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  • {Recipe Redux} The Real Skinny Mocha

    Saturday, February 21, 2015

    Homemade skinny mocha
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    I didn’t go out on a limb for this month’s Recipe Redux theme of favorite flavors to mix with chocolate. Instead I ran full-speed to the classic combination of chocolate and coffee. Some of you may call it a mocha. I call it one of my favorite ways to get my ass out of bed in the morning. And, thanks to this much lighter and better-for-you version, it won’t go straight to your ass, or thighs, or…. you get where I’m going with this. Those sugar, calorie and fat laden bombs you’ll find at those coffee shop chains? Just. Back. Away. Seriously, just say no. I know they can be so hard to resist, but they are harder to incorporate into even the most loosely-defined healthy eating lifestyle. Trust me on this!

    homemade skinny mocha

    This recipe is inspired by the most amazing mocha latte I’ve ever had. It was at a local favorite coffee shop; a bit off the beaten path and totally underappreciated in a town that is as overrun with coffee shops as it is with backyard chickens and hipsters (raising said chickens). The mocha sauce was made with a local super dark 70% chocolate and, well, not much else. What I loved most about it was the deep, rich chocolate and coffee taste without all of the sugar typically found in those chain coffee shop lattes. Did you know that a small mocha latte has 37 grams of sugar? thirty freaking seven!  Talk about a buzzkill. And nearly all of it derived from corn syrup. Add in the artificial flavors and a touch of cocoa and you have the makings of a mass produced ticket to a sugar crash and an hour of extra time spent on the treadmill to work it off.

    Um, yea, reality check happening right here, right now

    Ok, so maybe right about now you’re thinking ‘well, yea sure, this is all true if I order the regular version. But what if I order a ‘skinny’ mocha?’ Well, you’ve got me on that.  And it’s your best bet if you’re out and about and just can’t bear going another second without one. But, here’s the thing. Sure, you’ll be sent on your way with a lower calorie and sugar concoction, but, after a few sips, you’ll stop in your tracks and ponder what that aftertaste is. It’s strangely bitter and sweet at the same time. Too sweet. SO weirdly and artificially sweet. I mean, if you can get past it, ok. If not, why not whip up a batch of this natural version of skinny mocha syrup. At just 45 calories and a much more sane 12 grams of sugar per serving…can you see a downside?

    This recipe makes just enough for two 8-ounce lattes. Feel free to make a big batch (but no more than you’ll use in a week or less), it’ll keep just fine in the fridge.

    Skinny Mocha

    {Recipe Redux} The Real Skinny Mocha

    servings: 2 8-ounce lattes | time: about 5 minutes

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    3 TBSP. good quality unsweetened cocoa

    2 TBSP. coconut sugar

    pinch salt

    1/3 cup water

    1/4 tsp. vanilla

    2/3 cup skim milk (or any milk of choice)


    Boil some water. Keep warm while you make the latte. Have 2 8-ounce coffee mugs standing by

    1. Place everything except the vanilla in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, until mixture thickens

    2. Add vanilla and whisk to combine

    3. Make the latte:  If you have an espresso maker, brew one shot. If you don’t have one, just brew a couple of cups of strong coffee. Place espresso or brewed coffee in an 8-ounce mug and add 2 TBSP. of the mocha syrup. Stir until the mocha syrup is well incorporated. add 2-4 TBSP. of boiling water (depending on how strong you like your coffee) and set aside

    4. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat, just until is starts to simmer (or you could go all gourmet coffee shop by following this method for frothing milk in a microwave from The Kitchn)

    5. Pour equal amounts of the milk into each mug, stir well to combine. YUM!


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    2 responses to “{Recipe Redux} The Real Skinny Mocha”

    1. I never thought to try coconut sugar with a mocha! So clever. Thanks for this helpful tip! =)

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