Vegan Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee at Home!

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Tis’ the season for fancy coffee drinks, but so many coffeehouse blends are off dairy-free limits. Sure, you can probably find a holiday latte to custom order (swap the milk, omit the whip, and pay more money!), but there is that cross-contamination issue of shared pitchers and steaming wands. I say why not save yourself a bundle and make your own dairy-free creations at home. They are much easier than you think. This peppermint white chocolate mocha coffee recipe, for example, uses just four ingredients, including the coffee! It’s a delicious holiday hack that will warm your soul thanks to a few special ingredients.

Dairy-Free Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Recipe with easy vegan white chocolate syrup - a coffeehouse hack to enjoy for the holidays and winter. Also soy-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly.

The Secrets to Homemade Vegan White Chocolate Mocha Coffee

I was inspired to whip up this peppermint white chocolate mocha coffee during a recent shopping trip at Target. They carry such a great selection of dairy-free beverages and creamers that I like to take a minute to scan the options. On this visit, my eyes stopped at the So Delicious French Vanilla Coconutmilk Creamer. I remembered how sweet, rich, and intensely vanilla it tasted … almost like white chocolate. Could it be the base for a dairy-free white chocolate mocha?

My basket was already filled with 1850 Ground Coffee, and I had grabbed a couple new mugs on sale that were too cute to resist (I have a mug addiction!). Good quality coffee, a new drinking vessel, a discount with Target’s Cartwheel App, and a brilliant idea – this was meant to happen. So into my basket went the So Delicious French Vanilla Coconutmilk Creamer.

Dairy-Free Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Recipe with easy vegan white chocolate syrup - a coffeehouse hack to enjoy for the holidays and winter. Also soy-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly.

It took some experimenting, but the end result was a simple recipe that tastes irresistible. Even Tony, my black coffee with sugar guy, kept asking if I had made more of these peppermint white chocolate mocha coffee drinks. He was smitten!

This peppermint white chocolate mocha recipe includes my two-ingredient hack for making dairy-free white chocolate syrup. The So Delicious French Vanilla Coconutmilk Creamer bubbles down into an amazing vanilla syrup, which allows me to whisk in cocoa butter for a rich white chocolate experience without dairy!

Dairy-Free Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Recipe with easy vegan white chocolate syrup - a coffeehouse hack to enjoy for the holidays and winter. Also soy-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly.

Recipe Notes for the Dairy-Free White Chocolate Syrup

It might surprise you to see that this dairy-free creamer-based syrup is relatively transparent. But it does provide dairy-free milkiness to your peppermint white chocolate mocha.

The extra tablespoon of dairy-free creamer that is added after cooking returns just enough creaminess to the syrup and helps to perfect the consistency. When it’s refrigerated, this syrup does take on a thicker, creamier appearance, like in the photo below.

Yes, you can make a bigger batch of the white chocolate syrup, and refrigerate it for up to one week. Then you can literally whisk up a peppermint white chocolate mocha coffee in an instant! Just whisk the dairy-free white chocolate syrup into your coffee until smooth.

Dairy-Free Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Recipe with easy vegan white chocolate syrup - a coffeehouse hack to enjoy for the holidays and winter. Also soy-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly.

The Best Ingredients for Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee

Almost any food-grade cocoa butter and peppermint extract will do in this recipe, but top quality dairy-free creamer and coffee are essential.

Out of curiosity, I did test this dairy-free peppermint white chocolate mocha coffee recipe with a couple other dairy-free creamers, but So Delicious French Vanilla Coconutmilk Creamer was our hands down choice. Plus, I like that it is made with organic, Non-GMO Project verified coconuts, but without carrageenan.

Mocha beverages are traditionally made with espresso, but coffee is preferred in our home. And we both thought the 1850 Pioneer Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee was bold, but smooth, for the perfect base in this vegan peppermint white chocolate mocha coffee recipe. It’s made with Arabica beans, and you can buy it in Whole-bean, Ground, & K-Cup® pods.

Deal Alert! You can save up to 20% on participating coffee and dairy-free creamer products (Including 1850 Ground Coffee and So Delicious Coconutmilk Creamer) with the Cartwheel App. The offer is good between now and December 22, 2018 at Target stores.

Dairy-Free Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Recipe with easy vegan white chocolate syrup - a coffeehouse hack to enjoy for the holidays and winter. Also soy-free, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly.

Special Diet Notes: Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Coffee

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and top food allergy-friendly.

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This sweet, creamy blend is better than expensive coffeehouse drinks. Not to mention, it's dairy-free white chocolate!
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
Peppermint Dairy-Free White Chocolate Syrup
Make Your Mocha Coffee
Instructions
Peppermint Dairy-Free White Chocolate Syrup
  1. Pour the ¼ cup creamer into a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the creamer starts bubbling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.* It should reduce to a transparent, thick syrup.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cocoa butter and peppermint, and vigorously whisk until an emulsified smooth syrup develops.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoons creamer and whisk to combine.
Make Your Mocha Coffee
  1. Add the coffee to the syrup and whisk to combine. Place the pan over low heat and warm to your desired drinking temperature.
  2. Pour into a mug and optionally garnish with a candy cane stir stick or dairy-free whip and crushed candy cane.
Notes
*If you double this recipe, bubble the syrup for about 10 minutes (more liquid means more time to cook it down), or until it becomes thick syrup.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

50 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness I have been PRAYING for peppermint mocha creamer! I check EVERY grocery store for it! I had to go dairy free bc i developed an allergy last year! My FAVORITE thing about winter time and holidays was my peppermint mocha! Thanks for sharing this!! BLESSING! ❤️

  2. Looks so good and can’t beat a cozy mug filled with coffee and peppermint this time of year!
    My youngest daughter pretty much only likes white hot cocoa and I was recently having a hard time finding the white chocolate we use. I’m going to make this white chocolate creamer and give it a try for her cocoa and a mocha for me. I just need to pick up creamer, and of course was just at Target earlier today, I have lots of cocoa butter. Usually I would have the creamer too but lately can’t drink it fast enough.

  3. I will be making this for sure! It’s my favorite coffee to drink year round. It’s the one thing I REALLY REALLY miss by being dairy free

  4. Excited to try this! I would love to try to make a Cinnamon Macchiato with almondmilk at home. PS where do you buy the food grade grated cocoa butter???

    • I usually buy it online for the best price. TerraSoul is a good deal on Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2Qe3aTH
      But you can also find it at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. I usually see it in the baking section, near the chocolate. It can seem a little pricey, but a 1 pound bag lasts quite a while and it doesn’t go rancid like oils do. I bought 5 pounds several years ago, and still have half of it left!

  5. I would love if I could make any coffeehouse drink the newly advertised peppermint mocha. It sounds amazing and I’ve printed the recipe to follow at home to make. Thank you for this recipe and all your others. Your truly inspirational.

  6. This time of year I love cozying up with my kids and having a special treat for them when they come home. I’m going to try this one out on them. Cocoa butter is truly the bom and I was so excited to see it in this recipe as well as the tip for boiling down the So Delicious creamer. Brilliant!

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