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Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee Concentrate

A lightly sweet mocha made with a caramelly flavor, using sea salt and dates. Add a bit of butter extract to really exaggerate the caramel flavor, but I find the sea salt does the trick. I make this with cold brew, but instant coffee works in a pinch.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 33kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cold brew coffee or 1/4 cup instant coffee + 4 cups water
  • 2-4 medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or sub natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter extract optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • If making this with cold brew, first soak the dates in hot water for a minute or two. Drain, and then add to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Process until very smooth.
  • If making with instant coffee, add the instant coffee to a large container, and then add 4 cups of hot water. Add the dates and allow to soak for a couple of minutes, before adding to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Process until smooth.
  • To make the smoothest coffee, strain the date and cocoa sediment out by straining the coffee concentrate through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth.
  • When ready to enjoy, add the coffee concentrate to a glass with ice, and then top with your favorite milk. I like about 2/3 coffee concentrate to 1/3 almond milk. Adjust to taste.

Notes

⭐️ Regular Milk: Fine if you can tolerate it because it adds protein!
⭐️Almond Milk: My "milk" of choice - low in calories, and still very creamy!
⭐️Coconut Milk: For the best results, buy Thai coconut milk sold in paper cartons, rather than cans. The canning process makes the coconut milk less sweet, and it will also clump in your coffee ( you can blend it to make it smooth, but it's not recommended). You can purchase it this way at Asian import stores or on Amazon.
⭐️NutPods Coconut/Almond Coffee Creamer: I ADORE this -- a pricier option, but lower calories and just as rich as coconut milk. Costco recently starting carrying it and it brings the price down considerably.

Nutrition

Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg