Who doesn’t want to spice things up every now and then? I am a huge fan of spicy foods, but never thought I would be a fan of spicy drinks. I have a pretty high tolerance for hot things; my boyfriend always laughs at me because I eat things that are still scorching hot straight out of the oven, or the fact that I always get the spicy version of a plate at Mexican or Indian restaurants and they look at me like “are you sure?” HA. Yes, I can handle it.
The first time I tried a mocha with chili powder in it was while on vacation at Hilton Head Island. We were having lunch at this FANTASTIC burrito/coffee bar called Java Burrito. First of all, the concept of this place is genius. Secondly, I got their iced Mexican Mocha and officially fell in love with the combination of the the spicy chili powder and the sweet chocolate. HOOKED.
I came up with my own healthy version as soon as I got back home, and it was DELISH. Took me a few times to get the amount of chili powder just right (I got it a tad spicy several times…not good). But once I got it, I really got it.
It was kind of ironic because soon after this Starbucks came out with their version of a Mexican Mocha. Of course I had to try it once and it was pretty good, but nothing close to mine. It’s funny how the healthier versions of foods and drinks that we love taste better right? And people say that eating healthy is boring….pshhh.
Here are a few of my favorite brands/ingredients that I use for this recipe to make it healthy and delicious!
-Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
–Simply Organic Spices
–Kal Pure Stevia Extract Powder
So anyways, now that this spicy treat is all the rage now, I am so excited to share this Clean Mexican Mocha recipe with you all! You can tweak it to your preference of spicy and sweet, but this was the version that had a satisfying amount of both. You can do it iced or hot, but I always prefer my drinks hot for some reason (ironic right?) I’m always cold in the mornings, and that’s when I always drink my lattes, so a nice hot drink warms me up and helps me get me started on the day.
Now you can make this recipe 1 of 2 ways. The first way (and probably the most common) is to heat the ingredients in a pot on the stove. The second option (and what I do) is to use an espresso machine and make a latte.I have a really basic espresso machine, but it actually works really well! I was working at Starbucks when we got this machine and I was QUITE frustrated at first because I was so used to using the SUPER nice and big machines at Starbucks. But I got the hang of it after just a few times and it works well, plus it’s really inexpensive; a great machine to start out with for sure.
–De’Longhi Espresso Machine
You don’t have to be a huge lover of all-things-spicy to LOVE this recipe. The chili powder gives this really unique flavor to the mocha that is like a delicious little surprise. So kick your basic mocha up a notch and try this tasty recipe. You’ll be hooked, promise.
- 4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 PINCH of chili powder
- ¾ cup of organic milk
- Stevia (to taste)
- 2 shots of espresso OR ¼ cup coffee
- On medium high heat, add milk and coffee/espresso to small pot. Whisk in the rest of ingredients and let cook until bubbling (about 3-5 minutes). Continue to whisk often so that the mixture does not stick to the pot or scorch.
- Remove from heat and top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired, and enjoy!