This keto peppermint mocha latte recipe is a low-carb copycat of the popular Starbucks coffee shop drink. The best part is that you don't have to wait till the holiday season to make it. Now, you can make it year-round!
One of my favorite seasonal dessert combinations of all time is peppermint and chocolate. I know I'm not alone! It's the reason peppermint patties are so popular and why Starbucks sells so many peppermint mochas every year.
I think the refreshing peppermint flavor actually lightens and brightens the rich chocolate flavors in this drink. As you sip it, you'll feel like all the good feelings of winter are in this cup.
Turn on some Christmas music, make a hot cup of peppermint mocha latte, and begin to revel in the joy of the season!
This recipe is perfect for keto dieters, diabetic people, or anyone that is trying to cut back on how much sugar they consume.
Note: Since it has espresso in it, you might want to change the recipe if you are going to share it with kids. Make hot cocoa that you flavor with peppermint.
I just know you are going to love the seasonal drink! The best thing is that you can make it any time of year.
There are only six simple ingredients in this cup of joy! You probably already have everything you need, especially if you love to bake keto-friendly desserts.
To really get the most caffeine and flavor out of this latte, I suggest using espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, just brew some really strong coffee.
However, this is completely up to your personal preference. If you like your lattes to have a slight coffee taste, just use normal coffee.
Milk and Cream
To really give it a thick and rich taste, I used almond milk and heavy whipping cream - yup, both. Remember to use unsweetened plain almond milk so that the vanilla flavor doesn't overtake the latte.
To make it a mocha, I used sugar-free chocolate syrup. I like to make my own homemade syrup when I can! You don't need much!
For the peppermint, a little bit of peppermint extract is all you need.
Either granular or a liquid sugar-free sweetener will dissolve the best in the mocha latte. Use your favorite kind that you already have.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
Recipe's Quick Tips
- If you don't want a strong peppermint taste, use only ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract.
- Add your favorite sugar-free toppings on top of the latte.
- My recipe defaults to the amounts that will make 1 latte. If you want to make multiple, you can change the serving amounts in the recipe card and it will automatically adjust the ingredient amounts for you.
If you have ever made a latte at home, then this will be simple! If not, this is still really easy. All the steps are in the printable recipe card. Below, I have the steps along with some helpful photos showing you how I made my latte.
1. Simmer the Milk and Chocolate
The very first step is to simmer the heavy whipping cream, almond milk, sugar-free chocolate syrup, and sweetener in a saucepan.
This step doesn't take long. Simmer it just long enough that the chocolate mixes in completely, and it's nice and warm.
2. Add Peppermint and Espresso
Next, stir in the peppermint extract and your espresso. Mix it up gently and add this to your favorite coffee cup.
Garnish with your favorite sugar-free toppings, and you are ready to enjoy the best keto-friendly peppermint mocha latte you have ever had!
What you serve with this peppermint mocha latte depends on when you are enjoying it.
I like to drink it in the morning with my breakfast. Since this is such a rich drink, I eat something light with it - like Instant Pot sous vide egg bites. Or, for a little bit of fun, you can make some low-carb rainbow pancakes to go with them!
If you are going to serve these drinks at a brunch or to some friends, I'd make keto cinnamon rolls to go with it.
Common Recipe FAQs
Before we get to the printable recipe card, just a little bit further below, here are some questions people often ask about it. If you don't see your question here, please leave it in the comments.
What are some keto-friendly toppings I can add to it?
Have fun and use any of your favorite sugar-free toppings! I like to add keto whipped cream on top and sprinkle some sugar-free mini chocolate chips.
You can also drizzle sugar-free caramel syrup or sprinkle some sugar-free peppermint candies on top.
Have fun and be creative!
Can I use sugar-free peppermint syrup instead of the extract?
Yes, you definitely can. If you use sugar-free peppermint syrup instead of extract, then don't add any additional sweetener.
How do you make this without the espresso?
If you are going to make this for kids (or you don't like coffee), just make a sugar-free hot chocolate and add the peppermint extract to it.
This peppermint mocha latte is so rich and indulgent that you won't even be tempted to get the sugary version from Starbucks. It's the best copycat recipe you'll find!
Other Related Recipes
- Keto Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha is another copycat recipe that tastes identical to the coffee shop version.
- Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte only has 2g net carbs in each cup and has the most amazing layers of flavors.
- Keto Chai Masala is a spiced tea that you will never forget.
- Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Drink only has 2g net carbs in each glass and no coffee.
- Spiced Gingerbread Coffee Recipe is another holiday classic that you'll definitely enjoy.
Keto Starbucks Copycat Peppermint Mocha Latte
- ½ cup Espresso
- 3 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream
- ⅔ cup Unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon Sugar free chocolate syrup
- ½ teaspoon Peppermint extract use a ¼ teaspoon if you do not want a strong peppermint flavor
- Sweetener of your choosing to taste
- Sugar free whipped cream and mini chocolate chips for garnish if desired
- Place the heavy whipping cream, almond milk, sugar free chocolate syrup and sweetener of your choosing into a saucepan over medium heat on the stove.
- Simmer the mixture until the chocolate is completely combined and the mixture is warm.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the espresso and peppermint extract.
- Pour the mixture into a serving glass and top with sugar free whipped cream and mini chocolate chips if desired.
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