Tis the season for Peppermint Mochas and pretty red cups and sugary caffeinated joy.
But if you’re breastfeeding a sensitive baby or otherwise averse to coffee and caffeine, then the happy coffee season can be a challenge, particularly for those who love the black stuff. Friend, your problem has been solved.
Enter the coffee-free Peppermint Mocha.
All the Peppermint Mocha goodness without a drop of coffee. Seriously. And it's so. good.
What’s the trick?
Dandy Blend for the win, my friends. A vegan, kosher, non-GMO mixture of awesomely nutritional plant life (most notably dandelion) that tastes like coffee and packs a seriously healthful punch with loads of trace minerals, potassium, iron and calcium. This stuff is glorious. If you’re a coffee aficionado, it might take some getting used to. However, if you mix it with coffee or make tasty drinks with it such as the heretofore peppermint mocha, you’ll barely notice the difference.*
This recipe doesn’t use sugar, and you can remove the dairy to make it vegan. Dandy blend is also tree nut and gluten free. So many wins here, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Coffee-Free Peppermint Mocha:
Makes: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
1) Stir Together:
- 1 Mugful Hot Milk (Almond, Raw Organic, Whatever you drink)
- 1 TBSP Dandy Blend
- 2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Heaping Teaspoon Honey
1 Mini Candy Cane and stir to melt (remove when it’s pepperminty enough for your taste)
3.) Top with:
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Shavings
- Mini Candy Cane for Garnish
4) Win at life.
Happy Holidays, coffee-loving mommas!
*Some info for the pregnant mommas: Chicory root is an ingredient of Dandy Blend that is not recommended during pregnancy. From the Dandy Blend website:
There is some controversy about Chicory root. Warnings don't often take into account the frequency with which such events occur. I have reviewed the literature, and find that the issue with chicory is in large doses and it is a very RARE occurrence. Others say that the caution is just for the first trimester, but after that it is safe. But the operational word here is "rare". Chicory is overall a safe and very beneficial herb, especially in moderation, and when you drink Dandy Blend, you are getting only a small amount of chicory. We have marketed Dandy Blend for 23 years-- mostly at first to customers of health practitioners and quite a bit to Japan where it is used to aid in pregnancy and lactation.
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