Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Almond Mocha (Sugar Free!)

OK, you're going to have to bear with me. I know it's 20+°C and sunny outside right now. I know. Hot drinks are dropping from menus faster than a lit match from a firebug, and rich, sugary things aren't exactly bikini body fodder. But the good news is that you can still treat yourself to a rich, smooth mocha - this baby is not only great hot or iced, but tripled with 2 tbsp of almond butter added to it you can make a great popsicle, or churn it for ice cream! Don't worry about the sugar content affecting your Summer (or afternoon) plans either - I've finally come up with a mixture of stevia sweeteners that don't overpower the end result, hold up to heat and can be frozen without losing their delicate nuances.

The first sweetener I added to my favourite unsweetened almond milk was my fairly standard liquid stevia, which was fine but didn't really support the cocoa flavour - alone I found it more overpowered the mix. Then I messed around with a few types of stevia powder in packets, which ranged from horrible and bitter to good but not sweet enough. When Pyure Brands offered me the chance to try out their stevia baking blend and packets, I knew the benchmark (for the packets at least) would be this afternoon treat. Combined with two drops of the liquid stevia, the organic packets were the perfect addition - plus I liked that they were made with agave fibre (inulin) for a bit of prebiotic goodness. I've made some other treats with the packets as well as the baking blend, and I'm impressed for sure!

Shared with Waste Not Want Not Wednesday on Poor and Gluten Free

Hot Almond Mocha

Almond Mocha (Sugar Free!)
Serves 1
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch sea salt
1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp boiling water
2 drops liquid stevia (use your favourite) 

If serving cold:
  1. Stir together the coffee, almond milk and liquid stevia. Chill thoroughly.
If serving hot:
  1. Combine the coffee and almond milk in a microwave safe pitcher and heat about 3-4 minutes, until hot, but drinkable.
For both:
  1. Mix the stevia, cocoa and salt in a large cup (or a jug if serving two).
  2. Stir the boiling water into the dry mixture until completely combined, then slowly whisk in the almond milk mixture and liquid stevia.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 39.4
Total Fat: 2.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 185.7 mg
Total Carbs: 6.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.1 g
Protein: 1.9 g

*Note: Pyure gave me the products to review and use but all opinions are my own and are not paid for