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Easy White Chocolate Mocha

When you’re in the mood for a sweet pick-me-up, make this super easy white chocolate mocha. All you do is melt white chocolate in hot almond milk with instant espresso coffee. If the clock reads close enough to 5, feel free to stir in a shot of Kahlua.

Easy White Chocolate Mocha

As someone who tries not to eat much sugar, this hot chocolate is a slight detour off the healthier path. A steaming cup of white chocolate mocha is my winter indulgence, an occasional treat on those brisk cold days, especially after skiing.

Along with today’s easy hot mocha recipe, I’m sharing with you a baker’s dozen of holiday gifts. Most are helpful kitchen tools I use all the time for quicker and easier vegetarian meals. Though we are two weeks into December, there’s plenty of time for us procrastinators to get shopping. Scroll down for my culinary suggestions, from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items.

While standing in line for to-go cappuccino on our recent road trip to Oregon, I scanned the coffee specialty chalkboards. Guess what? Everybody is selling white chocolate mochas. I promise you my homemade white chocolate mocha is far better than any coffee shop brew. I do like it when the barrista puts chocolate covered coffee beans on my cup lid, almost as much as I love these mochas.

Easy White Chocolate Mocha

Good quality white chocolate contains 4 ingredients–cocoa butter pressed from crushed cocoa beans, milk, pure vanilla and cane sugar. If you want the “cleanest” white chocolate, check the label. Many white chocolates include vegetable or palm kernel oil. I used Amadei white chocolate that I bought in Salt Lake City. Green and Black’s organic white chocolate is another quality choice.

Of course this easy white chocolate mocha is dang delicious no matter what chocolate you use. No worries if you make yours with less expensive chocolate–just like I’m not worried about posting this scrumptiously degenerate recipe. There’s that saying–everything in moderation, including moderation.

Easy White Chocolate Mocha

Oh, and about the vanilla whipped cream. It’s totally optional. The fluffy dollop looks good in the photo though, doesn’t it?

I own, eat and cook with all of these kitchen gift ideas. Except for Mister Tea and a Vitamix—those I covet.

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gift ideas and Easy White Chocolate Mocha

The list:

  • Microplane zesters are the absolute best tools for effortless scraping of the outer zest from citrus fruit. You can use a microplane to grate hard cheese, nutmeg, ginger and garlic too. And this apple green handle matches Letty’s Kitchen color theme.
  • My stainless steel Kuhn-Rikon pressure cooker is a kitchen utensil I’d like not to live without. A pressure cooker saves two-thirds the time over regular stove-top cooking of beans, soups and this spinach and goat cheese risotto.
  • Green and Black’s Organic White Chocolate—a creamy dreamy treat of a bar made with fine quality ingredients. For eating pleasure or exceptional easy white chocolate mochas.
  • “Half-sheet” heavy-duty aluminum baking sheet, the same size found in professional kitchens. I own three.
  • Silicone non-stick baking mats are welcome gifts for any cook or baker. Silpats tolerate high heat and can be used and re-used. Fits a “half-sheet” pan.
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook is an inspiration! Healthy vegan recipes illustrated with gorgeous photos, this cookbook has more than 90 gluten-free recipes too. By Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows food blog.
  • The New Vegetarian Cookbook for Everyone–an updated edition of my forever-favorite cookbook. Deborah Madison’s recipes and her writing make this an important reference for anyone interested in meatless cooking.
  • Cuisinart food processor. Mine is more than 30 years old and continues to be a workhorse in the kitchen. An incredible timesaver for chopping nuts, grating cheese, and slicing a lot of onions.
  • Mister Tea is an ideal teatime companion (and a great listener). Brews loose tea in his trousers. Perches securely on the rim of your cup and brings a smile to your face.
  • Small scoops for consistent portioning of cookies and chocolate truffles, like these. Here’s one from Oxo Good Grips and another from Jenaluca.
  • I use my small angled icing spatula to spread almond butter on toast, to frost cakes and to even out the filling in a tart pan.
  • I’m stuffing coffee mugs with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans as friendly and neighborly gifts. Five beans equal a shot of espresso—spread that rumor.
  • This high-speed Vitamix blender is the biggie, the one I hope to find on the counter Christmas morning topped with a big red bow. I want, but don’t absolutely need. Think vibrant green smoothies and homemade almond milk.

Holiday gifts Easy White Chocolate Mocha

Easy White Chocolate Mocha
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Easy White Chocolate Mocha
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Everyone loves a warming treat in a mug on chilly afternoons and this homemade white chocolate mocha is far tastier than any coffee shop brew. Don’t drink coffee? Use Pero instead—it’s an instant beverage powder made with roasted barley and chicory.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk (see note)
  • 2 ounces chopped white chocolate (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder (see note)
  • Vanilla whipped cream , optional
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Chocolate covered coffee bean , optional
Vanilla whipped cream:
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk into a stainless steel bowl. Place over gently boiling water, the bowl should not touch the water. When the milk is hot, whisk in the white chocolate and the espresso powder. Keep the bowl over the hot water.
  2. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug. If you wish, top with vanilla whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a chocolate covered coffee bean.
  3. For the optional whipped cream: Whip the cream and vanilla together until the cream holds a soft peak.
Recipe Notes
  • I usually have an aseptic carton of almond milk in the cupboard. If dairy milk is in your fridge, if you wish, use it instead.
  • Medaglia d’Oro instant espresso coffee is available in many grocery stores—look for the green, red and white label.
  • Trader Joe’s sells chocolate covered coffee beans--or order them online.
  • The stainless steel bowl sitting over a saucepan of gently boiling water is my makeshift double boiler to insure that the milk or white chocolate doesn’t scorch as it heats. The top bowl must be bigger than the bottom so it doesn’t touch the water.

6 comments

  • Teri Thomas

    Gorgeously festive photo, to boot! Reply · 12 December, 2014

  • I could not live without my little angled spatulas. I use them several times a day, starting with buttering the toast and spreading the pb on the lunch box sandwiches in the morning. Seriously. I have 4 of them, and they are all dirty every single day! Great list! Reply · 12 December, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Dorothy! One of mine is an old Wilton with a wooden handle. I think they only make the black handles these days. Reply · 13 December, 2014

  • This looks heavenly- a perfect way to warm up after a day on the slopes. Now if it would just get cold…. Reply · 12 December, 2014

    • Letty

      Yes, the dusting we got last night has already melted! Still cold enough for me to have a white chocolate mocha! Reply · 13 December, 2014

  • Those little spatulas are also good for moving small delicate things around when plating something for a special dinner. GREG Reply · 13 December, 2014

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