I got this recipe from a health wiz I know Mandy. Her version was hot chocolate but I turned mine into a mocha by mixing with coffee. Yum! I was actually surprised how similar it tasted to a store bought peppermint mocha from somewhere like Starbucks but clearly without all the SUGAR and also artificial junk.
Here are the ingredients in a Starbucks peppermint mocha:
Milk, Brewed Espresso, Peppermint Syrup [Sugar, Water, Natural Flavor, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid], Mocha Sauce [Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup [Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Dark Chocolate Curls [Sugar, Chocolate Mass (Processed With Alkali), Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract].
You guys, this SB drink has 54 GRAMS OF SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! I looked it up on their website. That’s a lot, not quite double but almost to a can of coca-cola (35g of sugar).
Here are the ingredients you will use to make this peppermint mocha:
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 heaping spoon raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp carob powder (Mandy says raw but I could only find roasted)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1-2 drops food grade peppermint essential oil
- dash of sea salt
Mandy also uses 1 tbsp cacao butter which makes it creamier but I didn’t have that. It might be more essential to a hot chocolate than a mocha. Above, makes 2 mugs of the mocha, but 1 cup hot chocolate as you won’t be mixing half coffee.
I don’t know exactly how many g of sugar this drink has, because of course honey does have sugar properties, but I know that it’s a lot less. I also know that unlike white sugar that provides no benefit to your body whatsoever, that raw honey at least does carry some.
I was also somewhat skeptical about adding essential oil to my drink, but if you do your research and get “food grade” then there shouldn’t be a problem. I typically do not add any essential oils to my waters or ingest them in any way because I find them to be quite acidic and just feel like I would rather juice a lemon into my water than add 2 drops of lemon oil, but that’s just me. This recipe did however really work for me.
I added the almond milk to a pot and started heating it over medium heat.
I one by one added all of the ingredients listed. This wasn’t how Mandy made hers but I just kind of went with what I had available.
I used a battery powered milk frother to blend all the ingredients until smooth. This worked so perfectly. I didn’t add to a blender because 1, I only have the plastic magic bullets which I do not like to add hot liquids to, and 2 because I find I lose a lot of heat when transferring and when blending and I like my hot drink HOT.
Frothy minty coffee goodness.
I would say give it a shot next time you’re craving something like this. You might be like me and feel really surprised how easy and delicious it was to make a healthy version of a not so healthy treat.
Don’t get me wrong, I buy coffee out quite a bit. There’s something about working in a down town core of a big city that almost feels cultural about going for coffee. Maybe you and your co-workers hit up the bux on your break once in a while. Maybe you’re running late and don’t have time to make your normal home brew. I am in no way shaming that as I do both. I am just trying to be more aware myself about what I’m actually consuming again. I had a pretty big break from blogging, which is a different Post, but I’m going to stick to the americanos with no sugar at the bux.