Dairy-free Peppermint Mocha or Hot Cocoa (Gluten-free with Vegan Option)

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Dairy-free Peppermint Mocha (Gluten-free with Vegan Option) // tasty-yummies.com

This time of year, I am all about the familiar comforting flavors of the holiday season. Gingerbread, cinnamon rolls, egg nog and of course, chocolate and peppermint, etc. The Starbucks Peppermint Mocha used to be one of my favs, but I just really don’t love all of those sugary syrups and other junk, plus since I prefer to avoid dairy, my only option there is soy milk, which I really don’t like drinking, either. That said, those flavors are the perfect way to get me in the holiday mood. We have been known to go out of our way to get peppermint mochas, just to sip on while we pick out our tree or check out the holiday lights. It’s holiday perfection in a cup!

Though I am not a regular coffee drinker these days, I do enjoy a cup of joe – now and again. It’s a nice treat once in a while, but I love not being a slave to the caffeine like so many regular coffee drinkers. I only drink it when it sounds good, not because I have to. I find I enjoy coffee and coffee drinks so much more since I tend to indulge only about once a month or so.

This holiday season, I was determined to recreate the classic Peppermint Mocha, so that I could enjoy it guilt-free. Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, made with high-quality ingredients! I am super happy with my homemade version, I like it better than any that could come in a cardboard cup with snowflakes on it. It’s thick and creamy, rich in chocolatey goodness and it has just the right amount of peppermint flavor.

I have several options for many of the ingredients, so if you wish to make this vegan or if you have an espresso maker and so on. Oh and if you just want a peppermint hot cocoa, leave out the coffee! Done!

What are some of your favorite classic holiday flavors combos?

Dairy-free Peppermint Mocha (Gluten-free with Vegan Option) // tasty-yummies.com

 

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1 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry December 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm

This looks and I am sure tastes like heaven in a cup-perfection indeed! Can’t wait to try Beth. Thanks so much for another incredible recipe!

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2 millie December 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

This sounds awesome! I gotta make it.

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