This peppermint mocha recipe is the perfect way to ring in your holiday spirit!
I have to be honest, I’ve never had a peppermint mocha before creating this recipe. While I like peppermint, it’s just not the first thing I look for when I purchase a warm drink. I never liked candy canes growing up either. As I got older, I learned to like it. But it’s still not the first thing I go for.
However, after making this myself, I see what all the fuss is about. This is delicious!
WHAT IS A PEPPERMINT MOCHA?
If you love that chocolate and peppermint combination, just add that to your morning cup of coffee and you’ve got a peppermint mocha! It’s simply a peppermint and chocolate flavored latte. What could be better?
HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN A PEPPERMINT MOCHA?
A grande Starbucks peppermint mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream amounts to 440 calories. Not to mention: It also contains 10 grams of saturated fat and a whopping 54 grams of sugar. (source)
Holy Moses! Just think, if you make this at home, you’ll not only be saving money, you’ll be saving a ton of fat, calories and sugar as well. The recipe below is only 23 calories per serving with 1 gram of fat. Can’t find that at Starbucks! And this recipe doesn’t even contain any actual sugar except for whatever little bit of sweetener you add yourself. Give Starbucks and your budget a break this holiday season and try making this drink at home! Bust out that coffee maker and start brewing.
Frankly, I think it could quite possibly be the perfect coffee drink for sipping around the holiday table with friends and family. I hope you’ll agree!
HOMEMADE LATTE RECIPES
PEPPERMINT MOCHA RECIPE:
Make this easy coffee drink at home for instant holiday spirit! NOTE: I use a french press. So the directions here reflect that. If you use a regular coffee machine, simply follow the amounts and put the coffee and other items into your filter. Be aware that THIS WILL ONLY WORK IN COFEE MAKERS THAT USE PAPER FILTERS. Other types of coffee makers could get clogged by the herbs.
- 2 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 tbsp. dried peppermint leaves (you can add more if you like, but I found this amount to be just right for my taste.)
- 1/4 cup coffee grounds
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- unsweetened almond milk to taste ( you can use regular milk too)
- honey or other sweetener to taste (add this to your cup AFTER brewing)
Steep the peppermint leaves, coffee and cocoa powder in the boiling water for at least 20 minutes for a good strong flavor.
Strain the liquid and pour in to cup.
Add honey to taste and serve.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.