The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha

This has to be the healthiest peppermint mocha you’ll ever find. Not only is it sweetened with dates only, but this drink is also blended with cashews for a frothy milk-free finish. The cashews make it perfectly creamy without the milk, plus they add a good dose of healthy fats.Add some unsweetened cocoa powder and a drop of peppermint extract and you’ve got yourself a delicious healthy holiday dink.

prep time

5 minutes

cook time

servings

1
The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha Latte

The healthiest peppermint mocha. Not only is it sweetened with dates, but this latte is also blended with cashews for a dairy-free drink.

Peppermint Mocha poured into cup

This is the most nutritious latte I’ve ever had. Plus, it’s the perfect holiday drink. Peppermint mochas were always my holiday drink of choice when going to Starbucks and I love to have a homemade version to drink all season long.

Are you as excited for the holidays as I am?! Now that my dietetic exam is done, I have more time to relax and enjoy the holidays. This is the first time I don’t have to worry about exams or internship work this time of year. Of course I’m worrying a little about the results from my dietetic exam, but I’m trying hard not to think about that. It’s done now and I can’t change anything! I’ll know the results in January, so now we just wait and see (update: I passed!).  

french press with coffee
jar of cashews

I’m trying to distract myself by working on new recipes, finishing my Christmas shopping and spending time doing the things I love. I’m starting a new book, I’m watching some shows on Netflix that I’ve been putting off and now I’m starting a new painting for our apartment. I also have a goal of running 50km this month. I was able to do it last month and I loved it so much, I decided to do it again!

Things are always busy around here, but in a good way now. It’s not the same stressful busy as it was in university or during my internship last year. 

I’m definitely happy it’s Friday though. It’s been a long week and I’m excited to spend some down time this weekend. My weekend will probably involve a lot of recipe testing and reading while enjoying a peppermint mocha.

peppermint mocha poured into a cup
peppermint mocha poured into a cup

Now, back to the recipe.

This peppermint mocha is made from a few simple and wholesome ingredients. I use brewed coffee as a base and blend it with cashews to make a creamy, frothy drink. Trust me, if you have a good blender, you won’t have any issues blending the cashews until creamy. You shouldn’t find any pieces of cashews. If that’s an issue, you could try straining the drink with a fine mesh sieve.

Now, for flavor, I added 2 Medjool dates (use more if using cheaper, dry dates), one tablespoon of cocoa powder and a 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Feel free to adjust those ingredients to taste. Add more chocolate if you love a strong chocolate flavor, add more dates if you want a sweeter drink and more peppermint as desired. It’s all up to you!  

Have you tried my creamy cashew chai latte yet? This peppermint mocha is a variation of that drink. Since creating that latte, I’ve been dreaming of other latte flavors to make.  

What flavor should I make next? 🙂

The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha poured into a cup
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hand holding cup of peppermint mocha
hands holding cup of peppermint mocha

The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha

This has to be the healthiest peppermint mocha you’ll ever find. Not only is it sweetened with dates only, but this drink is also blended with cashews for a frothy milk-free finish. The cashews make it perfectly creamy without the milk, plus they add a good dose of healthy fats.Add some unsweetened cocoa powder and a drop of peppermint extract and you’ve got yourself a delicious healthy holiday dink.
Course Drinks
Cuisine vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted (or maple syrup to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Small pinch of fine grain sea salt

Instructions

  • Blend all the ingredients for 30 seconds in a high-speed blender until creamy.

Notes

This recipe makes 2 cups (1-2 servings).
If your blender is on the weaker side, try straining it using a nut milk bag. If using a strong blender, such as Vitamix or Blendtec, you shouldn’t have any pieces of cashews left.
Adjust the cocoa powder, dates and peppermint extract to taste.
Some readers have successfully tried it with roasted cashews, so use what you prefer.

If you make this peppermint mocha, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!


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Comments

8 responses to “The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha”

  1. Madison Kilbourne Avatar
    Madison Kilbourne

    So delicious!! I only had roasted cashews in my pantry so I used those instead. Perfect recipe, I’m going to make it for Christmas breakfast. Thank you!!

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Thank you, I’m happy it worked with the roasted cashews! It sounds like a great addition to Christmas breakfast. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. Rose Simpatia Avatar

    I did it yesterday and my family loved it, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you. 🙂

  3. Shruti Bhansali Avatar
    Shruti Bhansali

    Can vanilla be added for peppermint extract?

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Yes I’m sure it would work! It would be like a vanilla mocha. 🙂 You may need a little more vanilla than peppermint though!

  4. Elana Avatar
    Elana

    Could I use peppermint essential oil instead of the extract?

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      Hi Elana, I’ve never tried it and I’ve never used essential oils in food, so I can’t guarantee that it will turn out as good. What I recommend is using less oil than extract as it’s more concentrated. It’s suggested to use one-fourth the amount of extract. I hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

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