I know that the pumpkin spice latte gets all the acclaim for being the most popular seasonal drink, but I’ve never gotten onboard. Truth be told, I’ve never actually had a pumpkin spice latte, so I really shouldn’t hate. I’m sure it’s delicious.
The drink I get most excited about is the peppermint mocha! At some point in my 20’s I ventured away from my typical Starbucks drink (very rare for me) and gave this festive, seasonal drink a try. I was hooked, and now every holiday season I crave it, even though I no longer drink coffee.
But you know me, I love figuring out ways to take an unhealthy, comforting food and revamp it so that it offers some health benefits, so that’s just what I did!
Really dark chocolate (70% cacao or more) and cacao both offer up a lot of antioxidants and vitamin B, supporting healthy energy levels and cell function. I also include coconut oil in the drink for some healthy fat to keep you full, and include dates for a real-food, fiber full, sweet option instead of regular sugar.
If you don’t drink coffee, or your kids want to try it out, just omit the shot of espresso and enjoy a delicious peppermint hot cocoa. I typically enjoy this drink sans coffee myself, so I can attest to it being just as good!
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Makes about 1 serving, takes about 3 minutes.
Naturally gluten-free and vegan, depending on the type of milk and chocolate.