Peppermint Mocha Recipe: Starbuck’s Makeover

Starbucks has many seasonal items that they add to their menu each year, but none is quite as comforting, warming or delicious as the Peppermint Mocha.

Is there any better flavor combination than chocolate and mint? If so, I haven’t found it. While Starbucks does this drink well, there a couple things I don’t like about it. One is the addition of peppermint syrup, which is high in sugar. It adds to the overall calories of the drink, so that’s the first thing I’m changing in my version by using pure peppermint extract for a fresher and more natural flavor without the calories.

Starbucks version of this holiday treat is made with sugary chocolate syrup and peppermint flavored syrup, that while tasty is high in sugar and calories. We’re going to substitute a combination of agave nectar (better than regular sugar)  and  organic cocoa powder which is high in fiber and antioxidants.  Instead of sweetened whipped cream, I make my own by whipping some heavy whipping cream and vanilla (no sugar), but you can skip this if you want. Honestly, when I get one of these at Starbucks I don’t necessarily need the whipped cream.

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