The Vegemite Latte - For the Millennial Who Wants to Have Their Latte and Drink it, too.
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Do you like your avocado lattes served dripping with sarcasm? Are you currently trying to save for a house deposit but your smashed avocado toast and coffee habits are stopping you from reaching your goals? Then read on...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Millennial in possession of a plate of smashed avocado on toast, must be in want of a house. However little known the feelings or views of such a Millennial may be on first entering the cafe, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of their elders, that they consider their opinions Correct. 

Such Millennials may cop a lot of flak when they decide to splurge on a meal out, or their daily coffee, to the point where even the Australian government is wading into the discussion. It was already getting ridiculous (though not quite as ridiculous as the average house price in Melbourne) when, to top it all off, the avocado latte was created! For any Americans reading this, the "avolatte," as I have heard it named over here, was created as a joke that many people seem to have missed. It was not the ultimate hipster creation for coffee snobs. But I digress.

Fear not, though, Dear Millennial, for I have come up both with someone to blame - something we apparently can't do without - and a solution! 

Firstly, I blame the TV ad of the 90's and 00's for telling us to "have an avo spread, instead." It was the original smashed avo toast. We fell in love with the creamy fruit and didn't stop at simply using it as a spread. It was the healthier option, as jam was "too sugary," after all. We abandoned Aussie childhood staples, like jam and Vegemite, for loftier breakfasting heights.  

The solution? I am here to tell you to ditch your avocado latte and re-embrace Vegemite. Vegemite lattes and flat whites are the true blue coffee option for those saving up for a home.

The benefits include:

  • A small jar of Vegemite is about the same price as an avocado and will last much longer at 1 tsp. per coffee.
  • Full of B vitamins and Irony for vitality. 
  • You'll definitely stop at one. 
  • Spare Vegemite can also be used as a sandwich spread, either with butter or cheese (or dairy free alternatives)... How could we forget?  
  • For a truly nostalgic experience, Vegemite and butter/marg on Salada biscuits can be used to make my childhood favourite recess snack... WORMS! Fresh is best, so remember, don't squeeze your worms until you are ready to eat them. 
  • Forget about the Mason Jar trend! Leftover Vegemite jars are much prettier and truly patriotic. They can also be used for just about anything a mason jar could be used for. 

So there you go, fellow Millennials. Sit back and *enjoy* your Vegemite latte at your parents' house, while you wait for the bubble to burst... or your parents to retire to the country. 

FRIENDLY NOTES

  • Vegemite is low FODMAP in 1 tsp/6 g serves, according to Monash Uni. Vegemite is NOT GLUTEN FREE! If you require a gluten free option, you can use Freedom Food's Vege Spread (but please note it has not been tested for FODMAP content). 
  • Milk options - use the FODMAP friendly milk of your choice, dairy free milk if you want the vegan option. 
  • Espresso is low FODMAP in 60 ml serves and 2 heaped teaspoons of instant coffee is FODMAP friendly. You may use either normal or decaf, it has no bearing on FODMAP content. 
  • Make sure your cocoa powder is pure cocoa if you need to avoid dairy. 

VEGEMITE LATTE 

Serves: 1 | Time: 10 minutes active

Dietary Restrictions

Low FODMAP - Hipster Friendly - Low Fat - Vegetarian - Vegan 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. Vegemite 
  • 60 ml coffee of your choice
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk/mylk of your choice, heated and foamed
  • 1 tsp. sugar - optional
  • Cocoa or cacao powder - to dust

Make your coffee as usual, adding the sugar in at this step. You can use an espresso or pod machine, use a coffee press or simply use instant (hey, I know some people who prefer it). 

As your coffee is brewing, heat (but do not boil), then foam your milk/mylk. We recently bought an Aeroccino, which both heats and froths but you can use a bar mixer, frothing wand, steam if you have a fancy-pants espresso machine, or simply put the milk in a jar and shake it. Plant-based milk alternatives will not froth as much as cow's milk but that's okay, you'll have a flat white instead. This might even be the True Hipster option, as (I just learnt that) Italian lattes are not typically foamed. So there you go. 

Pour the milk, foamed or not, into you coffee and allow the foam, if present, to pile on top. Dust with cocoa powder and... enjoy? 

Thanks a latte for reading, guys! Don't forget to sign up down below to receive an email whenever a new recipe or article is published. 

Nat xo

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Acknowledgements - I would like to thank Truman Cafe (the original avocado latte creator) and Mike the coffee snob for inspiring this post, Rose for letting me use her kitchen, and Cari (of Posh Belly's Kitchen) and Mum for proof reading (neither of them are millennials, by the way). Oh, and of course a huge thanks to Vegemite, for being awesome. ;)