Peppermint Mocha {or hot cocoa!} Recipe


Here in Wisconsin, it is colder than COLD outside right now. So cold that all I can think about is wearing cozy sweaters and warm slippers with a hot drink in my hand. Preferably coffee. This peppermint mocha (or hot cocoa, for you non-coffee drinkers) recipe is perfect for snow days and holiday parties and having your girlfriends over. It’s a lot healthier than the mochas you’ll buy at the coffee shop, and not as shockingly sweet. And to make it even better, I make this peppermint mocha recipe with homemade whipped cream! And I’m sharing both recipes with you today, so you can warm up this winter too.

Make your own Peppermint Mocha at home

  • 1-2 teaspoons Cacao Powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons real maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3-4oz. espresso
  • Peppermint vitality Essential Oil* or Peppermint Extract
    *I feel confident ingesting oils from Young Living, because they are 100% therapeutic grade oils, containing no chemicals or solvents. Do not ingest low quality, perfume grade oils that you can buy at the health food store, etc.

1. Mix cacao powder with water. Add maple syrup. Note: you can also use hot cocoa mix, but this is a much healthier option. mocha recipe 1

2. Mix with 2 cups milk. Heat to desired temperature. If you have an espresso machine or milk frother, heat and froth milk in a steel pitcher and add it to your mug after frothing.

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3. After the milk is heated, add one to two drops of peppermint essential oil. If you prefer to use peppermint extract, start with 1/8tsp and add more until you reach your desired flavor.

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4. Add 3-4oz. of espresso or very strong coffee. If you don’t have an espresso machine, I recommend a Moka Pot to make espresso on your stove top. I highly recommend this very affordable espresso machine if you want to be able to steam/foam milk also.

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5. Top with homemade whipped cream! Here’s your bonus (no refined sugar!) whipped cream recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 very generous Tbsp honey (I prefer to use raw honey!)

Mix together in a cold metal bowl until stiff peaks start to form, and top off your peppermint mocha!whipped cream

Serve these up without coffee for the kiddos after an afternoon sledding or make them fully caffed for your afternoon pick-me-up!

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The homemade whipped cream and peppermint add a bit of decadence and make this mocha the most delicious mocha you’ve ever had!

peppermint mocha 3Plus, you don’t have to leave your house to get it if the weather is icky… and it will cost you a lot less than the coffee shop too. ;)peppermint mocha 5
You can drink it without the whipped cream for fewer calories, of course, but you’re seriously missing out if you don’t drink it with the whip at least once. Totally worth any extra calories. Then if you haven’t had enough peppermint, bake these Peppermint Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for an extra yummy treat!

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*If you’re interested in learning more about Young Living oils or why they’re the company I recommend, please feel free to check out their essential oils here or email me at

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