If you’re like us, you love curling up with a warm, frothy beverage in the wintertime.
But you also don’t want to throw out all of your healthy eating efforts for the sake of a sugary hot chocolate or loaded cup o’ joe. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back. In the spirit of holiday sipping, we bring you our latest love… a (healthy) DIY peppermint mocha! It’s got all the comfort and deliciousness of your coffeehouse fave but it’s made without all the crap (crap = HFCS, loads of added sugar, artificial flavors, and more).
In fact, if you walk into a Starbucks and order a Grande Peppermint Mocha this is what you’ll get inside:
- 54g of added sugars (that’s over 13 teaspoons of sugar!)
- Natural flavors (which usually aren’t so natural)
- Carageenan – (linked to gastrointestinal inflammation, stomach pain and cancer)
- Preservatives & sulfites (linked to allergies and DNA damage)
- Non-organic coffee (non-organic coffee has some of the highest pesticide residues of all crops)
- Non-organic milk (from cows fed GMO crops and often given antibiotics and hormones)
But life’s too short to have to give up your fave holiday bevvy. I mean coffee + chocolate + mint = heaven in a mug. So what’s a girl to do?
Make your own! It’s actually really easy – you can get all the frothy goodness of a mocha without even leaving your house (can you tell we’re homebodies over here?). Instead of your standard milk-based latte, we use organic coffee, add in some healthy fats (they’ll help keep you full longer), use smarter sweeteners, and spice it up with some bonus ingredients that together create the most heavenly (healthy) peppermint mocha. So, without further ado, here’s the healthy, low-sugar peppermint mocha recipe you’ve been waiting for!
- 1 cup of fresh brewed coffee (preferably organic), piping hot
- 1.5 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or coconut sugar, or more to taste
- 1 scoop collagen powder (optional)
- Few drops of peppermint extract
- Place all items in a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds. Note: you don’t want to overblend or your coffee will lose its heat.
- Pour the frothy goodness in your favorite mug. Sip and enjoy!