It’s really no secret that the chocolate-cherry mocha is a must-try drink. The secret lies in two ingredients that may surprise you. And if you’re questioning whether or not it’s healthy, you may be shocked to know that it is! Here’s why…
The Hidden Healthy Ingredients in the Chocolate-Cherry Mocha
You can tell by the name of this recipe that there’s definitely chocolate and cherry in it; however, it also calls for what I call two hidden ingredients: zucchini and peanut flour. Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable. I’ve used it as a simple side dish, diced and sautéed. It’s also yummy baked into chips or made into spaghetti noodles. And it’s also blended in the chocolate-cherry mocha.
Zucchini is said to be high in antioxidants, which is why it’s used in folk medicine to help treat colds, aches, and various health conditions. Although not all of its uses are endorsed by science, here are a few benefits that are:
- Nutrient rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, and vitamin B6.
- Contributes to healthy digestion.
- Reduces blood sugar levels.
- Improves heart health.
- May improve vision.
- Could aid in weight loss.
When it comes to peanut flour, we’re talking an excellent source of niacin combined with heart-protecting qualities. In addition, peanut flour is a great source of potassium and an excellent source of magnesium, which are two nutrients that help maintain normal blood pressure.
Peanut flour is known to add flavor and can also be used as a flour alternative in gluten-free breads and baked goods. In our case, it’s the perfect healthy and flavorful addition to the chocolate-cherry mocha!
How to Make It
Making this yummy drink is super easy. You only need a few ingredients, a blender, and you’re all set. The recipe calls for frozen zucchini which you can buy pre-frozen at the store, or simply purchase fresh zucchini, chop it and store it in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. As for the cold coffee, peanut flour, and cherry flavoring… they can be picked up at the local grocery store as well.
Purchase the vanilla vegan protein powder here, and will last you for many beverages. Not to mention, this protein powder packs its own truckload of healthy benefits. The protein powder can be used as a meal replacement or added to any drink (like this one) to make it healthy and long-lasting.
- 1 cup frozen zucchini
- 1 c cold coffee
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla vegan protein powder
- 1 Tablespoon peanut flour
- 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavoring
Seriously, there is only one direction: blend. Super easy right? You’re welcome!
Chocolate-Cherry Mocha Pairs Well With…
Whether you’re looking to enjoy this beverage by itself or paired with something else yummy, here are a few foods the chocolate-cherry mocha compliments perfectly:
- Nutella tart
- French toast
- Buttered croissants
- Oatmeal cookies
I’d love to hear from you! Did you try this recipe? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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