This post has been sponsored by Vital Proteins but all opinions expressed are my own
Get all the cozy vibes with this warming (and healthy) Mocha Latte that is Paleo friendly, Whole30 approved and dairy-free!
It’s January friends, temps are brutal cold, the sun gets to punch out before our daily chores are done, all while the snow piles up. We look for ways to comfort our shivering selves, often day dreaming of warm beach destinations as we stare through the frosted windows of our favorite coffee shop. But at least there is Mocha Latte, right!
Truth is winter can feel like a very long season. This means we must look for ways to gets us through, and hopefully with a decent level of enjoyment. For me it’s coffee! Particularly those extra indulging complicated-named beverages that also happen to be very pricey. They are quite a treat! Unfortunately however, the cost adds up quickly, the ingredients are almost never supportive of my dietary preferences and it’s simply an inconvenient habit.
So I started making my own Mocha Latte at home, and honestly I feel as cool as a barista at a fancy café in France. The best part is;
- it’s a fraction of the cost
- I get to control the quality of the ingredients
- don’t have to drive in the cold to get my latte
- I have something fancy to offer when my friends come over
- It gets me through the winter!
Turns out making Mocha Latte is not only a lot of fun, but it can also be an opportunity to turn this favorite beverage into something that is powerful and nutritious.
By adding Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, not only it enhances the mocha flavor but it provides with healthy fats from the coconut milk powder (coconut is a great source of MCTs = energy production) and 10 grams of collagen peptides which are the building blocks for hair, skin, nails, bones, joints, and other connective tissues.
Lastly, Vital Proteins Collagen Creamers are available in mocha, vanilla, coconut and gingerbread flavors and are all Paleo friendly and Whole30 approved!
Making Mocha Latte at home is actually a lot easier than you might thing, and you only need few ingredients.
There are three basic ways to make Mocha Latte and I’ll go over each method, so depending on the tools you have you can choose which method works best for you.
The Milk Frother Method
If you have a milk frother at home, this method is absolutely the most convenient and yield the foamiest mocha latte. Simply add your milk of choice (I used coconut milk) and mix. Then add your cocoa powder and mix again. Lastly, add the collagen creamer and mix one last time (pictured above)
I like to mix one ingredient at a time so it gets super smooth and well incorporated.
The Whisk Method
If you don’t own a milk frother and still want to make this delicious Mocha Latte, you can do so with a whisk. Everyone has a good old whisk at home right? Simply add your milk of choice, cocoa powder and collagen creamer to a large measuring cup and whisk until the ingredients have integrated and mixture is creamy (pictured above).
The Immersion Blender Method
This is another great method to achieve that bubbly milk froth that we love to see in our Mocha Latte. I bought my immersion blender for soups but it turns out I find amazing ways to use it all the time, including making my favorite Mocha Latte!
Simply add your milk of choice, cocoa powder and collagen creamer to a large measuring cup and pulse for about 20 seconds and done!
Alternatively there is the handheld milk frother option which works similarly to the immersion blender
Now that we’ve gone over the different methods, and you know which method works best for you, let’s build our delicious Mocha Latte!
How To Make Mocha Latte
First you will want to pour in the espresso shot followed by the milk-cocoa-collagen mixture which is about 3/4 of the beverage and top with a generous layer of pure milk froth.
Details and instruction on how to make espresso and pure milk froth is in the recipe box!
If you are feeling extra you may want to play around with the froth and see if you can create a fun movement between the whites and the beautiful chocolaty tones of the latte. At minimum I recommend that you sprinkle some cinnamon for the extra taste and deliciously warming aroma.
Now my friend it’s YOU time, get cozy and watch the winter go by with this delicious (and healthy) Mocha Latte that is Paleo friendly, Whole30 approved and dairy-free!
Dreamiest Creamiest Brazilian Hot Cocoa
Mocha Latte (Paleo & Whole30)
- 4 oz espresso
- 12 oz coconut milk (or nut milk of choice), divided
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 stick packs Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer (Mocha flavor) or 2tbsp from container
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Milk Frother Method
- Add 8oz (1 cup) of nut milk of choice (make sure the ingredients are whole30 compliant) I used coconut milk. Press start. Once the frother stops, add in the cocoa and mix again. Lastly, add in Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer Mocha and mix one last time. Set aside
- Add 8oz (1 cup) of nut milk of choice, along with cocoa and Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer Mocha and whisk vigorously until the ingredients have integrated and mixture is smooth. Set aside
Immersion Blender Method
- Add 8oz (1 cup) of nut milk of choice, along with cocoa and Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer Mocha and pulse for about 20 seconds or until smooth. Set aside
- If you have an espresso maker, brew 2 espresso shots. They are about 2oz each. We are looking to get about 4oz of espresso. Obviously the intensity of you latte is a personal choice. This said you are free to add more or less espresso according to your preference.
- If you do not have an espresso maker, you can use instant espresso packet or even brew an espresso coffee or darkest/ strongest coffee you can find. Again, I used 4oz of espresso but you can use more or less, according to your preference.
- Lastly, you will need to make pure milk froth for that foamy top layer of your mocha latte using the remaining milk. All 3-methods above will work, but the results will depend on the method. A milk frother will yield the most froth, second the immersion blender and finally whisking.
Building Your Mocha Latte
- First you add espresso. Followed by the milk cocoa collagen mixture. Lastly you add the milk froth. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder (optional) and serve.