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Deliciously Organic: Peppermint Mocha

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Peppermint Mocha




Now that the holiday season is here I should probably confess to you that I love coffee.  I don't just like coffee, but I really, really enjoy it.   I know I shouldn't, and I know all of the reasons why it's not nutritious and it's my one weaknesses.  (we all struggle with something, right?)  Now, don't get the idea that I walk around with a cup in hand all day, but I do love the delicious flavor of coffee on a cold morning or meeting up with a friend and lingering over a steaming cup with rich cream and honey. 



Nothing says Christmastime to me more than a tall peppermint mocha.  The peppermint/chocolate/coffee combination is heavenily and the first sip makes me breath calmer and slow my pace. I love going to Barnes and Noble, ordering a peppermint mocha, and then browsing around the bookstore seeing what's new.  I usually get stuck in the cookbook section and could probably spend days in that tiny nook of the store. One day last year, while the kids were in school I went to our local B+N, ordered my peppermint mocha, started browsing, and lifted the cup to my lips to take that first sip and the next thing I knew, I was covered in hot coffee.  I looked up, no one was around, and I thought, "Wow, well this is nice, I'm standing in the middle of the bookstore, burned, and I have coffee all down my clothing and on the carpet.  I decided I wasn't going to let it ruin my time alone at a bookstore without the kids, so I slyly walked away from my mess (it's not like I had paper towels to clean it up), cleaned myself up, ordered another mocha and went on with my browsing (with a huge brown stain down my outfit).  After that incident I'm a little freakish about making sure my lid is on tight when I order any sort of hot drink.

The other day I decided since the Christmas season is here I really should come up with my own recipe for peppermint mocha using herbal coffee (much healthier), cocao powder, peppermint extract and whipped cream.  The result?  Well, let's just say I'll save some money now that I have a wholesome organic peppermint mocha recipe that I can make at home and I don't have to feel guilty afterwards!  Now all I need is to find some organic, all-natural red sprinkles to put on the top and I'll have Christmas in a cup.

Peppermint Mocha
Makes 1 8-ounce serving

1 1/2 Tablespoons cocao powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons rapadura (dehydrated cane juice)
6 ounces whole milk
2 ounces strong brewed herbal coffee (I use teeccino)
a splash of peppermint extract
2 Tablespoons whipped cream

Whisk together milk, cocao powder and rapadura in a small saucepan over medium heat. When milk begins to steam take off of heat and pour into a mug.  Add the herbal coffee and splash of peppermint extract. Top with a large dallop of whipped cream.

12 Comments:

Blogger NOELLE said...

Sounds delicious! Did you use the espresso maker for the herbal coffee? I have all the ingredients and would like to try this! Thanks!

November 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Yes, I used the espresso maker to brew the herbal coffee. I think it makes the coffee taste better. Enjoy!

November 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Shore Debris said...

I bought my first peppermint mocha of the season this past Saturday. I'm updating my grocery list so I can make my own from your recipe!

November 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
OpenID newcookontheblock said...

Haha! I laughed out loud at your description of the bookstore incident. I, too, *love* getting peppermint hot chocolate around the holidays and I'm definitely going to make this sometime this week...or maybe to celebrate the first real winter snow...or maybe every night until then! Thanks for sharing :)

November 30, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger T said...

your blog layout/design and your photography are amazing. love it. found this from tastespotting. yummers. can't wait to try it. organic is orgasmic.

November 30, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

How yummy! I've been trying to find ways to make low-sugar drinks for my diabetic parents, and you've inspired me to keep experimenting. :-)

December 1, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Ohmigosh this is wonderful!! This is my most favorite drink at Starbucks. I have to make this!

December 2, 2009 at 7:07 AM  
Anonymous katy@thoughtforfood said...

aaaahhhh!!! you read my mind! my checking account (and conscience) thank you...

December 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous a tasteful garden said...

beautiful photos! my good friend is completely addicted to peppermint mochas, so i'll have to share this recipe with her.

December 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Mish Mash..Themed Parties and Cooking! said...

Great! I forgot all about Tecchino! I'm ordering some now! Thank you!

December 30, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I found a recipe on another site for a hot cocoa mix that you created. I'm wondering if there is a way to make the mix with organic dry milk, so that it could be made with hot water? Wouldn't that make nice Christmas gifts? Thanks for your help!

October 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Emily: It can certainly be made with dry milk but the reason I didn't use it is because dry milk is a processed ingredient and has been linked to heart disease. I was actually planning on making the mix for Christmas gifts and simply write on the instructions to add warm milk. I hope that helps! :)

October 12, 2010 at 6:47 AM  

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