You love a good mocha latte, but you don’t love all the calories it has. With a skinny mocha latte, full fat milk is replaced with nonfat milk for a delicious, satisfying coffee drink that won’t pack on the calories.
If you’ve never made a mocha latte before, don’t worry – it’s easy. And it’s cheap, too. All you need are three ingredients and a little time.
What You’ll Need
- Strong, hot coffee
- Nonfat milk
- Hot chocolate mix
- Optional: whipped cream and peppermint extract
How to Make a Skinny Mocha Latte
- To start making your latte, stir your hot chocolate mix into a strong cup of hot coffee. Be sure to stir it well. You want the chocolate to be well combined.
Note: You can also use chocolate syrup, but the authentic recipe calls for cocoa powder.
- Next, heat the milk on the stove. If your coffee machine has a steam wand, you can use this to steam the milk. Otherwise, heat the milk in a small pot and whisk continuously for a minute. Take care not to heat the milk too quickly.
- Pour the milk into the coffee.
That’s it! That’s all it takes to brew a skinny mocha latte. If you want, you can add whipped cream on top and add peppermint extract to the coffee. Or, if you’re feeling a little creative, you can sprinkle chocolate shavings and a dash of cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.
A Little Mocha Latte History
Café mocha, or mocha latte, is an American invention and a variation of the original café latte. Inspired by Bicerin, a Turin coffee drink, the drink is comprised of one third espresso and two thirds steam milk. Chocolate is added in the form of cocoa powder, although you’ll find varieties that use chocolate syrup. Mochas may contain milk or dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate will give the drink a richer, deeper flavor, while milk chocolate will make the drink a bit creamier. Just keep in mind that if you’re making a skinny latte, the milk in the chocolate will add more calories to the drink.
Like a cappuccino, the mocha latte contains a thick layer of milk froth, although some use whipped cream instead. In most cases, the drink is topped off with a dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon. Marshmallows are sometimes added on top as well.
During the holiday season, you might find mocha lattes mixed with peppermint and other holiday-themed flavors.
There are also variations of this coffeehouse drink that use white chocolate instead of dark or milk. Sometimes you’ll find variations that use two different types of syrups as well. These special drinks are referred to by a variety of names, including: tan mocha, black and white mocha, tuxedo mocha, marble mocha, and zebra.
While you’ll pay a premium price for a mocha latte at a local café or coffeehouse, you can enjoy the same luxurious taste right in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost. Use our tried and true recipe above to start brewing your own skinny mocha lattes today.