a Mocha for one.

Probably the question I get asked most on Instagram is “what espresso maker do you have?” Well…we have this espresso maker with a milk frother and I love it (and, yes, that’s an affiliate link).  Andrew actually won it at his work company party a couple years ago and it’s been a great addition to our family lol.

The espresso maker is really simple to use and doesn’t take up a ton of space on our countertop.  I love that it has the milk frother part because it’s great for making hot chocolate.  I think straight frothed milk tastes like marshmallow fluff.  It is so good and frothed milk is a way to make any hot drink more exciting.  Tea + frothed milk? Yes. Hot chocolate made with frothed milk? Yes. This here Mocha made with frothed milk? Yes yes yes.

I’ve been making this mocha for a couple years now and it’s so easy.  I mentioned this recipe in a recent day in the life and a few of you asked for the recipe so here it is! 

It’s great served as a drink with breakfast, for a tasty snack or with dessert.  If it’s nighttime I’ll make this with decaf espresso so I won’t be up all night. Enjoy!

a Mocha for one.

Yield: one mug for you and your tastebuds!


1 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 tbsp vanilla creamer
1 tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa
2 tbsp chocolate chips
1-2 shots espresso


Put milk and vanilla creamer in a mug and froth (or heat in microwave if you don't have a frother).  Add in cocoa and chocoate chips and stir until melted.  Add in espresso.  Drink!

I have tried making this mocha using regular sugar, honey, and maple syrup for a sweetner instead of the creamer, but the creamer is my favorite way because it makes it just more, well, creamy! I don't like this recipe with honey, but it comes out pretty good with maple syrup.  I'd recommend 1 tablespoon maple syrup if you don't have creamer.  You could also replace the creamer with 2 teaspoons regular sugar, but I like the flavor maple syrup adds! But if you hate maple syrup then you do you.


  1. I really wanna know where you got that unicorn mug!

  2. I just ordered the espresso maker!!! What kind of espresso do you normally use? I’m sooooo excited!

  3. This looks and sounds amazing!! I worry if an espresso maker would be dangerous for me, haha. But I think I need one in my life, so I’ll make it a goal to get one. This mocha looks epic, and I love your serving size, “one mug for you and your tastebuds.” Love it!

  4. Yay! I asked for this recipe and can’t wait to try it..somehow I’ll make it work until I get an espresso machine:)

  5. I have been contemplating an espresso machine. I bought my husband a little Bialetti Moka cowboy coffee pot to make espresso shots, but it’s not the same without foamed milk! (I’m with you on the foamed milk.) Coffee is unfortunately one of my persistent aversions so far in pregnancy, though, so I’ll put this here machine on my Amazon wish list. Or maybe our baby registry. HA!

  6. this sounds like actual heaven in a mug. i’ve been trying to cut back on caffeine after 3pm (helloooo sleeping probs) but this with a decaf espresso shot sounds AMAZE.

  7. This sounds sooo good! I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning!! Thanks for sharing

  8. For people without a milk frother attached to their coffee machine, I use a handheld milk frother and they definitely do the trick (and are really cheap and easy to use :) )

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