Homemade Peppermint Mocha

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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  1. 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 :)

  2. 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! :)

  3. Rachael

    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!]

  4. Stephanie Cook

    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.


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