Healthier Peppermint Mocha Coffee

Here is a healthier option for a popular and delicious winter themed coffee drink, the Peppermint Mocha Recipe.



Depending on mug size, 3-4 cups of your milk of choice

¾ cup of coconut sugar

4tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

4 shots of espresso or about 6 oz

1 tsp peppermint extract


Serves Two

Prep Your Milk: In a medium or small saucepan, over medium heat, warm the milk, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat. Add peppermint extract and combine by stirring.

Brew Coffee: Brew espresso by whatever method you have available.

Create the Drinks: Froth the peppermint mocha milk created above until it gets a nice foam. Add espresso and pour frothed milk overtop.



Vegan Coffee Drinks

For the many people that follow Vegan or Paleo diets, Starbucks now has coffee drinks for you. The Starbucks Doubleshot® Coffee Smoothie. It comes in Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Honey flavors. They are made with almond milk. They have been available since May.

Later this year, bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink will be available as well. It is made with almond milk and will come in Vanilla and Mocha flavors.

They will also have single-serve Cold Brew coffee in Vanilla & Fig flavor and Sweetened Black.

Starbucks also has White Chocolate Mocha Latte available at grocery stores that carry Starbucks coffee products.


Hankering for a warm dessert?

Here is a standby recipe for a warm mocha pudding cake dessert that the Victor crew just loves in the winter. It is very easy recipe that is done in the pan so there isn’t much clean up either! Bonus!

Mocha Pudding Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa, divided
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanila extract
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups boiling strongly brewed coffee
Whipped cream or ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, granulated sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa, baking powder, and salt in 9-inch square pan. Add milk, oil, and vanilla and whisk until smooth. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. sprinkle over the batter. pour the coffee over all. Don’t stir!

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake part comes out clean. Cool for five minutes. Spoon out into a bowl and top with whipped cream or ice cream.
Makes 9 servings. (270 calories, 4.1 grams fat, 2.8 grams protein, 55.2 grams carbohydrate)

Mocha Squares

There is nothing like the taste of chocolate with coffee! YUM! Here is a recipe from the Swedish Crown Bakery.

Karleks Mums (or Mocha squares)

3 eggs
1.5 cup sugar
1.5 cup flour
2 tbsp. Cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
6 oz. melted butter
3/4 cup milk

150g butter
6 tbsp. coffee
4 tsp cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
1.5 cup powdered sugar

Shredded coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Using a kitchen mixer, whip eggs and sugar on high speed until white & fluffy.
3. While whipping eggs, melt butter in a pot on the stove.
4. Sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
5. When butter is melted, add milk. It is important that the butter is hot when adding the milk, so the mixture doesn’t cool down too much.
6. When the egg/sugar mixture is ready, change the mixer from high to low speed.
7. Gradually add the flour and the butter mixtures to the egg mixture. Continue to whisk on slow for 15-20 seconds, or until there are no signs of lumps. If there are still lumps, change the speed to medium and whisk for another 10 seconds.
8. Pour the batter into an oiled 9×13 pan and bake at 350 F for 18-20 min. Check with a toothpick to make sure the cake is ready inside. Set aside to cool.
9. While the cake is cooling, make the glaze.
10. Melt the butter in a pot. When fully melted, add all the other ingredients while stirring quickly with a whisk or wooden spatula until it forms a shiny, semi-thick glaze. If the glaze is too thick, add more coffee, a tsp at a time. If the glaze is too runny, add more powdered sugar.
11. Put glaze on the cooled cake, making sure to spread evenly.
12. Sprinkle cake with unsweetened shredded coconut.
13. Let the glaze settle on the cake before cutting into squares and enjoying with a cup of coffee or tea.


Jody Victor

What do you do with leftover coffee?

Is there even such a thing? Sometimes there is a little coffee left in the pot.

How about making coffee ice cubes? You could add them to milk to make coffee-flavored milk. You can add them to a cup of coffee to make iced coffee or even to cool your coffee down without diluting it.

Add the coffee to your chocolate cake or cake mix instead of water for a mocha flavor. Drizzle some over your ice cream for a new flavor. Experiment with it and try to make a sauce by heating it using cocoa powder and confectioners sugar to thicken it. If it doesn’t thicken enough add a little cornstarch. Add it to a banana smoothie along with some chocolate syrup.

Jody Victor