There are few recipes that I make over and over again. This homemade, low sugar Peppermint Mocha Latte creamer is one of them. We’ve had lattes just about every morning this past week! Warning: You might never want to buy another Starbucks mocha again after whipping up this easy recipe! In under 10 seconds, you can make an insanely delicious, low carbohydrate mocha latte using this homemade, healthier mocha creamer. Pour it into a mug of boring black coffee to instantly create a fancy coffee drink! No need to drop $4 on a sugar bomb from the store.
-You can whip up this peppermint mocha creamer in a few minutes on the stove top, or you can let it do its thing in a crock pot. You literally wait for the chocolate to melt, and you’re finished!
-The consistency of this creamer is best when you use a stick blender or an actual blender to smooth it out. You only need to blend it up once.
-To make this recipe paleo and dairy-free, use 1/2 full fat coconut milk, and 1/2 cashew milk. I blend 1 cup cashews per 2 cups of water in the Vitamix to make an extra thick cashew milk to use in coffee. Coconut sugar and stevia would be paleo-friendly sweeteners to use. Because I try to avoid sugar, the recipes on this blog have not been tested with paleo sweeteners.
-Remember that when you are working with chocolate, you must combine multiple sugar-free sweeteners to get the best results. That’s a really important tip! In the first batch, I used 1/4 cup Splenda + 6 Tablespoons of Truvia. In the second batch, I used 6 Tablespoons erythritol + 1/2 teaspoon stevia. In the final attempt, I used 1/2 cup Swerve + 1/2 teaspoon pure stevia extract. Swerve and stevia are all natural and calorie-free, so go that route if you’re trying to avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. All of the sweetener combinations worked well. It’s a challenge to cater to everyone who reads this blog (low carbers, diabetics, the paleo crowd, the “all natural” eaters), so I like to give you all options. You can use whichever sweeteners fit your lifestyle and dietary preferences.
-Store your homemade mocha creamer in the fridge. A glass pitcher like this one is the perfect storage vessel for your homemade flavored syrups. Money-saving tip: I found a similar pitcher at Wal-Mart for $4! -Lindt 85% chocolate bars do contain some sugar. You can try using unsweetened chocolate in this recipe if you are following a totally sugar-free diet. I have not tried the recipe with unsweetened chocolate, so please share your results if you do.
- 8 squares (80 g) Lindt 85% chocolate bar
- 1 1/4 cup (295 mL) half and half
- 1/2 cup (118 mL) water
- 1/4 cup (21 g) cocoa powder (preferably, Dutch processed*)
- 1 cup sweetener**
- 1 teaspoon Mint Extract
- In a large saucepan, heat chocolate, half and half, water, cocoa powder, and sweeteners until chocolate is melted. Use a hand blender
- hand blender or (carefully!) a regular blender to blend mixture until smooth. Pour syrup into a glass storage container and refrigerate before using.
- To make a single mocha latte, add 1/3 cup (79 mL) of syrup to 1/2 cup (118 mL) black coffee.
- *For the most authentic Starbucks taste, use a Dutch processed cocoa powder like Droste brand. I get mine at World Market. You can also order it at iherb.
- **It was challenging to sweeten this recipe using 100% sugar-free sweeteners. In the first batch, I used 6 Tablespoons erythritol + 1/2 teaspoon stevia. In the second batch, I used 1/4 cup Splenda + 6 Tablespoons Truvia. In the final attempt, I used 1/2 cup Swerve and 1/2 teaspoon NOW Better Stevia extract. Swerve and stevia are all natural and calorie-free, so go that route if you’re trying to avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. To find out more about why I combine multiple sugar-free sweeteners, check out the Healthy Indulgences Cookbook.
Let’s look at the nutrition facts of the Healthy Indulgences version vs. the Starbucks version:
Nutrition Facts in a Healthy Indulgences Peppermint Mocha Latte (6.5 ounces, made with half and half and sugar-free sweeteners):
6g net carbs, 204 calories, 18g fat, 4g protein
Nutrition Facts in a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha (Short, 8 ounces, made with whole milk):
31g net carbs, 240 calories, 11g fat, 6g protein Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later! More imitation Starbucks drink recipes: Homemade Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee-cino Happy holidays from the Healthy Indulgences family in Atlanta, Georgia! Your requests for a newsletter have not fallen on deaf ears. Volunteering, filling out applications, and babysitting a precious little niece are keeping me busy through the end of the year. Cookbook Update: Because NuNaturals changed their stevia formulation, the book is being updated and re-released in the New Year to reflect my new recommendation for a good-tasting stevia extract. Everyone who purchased the book will receive a complimentary copy of the new edition. So far, NOW Better Stevia is the winner of the stevia showdown. Thanks you for sharing your favorite brands of stevia with us! Looks like we’ve got a lot of testing to do…