Friday, May 23, 2014

Healthy Dairy Free Strawberry Mocha


Healthy Dairy Free Strawberry Mocha

Every spring, I'm on a roll with fresh fruit, which means that I try to put fesh berries and every other fruit which I can get my hands on into everything I prepare.
I still wonder why anybody would want coffee to taste of anything else than coffee, and the only explanation I can find is that it is the combination of flavours which makes it desirable to add syrups or other stuff to your coffee.
As much as I love plain black, unsweetened coffee, I can't keep off of fancy lattes and mochas.
One of my favourites is fresh strawberry mocha.

Like raspberries, strawberries don't have to be boiled to get syrup from them.
They are soft enough to press them through a sieve.
Just make sure you have ripe, aromatic berries, and you'll be rewarded with a mocha that bursts with flavour.
I prefer making my syrups with runny honey, but of course you can use any syrup you like. If you want to save calories from sugar, you can use less syrup or honey with the fruit puree and add some stevia to taste.

Ingredients:
  • 3 medium strawberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup or brown rice syrup (more or less, adjust to your taste and maybe add some stevia, if desired)
  • 2 Espresso shots or 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup steamed milk of choice (or just hot milk, if using plant milk that cannot be steamed or frothed)
  • Vanilla

Preparation:
  • Chop the strawberries and press through a sieve.
  • Reserve about 1 teaspoon of the strawberry puree and put the rest of it into a mug.
  • Add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons honey or syrup to the mug (or less, if using stevia to taste). Mix well until combined.
  • Combine reserved strawberry puree with 1/2 teaspoon honey or syrup (adjust sweetness to taste), and 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder with one teaspoon honey or syrup (or to taste).
  • Heat milk with vanilla to taste (I use to scrape out 1 inch of a vanilla bean).
  • Brew coffee and add to mug, stir to combine with the strawberry-chocolate syrup.
  • Add steamed milk and top with chocolate and strawberry syrup.


Enjoy!

What do you prefer, hot mocha or cold frappuccino?

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing another winner MIa. This strawberry mocha was excellent. You are so right, making your own syrups is the way to go. I'll be doing so from now on. This recipe was quick and easy to make with wonderful results. I used Starbucks Extra Dark French Roast, agave syrup, pure vanilla extract and 1% milk, its all I had in the house. It foamed but not as much as I would have liked, that's okay because next time I'm making this with coconut milk,can't wait. 5 *'s all the way. bk

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    1. Thank you so much BK :) I can't wait for the fresh strawberries to appear here, too, so I can start messing around with them again. I'm happy that you tried this recipe and enjoyed it as much as I do.

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  2. Thanks a lot for this wonderful creation I prepared the flavor as you described and I'm very happy I did it as you described as this removed the seeds! My strawberries were not very red, so the color was little pale, but the taste great!
    The preparation was very easy and I will make this again changing the flavors! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Such a wonderful comment from you means a lot to me - I feel honored that you tried my creation and am happy that you liked it! I can see how great this must be with your own honey :)
      Hugs back to you!

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