Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha

Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha - Desserts with Benefits

My friend (an employee at Starbucks) got me hooked on Starbucks’ Peppermint Mochas.  They taste like hot chocolate rather than coffee, and the peppermint is just so refreshing.  It’s starting to get cold here in Arizona, and sometimes, green tea just doesn’t cut it when it comes to warming up on your way to class.

Okay, that’s a lie.  I just like chocolate and coffee   😉

Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha - Desserts with Benefits

But every time I stood in that infamously long Starbucks line, I was in a bit of a dilemma:  should I get a fat- and sugar-laden peppermint mocha that will give me a sugar-rush and sugar-crash, or, get a Splenda-laden peppermint mocha?

I chose the Splenda-laden option (aka, “skinny” peppermint mocha) to save myself from the 500 calories, 18g of fat and and 68g of sugar.  Oh yeah, did I mention I order ventis?  170 calories, 2g of fat and 18g of sugar sounded a lot better to me…  until my friend told me that a skinny venti peppermint mocha has 12 pumps of syrup.  I think a packet or two of Splenda may be okay on occasion, but 12 pumps in one drink is kinda over the top, don’t you think?  And um, did I also mention that I was ordering these for about two weeks straight?  Hey, I was having finals!

And who knows what kind of effect(s) 168 pumps of Splenda-syrup did to my body.  That’s why I made this DIY coffee creamer.  First of all, it’s Splenda-free, second, it tastes exactly the same as the Starbucks version, and third, I don’t have to wait in a long line with pushy, impatient, red-eyed students in dire need of caffeine!

Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha (sugar free, low fat)

5 minutes

5 minutes

Yield: one venti serving

Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha (sugar free, low fat)



  1. In a large mug, stir together the milk powder, cocoa powder and truvia.
  2. Pour a few tablespoons of hot coffee into the mug and stir with a fork until all is mixed. Add the rest of the coffee and whisk together.
  3. Add peppermint flavor and stevia extract (see notes)


*When making this recipe, keep in mind that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth and adore peppermint! I find that the Starbucks' Peppermint Mochas are not pepperminty enough for me, but my friend finds them to be too pepperminty for her. Everyone has a different taste. If you like the Starbucks Peppermint mochas the way they are, put 5 drops of peppermint flavor in at first and adjust to your taste, same goes with the stevia.

If you have a heat-safe blender, feel free to add 1/16 tsp xanthan gum for added thickness/creaminess to the dry ingredients and then blend in the coffee.

This recipe is: sugar free, low carb, low fat and gluten free!

Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha - Desserts with Benefits
Now that my first semester is officially over, I can finally reunite with my family from across the country and relax with my Peppermint Mocha in hand.  Haven’t had that in a long while…

2 comments on “Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha

  1. Hi, Jessica! I’m busy ‘discovering’ all your recipes. I made this because I LOVE chocolate and mint together, AND coffee and chocolate, so why not ALL three together – a first for me.
    I did increase the nonfat dry milk to 1/3 cup because I like my coffee more milky and used 1/4 t. peppermint extract because my bottle doesn’t do ‘drops’. It came out real nice, sooo I made a quadruple batch without the peppermint extract and put it in a glass jar for storage. I figure I’ll use 1/4 c. scoop per 2 cups coffee and THEN add the extract. That way I don’t have to mix it everytime I want another cup of mint chocolate coffee. Now, I’m off to try some more of your awesome recipes!
    Louise 🙂

    I know I keep posting as anonymous, but I don’t understand how to do the rest of that other stuff, so I’m stuck with this. As you should be able to tell, I am NOT part of the computer generation 🙁


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