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November 30, 2013

Primal Mocha

By Worker Bee
44 Comments

Primal MochaWe’ve got a super simple recipe for you today. After all the Thanksgiving festivities, simpler is probably better in the recipe department.

So, start with your favorite cup of piping hot coffee and drop in a square of high-quality dark chocolate. Add a pinch of cinnamon. You can stop there if you like. Or, gussy it up with whatever transforms your Primal Mocha into an irresistible beverage: a little sweetener, a drizzle of heavy cream or coconut milk, a pinch of cayenne or nutmeg, or a drop of vanilla. Drink it straight up or throw it the blender to create a frothy coffee. And don’t forget a pinch of sea salt; it amps up the flavor of everything.

Why mess with a perfectly good cup of regular coffee? If you crave a mocha, this barely-sweetened, antioxidant-packed version is way healthier than anything you could buy in a coffee shop. Should you drink Primal Mochas every day? You could, but why would you when there are so many other delicious ways to fill your mug? Don’t forget about Primal Egg Coffee, Primal Egg Nog, or Egg-less Nog and Primal Hot Cocoa.

What are your favorite ways to dress up a plain cup of coffee?

Servings: 1

Time in the Kitchen: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee
  • 1 square of high-cacao dark chocolate
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional add-ins: pinch of sea salt, heavy cream, coconut milk, vanilla, and/or a sweetener of your choice

Instructions:

Drop the square of dark chocolate into piping hot coffee. Stir well as the chocolate melts.

Chocolate

Add additional ingredients as desired. Drink straight up or throw in the blender (or use an immersion blender ) to froth it up.

Extras

Use a spoon to stir as you drink, as the chocolate settles towards the bottom.

Primal Mocha

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2 years 10 months ago

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Malcs
Malcs
2 years 9 months ago

Greetings from South Africa…Awesome as always Mark. My morning coffee is a double esspresso with a tablespoon of organic cold pressed coconut oil and a teeny bit of coconut milk. Sets me up for the morning until I eat at around 12. Definitely going to try it with a bit of cinnamon and dark chocolate. Yummm.

Ralph
Ralph
2 years 9 months ago

Amazing – I make the same morning drink, but with two double espressos. I may addnutmeg too.

lucy
lucy
2 years 9 months ago

Is that just-coffee-with-coconutoil-to-break-a-fast thing okay for women? I’ve read so many clashing reports and views and write ups etc; some saying women’s hormones are too delicate (in the least patronising way possible) for long periods of fasting and others saying it’s all well and good. Really conflicted!

Ralph
Ralph
2 years 9 months ago

I make sure I eat first, then drink my coffee. Drinking coffee first might interfere with your appetite and digestion.

SB
SB
2 years 9 months ago

I didn’t know this was debated… I do this on a regular basis when I don’t have time or am not hungry enough for a “full” breakfast- just coffee, couple T’s of coconut oil, and some heavy cream or half n half (the cream helps cut the sharpness of the coffee and icky feeling of the coconut oil)

Librarian
Librarian
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve seen it suggested on MDA and in the comments to add coconut oil to coffee… I was excited about it and tried it, and it was disgusting. The oil doesn’t dissolve (which makes sense), which makes for an interesting time trying to drink it. Am I doing something wrong?

Jim T
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve never used coconut oil. I just substituted coconut milk/coconut cream for dairy. It took a little getting used to (I had never liked coconut in anything before), but that’s all I add any more.

Paleo-curious
2 years 9 months ago

This is coming from a breakfast-loving black coffee fan, so I’ll probably never know first-hand, but I’ve heard it’s much tastier when blended in a blender, not just stirred in– probably emulsifies better.

SB
SB
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t have time to whip out my blender in the morning, so i just put some oil and heavy cream or half n half in the coffee and give it a good stir before each sip/gulp. Start small with just 1-2tsp and work your way up to a couple tablespoons.

Halvard
Halvard
2 years 9 months ago

Use a milk frother. (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10076320/)I use it with just a little coffee in the cup, enought to melt the fat. otherwise it’ll go all over the place. Then add the rest of the coffee.

Louise
Louise
2 years 9 months ago

Get an immersion blender and whip it up. PROBLEM SOLVED. DELICIOUS.

Personally, I add grassfed butter as well as coconut oil. Will add some spices tomorrow.

Librarian
Librarian
2 years 9 months ago

Good suggestions! I will try a frother/immersion blender. Thanks, everyone!

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 9 months ago

I love this. Motherhood rekindled my appreciation for coffee, though my love of dark chocolate has always been fervent.

Anna
Anna
2 years 9 months ago

That’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone say that. I’ve always wondered having had a kid has increased my coffee craving and tolerance. But so many other changes happened at the same time (giving up grains and sugar).

Issabeau
Issabeau
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve started drinking coffee at the age of 42 (6 months ago).
I’m in a slump I can’t get out, personal losses, financial stress and what not and coffee seems to be my drug of choice…

I am otherwise primal and don’t consume any grains, beans (xept that ground up coffee bean =P) or ‘vegetable’ oils of any kind.

The milk is organic/raw and the sweetener is organic palm sugar (I know it destroys the habitats of orangutans but I don’t know what else to use, raw honey tastes like s***).

Aria Dreamcatcher
Aria Dreamcatcher
2 years 9 months ago

I use Xylitol sometimes, or stevia. But if you don’t like the taste of honey I’m sure stevia won’t do it. Xylitol tastes just like sugar.

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2 years 9 months ago

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RenegadeRN
RenegadeRN
2 years 9 months ago

Sorry to hear things are rough right now Issabeau, but ENJOY your coffee! No guilt tripping yourself for a spoon of Palm sugar!
Sometimes we need to just take care of ourselves and not take on all the world’s ills and issues. Compassion starts at home.
Best to ya!

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ReggieW
ReggieW
2 years 9 months ago

I add green tea to my coffee when I brew it. From there i dump it into the vitamix with a tablespoon of bakers cocoa, tablespoon of organic cinnamon, couple tablespoons of coconut oil, and some crystal gelatin. I have antioxidants, good fats, blood sugar regulators, brain food, and joint food. I am set til about noon most days.

Janine
2 years 9 months ago

Hi guys!!! Do you have to cool the coffee first or can it be thrown in hot into the blender?

loriw
loriw
2 years 9 months ago

Sounds yummy, but what about coffee if I am IMF in the morning?

Joshua
Joshua
2 years 9 months ago

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Off topic, but searching for Vibrams today on Google led me to 6pm.com. Never heard of them before but they have a load of vibram styles and sizes. Original Sprints for 19.99. I bought a pair of KMD Sport for $43. With free shipping!

wildgrok
wildgrok
2 years 9 months ago

wow thanks, got me komodo sport LS on the cheap !

Joshua
Joshua
2 years 9 months ago

Awesome! Glad I could help. Happy hiking!

bayrider
bayrider
2 years 9 months ago

I just recently started mixing a heaping tablespoon of Optimum Nutrition double chocolate whey protein in with my morning coffees, add a little organic milk and it makes a very nice mocha. I never eat in the mornings so now I am able to get about 25-30 grams of protein in my two cups of coffee first thing in the morning. The wife likes it too, it’s our daily routine now.

Hannah
Hannah
2 years 9 months ago

ooo I really like this idea!

Hannah
Hannah
2 years 9 months ago

Hey!

New to the primal life and making some good changes! was having a down day today due to my love of coffee with sugar and while watching a youtube video (one of many interviews with mark) I signed into MDA and I see Primal Mocha 🙂 Big grin on my face and between the video and new recipe Im feeling positive again 🙂 im gonna DO THIS and I believe this could really change my life!

Keen
Keen
2 years 9 months ago

Good luck, Hannah. Of course you can do this, it just takes caring enough about your own health.

Janet
2 years 9 months ago

1T Kerrygold butter, 1 T MCT oil, 1t cinnamon, whirl in blender. Yum! Good until lunch. Will add a raw egg yolk & 1t honey if playing tennis mid-morning. Love my morning coffee!

David Thompson
David Thompson
2 years 9 months ago

God bless you, Mark Sisson. God bless you.

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Rocky
Rocky
2 years 9 months ago

Delicious and delectable!

Tried this with melted 85% chocolate in Coconut milk, and a double-shot of (well extracted) expresso on top.

Amazing.

Rocky
Rocky
2 years 9 months ago

I meant ‘Espresso’. Duh!

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Damien Gray
Damien Gray
2 years 9 months ago
I tried this today, but don’t have blender at work, so had to just stir it. I ended up with most of the chocolate at the bottom. So I went back to my normal mocha recipe, using powered cocoa (1tsp) and cream (2Tbl or 1/8 cup). Mixing the cocoa in the cream before adding the coffee ensures it will give you an intense chocolate taste and stay fairly well suspended in the coffee. Add your sweetener of choice, if desired. I often add a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon, as well. A friend of mine recommended a shot of tabasco… Read more »
Neil S
Neil S
2 years 9 months ago

I just tried this at home… and WOW!!!! Awesome! Thanks!

Goddess
2 years 9 months ago

I use a handheld immersion blender to mix my coffee with coconut oil and grass-fed butter. Works great and it is easy to clean!

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jana
jana
2 years 7 months ago

I love hazelnut creamer in my coffee. Any idea how I can make it paleo? maybe a hazelnut cream from blended hazelnuts?

Thanks!

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