Keto Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha ?☕?
Because ’tis the season! And because there’s absolutely no need to miss out on this favorite holiday special. Thick, creamy and absolutely delicious, this keto bulletproof peppermint mocha will have you swooning!
Plus, the base is dairy free (yup, paleo approved too!). And depending on the coffee you use, just 2-3g net carbs.
Oh, and yup, this is a play on our much-loved keto bulletproof hot chocolate. ?
The Deets ?
So what’s the trick?
Chia seeds! Yup, blending these fiber-rich nutritional powerhouse leads to an instant thick and creamy mix (with no additional taste!).
So forget those watery mocha mixes. Or the need to add way too much HWC (heavy whipped cream), which (let’s face it) can stall some peeps.
Plus, mixing in some chia seeds is bound to not only add thickness, but also to make you feel fuller. So whether you decide to drop in some grass-fed butter or coconut/MCT oil into your hot chocolate to make it bulletproof, you can count on this hot chocolate to provide quite a bit of nutrition value.
Beats a Starbucks run! ??♀️
Cacao vs Cocoa
Both work great. But our favorite will forever be the Dutch-processed alkaline cocoa Valrhona, known to be one of (if not the) best cocoas in the world. But feel free to use a raw cacao powder (arguably more nutritional perks here). Both are well and good, as long as they’re unsweetened.
Chia seeds are awesome. These tiny Mexican guys pack a whole lot of protein and add a whole lot of crunch. Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants.
So if you’re on keto, and having trouble passing (you know, ?), chia seeds are bound to become your new best friends.
Plus, they just so happen to be an awesome thickener. You might have already met our full-on chia chocolate pudding (or our peppermint special for the holidaze!). But chia seeds do an equally awesome job at thickening up your bulletproof peppermint mocha, without the need of an actual bar of chocolate.
Just be sure to run them in your high speed blender until fully combined. We don’t want any lumps hanging out…! Or you can always use ground chia seeds for easier blending.
The Sweetener ?
Pick your poison.
Though do note that we like Swerve or xylitol best here. No funky aftertaste.
Also, this bulletproof peppermint mocha might just be one of the only recipes were the cooling effect of sugar alcohols is much welcome. Fact is, even adding a drop or two of peppermint extract to some sweetener, and subsequently sprinkling it over the whipped cream, is truly fantastic. Think little bits of peppermint-sugar crystals! Optional, but highly suggested.
Fun fact: it might also be our taste buds here, but we’ve noticed that stevia-based sweeteners (such as Pyure) don’t work so great in hot situations (particularly if chocolate is involved). Again, it might just be our taste buds here!
And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! ?
FOR THE BULLETPROOF PEPPERMINT MOCHA
- 5 g cocoa powder
- 14 g chia seeds *
- 1-2 tablespoons Swerve or xylitol (to taste)
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to taste
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or coconut/MCT oil (optional)
- 5 almonds or hazelnuts (think Nutella!)**
- 350 ml hot water **
- 1 shot espresso
- whipped cream optional (but highly suggested)
- peppermint ‘sugar’ optional (but highly suggested)***
*Alternatively, purchase pre-ground chia seeds (or powder them yourself) for faster blending.
**Almonds + water = instant almond milk! But feel free to sub with actual unsweetened almond milk ?
***This bulletproof peppermint mocha might just be one of the only recipes were the cooling effect of sugar alcohols is much welcome. Fact is, even adding a drop or two of peppermint extract to some sweetener, and subsequently sprinkling it over the whipped cream, is truly fantastic. Think little bits of peppermint-sugar crystals! Optional, but highly suggested.
Feel free to adjust the cocoa powder to suit your taste buds, and the chia seeds for desired thickness (and fiber!).
Please note that nutrition values were calculated using grass-fed butter, and the total net carb count comes out to 2.4g. Though please note that cacao and cocoa values do vary, so check your nutrition labels!