Are you bummed that Starbucks no longer carries the skinny peppermint mocha? Don’t want all the calories and sugar from the regular drink? This Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha recipe has all the amazing flavors from the original drink, without all the sugar and calories!
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Were you bummed to find out that Starbucks no longer offers their skinny peppermint mocha? Were you also startled to see that a regular peppermint mocha has 440 calories and 54 grams of sugar?!
Good news! You can now make a Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha at home. With just a fraction of the calories, fat and sugar that the original has, this skinny peppermint mocha recipe needs just 5 ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make!
What you’ll need to make this Skinny Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Recipe:
- Strong Brewed Coffee – you can also substitute espresso
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Granular Monk Fruit Sweetener, like Lakanto or Whole Earth sweetener
- Peppermint extract – this is found in the baking aisle near the vanilla and other extracts.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe. Thanks!
How to Make a Skinny Peppermint Mocha:
The first step to making this skinny peppermint mocha is to brew your coffee and heat your milk.
I have a Nespresso Virtuo machine which makes fantastic brewed coffee and espresso. Any strongly brewed coffee will work well. You can also use instant coffee.
To heat your milk, simply use a microwave safe mug or cup. Heat the milk on high for 90 seconds to 2 minutes until hot and steaming.
Add both the hot coffee and hot milk to your blender, along with the cocoa powder, sweetener and peppermint extract.
VERY IMPORTANT: Any time you blend hot liquid in a blender, be sure to vent the top lid. This is to make sure heat and steam can safely escape. If you don’t do this, you’ll have a small explosion of hot liquid everywhere. Please be safe and vent your blender lid!
To make sure liquid doesn’t splash out of the top vent, lightly and loosely cover the hole with a kitchen towel.
I have a Blendtec Designer Series Blender that has multiple jar options. Each jar has a removable vent attachment (see photo above) that can be removed. You can get my Blendtec Designer Series Blender here! Be sure to use discount code DELIGHTFULEMADE to get 20% off your purchase at checkout!
Ingredient Substitutions and Recommendations:
- Strong Brewed Coffee – you can substitute with either espresso (1-2 (1 oz.) shots) or instant coffee or espresso.
- Milk – this recipe is versatile enough for you to use any milk you prefer, dairy or plant-based. Note that the milk you choose will change the nutritional content of the recipe.
- Toppings – whipped cream is traditional on any mocha. You can also add a small drizzle of chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings or add a peppermint stick. Each of these ingredients will add to the calorie count of this recipe.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of the post. Thanks!
Frequently asked questions about Starbucks Peppermint Mocha recipe:
A grande Starbucks peppermint mocha contains 440 calories, 16g Fat, 63g Carbs and 54 g of Sugar.
Yes. In 2020 Starbucks discontinues the skinny peppermint mocha as well as the skinny mocha. The no longer have sugar free mocha sauce or the sugar free peppermint syrup.
To a blender add strong brewed coffee, milk of your choice, unsweetened cocoa powder and peppermint extract. Blend well to combine. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
Yes! Substitute espresso for the strong brewed coffee.
Yes. You can substitute the strong brewed coffee for instant espresso or instant coffee (prepared).
An easy way to froth milk is to add to a blender, and blend for 30-45 seconds until frothy and foamy. If you do not have a blender, use a whisk and whisk vigorously until milk is foamy.
What goes with a peppermint mocha?
This delicious holiday drink goes with many sweet treats and snacks. Here are a few that would be great:
- Healthy Starbucks Lemon Loaf
- Better than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf
- Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
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- 2/3 c. brewed coffee, strong
- 2/3 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your preferred milk)
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. granular monk fruit sweetener, like Lakanto
- 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract
- Brew coffee. Set aside. In microwave safe cup or mug, microwave milk until hot and steaming, approximately 90 seconds - 2 minutes.
- Pour the coffee and hot milk into blender. Add the cocoa powder, sweetener and peppermint extract.
- Making sure to vent your blender lid (Important and time you're blending hot liquid) so steam can escape, blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute or until ingredients are completely combined and becomes slightly frothy.
- Pour into mug and enjoy right away while hot. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure to vent the lid of your blender any time you are blending hot liquid. This is to make sure heat and steam can escape. If you don't do this, you'll have a small explosion of hot mocha everywhere!
- Milk - I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, however this recipe can accommodate most other milks, both dairy and plant based. Note that the nutrition content will change.
- Coffee/Espresso - I have a Nespresso Virtuo machine that makes wonderful strong brewed coffee. You can also substitute fresh brewed espresso or instant espresso for a stronger mocha.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 drink Serving Size: 12 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 2.2gCarbohydrates: 7.7gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g