Recipe: Maple Mocha

Maple Mocha from 100 Days of Real Food

Mocha Updated: I got a freestanding milk frother since this post first published, and I love it! Here’s the frother I now use…

I seem to get a lot of questions about how to sweeten coffee on a real food diet…so I’ve finally decided to address it in an official recipe. For starters PLEASE throw away your Splenda or other imitation sweeteners. I am begging you! :) Even though our family rarely does sugar anymore I would much rather have regular white table sugar (that has been around for thousands of years) over something that was (relatively recently) invented in a lab just to imitate sugar. Enough said about that.

As you’ve probably gathered from the title this is not a recipe for just plain ol’ coffee because that is just not how I roll. I am a mocha girl and always have been. My victim of choice used to be a white chocolate mocha to be exact, and I don’t even want to think about what the ingredients might be in one of those. But just in case I could convince one more person to stop ordering them I just got off the phone with Starbucks…

Starbucks white chocolate syrup: sugar, condensed skim milk, sweetened condensed skim milk, coconut oil, cocoa butter, natural flavors, salt, potassium sorbate, monoglycerides

Okay, well at least I can (almost) pronounce everything…I guess that is a positive, but what is the point in consuming a large dose of all that stuff when it could be so much simpler (and cheaper) if you make it at home!? Now if I am not at home my new drink to order is a latté (which is just plain espresso and milk) with a little honey added to sweeten it. And as you can see from the recipe if you want to make these mochas at home it is necessary to have an espresso maker. I have the simplest espresso machine imaginable, and it has worked wonderfully for almost a decade.

Now if you are one of those that likes to get creative please know that the cocoa/maple syrup combination in this recipe can be used as a “chocolate sauce” for just about anything. You can drizzle it on some ice cream, or I even use it to make both cold and hot chocolate milk for my girls. I bet it would be good mixed into regular coffee too. So enjoy!

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Maple Mocha
Serves: 1
  • ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa (this recipe will work with regular cocoa, but I think it is SOOO much better with the pictured “special dark” variety…which most stores carry)
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pure maple syrup (honey would work as an alternative)
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • ¾ cup of milk
  1. Heat ¾ cup milk in a glass measuring cup in the microwave (for about 2 minutes) or by using a milk frother.
  2. While the milk is heating up, stir together the cocoa and maple syrup until the mixture looks "wet."
  3. Pour the hot espresso and milk into the chocolate mixture…and voila! You have a “mocha.”

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  • Comments

    1. Cherry Parker |

      I am starting the Real Food mini pledge. I love my coffee with my artificial creamer but I know I need to give it up. I want to try this recipe but I was wondering if you could make this in a large quantity and keep in the fridge so I don’t have to make it every morning?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi there. I keep a little jar of almond milk sweetened with maple syrup in my fridge as a creamer. You do the same with cream.

        • siniti |

          Pioneer Woman has a great recipe for an iced coffee concentrate to keep in the fridge up to 2 weeks. I do that and add what I want each day in the way of creamers, sweeteners based on my 100 days commitment. Check it out.

    2. Gina |

      Hi Lisa, I’m such a fan of your website and blog. A friend introduced me to your website last summer, and I instantly began cutting out processed food. I’ve been looking for a warm drink to enjoy in the morning because I’m not a coffee drinker, and hot tea just doesn’t taste good without sugar. I just made your maple mocha without the coffee! I used 1 cup of Organic Rice Dream Rice drink, 2 teaspoons of the special dark variety unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of pure organic maple syrup. It’s delicious!
      I was wondering if you have any tips for lunch ideas for middle school and high school students. I’m a teacher and a mother of two teenagers. It’s sad to see how popular processed food is among teens. I’d love to hear any thoughts you have about that.

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