This Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte Recipe is deliciously festive with just 149kcals per serving!
Chilly afternoons in December call for festive homemade lattes the way birthdays call for cake. And the way peas are good with carrots, and bread is great with butter.
They just go.
Speaking of the perfect pair, peppermint and chocolate is another great combo, especially when it comes to holiday flavors.
Gingerbread and eggnog are some of my personal festive favorites (here’s my recipe for Gingerbread Syrup for making homemade gingerbread lattes). However, the peppermint + chocolate flavor combination ranks pretty high for me too. Additionally, this is what my niece always asks me for, so this recipe is for her.
Amid all the seasonal indulgence, it’s good to have a lighter, but still decadent-tasting treat in your arsenal for those days when nothing less than something sweet will do.
Best Type of Milk for a Latte
If you’re wondering about the best type of milk for frothing or making latte art, you might be surprised at the answer!
I used skim milk to help put the skinny in my Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte Recipe, but it serves a double purpose. Because of its higher protein content, skim milk also happens to be the best kind of milk for making milk foam. In this lightened-up latte recipe, milk foam replaces whipped cream on top.
Pro Tip: The higher protein content of skim milk (instead of whole milk) makes skim milk better for making milk foam.
How to Froth Milk or Make Milk Foam
If you’ve never made milk foam at home before, let me tell you just how easy it is to do. I didn’t even know it could be done until a couple years ago when my mom made me the best chocolate cappuccino ever at home. And it was topped with a gorgeous layer of milk foam!
There are tons of online tutorials, but in my recipe below I use The Kitchn’s method for making milk foam because it’s super easy and doesn’t require any specialized equipment. So get foaming!
The easiest way to froth milk at home:
- Add 1/2 cup milk (preferably skim milk) to a pint-sized glass jar.
- Put the lid on and shake vigorously until doubled in volume, about 30 to 60 seconds.
- Uncover the jar and microwave until warm but not hot, about 30 seconds.
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha
The peppermint mocha coffee based drink at Starbucks is always a seasonal favorite. According to Starbucks website, this drink has: Starbucks signature Espresso Roast, steamed milk, sweet mocha sauce, and peppermint-flavored syrup, topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.
Skinny Peppermint Mocha Starbucks
The “skinny” version of this popular drink uses sugar free peppermint flavored syrup. However, Starbucks discontinued this syrup, supposedly due to a lack of popularity (check out this tweet thread).
The good news is that it’s easy to make a Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte right at home!
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Calories
According to Starbucks website, one of their “tall” (12 ounce) Peppermint Mocha has the following nutrition information:
- 350 calories
- 13g fat
- 48g total carbohydrates
- 3g fiber
- 10g protein
More Festive Chocolate + Peppermint Treats:
- White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
- Chocolate Peppermint No Bake Keto Cheesecake Bites
- Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes
- Low Carb Chocolate Peppermint Candy
- Chocolate Peppermint Bark
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Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte Recipe
- 1/4 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chopped
- 3 1/2 cups nonfat skim milk divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract more or less to taste
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 1 g packets stevia/erythritol blend more or less to taste; see Note
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.
- Heat 3 cups of milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until steaming and starting to bubble around the outside.
- Whisk the melted chocolate, espresso powder, vanilla, peppermint, sea salt, and stevia/erythritol packets into the milk in the saucepan and heat until bubbling around the outside, whisking occasionally.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup milk to a pint-sized glass jar; put the lid on and shake vigorously until doubled in volume, about 30 to 60 seconds. Uncover the jar and microwave until warm, but not hot, about 30 seconds.
- Pour the mocha into 4 mugs; top each with milk foam and serve.
- Stevia or Other Sweetener: Instead of stevia, you can use any sweetener you like in this recipe, such as maple syrup, honey, etc. Here is a guideline on how sweet 1 packet of stevia is: the amount of stevia in 1 packet measures 1/2 teaspoon, which is about as sweet as 2 to 3 teaspoons of regular sugar.
- I use Medaglia D’Oro espresso powder, and for the biggest savings I like to buy it in bulk on Amazon. It’s also available in a 2 oz jar if you just want to try it out. Just a little bit of it adds another delicious level of flavor and complexity to baked goods and quick drinks!
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I love chocolate right out of the package!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
This is my kind of latte!! Brownies are one of my favorite chocolate recipes.
Happy Valley Chow says
I’m not a big peppermint mocha fan, but my wife LOVES them. I will have to give this a recipe a try for her :)
Happy Valley Chow
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says
chocolate chip cookies and brownies!
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Nikki S says
My favorite recipe with chocolate are ‘Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps”
Nikki S says
I love my chocolate dipped in the peanut butter or nut butter jar…yumm
i follow chocoley on pinterest. hichicha
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my favorite recipe is these chocolate cupcakes with mexican hot chocolate frosting made w/ chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.
i like my chocolate in cupcakes.
I love eating chocolate candy bars!
i like my chocolate in a cookie vehicle. :)
with something a little salty (or salted chocolate).
Amy L says
Amy L says
I follow Chocoley on Pinterest
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Amy L says
I like to bake fudgey brownies with this recipe: