Creamy “Thin Mint” Peppermint Mocha

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Fizz, hiss, sizzle pop…aah a frothy and smooth pepperminty mocha.  Is there anything better? Maybe a pumpkin spice latte, but we are way past that in the season. I am absolutely loving sipping on this caffeine free version of a Creamy Thin Mint Peppermint Mocha I made to photograph this morning. One of the perks of sharing great recipes online is eating and drinking them when you are done. Its a great Friday to be alive!
This recipe comes to you at this time very much on purpose.  In northern California the temperatures are rising. Even with the chocolate holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day, looming around the corner, it seems like a very unlikely time for hot chocolate of any sort.  Its definitely not something that I am craving. Although now that I have one in my hands I am one happy camper even if I am daydreaming about lemonade, sunshine, and lakes while I drink it!

A Toxin Free Version Of  A Favorite

This delicious drink is a nontoxic version of a peppermint mocha to finish out the winter season with. Recently my friend Season posted a picture of a toxic wall of coffee creamers and it ignited some conversation.  Its true the stuff is toxic and, ironically, it was the ingredient list on coffee creamer that got me to wake up and start eating natural foods almost six years ago.

After that post went up I saw comments lamenting letting go of peppermint mochas.  Then I heard a totally unrelated conversation about wanting to cut back on super sugar laden Starbucks mochas.  Then another…so here I am with an answer. I don’t need to get into the science of why that crap is bad right now, I just want to be able to give any peppermint mocha fans out there a natural alternative.

You can make this with coffee or just use hot water for a hot cocoa option, which is my current jam.  Its a spin off of bulletproof coffee. You guys, it is so good! There is something about using peppermint essential oil that makes it taste like a girl scout Thin Mint cookie.  The ingredients in this make it nutrient dense, calorie dense and a great snack option.  Some choose to replace breakfast with it, which makes life pretty easy.  Remember, fat doesn’t make you fat and healthy fats are where the majority of calories in this drink come from.This peppermint mocha is not totally sugar free, but is made with maple syrup.  This is a much better option for a sweetener, read more here if you are interested. You can use stevia or xylitol in place of the maple syrup to make a sugar free version.  I used to advocate for stevia and xylitol from American hardwood until I found some compelling research that even some of these more natural pseudo-sugars can disrupt the bowel flora in a way similar to using antibiotics.

 Creamy “Thin Mint” Peppermint Mocha:

Serves : 1-2
Cook Time : Less Than 5 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups steaming hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup raw grass fed cream or coconut cream
  • 2 TBSP unsalted grass fed butter
  • 1 TBSP MCT oil (optional for more fat calories)
  • 2-3 TBSP plain cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 TSP vanilla powder or 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil (more or less per personal taste)
  • 1 serving collagen peptides protein powder (optional)

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until that awesome froth is formed.  Find your favorite mug, pour and enjoy.

Its that easy! Honestly, its easier than detouring to Starbucks on the way to work and sitting in line.  Its certainly quicker.  And a whole lot healthier.  Is it easier than pouring some synthetically flavored creamer into your coffee?  No it isn’t.  I won’t lie.  It tastes a hell of a lot better though and won’t wreck your hormones, nervous system, and immune system leaving you feeling worse after your coffee than you felt before.  Give this natural version a try and you won’t regret it!

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