I woke up this morning to a dreary, rainy day that was simply begging me to be lazy. No problem, Lazy Sunday, I will listen to you.
Lazy Sundays can be tough because there is nothing on the itinerary forcing me to wake up, shower, and get moving and for some reason I always feel as if there is something that I could do that would alleviate the stress during the week. Should I do laundry? How about pick a room to clean? Why must I insist on being productive on a perfectly good Lazy Sunday?! Let’s just sit at the kitchen table, looking out the sliding glass door with a steaming cup of coffee and a good book. Sounds good, huh?
Instead of changing the sheets and mopping the floor, I am going to whip up a very simple and sophisticated mocha that immediately whisks me away to my favorite little corner cafe with budding flowers and early morning chatter. Maybe I’ll make pancakes, too. Or home fries. I’m going to see where my motivation leads me (or doesn’t lead me). For now, I’m just going to sip my mocha and enjoy a morning filled with nothing to do.
Toasted Almond Mocha
Source: Claire Robinson of 5 Ingredient Fix
8 ounces sliced almonds
4 cups milk
4 tablespoons honey
4 shots espresso or 1 cup very strong coffee
4 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds on a sheet tray in 1 even layer and toast in the oven until fragrant and light golden, about 7 minutes.
Put the toasted almonds and milk in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until steaming and hot, but not boiling, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the honey and stir until incorporated, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.
In a warm mug or heatproof glass, mix an espresso shot or 1/4 cup coffee with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and then top with the toasted almond-infused milk. Repeat with remaining espresso, cocoa and hot milk.