Believe it or not the Unicorn Latte has been in the works for quite some time now. I was quite shocked when I saw Starbucks was offering the Unicorn Frappuccino for a few days (and quite impressed). There has been a lot of information surfacing the Internet about the Starbucks Unicorn Latte. I took it upon myself to email the company personally for the ingredients and the nutrition facts. To my dismay, most of the information is quite true (keep reading to learn more). However, now that you actually know what a Unicorn Latte is (thank you Starbucks), let's talk about what it actually should look like and do for you!
So what is the unicorn latte? If you search the Internet you are going to find a ton of recipes that incorporate things like turmeric, maca root, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, spirulina, and the list goes on. The idea of the unicorn latte is that it is a mystical, colourful, and magical drink that offers healing, nutritive, and/or cognitive benefits like easing anxiety, or replacing caffeine. In my opinion, it can be whatever you make it to be as long as it adds some magic to your day (and this is the most important thing to remember)!
Here I've decided to leave you with my own spin on a Unicorn Latte recipe (although the picture is not my work you can find some on Instagram). You can also find the nutrition facts listed below of the Starbucks Unicorn Latte. Though tasty (for most), I highly encourage you to make your own magical and healing latte. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours (or overnight)
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 raw vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup of cold pressed ginger juice
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1 tbsp blue spirulina powder
- 1/2 tbsp maca root powder
- 2 medjool dates
- Organic sprinkles, spirulina powder, leftover vanilla bean, and/or turmeric to garnish
- Coconut whipped cream (optional and recommended!)
1. Blend ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender. It should come out a blue colour (thanks to the spirulina powder)
2. Heat ingredients over stove top once blended to desired temperature OR serve cold and on ice!
3. Top with whip cream (optional). Sprinkle your organic sprinkles, some blue spirulina, and some turmeric on top. If you have any leftover vanilla I would add it to the top as well for some extra magic. Enjoy!
4. Can keep in the fridge for 1-2 days if you have leftovers!
Don't be discouraged by the spirulina smell! It is an ocean product so it will smell fishy. It does not taste the way it smells in this latte!!!!
Makes 2 servings. Amount per serving.
Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
Values do not include whipped cream
Values are approximate
Total Fat: 28.5 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Total Carbohydrates: 40.6 g
Total Dietary Fiber: 6.7 g
Total Sugars: 20.5 g
Total Protein: 13.9 g
Vitamin A: 180%
Vitamin B12: 66%
Vitamin C: 29%
The Unicorn Latte is high in calories, why? The calorie count in mostly due to the amount of cashews. Consider this. These are healthy calories, paired with healthy fats. This drink makes for an excellent snack, post workout recovery drink, or if you are not a breakfast person, try making this latte as a breakfast replacement instead.
The Unicorn Latte still is high in sugar. This is due to the medjool dates and fruit juices, which are high in natural sugars. When consuming sugars, pairing it with something like cashews also helps to steady the rise of blood sugar levels. This reduces the sugar "crash." Plus, natural sugars are absorbed by the body differently than refined sugars. They contain natural vitamins and minerals which make them ok to enjoy in moderation and a much better substitute than refined sugars!
What other benefits does this latte bring? Spirulina!!! Spirulina provides the body with a ton of nutrients, including iron and B12 vitamins (great for vegetarians and vegans). Spirulina also helps remove heavy metals from the body. This is so important because we are exposed to heavy metal toxicity daily. We are constantly in contact with aluminum, lead, and other toxic metals floating around in the air. Spirulina helps your body remove these metals naturally!
Lastly, this latte offers a great way to get your dose of maca powder. Maca is especially known for its help with hormonal balance in women, as well as its immune boosting properties. Add this to your cupboard!
Here is what the company provided me with: a list of ingredients and the nutritional breakdown of the Unicorn Frappucino. The company did use spirulina powder (I was impressed), however they didn't use much (as it is on the bottom of the ingredient list). Compare the ingredients to the one you are making. It is important to recognize that sometimes less is more!