Homemade Mocha Peppermint Latte (Real Food Style)

Let’s just stop and take a deep breath. A very deep breath.

Friend, it’s already December 13th. This means that there are precisely 12 days left until Christmas Day.

I thought this would be my year for planning ahead and being fully prepared for the holiday season. So far, we’ve made lovely homemade teacher gifts, but that’s about it. And to complicate my to-do list, we’re leaving in just four days for a three week road and cruise trip. I’ve spent the last week making lists and checking them twice. There are so many details that go into planning for the holidays, and then leaving over the holidays (with two kids!).

So, today, I’m sitting down with you to just breathe. Of course, taking a deep breath is calming and relaxing, but when that deep breath is paired with a coffee-house style drink…pure bliss!

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.


So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.

By now it’s probably evident that I have a “thing” for fancy coffee-house style drinks. The irony in that statement is that I never order fancy coffee drinks when we’re out. When we visit a coffee shop, I always go for a black coffee. Yep, no cream, sugar, or milk; just black coffee. Pretty boring.

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.

It’s not that I don’t want to order one of those over-the-top-loaded-with-flavor-drinks, it’s just that most of the ingredients used to make those drinks give me a crippling headache. I’m incredibly sensitive to the processed flavorings and other imitation ingredients used in popular beverages. And that’s why I’m so keen on recreating these drinks at home. There’s a growing inventory of homemade coffee-house style drinks here on Live Simply: pumpkin spice latte, matcha latte, chai latte, frappuccino-style drink, and a turmeric latte.

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.

The month of December is the perfect time to add another drink to this ever-growing list.

Let me introduce you to my Homemade Mocha Peppermint Latte.

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.

Do you remember the peppermint extract we used to make the no-bake cookie bites last week? Well, with that same peppermint extract, and a bit of cocoa powder, freshly-brewed coffee, maple syrup, and milk, a minty latte may be recreated at home. Simple, right?!

Honestly, I think this is my favorite homemade latte so far. There’s just something so refreshing about mint and chocolate mixed with caffeine.

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.



Pure bliss.

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.

Homemade Mocha Peppermint Latte
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Mocha Peppermint Latte

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 latte
Calories 236 kcal
Author Kristin Marr



  1. Brew the coffee. You may desire more coffee, so make a little extra if desired. Set the coffee aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, warm the milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and peppermint extract. Whisk the ingredients until the milk begins to bubble on the sides. Turn off the heat. 

  3. Use an immersion blender (like this) to create the milk froth. Place the immersion blender in the warm milk mixture, and pulse until the milk is frothy. This is the secret to creating a homemade latte without an expensive machine. This little gadget is also perfect for pureeing homemade soups in the winter. If you don't have a immersion blender, vigorously whisk the milk in the saucepan as the bubbles begin to form (while heating the milk). 

  4. Pour the frothy milk into a large coffee mug. Carefully pour the coffee over the frothy milk. 

  5. Top the latte with homemade whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

*The amount of sweetener used will depend on your taste. I've found that 2 tablespoons of maple syrup fits my taste. If you're using coconut sugar (or sucanat), you may need to decrease the sweetener to 1 tablespoon. The same applies to honey. Feel free to increase or decrease the sweetener to your desired taste. 

So delicious and easy. A real food style mocha peppermint latte.

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  • I really wanted to make this, but didn’t have peppermint extract. I used peppermint essential oil instead – 1-2 drops is all it takes. Very yummy!

  • Hi Kristin this sounds delicious! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now, and have seen you use the immersion blender for a few recipes I wanted to try so I got one last year. I’ve had some accidents with it though. I use the cup it comes with but it doesn’t hold much and if I fill it to full it spills also if I don’t push the blender all the way down it spills. Can you use the blender directly in the pan or do you have to use it in the cup it comes with? i can’t wait to try this recipe but I’m a little intimidated by the blender part and tips would be appreciated!


    • Hi Laura, Kristin is travelling outside the country right now. I’ll give you my opinion and also alert her of your comment so she can come back and give you an official answer when she returns.

      From reading the recipe, it seems that Kristin was using her immersion blender in her pan, but I would tell you to make that decision based on the type of pan you have. I personally wouldn’t use an immersion blender in a non-stick coated pan to avoid the risk of the blender damaging the non-stick coating. Hope that helps a bit.

  • I love this recipe!! I’ve been addicted to it this winter…and probably made it a few too many times. 🙂 Do you have a recipe for a caramel latte? And any suggestions on the best way to make them into an iced latte come summertime?

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