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This creamy, froth-topped Velvety Peppermint Mocha is my sugar-free take on the Starbucks holiday favorite! I blended in some good ol’ Bulletproof-style fats to create one of my Velvety THM Deep S drinks! These drinks are perfect for Fuel Cycles – or just any time you want to get your metabolism going.
As I said in the Peppermint Cheesecake Bars recipe I posted a few weeks ago, I have a pile of seasonally inappropriate recipes to share with you. 😛 Shall we continue with the peppermint theme? Christmas in April, how about it? I’m game!
When can I have this drink?
Since this drink does contain protein, you can have it as a stand-alone snack or meal. (You can also enjoy it as a dessert after a THM Deep S, regular S, or Fuel Pull meal.) Personally, I would use a drink like this for a snack most of the time because if I would drink it for breakfast or lunch when my body is expecting more of a main meal, my tummy would be rumbling in an hour. For a snack it’s perfect to tide me over – like between lunch and supper. One other consideration: you need to be sure to get plenty of “real food” into your diet and not just rely on shakes and drinks for nutrition. That being said, using a drink like this Velvety Peppermint Mocha for a meal on occasion is just fine.
NOTE: In the recipe I used 2 tablespoons of vanilla whey protein powder for protein, but you can use a full scoop (usually about 4 tablespoons) if you want more protein to hold you over when using this drink as a meal or snack on its own. I’m usually trying to use my protein powder sparingly so I don’t have to order more so soon, and I get plenty of other protein throughout my day. 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.
A note on coffee…
I’m not a big coffee drinker so I like to make this Velvety Peppermint Mocha with a less strong coffee. When testing this recipe I made coffee using water and instant espresso powder, but you could substitute brewed coffee of your desired strength for the water and espresso powder if you prefer. I actually tried this recipe with Starbucks coffee that my husband brought home from work but it was too strong for me. Maybe it would be perfect for you!
Despite not being a coffee lover, I loved this creamy drink as written in the recipe below. Don’t worry, coffee snobs, it still has plenty of coffee flavor. (But maybe I’m not the best judge? Haha… Leave a comment if you make it and let me know how it fit your taste buds and if you made any tweaks! I love when people tweak my recipes to what they like!)
Looking for a non-coffee option? Try my Velvety Peppermint Sip!
Sweetness is key.
When I first tested this recipe I tried using 2 1/2 teaspoons of THM Super Sweet Blend to sweeten it, then had to add a doonk of stevia to make it sweet enough, but the concentrated sweeteners were a tad bitter when combined with the coffee and chocolate. I wanted to try some of my new Lakanto monkfruit sweetener and it really did a great job of sweetening this drink with a more rounded sweetness profile. (The Lakanto Classic 1:1 Sweetener supposedly measures like sugar. I have a hard time remembering how sugar measures so I can’t confirm or deny that…haha.) When testing the recipe the final time I used 2 tablespoons of the Classic Lakanto Sweetener and then added a teaspoon of Sweet Blend for some extra sweet oomph. The combination of the two sweeteners was delicious!
If you don’t have either of these sweeteners, 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 because of the bitter notes from the coffee and chocolate.
Many people who are sensitive to the taste of stevia (or are allergic to it!) have found great success with monkfruit sweeteners! If you want to try some, Lakanto has some great options. They offer various concentrations of sweeteners as well as some other products using their erythritol/monkfruit based sweetener – like maple-flavored syrup and a sugar-free chocolate spread called Suntella. Not all of the Lakanto products are acceptable for the Trim Healthy Mama plan (like their pancake and brownie mixes), but the sweeteners are fair game! CLICK HERE to see all their products. I’m so used to my favorite THM Super Sweet Blend and THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder that using 2 TABLESPOONS of sweetener in my drink felt really weird (!!), but it tasted good! Lakanto sent me some of the Classic sweetener as well as their “maple” syrup and Suntella to try. I found the latter two to be a little too sweet for my palate, but other than that they were good. Y’all know that I notoriously undersweeten compared to most people, so I’m sure the products are going to be perfect for the general public…haha.
Peppermint Essential Oil vs. Peppermint Extract
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.
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- 1⅓ cups water
- 2 teaspoons espresso instant coffee powder (I used Medaglia D'oro brand available from my local grocery store)
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cashew or almond milk
- 2 tablespoons Lakanto Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute (or more, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon THM Super Sweet Blend
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons refined coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons salted butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil (or peppermint extract to taste)
- Dash salt
- 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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)!
-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.
-In the recipe I used 2 tablespoons of vanilla whey protein powder for protein, but you can use a full scoop (usually about 4 tablespoons) if you want more protein to hold you over when using this drink as a meal or snack on its own. I'm usually trying to use my protein powder sparingly so I don't have to order more so soon, and I get plenty of other protein throughout my day. 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!