This Healthy Peppermint Mocha is the perfect holiday drink! Easy to make with only 5 ingredients! Paleo, vegan, and cheaper than Starbucks!
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This Healthy Peppermint Mocha might just be my favorite winter drink. It’s super simple to make, requiring only 5 ingredients and a few minutes of time. It tastes 100x better than Starbucks and has 1/4 the amount of sugar when compared to their drinks.
Even if you aren’t looking for a ‘healthier’ recipe – this single serve Peppermint Mocha is easier to make than any of the other recipes that require making special syrups!
What makes this latte ‘healthy’?
Let’s compare this Healthy Peppermint Mocha to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha.
- Starbucks Tall Peppermint Mocha with Almond Milk: 350 Calories, Fat: 13g, Carbs: 48g, Sugar: 42g
- Our Healthy Peppermint Mocha Latte: 63 Calories, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 7g, Sugar: 5g
I mean… do we really need to say more? Our healthy Peppermint Mocha Latte has less calories, less fat, less carbs, and less sugar than Starbucks… It’s also made with only 5 ingredients, versus Starbucks which has 20+ ingredients. You can see their nutrition facts here.
Not to mention that it’s cheaper and just as quick to make your own latte at home!
If you love getting a peppermint mocha from Starbucks or your favorite coffee shop, you’ll love making one at home! It’s so much cheaper and better for you! (Plus you only need minimal ingredients!)
Ingredients for Healthy Peppermint Mocha
To make this healthy peppermint mocha, we use:
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
How to make a Peppermint Mocha:
Making a peppermint mocha is so easy!
- Whisk your almond milk, peppermint extract, cocoa powder + maple syrup in a pot on the stove over low heat until combined and warm.
- Pour mixture into mug and top with espresso.
You can also make this recipe in the microwave and using a handheld frother.
Can I make this without an espresso machine?
Technically yes, but we don’t recommend it. Our Nespresso is one of the most used kitchen utensils that we have and I think it is well worth the $$ (If you buy even ONE latte a week at Starbucks and make it at home instead this will pay for itself!)
You could sub in 1/2 cup coffee to this recipe but it will not have the same amount of caffeine and may taste a little watered down. You can try doubling up the amount of coffee to water ratio in your drip coffee maker to make a stronger cup of coffee
Treat yourself and get the nespresso machine
Substitutions for this Healthy Peppermint Mocha
Can I make this whole30? Yes, omit the maple syrup.
Milk: You can use any milk in this recipe and it will work just fine. I prefer non-dairy milk but if you like regular milk and don’t follow any specific diet feel free to use that!
Peppermint Extract: Peppermint extract or ‘flavor’ is essential for this recipe. You can grab it on amazon here. You might be able to stir in candy canes or crushed peppermint into the hot milk for a similar flavor but I haven’t tried it so I can’t be sure.
Peppermint Mocha FAQ
A peppermint mocha definitely isn’t the healthiest option for a drink. Peppermint Mochas are high in calories, sugar and fat. Which is totally fine if you’re looking for a treat – but it isn’t the healthiest choice. If you’re looking for a healthier peppermint mocha it’s best to make it yourself.
Other healthy holiday recipes:
If you’re looking for other holiday recipes check out these Healthy Christmas Recipes! We love celebrating during the holidays with these festive recipes:
Healthy Peppermint Mocha
- Can I make this whole30? Yes, omit the maple syrup.
- Can I use honey? Yes, it will work fine but it will not be vegan.
- Can I use different milk? You can use any milk in this recipe and it will work just fine. I prefer non-dairy milk but if you like regular milk and don’t follow any specific diet feel free to use that!