How to Make a Peppermint Mocha

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Every time the Christmas season rolls around, I start to have visions of a peppermint mocha. (Yum!) I unapologetically enjoy all things coffee, but fancy coffee drinks can be a real budget breaker (not to mention full of sugar). Thankfully, there’s an easy and delicious peppermint mocha recipe you can make at home with wholesome real food ingredients.

I promise this recipe is a much more delicious and healthy alternative!

A Healthy Peppermint Mocha Recipe?

In college, I often frequented coffee shops to get my normal caffeine fix. Now that I’m older and hopefully a little wiser, I make my coffee at home with organic beans.

I don’t miss coffee shops at all since I can even make fancy coffees like pumpkin spice or vanilla lattes at home. They taste just as good as the store-made version, or better in my book. I love that I can use real food ingredients instead of junky artificial flavors and high-fructose corn syrup.

I often get asked, “how do you get it all done with a blog and so many kids?” The answer is having a structured schedule and eating enough healthy fats. This recipe is packed with brain-boosting fats and it keeps me energetic, but not jittery, all day.

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Copycat

Baristas at the popular coffee shop chain use espresso, peppermint syrup, and milk to make their famous peppermint mocha coffee. I feel like this homemade version is even better. It won’t taste exactly the same as Starbucks or other coffee shops, but I like it more.

You could add some dairy-free almond milk, oat milk, or grass-fed cow milk to the recipe if you prefer. However, I’ve found that with the healthy fats it’s ultra creamy and doesn’t even need the added milk!

How to Make a Homemade Peppermint Mocha

I almost always include a tablespoon of butter, coconut oil, and/or MCT oil in my coffee. It’s the perfect way to get healthy fats and extra benefits.

These days I often use mushroom coffee from Four Sigmatic for the extra superfood benefits as well. I promise it doesn’t taste like mushrooms, just great coffee! They also have a delicious reishi mushroom hot chocolate that would also make a yummy addition to this recipe.

I’ve made variations of this recipe with coffee, decaf coffee, chai tea, and herbal teas. They’re all delicious! All you need is some brewed coffee, a few ingredients, and a blender to make your own peppermint mocha in just a few minutes.

A word of warning: If you aren’t used to consuming coconut oil, start slowly. Coconut oil and MCT oil can cause short-term nausea if you aren’t used to them. They both have immune boosting, metabolism boosting, and yeast-fighting properties. But if you jump in too fast your stomach might rebel!

Topping it Off

I don’t always add toppings to my drinks, but some people love the extra decoration. If you want to make your holiday season drink a little fancier, then add some garnish. Peppermint candy or crushed candy cane are both popular, but they have more sugar than I like. Some healthy white chocolate or dark chocolate curls go great on top.

Add a little dollop of grass-fed whipped cream or whipped coconut cream if desired too. Some homemade marshmallows are also a great topping option!

Essential Oil Safety

This recipe calls for natural peppermint extract or 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. Since peppermint extract is made with essential oil diluted in alcohol, either way, you’ll be consuming the plant oil. Some people prefer one form over the other though.

There is some concern that peppermint oil in medicinal or supplemental amounts can reduce breast milk production. And pregnant women (especially first trimester) are recommended against ingesting essential oils. The amount included in this recipe (especially if using peppermint extract) is minimal, in culinary amounts, and generally considered safe for most people.

A Whole Latte Love

If you aren’t a mint person or want to skip the peppermint, try these variations instead:

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha Recipe

Make your own peppermint mocha with brain-boosting healthy fats, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, and a little minty kick.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Calories 288kcal
Author Katie Wells


1 cup



  • Brew the coffee.
  • While it is still hot, pour the coffee into a blender or large cup if using an immersion blender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high for 10 seconds until emulsified. This step is important as it creates froth and a creamy flavor instead of an oily one. No frother necessary!
  • Drink and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Mocha Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


If pregnant or nursing, see the safety information above. 
Serve with my homemade marshmallows or whipped cream for an extra special treat!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


13 responses to “How to Make a Peppermint Mocha”

  1. Cindy DeMass Avatar
    Cindy DeMass

    5 stars
    This is such a delicious recipe! Thank you Katie! My husband wanted run to our local coffee shop to purchase a peppermint mocha. I quickly searched your recipes and told him I’d make him one at home. He loved it! And it’s so much healthier for him! I didn’t have liquid peppermint stevia, but used 1/4 tsp. powdered and 2 drops of our peppermint essential oil. Then followed the rest of the recipe exactly as you posted. So Delicious!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for providing this healthy option for a cozy winter drink.

  2. Lisa M Lexo Avatar
    Lisa M Lexo

    Drinking this right now! I used cacao powder, and I added a little collagen powder too 😀 YUM! My favorite!

  3. Candace Avatar

    Hello, this sounds delish!! I don’t have any stevia drops – could I use Pyure instead? Thanks for the recipe and Merry Christmas!

  4. Anjelina Avatar

    Thanks for given this mocha coffee recipe. I like only espresso coffee. It is good for me. I love this smell too much. It is really energetic for me.

  5. Tamara Avatar

    Hi! Is peppermint essential oil safe for children to consume? I came across a recipe for buttermints calling for 1 cup butter, 3 Tbsp honey and 10-12 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil.

  6. Ashlee Avatar

    Peppermint mochas are my weakness during winter so I am SO happy to have found this recipe. I’m curious… why can pregnant women not take the peppermint essential oils?

  7. Janna Thezier Avatar
    Janna Thezier

    Just curious as to why not to use peppermint essential oil when pregnant?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Some sources say it can cause early contractions and it can affect milk supply when nursing

  8. McCall Avatar

    Can you explain the no peppermint oil while nursing? Is it ok in homemade toothpaste?

  9. Cristina Petrut Avatar
    Cristina Petrut

    I made a quick variation of this today, coffee, butter, coconut oil and agave nectar (can’t stand stevia). I don’t like mocha either but I use cocoa powder in smoothies. No peppermint for me as I’m nursing. Loved it! Yum! Tasted a bit like a latte.

  10. Chelsey miller Avatar
    Chelsey miller

    This is a lot like my peppermint mocha recipe only I use maple syrup to sweeten (not a fan of stevia).

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