Who needs expensive coffee shops or fancy coffee machines when you can make a cup of this delicious Cinnamon Mocha at home in minutes? It's like a hug in a mug and a lovely way to wake up someone special this weekend. A rich chocolaty base with hints of cinnamon and topped with whipped cream.
This is the perfect 'curl up on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon' kind of hot drink and perfect for a cosy autumn hot drink vibe. As far as I am concerned, mochas are where it's at when it comes to hot drinks. It's what I always order in coffee shops, so we have been making our own at home to save on money and give them a lighter twist.
Coffee is what keeps us functioning in life, and chocolate pretty much makes the world go round, so whoever thought to put them both together is pretty much a genius and deserves some kind of coffee making medal. I am sure there is an awards ceremony for that.
It's the perfect combination of bitter and sweet and you know what makes it even better? Cinnamon! Who says cinnamon is just for Christmas? Not us, that's for sure!
Looking for some other delicious ways to enjoy cinnamon? Why not try our Cinnamon Baked Apples, Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon and Honey, Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, Cinnamon Flapjacks, or Christmas Cheesecake.
Why you will love it
- Cheap - Those trips to Starbucks here and there really start to add up. Whilst we won't be cutting that our of our life any time soon, swapping a few coffee trips for making your own at home can save some money.
- Healthier - Not only is it cheaper to make your own coffee shop drinks, but they can be much healthier too. You get to control just how much sugar goes in to them.
- Adaptable - You can adjust the cinnamon depending on just how much you love it. We are huge fans! You could even swap it for ground ginger or nutmeg for something a little different.
- Cosy - When autumn comes, this is just the kind of cosy drink that you want to snuggle up on the sofa with.
- Cashew milk - We love the nutty flavour this gives the mocha, however you could swap it for another plant based milk or even a dairy milk.
- Espresso shots - Difficult to make without a coffee machine, but you could use instant coffee if you wanted. This will result in a less intense coffee flavour though.
- Maple syrup - You could also use honey or your favourite flavoured syrup and use more or less depending on how sweet you like your coffee.
- Cocoa powder - This is what gives it a real rich chocolaty flavour. Try to use the best quality you can, as you really will be able to taste the difference in this homemade mocha. This mixed with the maple syrup makes a delicious homemade chocolate syrup.
- Ground cinnamon - The star of the coffee. Other spices you could use are nutmeg and ginger.
- Cream and cinnamon to serve (optional)
Health benefits of cinnamon
When the colder seasons come, we are all about everything cinnamon. Cinnamon desserts, cinnamon hot drinks and a pinch of cinnamon in hearty meat stews. Not only does it add lots of flavour, but it is plenty of health benefits too.
Cinnamon, a spice which comes from the inner bark of a small evergreen tree, was once traded as currency as we can see why! Not only does it was a lovely warm flavour, but it also contains large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect the body from disease and have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. There is also evidence to suggest that the eating cinnamon is associated with a short-term reduction in blood pressure.
You can change this mocha up every time and make something different. We like to swap the cinnamon out for some ground ginger instead, or do a chocolate orange combination with a little squeeze of orange juice and some zest. Love a chocolate mint combination? Add some peppermint extract in - that's always a Christmas favourite in our house.
What to serve a Cinnamon Mocha with
Is there anything better than a 10 minute break with a coffee and some kind of sweet treat? I don't think so! Here are some of our favourite sweet treats that would go perfectly with this chai tea latte:
- Healthy Chocolate and Raspberry Brownies
- Almond Butter Cookies
- Banana Cake
- White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins
- Cinnamon Flapjacks
- Cranberry Bread
- No Bake Brownies
- Healthy Banana Bread
- 2 Ingredient Cookies
- Banana Oat Muffins
- Apple Hand Pies
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can easily make this in to an ice mocha by making the chocolate syrup and adding it to the coffee and then pouring in cold milk and pouring it over ice cubes. The perfect drink for a hot day!
Yes, you can easily double this recipe without changing the method.
No, we would only recommend making the whole coffee from fresh. You can however make the chocolate syrup in advance and then store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
• We have mixed together maple syrup and cocoa powder to make a chocolate syrup, however you could use a store bought syrup if you prefer.
• You can swap the cinnamon for ground ginger or use a mixture of the two.
More Chocolate Recipes
- 750 ml Cashew milk
- 3 tablespoon Cocoa powder - (heaped)
- 2 tablespoon Maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 100 ml Brewed coffee
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- Mix together the maple syrup, cocoa powder, cinnamon and water to make a syrup.3 tablespoon Cocoa powder, 2 tablespoon Maple syrup, 1 tablespoon cold water, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Add the milk to a pan and on a simmer, heat for 4 minutes.750 ml Cashew milk
- Add the coffee to cups and stir in chocolate syrup.100 ml Brewed coffee
- Pour the milk in to the mugs serve with whipped cream (optional).
- We have mixed together maple syrup and cocoa powder to make a chocolate syrup, however you could use a store bought syrup if you prefer.
- You can swap the cinnamon for ground ginger or use a mixture of the two.