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Lisa Leake’s Maple Syrup Mocha Recipe

We asked 100 Days of Real Food blogger and author Lisa Leake for her favorite quick pick-me-up. Her secret? A delicious maple syrup mocha drink! Leake’s recipe combines espresso (for an energy boost) with natural ingredients like unsweetened cocoa and pure maple syrup to lend flavor without added sugar and sweeteners. For more tasty real-food recipes, head to and look for Leake’s book in stores and online.


¾ cup milk (or milk alternative)

½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon 100% pure maple syrup (honey works as an alternative)

1 shot of espresso


  1. Heat milk in a glass measuring cup in the microwave for about two minutes, or use a milk frother.
  2. While the milk heats, stir together the cocoa and maple syrup until the mixture looks wet.
  3. Pour the hot espresso and milk into the chocolate mixture and enjoy!
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