When I posted a picture of this on Instagram, you were pumped! People are serious about coffee (as they should be). This recipe was actually inspired by my aunt, who drinks cinnamon dulce mocha frappuccinos. I wanted to create a healthier way to make this treat at home. With the addition of cayenne, it morphed into a Mexican chocolate mocha. Throwing together the mocha sauce takes about 5 minutes, but it'll make enough for 2-3 mochas. Other than making the sauce the first time, this amazing drink comes together in about 1 minute. I created this recipe exclusively for Edible Baja Arizona. It is the perfect summer drink. Sip by the pool, sip at the farmer's market, sip on the couch while hiding out in the air conditioning. You do you.
If you want to stick with a cinnamon dulce mocha, exclude the cayenne from the chocolate sauce. Also, the chocolate sauce can be made with either honey or maple syrup. I prefer maple syrup for nearly everything, but Arizona has great local desert honey, so that definitely works too! If it's not quite sweet enough for your tastes, I recommend lightening up your chocolate from 85% cacao to 60-70% cacao. Want an extra boost of nutrition? Add some collagen peptides. You won't taste it, but they're great for nails, hair, your gut, joint health, etc. It also adds some protein, which will help keep you fuller, longer. Lastly, if you have a love/hate relationship with caffeine, use decaf coffee. Your adrenals will thank you. You can easily customize this drink just the way you want it!
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