Almond Butter Mocha
Yes, you read that correctly. In fact, this might just be the best thing you read all weekend! Today I'm writing about a recent revelation of mine: the almond butter mocha. I warn you, it might become your next obsession. Here we have coffee, cacao and nut butter in one. I mean seriously, how can one mug contain so much deliciousness?
I love going out for a coffee. I love the taste, but I also love that 'coffee shop atmosphere'. It's definitely where I am most productive with my work. That moment of 'me time' when I take that first sip of frothy caffeinated goodness sets me off in a positive mindset. However, when I consider how much money I can spend on coffee, well, it's a bit ridiculous. My solution? I've switched to making my coffee at home much more often. It makes total sense. I can save money (whoop!), but also I get to add in whatever other deliciousness I like. At home, there's no need for an excessive sugary ladened beverage (*cough cough, you know where I mean). Instead, I can make my own version, completely refined sugar free, without losing out on taste, whilst also saving a few pennies too!
This mug is guaranteed to make you feel good. I sipped mine so carefully as I wanted to make it last as long as possible!
Firstly we've got cacao. Raw cacao (the unprocessed type) has many health related benefits. It’s high in antioxidants (which limit damage by free radicals to our cells, helping to protect us from cancer and other degenerative diseases), it’s high in magnesium (which helps regulate blood sugar levels and immune system functioning) and it also contains an active compound called theobromine (which dilates your blood vessels to allow more blood flow and oxygen and also acts as a natural diuretic and heart stimulant).
Then we've got almond butter. I chose to use almond butter as it adds such a creamy nutty touch. It's also a great source of protein, fibre and vitamin E, thereby elevating your mocha.
Finally, we've got coffee, a natural stimulant to perk you up. Personally I feel that coffee, when drunk in moderation, is not unhealthy. However, this is entirely my own opinion and based on my own research. (*I found this article by Nutrition Stripped really helpful for those of you who are interested...) I use Percol coffee as their capsules are organic, Rainforest Alliance certified and 100% compostable, but they also do ground, beans, and instant coffee too!
This goes way above your regular mocha. Let's call it an elevated mocha. It's rich and creamy, without being too sweet, and makes you feel virtuous too. I guess it's time for the recipe...
Almond Butter Mocha
Time: 5-10 minutes
Dairy free. Gluten free. Paleo. Vegan.
- 200ml of dairy free milk (I love Rude Health)
- 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp of almond butter
- 1 tsp of coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- Approximately 50ml of hot water
- 1 freshly brewed espresso (or 1 tsp of instant coffee).
- In your chosen mug, mix together the raw cacao powder, almond butter, sweetener and approximately 50ml of hot water to form a smooth chocolatey paste.
- Add your espresso and mix again.
- Heat the milk either using a milk frother, the microwave, or gently in a pan on the hob.
- Pour the hot frothy milk into your mug, stirring it slowly into the chocolatey paste as you go.
- Drink straight away whilst still warm!
Well there you have it. A healthy indulgence to warm you up inside and out. Is your mouth watering yet? I do hope so! As always, feel free to tag me @mylifeisforliving, use the hashtag #mylifeisforliving, or comment below if you give this a try or have any questions. I love hearing from you!
Until next time,