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May 11, 2013 10:32 AM
On a budget?.. Watching calories?.. and missing that Mocha Latte? flowerforyou Yeah me too. Starbucks misses my money I'm sure, but here is my homemade alternative that has actually met the craving urge, costs WAY less, has WAY less calories, and even throws in a vitamin/mineral boost.

For the comparison, I'm using the Starbucks website stats for a Tall 12oz Mocha Latte, with 2% milk, no whip BECAUSE.. That is the FLAVOR I am tryping to replicate. The change up of ingredients are of course what is going to bring that cost and calories down, WITHOUT compromising that FLAVOR you are going for.

Statistically.. that lucious Starbucks Tall Mocha Latte with 2% milk and no whip, torques your calorie consumption up by 200 notches, 60 of those calories are fat (6g fat), 20mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 32g carbs, 1g fiber, 26g sugars, 10g protein, 10% Vitamin A, 30% Calcium, 15% Iron, 95mg caffeine (their disclaimer that percentages are estimates due to customization)

NOW - let us customize ourselves!!

My coffee mug vs theirs... Mine is a 10oz mug, vs their 12oz cup.. but I do like to go back for 2nds and even 3rds..blushing So for this example I'm just showing it as one serving size. Coffee in itself, is allegedly no calories. Woo-hoo!

I love to grind my own coffee beans, and have experimented with both "regular" beans and decaf. Both are good, so if you need to nix the caffeine because of blood pressure issues or drinking after 5pm - go decaf. The "regular" beans I lean toward are either Espresso or Sumatra.. but again, customize to your flavor preference. Yer werkin' with no calories here.

For the milk issue... what do you do to match that FLAVOR? Of the various milk liquids I've tried (2% milk, Coffee-mate liquid and powder, dairy and non dairy products, regular, reduced fat, no fat, etc etc..) The winner for the FLAVOR and calorie considerations is: Nestle Coffee-mate powder (the original). This little baby boasts 10 calories per tsp.. so how many does it take to replicate the 2% milk in a latte? My personal FLAVOR vote is one Tbsp - so 30 calories as opposed to 150 (ish) calories in 10oz of 2% milk. (For my blood pressure buddies.. there is also no sodium in Coffee-mate like there is with milk)

NOW for the mocha flavor... and omg this does make a HUGE amount of difference what you use. I have mixed combinations of real Hershey's powderd cocoa and sugar (which btw is yummy).. I've tried numerous hot chocolate/cocoa powdered drinks, both regular and reduced sugar.. numerous syrups (and any fake sugar substitues are NASTY NASTY NASTY noway per my own preference and how it makes my body feel)... and the WINNER IS... for Taste, Calories, Sodium and Nutrition = OVALTINE!! Yeah, who knew. smile

Perks for Ovaltine are that you can use it hot or cold, so just in case you want that iced coffee thing going. Just TWO Tbsp of Ovaltine boast 40 calories, no fat, and 70mg of sodium.. but do you need all two Tbsp? No. If your Mocha latte preference is 1 pump of Mocha.. you can go as low as 1 tsp of Ovaltine - which is like zippo on the calories and sodium! So start out with a low amount, and work your way up to where your sweet tooth tells you "Ahhhh". love Ovaltine boasts no artifical flavors, 12 Vitamins and Minerals, and is 99.9% caffeine free.. so definitely helpful for those needing a low blood pressure alternative.

The Bottom Line... drinker

Starbucks 12oz Tall Mocha Latte - 200 calories, 115mg sodium

Homemade 10oz Mocha Alternative - 37 calories, 11mg sodium (to more based on your craving preference)
made with 10oz Coffee
1 Tbsp Coffee-mate powdered creamer (30 calories)
1 tsp Ovaltine (7 calories, 11mg sodium)

*my own disclaimer* I am a nerd, not a math wiz, so if you find my calculations off from your opinion... I have slept in a Holiday Inn Express before, so I could potentially be a brain surgeon, but in actuality I'm not. I just love food. flowerforyou
Edited by NatureWildchild On May 11, 2013 10:41 AM
May 11, 2013 10:46 AM
That sounds good! I am a Chai Latte freak and it's killing me in sugar.

Mary Ann
May 11, 2013 11:17 AM
Mary Ann.. Yowza, I see what you mean. Starbucks Grande Chai Latte is 42g of sugar (which estimates an equivalent 10 tsp of sugar). noway
May 11, 2013 11:21 AM
I'm for sure going to try this. It sounds delicious - kudos to you for experimenting and sharing your results with us. My hat is off to flowerforyou drinker
May 11, 2013 11:29 AM
I am DEFINITELY trying this!! Now can't wait til the morning!
May 11, 2013 11:33 AM
BUMP!!!!! Soooooo trying this!!!!
May 11, 2013 11:43 AM
Brilliant! I live on an island where there is no Starbucks (honest!) so I am def gonna try this!!
May 13, 2013 9:48 AM
love Mocha Latte! heart bump
May 13, 2013 10:07 AM
Nature Wildchild - I too love chai latte. My best invention with lowest calories is to brew a teabag of Tazo spice chai in water per directions. I then add a splash of skim milk and a packet of Truvia. I like mine on the strong side, so I actually use two tea bags in a 12 oz cup and 1 1/2 packets of Truvia.
May 13, 2013 10:11 AM
Silk makes a vanilla and mocha iced latte now for 100 calories per serving..
May 13, 2013 10:13 AM
Bump to try!

And thanks @jqh23 for the Silk tip. I like to avoid dairy milk so I'll try that. smile
Edited by crista_b On May 13, 2013 10:13 AM
May 13, 2013 10:13 AM

Silk makes a vanilla and mocha iced latte now for 100 calories per serving..

I think I've tried that one and it tasted like chemicals. I couldn't stomach it! This posted recipe sounds awesome and I'll have to try it soon! Right after I finish my Starbucks.... lol
May 13, 2013 10:16 AM
awesome! Thanks for sharing!
May 13, 2013 10:16 AM
LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS....
May 13, 2013 10:20 AM
Copied for a friend who is a Starbuck's late addict and has been complaining about the cost! Thanks!
May 13, 2013 10:26 AM
Thanks for the tip on the cremora. I generally use skim or 1% milk but heat it in the microwave and whip it up with a little hand-held frother.

The ovaltine secret tip is great. I had no idea how low cal it was until one of my kids would only drink milk if it was chocolate milk. In order to get him to drink milk I checked out the hershey's syrup, nestle's quick and ovaltine at the grocery store; like you, I found that the ovaltine was so much lower in calories and sugar and actually had some nutritional value.

The one thing that bums me out though is giving up the whipped cream! I just love whipped cream but in an effort to get to my weight goal, I would be willing to forgo that too. :-(
May 13, 2013 10:26 AM
Bump for later! Thanks for sharing. I am loving my coffee lately!! heart
May 13, 2013 10:28 AM
sounds good ty
May 13, 2013 10:28 AM
May 13, 2013 10:29 AM
Thank you!.......BUMP
May 13, 2013 10:33 AM

Brilliant! I live on an island where there is no Starbucks (honest!) so I am def gonna try this!!

Is there a charity I can donate to, to rectify this situation? Because I think I feel worse for you than the kids who have no shoes and I already buy TOM's.

BTW, I'm satisfied with the calorie content and flavor of the light mocha starbucks makes but yeah I make something similar to this sometimes at home, but lately i've been using honey to try to combat allergy season. you're right though its yummy, and thanks for making good use of the word "alternative" to make an accurate thread. flowerforyou
Edited by MyChocolateDiet On May 13, 2013 10:35 AM
May 13, 2013 10:38 AM
Thanks so much! Gonna try this promptly!
May 13, 2013 12:46 PM
May 13, 2013 12:57 PM
This is wonderful!!
I have been trying to cut my starbucks habit by making espresso drinks at the office. I use Cafe Bustelo with steamed Almond Milk + Protein Vanilla and one Sweet & Low. It's not as great as the Vanilla Latte but definitely cuts down on the calories and the $4 a cup!
May 14, 2013 6:34 AM

I'm just catching back up with this thread, and I love the comments/more great ideas you've all contributed! The "recipe" I posted is of course the bare bones minimum for the lowest calorie indulgence.. however to creamy it up or make it more mocha, just increase the Coffee-mate Creamer and/or Ovaltine. As far as the whip cream addiction, yes it is sinful and I cave pretty much every time that Barista temps me with it - but NO, you do NOT have to avoid it at home!! Go to the grocery and get yourself a can of "Reddi-wip Fat Free Whipped Topping Real Cream".. Just 1 Tbsp is 3 CALORIES.. yeah baby.. that's what I'm talkin' about!drinker You can easily sin with TWO Big Tblsp on top of your beverage with very little pain to your calorie intake.

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