Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Healthy Dairy-free Blueberry Mocha


Healthy Dairy-free Blueberry Mocha

Another one of my beloved berry mochas!
Who doesn't like blueberries, and who doesn't know how healthy they are? No need to talk about antioxidants here.



Even though I'm all for using raw, fresh syrups, I didn't succeed in making a really good raw blueberry syrup for mocha. It's good for other purposes, but not the best for mocha.
So I cheated a bit and heated the blueberries just to a boil and then removed them from the heat, mashed them, added honey and pressed them through a sieve.
Of course you can mix them in a blender and then press the mush through a sieve, add syrup and go ahead. I just wasn't totally content with the consistency of that - not for mocha, which I don't make for health reasons in the first place. I just try to make something decadent healthier than your average store bought mocha.



Ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) agave, maple or brown rice syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon syrup or honey (or to taste)
  • Vanilla, to taste
  • 1-2 espresso shots or 1/8-1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup steamed or just hot non dairy milk

Preparation:
  • In a small pan, heat blueberries and water until just boiling. Immediately remove from heat, mash the berries, add 1 teaspoon syrup or honey (or to taste; you can also add some stevia, if you like).
  • Let cool.
  • In a mug, mix 1 teaspoon cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons syrup or honey (or to taste).
  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of the blueberry syrup, mix well, add vanilla to taste.
  • Mix remaining 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder with remaining teaspoon syrup or honey in a small vial.
  • Brew coffee and heat and/or steam milk.
  • Combine brewed coffee and syrups in the mug, mix well, add hot or steamed milk and top with remaining blueberry and chocolate syrup.
  • Enjoy!


What's your favourite way to have blueberries?

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