Velvety Peppermint Mocha
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This is my take on a Bulletproof-style drink + a Starbucks peppermint mocha! I'm not a big coffee drinker so I like it with a less strong coffee. I made coffee using water and instant espresso powder, but you could substitute brewed coffee for the water and espresso powder. I actually tried this recipe with Starbucks coffee that my husband brought home from work but it was too strong for me.... || THM Deep S, low carb, keto, sugar free || Gluten free (use a GF espresso powder), egg free, for dairy free try more coconut oil in place of the butter and collagen in place of the whey protein powder, for nut free try unsweetened carton coconut milk in place of the nut milk (most people with tree nut allergies can have coconut products, but confirm with your doctor first)
Recipe type: Hot Drink
Cuisine: THM S | Low Carb | Keto
Serves: 1
  1. Combine the water, espresso powder, and nut milk in a large glass measuring cup and microwave for 3 minutes or until nearly boiling. (You could heat this in a saucepan on the stove if you prefer.)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, adding the protein powder right before blending, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth and emulsified. (You could also blend everything together in a regular blender but always be careful when blending hot liquids because a pressure build-up might occur.)
  3. Taste and adjust as desired. Feel free to add more sweetener or peppermint oil/extract! Blend after any additions. I like the drink even better after it cools off a bit; the flavors settle out. I like it topped with a dab of Reddi-wip (not dairy free)!
-If you don't have either of the sweeteners I used, just sweeten to taste with your favorite low-glycemic sweetener. Amounts will vary depending on the strength of your sweetener, so start small and just taste and add more until you get the right amount. Less concentrated sweeteners (like THM Gentle Sweet) will probably do better in this drink than something like pure stevia.
-Do your own research and make your own decision regarding ingesting essential oils. My friend Gwen has a good article about it HERE. I find that peppermint essential oil gives me a less toothpasty flavor than say, Watkins Peppermint Extract, but you're welcome to use extract instead of the oil. You can easily add too much, so start with a small dash of extract and add more until you get your desired strength.
-If you're dairy free, collagen would be a good substitute for the whey protein powder, but it won't make the drink quite as creamy.
-Looking for a non-coffee option? Try my Velvety Peppermint Sip!
Calories: 229 Fat: 20 grams Carbohydrates: 3 grams (net: fiber and sugar alcohols substracted) Protein: 9 grams
Recipe by Briana Thomas at