• Janki T. Patel, PharmD

Cafe style Peppermint Mocha

Espresso + Chocolate + Peppermint. Need I say more?


Total time: 5 minutes

Total servings: 1 serving Ingredients: 2 shots of espresso 3/4 cup of oat milk 2 tBsp raw cacao powder 2 tsp coconut sugar 1/2 tsp peppermint oil Directions: 1) Combine the raw cacao, peppermint oil, and coconut sugar into a mug. 2) Pull two shots of espresso into the mug and stir until it has blended with the cacao, oil and coconut sugar mixture (or until dissolved). 3) Steam and froth oat milk to desired consistency and pour into the mug. Optional: Coconut whip cream Dusting of cacao over top

Shaved chocolate

Crushed candy canes

Crumbled chocolate cookies or gingerbread cookies

Vegan marshmellows


*Can replace raw cacao powder for regular cocoa powder or 3 tBsp of vegan chocolate chips. The brand of cacao I used was "Navitas" (my favorite of the ones I've tried so far).

*Edible peppermint oil works better than peppermint extracts that are alcohol based. There is a huge difference in the intensity and flavor! The brand I used was "Simply Organic".

*This can easily be turned into a cappuccino by creating more foam in the milk. *I find that different brands of plant milk and different types of plant milk can make the biggest difference in how coffee/drinks will taste. For this recipe, I used Aldi's oatmilk and it is a cheaper, yet equally delicious option compared to oatly (which is also a winner in my book when it comes to different coffee drinks). Other plant milks can be used too, but oat milk is all around more friendly to the wallet, the environment, and to your taste palette in this case. I love almond milk, but I'm not a fan of it in coffee because it can taste a bit burnt if steamed incorrectly. *Coconut sugar was my choice of sweetener, but maple syrup would work incredibly here! *I have been absolutely loving my Delonghi La Especialista espresso machine. It was the best investment ever! I can easily say that it's allowed me to create drinks that taste better than any cafe I've been to all while reducing my negative impact on the planet. I used it to pour the shots of espresso, however an alternative for the espresso shots is creating a concentrated brew!