Holiday

Homemade Holiday Cafe Mocha

Peppermint Cafe Mocha and Cinnamon Cafe Mocha

Guys.  I have a new obsession this winter…CAFE.MOCHAS.  I seriously don’t know what took me so long to try these, but holy guacamole I’m so glad I did!  I love having my black coffee in the morning, and then to add hot chocolate to it?! YES, YES, and more YES.  Whoever first crafted this heavenly, caffeinated, chocolatey sip from heaven…I commend you.

So obviously I want to make this a winter staple in my house for those snow day pick me ups, or when the winter blues are sucking the life out of my happy hormones.  The problem with coffee shop mochas, albeit they are DE.LIC.IOUS., is that they are full of sugar and calories.  And if I’m being honest, I would really like to enjoy my mocha with a side of cookie and not feel bad about it later.

And that’s how I set forth on mission, Super-Yummy-Cafe-Mocha-With-Side-Of-Guilt-Free.  I used cocoa powder with almond milk as the hot chocolate base, and honey as the sweetener.  Added some homemade black coffee with a little vanilla extract, drank it and then me and my mocha lived happily ever after.  JK JK…anyone who knows me, knows I cant leave a good thing well enough alone, sooooooo…

I added a little holiday twist!  PEPPERMINT and CINNAMON.  Don’t worry folks, not both of those flavors together.  Two separate mocha flavors, because my husband likes to remind me that everyone on the planet doesn’t like peppermint as much as I do.  So there we have it, and now you can have it at home too…whichever way you prefer! 

Homemade Holiday Cafe Mocha

And the best part…for the added flavor, all you need is a candy cane or cinnamon stick (how fun?!).  For peppermint…use the candy cane as your stir stick.

Homemade Peppermint Cafe Mocha with Candy Cane

And for  cinnamon, use a cinnamon stick for stirring!  Or if you don’t have a stick available, use a 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder for flavor.

Homemade Cinnamon Cafe Mocha

Homemade Holiday Cafe Mocha

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: cafe mocha, cinnamon, coffee, hot chocolate, mint
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 cups black coffee
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • candy cane (optional)
  • cinnamon stick or powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Start brewing a pot of coffee or 2 cups from Keurig.
  • In a medium pot, pour in almond milk and cocoa powder and whisk over medium heat.
  • Once milk and cocoa mixture starts to bubble, stir in honey.  Add vanilla extract, then coffee, and stir to combine all ingredients.  Ladle or pour into individual mugs.
  • For peppermint flavor, add a candy cane as your stir stick.  For cinnamon, add a cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder.  Stir and enjoy!  Yields enough for 3 medium drinks, or 4 small.
Vegetarian Meals

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Between flavor and convenience, this is one of my all-time favorites to have in the fridge during the week!  It’s so easy to spoon yourself a little bowl if searching for something quick to eat, and is a great way to get some fruit and fiber in ya!

Not only are you going to want to eat the whole batch yourself, but it will make your house smell like an actual candle.  Not even kidding, it is as if fall turned into a human and walked right through your front door.

Speaking of fall…this is an excellent dish to bring to any dinner party or family gathering!  It is super quick and easy to make and will leave everyone thinking you’re a serious rock star in the kitchen.  Definitely a good way to impress the in-laws this Thanksgiving 😉 

For this recipe, I use Monkfruit Sugar, a natural sweetener that does not spike your blood sugar like regular white sugar does.  I also prefer my applesauce to be a little chunky, so I use a potato masher in order to get my preferred consistency.  If you prefer a smoother applesauce, use a food processor.

Serves: 4-6 Total Time: 25 min

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced (suggest 2 Gala & 2 Granny Smith)
  • 1 pear (suggest Bosc or Bartlett)
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I used Monkfruit sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Instructions: 

  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, pear, water, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 min or until apples are soft, but not totally mushy.
  3. Mash with a fork, potato masher, or food processor until at desired consistency.
  4. Allow to cool before eating.  Store in air tight container, and refrigerate up to 1 week.