I know, you know – I’m obsessed with coffee.
Some of you may also know that I like to kind of put my own twist, if you will, on recipes that I find.
SO, naturally, I took my vanilla mocha latte I’ll get at any coffee shop, and made it at home.
I’m always skeptical to get a latte when I’m out because YES it tastes delicious, but I have no idea how much stuff they put in that thing. Like, what am I really drinking, you know?
I like making things at home instead so I can twist the flavors and know exactly what’s in it.
& since one of my new years goals on my goals list is to try to be better at saving money, this will help tons.
I could NOT BELIEVE how much I actually spent at Starbucks when I was living in NYC.
This sounds mom-ish of me but seriously guys if you are trying to save money & you’re a coffee or tea drinker who stops on their way to work or in the middle of the day, check how much you spend on it in just one month. This helped me realize how much I was wasting on drinks I could have just made ( super annoying ). This is one of those really simple changes that go a lonnnnng way.
Ok so I made a skinny vanilla chai mocha latte annnnnd it was delicious.
+ unsweetened almond milk ( or whatever milk you choose, but I go dairy free here )
+ chai tea
+ instant dairy free coffee/coffee creamer – I use a mocha powder that’s decaf
( you can get this at any food store, but this isn’t needed – you can just make a vanilla chai latte instead if you don’t want the coffee flavor )
+ vanilla extract
+ brew water
( I just use the largest option on the Keurig. You can also boil it, microwave it, whatever else, too. )
+ heat 1/2 cup of almond milk for 1-2 minutes
( depending how hot you like it & you can also add 1 cup if you want it more milky )
+ add chai tea bag to your water
+ add the almond milk
+ add 1 tablespoon of your instant coffee or coffee powder mix ( if wanted )
+ 1 tspn vanilla extract
+ sprinkle some cinnamon on top
+ mix and sip!
( straws reduce stains – remember! )
All of that together is roughly 45 calories, depending on how much you use & what not. But – either way, totally skinny, healthy, and good. & you know exactly what you are getting!
I haven’t tried this cold yet because it’s beyond freezing here, but I’m sure it’s just as good.
P.S. – These straws, how adorable? I use them all the time – super cute to leave out in the kitchen, too! Grab them at amazon for a big pack that’s cheap!