it was right back in my life :). Don’t you just love to wake up to a nice hot cup??? Welcome back!

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm


tea-bag May 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

ever since cutting back on most artificial/natural sweeteners, i’ve been drinking my coffee and tea black. i actually really enjoy the taste of plain, black coffee as long as it’s been nicely roasted. once, i did try the plain, natural stevia in my coffee w/out knowing much about it. yeah, i ended up w/ a mound of bitter, mud-like goo at the bottom of my coffee. not nice, not nice, indeed!
ps – i looooove unsweetened baker’s chocolate. i seriously melts on your tongue!

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I know. I’ve tried so many other brands of unsweetened chocolate, and I always go back to Bakers. Love it!

Erin May 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I just recently discovered cold brewed coffee! They have a fancy machine for it, but I just make it in my french press and let it steep 12 hours overnight and I can quickly heat it or make iced coffee the net morning. It’s great for lzy people like me, lol!
It’s very smooth and sweet- the cold brewing doesn’t extract all the bitter coffee oils and acids (good for sensitive tummies;) and it also has less caffeine. Some people make a coffee concentrate and keep it in the fridge (it can also be used to flavor things like ice cream. YUM!)
Lately I’ve been adding stevia and coconut milk to make almost like a Thai iced coffee.

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I used to cold brew coffee – had a contraption for it. Can’t remember what it was called, but it involved a large funnel or something. Anyway, it was so smooth. Forgot all about that thing…where on earth did I put it? Seriously, no idea.

Erin May 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

OMG, typo city, LOL! I must have been multitasking;)
The french press is so simple and works just fine. Or, you could just use a jug and then pour it through a fine mesh strainer…
I know when the Nashville heat and humidity finally kicks in (um, what’s with this chilly weather??) I’m going to only want cold coffee!

S @ extremebalance.net/blog May 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

My mom is like you—she refers to her coffee as “all dressed”. πŸ™‚ I like espresso straight, or else when it’s warmer I drink iced espresso with a little unsweetened chocolate almond milk. I heart coffee! But I can’t imagine being satisfied with such a wee breakfast. How soon after that do you hit lunch?

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Well, 4 pieces of the chocolate plus coffee with cream adds up. It’s not very low cal (between 300 to 400), and my mornings are so busy with Summer and getting stuff done around the house that coffee + chocolate is a delicious and quick start to my day. Chris comes home everyday for lunch between 12 and 12:30, and we both sit down and eat together with Summer.

Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl May 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

haha “a vehicle for cream and vanilla stevia drops.” love it! I don’t really need too much in my coffee – just a lil’ skim milk and a couple of packets of equal. Sometimes sugar free vanilla syrup gives it a kick!

alli May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

susie- i’ve never had a cup either!

heab, i have been trying to eat those chocolates plain for months….maybe close to a year(?) but i just can’t do it yet, i still have to have something sweet with it! i’m getting closer though πŸ™‚ my favorite is a prune with a bite of chocolate, so good! it’s my dessert every night!

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

The unsweetened stuff is not for everyone. I used to dip it in nut butter but then started loving it all on its own. Addicted now. Glad you found a good combo for it. πŸ™‚

susie May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

I have never had a cup of coffee!! Weird???

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Yes, very weird. πŸ˜‰

katie May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

I have not jumped on this natural sweetener bandwagon yet. Maybe I will give stevia a try first.
I take my coffee with a little heavy cream no sweeteners. I love how thick it makes it, and I try to savor one cup for a while as it is quite rich.

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

coffee + heavy cream = heaven.

Cate May 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

Mmmm, I love coffee + dark chocolate breakfasts! I like coffee pretty much no matter what you do to it!

Cate May 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Oh, HEAB, I forgot to ask: what sort of chocolate chips do you use? I have been looking for some good quality dark, low-sugar ones but am having some trouble. May I ask what kind you like?

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Whole Foods sells dark chocolate chunks in the chocolate chip section – 365 brand, and I think they have 73% cocoa content. My favorites are probably the Ghiradelli 60% if I’m baking for others. If it’s just me, I usually just chop up my Baker’s unsweetened squares.

Katie May 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

Coffee is black for me. Always. I like the bitter bite. πŸ˜‰

Clare @ Fitting It All In May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

I love the taste of coffee (just black please!) but haven’t had it in months since I gave up caffeine. I’ve been enjoying some decaf lately though!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

I like my coffee black with a little sugar or stevia.

Liz @ IHeartVegetables May 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

And by Trivia… I mean Truvia, haha

Liz @ IHeartVegetables May 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

Yum! I use Trivia for basically everything! I actually like it better than the NuNaturals stuff!

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

If I run out of creamer (Coffeemate, baby!) then I use about 10 drops of regular unflavored stevia (a bit too sweet but I make my coffee strong) in a cup of flavored coffee. I enjoyed regular roasted coffee as well, but I like trying new flavors of flavored coffee, such as Chocolate Dutch Mint and still my all-time favorite, Chocolate Caramel Coffee. Mmmm, I’m also partial to Blueberry Coffee, yums. πŸ˜€

By the way, did you hear that Coffeemate has now gone au-naturale?! Such awesomeness πŸ˜‰

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

No, I did not! Before I discovered the NuNaturals drops, I loaded up on sugar free French Vanilla Coffee-Mate, but only the liquid version. Hated the powder…but loved loved LOVED my liquid Coffee Mate creamer.

Alyssa May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

In college my boyfriend and I had a friendly debate about coffee: I believed (and still do) that it should taste like coffee ice cream (preferably with some chocolate sprinkles on top!), while he was convinced it should be as bitter as possible.
But my favorite coffee opinion comes from the Muppet Pepe the Prawn, who told Joan Cusack “I like my women the way I like my coffee; a latte!”

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Haha, love it. CD and I often have that same debate.

Corey @ runners cookie May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

If it’s really good coffee, I will drink it black, but usually I add a little stevia and milk. I have yet to use Stevia in baking…I think I would be the only one in my apartment to eat it…but I really want to try your cornbread!!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

Almond milk and NuNaturals stevia all the way!

Lauren @ WWoB May 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

This is probably rude to the makers of Fructevia, but Heather, I would not use that stuff! From everything I have learned this year in my biochem and nutrition classes, pure fructose is something that we should not be eating. It is highER fructose corn syrup – the highest (seeing as it is pure)!

Baking 'n' Books May 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Yeah, I was surprised to see that. I love fruit – but HEAB didn’t you say you even limit your fruits? – that would be a more natural form of the stuff versus taking it in this other form.

Chocolate and coffee for breakfast? Hmm – not that nutritionally balanced – but whatever works for you! πŸ™‚ – but I’d recommend at least the semi-sweet squares! Honestly, your taste buds are amazing to survive the unsweetened!

HEAB May 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I threw out the Fructevia. I don’t do fructose.

Heather May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

I like my coffee with whole milk!

Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey May 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

The only other brand of stevia that I’ve tried is Truvia. I really prefer NuNaturals! The vanilla stevia drops = heaven. <3

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’ve been considering making the switch from Splenda to stevia – thanks for the product reviews!

Sarah May 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

Yum that chocolate looks good! So does the curry chicken salad. I gave up coffee but when I did drink it, I preferred it black. Which took a number on my tummy and that’s why I had to give it up. Now I just eat coffee ice cream πŸ™‚

Marina May 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

I like my coffee strong and without sugar, with a deceant amount of milk. But I also adore coffee-like beverages. Good thing my country doesn’t have any Starbucks, I would go there all the time :))

birdie to be May 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

I agree.. that cornbread looks amazing!

I do coffee black or with almond milk. Your chocolate squares is very unique though. I like it.


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

That cornbread looks so good!

I like coffee with some cream or almond milk– nothing too fancy!

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