We will say it so you don't have to: peppermint mochas are not just a holiday drink! We have created the perfect summer peppermint mocha with our cacao calm vegan collagen support blend. It is equal parts refreshing as it is delicious. Plus, no added sugars or thick syrups, we add in real peppermint extract! Adding in our cacao calm blend, instead of normal cacao or cocoa also helps aid your hair, skin, and nails.*
For this recipe, you will be needed a blender. We will be creating our own mocha mix and this mocha mix can make up more than one cup of our peppermint mocha so if you are making for one, adjust the measurements accordingly! To make our mocha mix we will combine 2 cups of coffee, 1 TBS of our Cacao Calm vegan collagen support blend, 2 dates pitted, 1 TSP of vanilla extract, and 1/2 a TSP of peppermint extract. If you want more or less peppermint taste you can adjust it to be 1/4 a TSP or 3/4 TSP.
If you want to pre-make the mocha blend for the week, feel free to blend and then store in an air tight container in the fridge. We do not recommend storing for more than a week. If you are pre-making the mocha mix, make sure to shake well before adding to your frothed milk to make your latte.
The last step will be to combine 1/2 of your mocha mix to 1/4 cup of your frothed plant-based milk of choice. We recommend using our hand-held whisk because its results are unbeatable when it comes to plant milks.
What is unmatched about this iced peppermint mocha is that it comes with skin-boosting benefits.* Our cacao calm blend comes with not only cacao and ashwagandha, but also amla berry, tremella mushroom, and bamboo leaf extract.
Our cacao calm is our only blend that has cacao and ashwagandha in it, which host their own benefits separate from our normal vegan collagen support blends. Cacao powder is chock-full of essential minerals that our bodies need to feel nourished and healthy.* It's high in potassium, iron, zinc, calcium, copper, and manganese. It also contains high amounts of magnesium, which is said to relax and calm the body, support bone and cardiovascular health, and help with migraines and PMS symptoms.* So you are telling me I can drink something that tastes like a grown-up hot cocoa and benefit my body? Sign me up! Read more on our blog to find 4 other benefits to cacao powder.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen – this means that it’s a plant that helps our bodies adapt to stress and maintain overall balance.* KSM-66® Ashwagandha is the highest concentration ashwagandha extract powder on the market and has been shown, through extensive research, to have a wide array of health benefits including blocking stress pathways that regulate chemical signaling in the nervous system.*
We love adding our cacao calm blend to any drink or latte that might call for a smidge of cacao powder or that you want to add a slight chocolate-y taste to! It has amazing benefits for your hair, skin, and nails.* You can read more about the skin-loving ingredients in all our blends on our ingredient list!
If you loved this collagen-boosting drink, you'll love our other lattes & drink recipes:
- Chocolate Beauty Latte
- Maple Collagen-Boost Iced Chai Latte
- How to: Vegan Coffee Creamer
- Cookie Butter Beauty Latte
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew