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.

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.

52 Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted one of these at Starbucks, but they are never dairy-free! Living with a severe dairy allergy they were always off limits. So excited to try this, especially the fact that it’s white chocolate! Have you ever found dairy-free white chocolate chips?

    I’m a food allergy info/recipe blogger as well. Check out my site sometime, would love your thoughts!

  2. Julie-Anne Chabot on

    This perfect white chocolate mocha coffee sounds like my favourite because I already put coconut chocolate milk every morning in my coffee due to having milk intolerance !

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