Every day is a good day for coffee, but weekends are an opportunity to take your morning cup a step further. Instead of stumbling to your coffee pot set to “auto brew” in a sleepy stupor, prepare yourself something decadent and relish the morning ahead.
Since picking up a Bialetti Moka Express for the sweet price of $14, I’ve been hitting up the “espresso” drinks for an enhanced caffeine kick. The Moka pot doesn’t technically make espresso, but as far as my unrefined coffee palate goes, it does.
It started with the Oatmeal Latté I developed for Nature’s Path. Then I moved to regular lattés (my current obsession), and then over to the Caffé Mocha. Decadent, velvety hot chocolate + a hefty jolt of caffeine? Sign me up!
If you’re not a coffee fan, just exclude the espresso for a BOMB hot chocolate. A combo of unsweetened soy milk, plenty of dark chocolate, a Medjool date, a touch of pure vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt, all whirled together in a blender, make for a ridiculously creamy beverage. Stir in the espresso and you’re on your way to having a damn good morning.
Whether you go with the full mocha or just hot chocolate, this hot beverage is totally coffee shop worthy, but you don’t need to pay extra for soy milk. Happy Sunday!
Vegan Mofo 2016 Update:
It’s day 6 of VeganMofo! The challenge is to talk about vegan food, as much as possible, for the entire month of November. I’m shooting for 5 days a week. For the rest of the month, the posting schedule will (hopefully!) be Sunday-Thursday. JSYK: I’m not really following the 2016 Vegan Mofo Themes and Prompts, but I am using them as inspiration when needed!
Here are the posts so far:
Day 1: Easy Vegan Tofu & Black Bean Enchiladas Day 2: How to Make the Best Vegan Grilled Cheese Day 3: Review: Vegan Pantry Haul from iHerb Day 4: Vegetable Pot Pie with Vegan Biscuits Day 6: Vegan Caffé Mocha
- 1 cup unsweetened soymilk, hot
- 35g dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 Medjool date, pitted
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1 shot espresso
- In a blender, combine hot soy milk, dark chocolate, Medjool date, pure vanilla, and salt. Blend on high until chocolate is melted and hot chocolate is creamy. Pour hot chocolate into a warm mug and gently stir in 1 shot of espresso. Top with shaved chocolate.