I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to make a peppermint mocha that wasn’t full of a lot of calories.
Can I be honest? The ones from Starbucks are not my favorite. They add way too much chocolate. I would rather have the peppermint shine through. I love peppermint in my lattes so that makes sense.
Yesterday I found a peppermint mocha ground coffee at Aldi’s so that is what I’m using for the coffee part of the recipe. So good.
For the recipe:
ground coffee – I used peppermint mocha flavored coffee.
almond milk – I used vanilla unsweetened almond milk. You could use real milk or any non dairy milk. I just prefer almond milk.
Peppermint Mocha Latte
Stars of the recipe:
1 to 2 Tbsp. ground coffee (I used a reusable K cup pod for my coffee maker.)
1 Tbsp. peppermint syrup
1/2 c. milk (dairy or non dairy)
1 to 2 tsp. cacao powder
2 Tbsp. whipped cream
Add the peppermint syrup to the mug.
Then brew the coffee. I brew my coffee using the bold setting.
While it’s brewing, froth the milk and cacao powder.
After the coffee is done brewing, top with frothed milk and whipped cream.
Note: You either need to use a frother or froth it without a frother. Place milk and cacao powder in a mason jar, place the lid on it, and then shake it. (Arm workout) Once it’s increased in volume, remove the lid carefully. Microwave it for 30 to 60 seconds.
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We love our ice tea and lemonade at our house. When we go out to eat at a restaurant called Bob Evans, I almost order a flavored ice tea. Yum!
I decided I needed to recreate the flavored ice tea at my house. Especially since summer is going to be here before we know it.
My iced tea is made in my coffee maker. Last July, I got rid of my Keurig. I loved it for a long time but had been using my own grounds in little reusable coffee filters the majority of the time so I decided I would just bite the bullet and go back to a traditional coffee maker. I ended up with a Hamilton Beach Brewstation. Instead of a glass carafe, there is a removable reservoir. It has a setting on it for iced coffee. I used it for iced tea instead. Hey, it works and is delicious. Just make sure you wash the reservoir out before and after brewing the tea because you don’t want it the tea to taste like coffee and vice versa.
Now onto the raspberry simple syrup.
Raspberry Simple Syrup
My favorite smoothie from Tropical Smoothie is the Blimey Limey. I decided to recreate it but there is a lack of recipes for copycat “Blimey Limey” recipes. Eventually I found one recipe so I adapted the recipe a little bit by removing the sweetener. I loved it without the sweetener.
I’m enjoying making new creamers now that I got the ratio of milk/ half & half/ or heavy whipping cream to condensed milk.
This creamer needs to be warmed up so that the cocoa is dissolved. I had to strain the nondissolved cocoa, so there weren’t any lumps left.
As you can see from my pictures, some of the cocoa did not dissolve.
I like peppermint mocha lattes from Starbucks. However, they use WAY too much mocha in the lattes. This creamer allows me to have a peppermint mocha latte without the extra cost. Plus, I can customize it to my liking.
Peppermint Mocha Creamer
Stars of the recipe:
1/2 c. condensed milk
1/2 c. milk, half and half, or whipping cream
1 to 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 to 2 tsp. cocoa powder
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
Heat on medium-high heat until the cocoa is dissolved. Five or so minutes.
If the cocoa does not dissolve, strain the creamer to remove the lumps of cocoa.
If I could describe this creamer, I would say yum!
I made a batch of this on Monday evening. The next morning, my coffee maker decided not to work. 😦 Finally, my husband was able to get it to work on Wednesday afternoon. We don’t know why it stopped working and why it began to work once again. Crazy.
Wednesday evening, I had a cup of coffee with this creamer. It was even better than on Monday.