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Honey Mocha

You know what the worst part about taking a trip is? Coming home to a sad, empty fridge and pantry. Especially right before Christmas, when my grocery store is PACKED. Luckily, before I left Udi’s sent me a HUGE package of goodies that I immediately stuck in my freezer. [Sadly, not many of the GF Snickerdoodles actually made it into the freezer. Those went right into my mouth.]

Honey Mocha from @HiddenFruitNVeg

After a fantastic night of sleeping in my bed for the first in a long while, I was craving something simple.  Also, feeling a little cranky without my free Starbucks in the morning (our drink package on our cruise included specialty coffees! What, what!). I threw a Cinnamon Raisin bagel in the toaster for Josh and a Mighty bagel for the lady so I could get to work on my coffee. BTW, those bagels are tasty. I love the pepitas in the Mighty bagel! Udi’s, you can send me breakfast any day.

Honey Mocha from @HiddenFruitNVeg

But really, I just wanted caffeinated hot chocolate. Isn’t that what everyone needs this time of year? It’s cold and we’re all busy, so let’s warm up and pump ourselves full of energy. This is a pretty easy recipe and very readily customizable. Swap honey for agave if you’re vegan, use more cocoa if you’re a chocoholic — just make it your own and totally own it.  What’s your favorite holiday dish or drink? Tell Udi’s and enter their contest to win a gluten free prize pack or free product coupons of your very own.

 

Honey Mocha
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Serves: 1 mug
 

Ingredients
  • 8 oz very strong coffee (or 1 – 2 shots of espresso)
  • ½ c milk (see note)
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave

Instructions
  1. Brew your coffee and keep it hot.
  2. Whisk together the milk, cocoa, and honey in a large bowl or glass. Microwave for one minute, until very hot.
  3. If you’re lucky enough to have a milk frother, froth the hot chocolatey milk. If you don’t have a frother, whisk the hot milk in a large bowl until foam forms on the surface (this will take about 2 – 3 minutes, depending on how hard you’re whisking).
  4. Pour the milk over the coffee in a mug. Enjoy hot while cozied up on the couch!

Notes
Nutritional estimate is using nonfat milk. If you use unsweetened almond milk, it’s around 100 calories.
I used cow’s milk when preparing this but any milk will taste just fine. Nut and soy milks will not froth up as much, especially if you don’t have a milk frother.
Note that some vegans don’t eat honey — if you’re swapping the milk to make it vegan for a friend, make sure you ask about their opinions on honey.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 mug Calories: 120 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 2\ Fiber: 2 Protein: 3

I received a sampler pack of Udi’s products and coupons for the purpose of facilitating this post. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are, as always, my own.

 

I also want to point out that Josh had a migraine during this photo shoot, so I had to take all the pictures. Let’s all be dears and not talk about how painfully bad I am at it! Constructive criticism always appreciated though :)

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3 Comments
    Isadora @ she likes food Jan 02, 2015

    I hope you had an awesome trip! Coming home after a long trip can be so nice, but not having any food is not good at all! I feel like we usually order out pizza after a long trip! I love Udis treats and don’t think many of them would have ended up in my freezer either!

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    Alessandra // the foodie teen Jan 01, 2015

    Looks absolutely amazing! Congratulations on a fantastic year, and best wishes for a wonderful 2015 filled with lots of delicious food!

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    Baby June Dec 22, 2014

    Ah that looks wonderful! I, too, believe caffeinated hot cocoa is the best :)

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