For today’s post in my 12 Days of Christmas Series, I’ve partnered with the folks over at KRUPS to put my new thermal 12-cup Savoy Coffee Machine to good use!
Last Sunday, my heartmate and I decided to let ourselves do absolutely nothing all day long. We afforded ourselves the joy of spending the day in our PJ’s, getting up from the cozy confines of our living room only to prepare lunch and dinner, and to let the dog out.
Pure lazy weekend bliss!
We had a slow start to the morning, too, and decided to treat ourselves to frothy almond milk mocha lattes before retiring to the cushiony comfort of our sofa and throw-over.
DIY frothy almond milk mocha lattes?
I promise they sound fancier than they actually are!
I don’t normally have a sweet tooth, but my heartmate sure does. His weakness always has been, and always will be chocolate.
What puts the mocha in these mocha lattes, is the hot-chocolate powder from our favourite little shop in Toronto’s historic district, SoMA Chocolate Makers.
Holiday Recipe! DIY Almond Milk Mocha Lattes!
- 1 cup (250 ml) freshly brewed coffee
- 2 tbsp of your favourite hot-chocolate / cocoa mix
- ⅓ cup warm almond milk
- A dash of cinnamon
Simply start by brewing a fresh pot of coffee. Next, mix in a tablespoon or two of your favourite cocoa powder and voila, you’ve got yourself a fancy “handcrafted” warm holiday beverage! 🙂
The extra fancy part comes from the frothy almond milk topping. But again, it only looks and sounds fancier than it really is. Once you find out how to make it, you’ll be pinching yourself at just how easy it is to prepare!
All you need to do is warm up your almond milk, either via stovetop or microwave, and have a hand-frother handy. Flip the switch on your hand frother and, in a cup, go ahead and start frothing the top inch of your milk. Sway your hand in a circular clockwise motion for 30 seconds or so, swaying counterclockwise every so often until you get a top layer of frothy milk.
Next, with a large spoon, gently scoop your frothed almond milk and add to the top of your coffee mocha mix!
For (what are supposed to be) the snowflake-shaped cinnamon latte art on top, I used a stencil I picked up at Michael’s. As a takeaway from my first attempt: using a sifter first, at about an inch or so above the stencil would have thinned out the cinnamon art on top, rendering it more like an actual snowflake. Oh well! You live and you learn, and you still enjoy the taste the same way. Am I right?
One of the features I love most about the KRUPS 12-cup Programmable Thermal Coffee Maker is the clean function. The machine will remind you when it’s time to descale! And no paper filters are needed, it’s fantastic – it actually reduces waste because of that!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick