This Best Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte is the perfect warm, + cozy thing to indulge in during the winter months. Believe it or not, peppermint + mocha (chocolate) 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 with a nice bit of warmth for those cooler months.
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Honestly, I never thought that I would be mentioning Peppermint + Mocha because I'm not a huge fan of peppermint, but this Best Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte definitely was an exception! Both flavors are SO AMAZING together and I now understand the idea of #PeppermintLatteDay.
This latte definitely tops the list, right up there with my most favorite hot latte-----Toasted Coconut Honey Latte. I don't know about you, but homemade lattes seem to be the best thing for me at the moment, especially since I have full control over the ingredients and unique twists that I often enjoy doing. Usually, I enjoy a nice Chai Latte or Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso Latte from Starbucks, however, it's been so refreshing to try new + bold flavors, some of which are inspired by classic Starbucks flavors like this one.
Of course, if you're into iced coffees and lattes, this Dairy-free Iced Mocha Latte is one to try! It's made with plant-based dairy-free milk and has a gentle spice from the cinnamon. When you make this drink at home, you can control the sweetness and flavor to make it entirely your own -- better than any fancy coffee shop if you ask me.
If you're thinking about making this Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte more than once or are looking to spruce things up, here are a few ways that you can switch things up:
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.
When it comes to making this Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte it's truly fairly simple. You'll add everything to a saucepan over medium-high heat and whisking as it's heating up until smooth. Once warm and smooth, stir in your sweetener and the peppermint extract and it's ready to be transferred into your mug.
For extra coziness and pizazz, top your latte with coconut whipped cream, marshmallows, chopped chocolate + candy canes. Wallah! Sip and enjoy!
The key to the best, freshest-tasting peppermint mocha latte at home is high-quality ingredients. Here's what you need for 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.
All dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free.
Makes for the perfect sweet treat for the entire family----once you remove the coffee!
Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with this Best Homemade Peppermint Mocha Latte. Everything from my fave glassware, saucepan, mugs, wooden spoons, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Mocha is simply a mere combination of coffee (usually espresso) and chocolate (either powder or a syrup) followed by milk or cream. That short + sweet. Haha.
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 just like Instant coffee.
This recipe will work with any plant-based milk you love. And making your own is easier than you think! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk, sesame milk, and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
I decided to do a bit of research and I found a few great healthy alternatives to coffee. Now, you’ll be surprised to know that these options give you the same added boost that you need along with some other additional benefits, so be sure to give them a try when you get a chance.
Absolutely! Feel free to add 2 shots of espresso or a ½ cup of freshly strongly brewed coffee if you’d like.
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!
Definitely! For added pizzazz, you can add frothed milk or you can drink it with Cocowhip or nothing at all. The possibilities are endless.
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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