With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you’re probably looking for some easy, yummy side dishes to fill out your cooking roster. This Tex Mex Corn Casserole fits the bill! Ready in under 25 minutes, this crowd pleaser is a surefire hit at any holiday table. You can even make it ahead, then just pop it in the oven while your turkey rests on the counter before dinnertime. Cheers to a new cheesy, creamy, spicy holiday tradition!
This healthy twist on a seasonal favorite tastes like a decadent treat, but actually has no dairy or processed sugar! Consider making up a big batch of this recipe for your next holiday gathering; it’s sure to be a hit with even the pickiest friends and family. Feel free to adapt the flavors, as you like, substituting almond extract for the peppermint, removing the coffee, or using another non-dairy milk, as you like.
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the fridge
- 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract, divided
- ¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract (more or less to taste)
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ¼ cup strong coffee
- ¾ cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar or honey (more or less to taste)
- 1 pinch sea salt, to taste
- Open the can of coconut milk, and scoop out the solids at the top. Pour the remaining coconut water into a medium size saucepan.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the coconut milk solids on high for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy and thoroughly whipped. Add ½ tablespoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of coconut sugar to taste, and whip until blended. Transfer to a bowl, and put in the freezer to firm it up while you make the rest of the recipe.
- In the saucepan with the coconut water, add the almond milk, coffee, peppermint extract, remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, cacao powder, and 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or honey), and whisk over medium heat until steaming. Add the pinch of salt, and season to taste with more sweetener or peppermint as needed.
- Divide the drink between two mugs, and top with a dollop of the chilled whipped cream. Dust each glass with a bit more cacao powder if desired, and enjoy!
Note: For a grownup twist on this recipe, you can add a splash of your favorite alcohol. Try Bailey’s, Frangelico, coffee liquor, or bourbon.
Packed with savory spices and creamy coconut milk, this dish tastes so savory, you won’t even realize its vegan. Indian spices contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients. Turmeric in particular is a potent anti-inflammatory, and boosts your body’s ability to defend itself. Spinach, packed with iron, boosts your bones, and chickpeas and quinoa both deliver fiber and protein. Make up a big batch of this recipe to enjoy warming, comforting, and healthy meals all week long.