December is quickly approaching which means it's time for peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes. Starbucks and Tim Hortons have already started using their holiday cups and packaging. These takeout hot drinks tend to be calorically dense, high in sugar and contain many preservatives. Below are some recipe suggestions to make healthier versions of these delicious and comforting drinks at home. A dollop of whipped cream on top is not included in all of the recipes but is always optional! The recipes that include coffee can easily be made without the shot of espresso so that they are suitable for the entire family.
- ¾ cup milk of choice
- 1 ½ Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup brewed coffee or espresso
- ½ tsp mint extract or peppermint syrup (steep 1 ½ cups boiling water, 1 ½ cups sugar and 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves for 10-15 minutes)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- In a pot over medium heat add the milk, cocoa and sugar and stir until small bubbles form and the sugar dissolves.
- Stir in the coffee/espresso, mint extract or syrup and vanilla and then remove from heat.
- Serve in a large mug and enjoy!
- 1 ½ cups milk of choice
- ¼ cup coffee or espresso
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp molasses
- Sprinkle nutmeg
- Warm the milk in the microwave or on the stovetop.
- Whisk in the spices and molasses.
- Pour into a mug and top with coffee or espresso.
White Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate, chopped
- Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, whisk all the ingredients together.
- Over low heat continue stirring until mixture is warm and the chocolate is melted.
- Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
Mugs and Kisses!
Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian