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Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte

Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #coffee

This time of year, I crave peppermint mochas. I’m tempted to stop at Starbucks or Caribou every time I drive by one and I frequently allow myself this extra little indulgence especially when it gets bitter cold outside (and it has been REALLY cold this year!) I found myself planning my shopping trips with a short stop at the coffee shop to get my peppermint mocha.

Not good. All those “little” stops start to add up after a while, and I got tired of the dent in my wallet and worried about all the sugar and calories I was consuming. I could totally make this at home, couldn’t I?

Well sure I could. I always have peppermint tea on hand–that would make a wonderful peppermint syrup! That’s all you need, right? Well, along with coffee and milk and such … and a little light whipped cream and some crushed candy canes too, if you want to make this feel like a true indulgence. Which it IS! I had three of them yesterday and I still have a bottle of syrup left to make more … I feel better now.

(and oh, in case you’re wondering about that little “dark spot” on the picture, yes, there was a stray bit of chocolate in my crushed candy canes that landed on top of my mocha)

Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: More than 12 oz. of syrup

Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte

Ingredients

    For the skinny chocolate peppermint syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 peppermint tea bags
  • 1 cup sweetener of choice (I used a mix of 3/4 cup stevia in the raw and 1/4 cup sugar. Use the equivalent of 1 cup of sugar.)
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • For one mocha:
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk (I used 1%)
  • 3/4 cup double strength coffee (or a couple shots of espresso)
  • 3 Tablespoons skinny chocolate peppermint syrup (more or less to taste)
  • Optional toppings: light whipped cream, crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Heat the cup of water till very hot, then add the tea bags, cover and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and pour the peppermint tea into a small saucepan. Add the sweetener, cocoa powder and peppermint extract. Bring to a boil, stirring to get everything to dissolve nicely in the tea, boil for a few minutes, then remove from heat.
  2. To prepare your mocha latte: brew your coffee extra strong (or use espresso) and heat the milk till hot. Froth the milk with a frother or give it a quick spin in the blender. Pour the coffee into your mug, then the chocolate peppermint syrup, then gently pour in the frothy milk. To make it extra special, top with a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes.
  3. Pour the extra syrup into a bottle, cover and store in the fridge.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #coffee

This recipe was shared at Mix it Up MondayInspiration MondayTuesday’s Table, What we Love WednesdaysWhat to Do Weekends and The Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

 

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7 Responses

  1. Thank you for linking up to our Inspiration Monday Party! Ww will be featuring your skinny mocha this Sunday @ our party 🙂 Congratulations and hope to see you there! ~ Julie redheadcandecorate.com

    January 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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  3. Lisa

    This looks like a yummy alternative to a daily trip (for two teens!)to Starbucks. A quick question. In the recipe your sugar substitute was 3/4 c. stevia and 1/4 c. granulated sugar to equal one cup ssweetener. I thought that around 1 TBSP(powdered)stevia equals one cup of sugar? Isn’t 3/4 c. stevia plus additional granulated sugar equal to a lot more than 1 c. of other sweeteners like honey or maple syrup? I hope my question makes sense. Thanks for helping me to understand!

    January 6, 2014 at 7:12 am

    • Ann

      I used Stevia in the Raw which measures cup-for-cup like sugar. If you’re using regular Stevia powder, yes, adjust it down so you have the total of 1 cup of sugar!

      January 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

  4. humm!! I wonder if I have any candy canes left over!! Love the crushed peppermint candy canes topping idea!!

    Pinning!!

    January 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

  5. Jeez, thank you very much for posting this! I found a wonderful recipe for an Iced Green Tea Latte! You should try it, it was easy. flavorful!

    August 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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