If you’re like me you love coffee. For a long time I was a sucker for frappuccinos or mochas from Star Bucks. Hot or cold I loved them. After a while they started giving me headaches when I would drink them so I decided to look at the ingredients. I won’t go into to much detail but if you want to look for yourself here is a link to a Star Bucks vanilla frappuccino. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/caffe-vanilla-frappuccino-blended-beverage.
Some things that stand out are artificial flavors, natural flavors, caramel color, carrageenan, and oh yeah 48 grams of sugar in the smallest size a tall. The largest size, a venti, has 88 grams of sugar. Wow! It also has a decent amount of milk. I’m not lactose intolerant but I try to stay away from milk because it does make me congested. All together these are not healthy ingredients and that amount of sugar equals nothing but a bigger waist size, a depressed immune system, and diabetes knocking on your door.
Since then I have started making my own mochas and frapps. As a nutritionist I look for ingredients that aren’t shown to cause health issues and actually give you health benefits.
So here is my recipe for Dr Jake’s Homemade Mocha.
17 grams of sugar and 133 calories if you count them. I don’t 🙂
Reverse Osmosis Filtered Water (clean water is a must)
Organic Coffee (surprisingly has lots of anti oxidants)
Raw Honey (helps with future seasonal allergies)
Cinnamon (helps regulate blood sugar)
Organic Raw Cacao Power (high in magnesium)
Organic Coconut Milk (good MCFAs like Lauric Acid, )
1. Always grind your coffee that day or within 3 days of use. This limits the oxidation of the oils in coffee beans (Oxidated oils are not good for you).
2. Put 1 tbsp of cacao, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of raw honey in a mug and let the coffee drip brew into it using filtered water (this is my RO Filter under my sink).
3a. At this point you can add in 1-2 tbsp of coconut milk if you’re making a hot mocha.
3b. If you want to make it more like a Frappuchino hold off on the coconut milk. First blend the coffee mix together with a cup of ice. Then stir in the coconut milk. This makes for a better consistency.
*bonus: I save my coffee grounds and add them to the soil for a natural fertilizer