Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

December 3, 2020

This Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte is the perfect warm, + cozy thing to indulge in during the winter months. Believe it or not, peppermint + mocha flavors are a THING and will surely become your newest obsession during the Holiday season! Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Enjoy this caffeine-filled cup of goodness every morning. 

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte.  Honestly, I never thought that I would be mentioning Peppermint + Mocha because I haven’t shared any coffee related recipes on Orchids + Sweet Tea before this—-but it’s true. They are SO AMAZING together and I now understand the idea of #PeppermintLatteDay.

This one definitely tops the list, right up there with my latest latte—Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte. 

I don’t know about you, but homemade lattes seem to be the best thing invented. Usually, I enjoy a nice Chai Latte from Starbucks, however, it’s been so refreshing to try new + bold flavors.

It’s 25 Days of Christmas on Orchids + Sweet Tea!

So, I hope that you can keep up! Day 1, we dropped our Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Day 2 blessed us with a delicious Meatless Baked Ziti

Now at Day 3, I hope that you’re getting your mugs ready for this amazing Peppermint Mocha Latte.

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Obsessed with Lattes? Try these Great Options This Season!

This Vegan Pumpkin Chai Latte is made with only a handful of ingredients and is the perfect warmth + coziness to any day. Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Enjoy this coffee-free cup of goodness every morning. 

This Vegan Chai Tea Latte with Turmeric is the epitome of a good cup of warmth and delicious chai spices, just in time for the Holidays. It’s super easy to make, requires only a handful of ingredients, a great caffeine alternative to coffee, and comforting. All vegan and gluten-free.

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Looking for delicious chocolate recipes for this season? Try this Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolatethe epitome of rich + comforting for the Fall + Winter seasons. When it comes to the perfect breakfast—-this Easy Vegan Chocolate Bread is a rich + decadent sweet indulge for any season.

What You’ll Love Most About This Homemade Latte.

Very easy to whip together and uses minimal main ingredients.

Ready in less than 30 minutes TOTAL—-including prep.

Warm and comforting with every sip.

Loaded with delicious Fall/Winter spices + flavors.

A great coffee alternative!

All dairy-free, vegan, + GF.

Makes for the perfect sweet treat for the entire family.

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Why Add Espresso to this Latte?

OK, so when it came to the coffee or caffeine element, I chose to use espresso powder. Honestly, before this year, I never really used espresso powder, however, since using it in this Vegan Brownie Cookie Dough Cake, which I had the pleasure of collaborating with my friend, Britt from the Banana Diaries. 

Ever since then, I’ve been loving the burst of decadence that it adds to anything chocolate. It’s almost as if it brings out the rich flavor more.

Of course, I had to add it to this latte so that I could gain the same decadence and richness with the pops of peppermint flavor in every sip.

The awesome thing about espresso powder is that it dissolves quickly into your baking or warm drink needs. 

What is Mocha, Anyway?

Mocha is simply a mere combination of coffee and chocolate. That short + sweet. Haha.

3 Ways to Spruce Up this Latte. 

TIP #1: Double up on the Coffee or Chocolate. Who doesn’t love a good burst of flavor by adding more.

TIP #2: Twist things up by using white chocolate instead! Still get the same richness of chocolate, but by using white chocolate.

Tip #3: Make this latte a “Skinny Version”, which means less calories by using 1% or 2% milk and a sweetener replacer.

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Common FAQs for this Latte.

CAN YOU ADD OTHER TYPES OF COFFEE TO THIS IF DESIRED?

Absolutely! Feel free to add 2 shots of espresso or a 1/2 cup of freshly strongly brewed coffee if you’d like. 

WHAT IS THE CONSISTENCY OF THIS LATTE?

This latte is so easily drinkable and not thick in texture at all. This drink is lighter and has a beautiful creamy and foaminess to it due to the melted marshmallows on top. SO GOOD!

CAN I SUBSTITUTE MARSHMALLOWS WITH ANOTHER TOPPING?

Definitely! For added pizzazz, you can add frothed milk or you can drink it with Cocowhip or nothing at all. The possibilities are endless.

IS THERE OTHER METHODS TO MAKING THIS?

Yup. While I enjoy the slow and true cooking method of using my stovetop, you can make this latte within your blender. Some high-tech blenders like the Vitamix has a heating mode which allows you to blend and warm at the same time, which is one way to do it. Of course, if you’re like me, then using your stovetop is just as easy. 

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Easy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 2 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Almond milk (I use Califia Farms; You can use your own fave plant-based milk; See Notes!)
  • 3 Tbsps Agave or Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsps cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp dissolvable espresso powder (I use the Delallo brand)

Topping:

  • handful vegan marshmallows (You can use CocoWhip instead as well!)
  • chocolate shavings
  • chopped peppermint candy

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the milk, espresso, and cocoa powder, whisking everything together and bringing it to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat once incorporated and smooth.
  • Stir in Agave, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
  • To serve, pour latte into prepared mugs and top with marshmallows (or Cocowhip) and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy and shaved chocolate, optional.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

SWEETENER: You can always use maple syrup, Vegan honey, or organic brown sugar as a substitute for Agave. For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.
LATTE: Best when consumed once prepared. Not recommended to be stored. 
FAQ: See common Q + A's about this latte in the blog post above recipe.
IS THERE OTHER METHODS TO MAKING THIS? Yup. While I enjoy the slow and true cooking method of using my stovetop, you can make this latte within your blender. Some high-tech blenders like the Vitamix has a heating mode which allows you to blend and warm at the same time, which is one way to do it. Of course, if you’re like me, then using your stovetop is just as easy. 

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