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Homemade Peppermint Mocha

by Deliciously Organic on November 30, 2009

Peppermint Mocha

I don’t just like coffee. I really, really enjoy it.  I know I shouldn’t, and I know all of the reasons why it’s not the most nutritious but it’s my one weaknesses. (We all have a weakness, right?) Now, don’t get the idea that I walk around with a cup in hand all day, but I do love the delicious flavor of coffee on a cold morning or meeting up with a friend and lingering over a steaming cup with rich cream and honey.

Nothing says Christmastime to me more than a tall peppermint mocha. The peppermint/chocolate/coffee combination is heavenly and the first sip makes me breath calmer and slow my pace. I love going to Barnes and Noble, ordering a peppermint mocha, and then browsing around the bookstore seeing what’s new.  I usually get stuck in the cookbook section and could probably spend days in that tiny nook of the store. One day last year, while the kids were in school I went to our local B+N, ordered my peppermint mocha, started browsing, and lifted the cup to my lips to take that first sip and the next thing I knew, I was covered in hot coffee. I looked up, no one was around, and I thought, “Wow, well this is nice, I’m standing in the middle of the bookstore, burned, and I have coffee all down my clothing and on the carpet. I decided I wasn’t going to let it ruin my time alone at a bookstore without the kids, so I slyly walked away from my mess (it’s not like I had paper towels to clean it up), cleaned myself up, ordered another mocha and went on with my browsing (with a huge brown stain down my outfit). After that incident I’m a little freakish about making sure my lid is on tight when I order any sort of hot drink.

The other day I decided since the Christmas season is here I really should come up with my own recipe for peppermint mocha using herbal coffee (much healthier), cocao powder, peppermint extract and whipped cream. The result? Well, let’s just say I’ll save some money now that I have a wholesome organic peppermint mocha recipe that I can make at home and I don’t have to feel guilty afterwards! Now all I need is to find some organic, all-natural red sprinkles to put on the top and I’ll have Christmas in a cup.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

Serving Size: Makes 1 8-ounce serving

Homemade Peppermint Mocha


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cocao powder

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut sugar 

  • 6 ounces whole milk
 (or coconut milk)
  • 2 ounces strong brewed herbal coffee or regular, organic coffee (I use teeccino)

  • a splash of peppermint extract

  • 2 Tablespoons whipped cream


Whisk together milk, cocao powder and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. When milk begins to steam take off of heat and pour into a mug. Add the herbal coffee and splash of peppermint extract. Top with a large dollop of whipped cream.

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NOELLE November 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Sounds delicious! Did you use the espresso maker for the herbal coffee? I have all the ingredients and would like to try this! Thanks!


Deliciously Organic November 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Yes, I used the espresso maker to brew the herbal coffee. I think it makes the coffee taste better. Enjoy!


Shore Debris November 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I bought my first peppermint mocha of the season this past Saturday. I'm updating my grocery list so I can make my own from your recipe!


newcookontheblock December 1, 2009 at 3:15 am

Haha! I laughed out loud at your description of the bookstore incident. I, too, *love* getting peppermint hot chocolate around the holidays and I'm definitely going to make this sometime this week…or maybe to celebrate the first real winter snow…or maybe every night until then! Thanks for sharing :)


T December 1, 2009 at 5:21 am

your blog layout/design and your photography are amazing. love it. found this from tastespotting. yummers. can't wait to try it. organic is orgasmic.


Christina December 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

How yummy! I've been trying to find ways to make low-sugar drinks for my diabetic parents, and you've inspired me to keep experimenting. :-)


Jessica December 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Ohmigosh this is wonderful!! This is my most favorite drink at Starbucks. I have to make this!


katy@thoughtforfood December 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm

aaaahhhh!!! you read my mind! my checking account (and conscience) thank you…


a tasteful garden December 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

beautiful photos! my good friend is completely addicted to peppermint mochas, so i'll have to share this recipe with her.


Mish Mash..Themed Parties and Cooking! December 31, 2009 at 4:42 am

Great! I forgot all about Tecchino! I'm ordering some now! Thank you!


Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) October 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I found a recipe on another site for a hot cocoa mix that you created. I'm wondering if there is a way to make the mix with organic dry milk, so that it could be made with hot water? Wouldn't that make nice Christmas gifts? Thanks for your help!


Deliciously Organic October 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Emily: It can certainly be made with dry milk but the reason I didn't use it is because dry milk is a processed ingredient and has been linked to heart disease. I was actually planning on making the mix for Christmas gifts and simply write on the instructions to add warm milk. I hope that helps! :)


Rachael January 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

Have you tried Dandyblend as a coffee substitute? It’s made from dandelion, chicory root, and a few other roots (I think). It’s gluten free, caffeine free and fabulous! I like it so much more than Teeccino because it approximates the taste of coffee much better. Some health food stores carry it or you can order it directly from dandyblend.com. Coffee was my vice until this summer when I found Dandyblend. [Honestly, I’m not affiliated with them in any way. I just love it!]


Deliciously Organic January 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I have and love it! It also makes a great substitute for powdered espresso when I’m baking. :)


Stephanie Cook December 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I made this the other morning with coconut milk and your home made chocolate sauce. It was amazing to say the least. Thank you for sharing such delicious recipes that are easily made and don’t make me feel unhealthy.


Deliciously Organic December 20, 2012 at 7:16 am

You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


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