I’m working from home this morning and with the sudden onset of dreary weather (the past few days have been in the 80’s and bright, but this morning it was a chill 57 and grey out), I was in the mood for something warm and comforting. “Coffee?” I thought, “No… Maybe tea? No. Maybe, later.” I sighed, I wanted something but I wasn’t sure what. So I tidied up my breakfast dishes and started to make my way downstairs to my office.
Now, I know from experience that hot chocolate made with coconut milk and baking cocoa powder isn’t naturally sweet (I foolishly thought it might be the first time I made it, haha). So, I knew I would have to add something… sugar, maple syrup, stevia, honey…? I decided on raw honey because maple just didn’t make sense, sugar didn’t sound appealing at all (in fact, the past few months, every time I’ve had the opportunity to use sugar, I’ve felt somewhat adverse to it because of this vague sense that it’s “fake,” but I’m not really sure where that came from, lol), and stevia leaves a weird chemical taste in my mouth.
So, here we go… my attempt at a dairy-free mocha latte. 🙂
Ingredients and Tools (yeilds 2 6-oz mugs)
- approx. 10 oz of coffee
- approx. 2 oz of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1.5 teaspoons baking cocoa
- a blender (I actually used our MagicBullet, but you could use a regular blender, immersion blender, etc.) OR just a jar or cup with tight sealing lid
- Put all ingredients in the blender.
- Mix it up really well.
- Serve, sip and savor!
Then, I suddenly remembered we had coconut milk in the refrigerator, leftover from my attempt to make icing for carrot cupcakes this weekend. “I could make hot chocolate! Oh, but I could really use some caffeine… Mocha latte! Yay!”