Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer

 

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Peppermint, cocoa, cream, and a bit of sugar in a steaming cup of coffee, what’s not to love? Peppermint mocha creamer is everywhere on the dairy section this time of year, with good reason, it is a tantalizing combination.

Unfortunately, the ones at the store don’t seem to have cream, peppermint, or cocoa in them at all. It would be too logical to use the actual ingredients, right? Here is the ingredient list off of a popular brand found in most stores:

INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CELLULOSE GEL, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GUM, CARRAGEENAN.

Thankfully, making your own real food peppermint mocha creamer at home is not hard. It has actual cream, peppermint, and cocoa, who would have thought? I chose to make this a sugar-free version by using liquid stevia, but you can substitute sugar or raw honey to taste if you prefer. If you have raw milk and cream  on hand

If you have raw milk and cream  on hand you can blend them together to make your own half and half. If not, go ahead and buy organic half and half from the store. I chose not to use just cream because the creamer becomes too thick. I haven’t tried but I am sure almond milk and homemade coconut milk would work wonderfully as well.

More Real Food Creamers: 

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer

1 pint half and half
3 TBS cocoa powder
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
40 drops stevia extract (you could also sub sugar or raw honey to taste)

1. Add all the ingredients to a quart jar or large glass measuring cup. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also use a use a regular blender.

2. Pour into a small glass jar to store.

3. The creamer should last for one week.

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer
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Ingredients
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40 drops stevia extract (you could also sub sugar or raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a quart jar or large glass measuring cup. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also use a use a regular blender.
  2. Pour into a small glass jar to store.
  3. The creamer should last for one week in the fridge.

 What is your favourite flavor of creamer?

For more real food recipes check out Tradishen, a real food menu planning site I partner with. 

Real Food Iced Coffee Shop Drinks to Make at Home

Real Food Iced Coffee Shop Drinks to Make at Home-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

I love coffee. I’m sure I’ve mentioned my love of the bitter brew before. Sometimes I still feel a bit guilty since well, I wrote a cookbook about everything tea…. When I started this blog coffee was not on the radar at all. Since then we’ve become good friends.

Summer is the perfect time to cool down with iced coffee drinks. You can find many tasty beverages, even ones made with quality ingredients like two of my favourites School Grounds and Ritual. Alas, my pocketbook doesn’t like me to indulge in them very often. With fancy iced coffee drinks ranging from $3.50-$5.00 just for a small it’s a once a month or less kind of thing.

Fancy iced coffee drinks may seem overwhelming to make but let me assure you they aren’t. All you need is quality coffee beans, a coffee maker, and an ice cube try. My “essentials” are pretty basic, I use a cheap grinder, a french press, and an espresso percolator. I use my french press for teas as well.

Fancy drinks get a bad rap but when you use real food ingredients like raw milk, maple syrup, stevia, and homemade almond milk you can enjoy them more often and save money at the same time!

If you are looking for hot drinks be sure to check out my sweet friend Elsie of Richly Rooted‘s post on The Humbled Homemaker.

Real Food Coffee Drink (Semi) Essentials

So what are you waiting for? Get that coffee (tea) chilling and make yourself an amazing coffee house drink at home!

Basic Iced Coffee

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee @ The Antidote Life (Photo)

Vanilla Iced Latte @ Montana Homestead

Coconut Coffee Cooler @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Creamy Iced Coffee @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Iced Caramel Macchiato @ Our Nourishing Roots

Dirty Iced Chai- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Fauxccinos

Banana Nut Butter Frappe @ Raia’s Recipes (Photo)

Frozen Strawberry Cappuccino @ Spirit Healers

Pumpkin Pie Fauxccino

Peppermint Mocha Frappe

Java Mocha Chip Fauxccino

Mocha Frapuccino @ Growing Up

Paleo Mocha Frappe @ Don’t Mess with Mama

Mocha Coffee Cooler @ Healthy Living How To

Coffee Substitutes

Dandy Blend Coffee Free Frappucino @ This Original Organic Life

Iced Tea and Other Beverages

Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea @ Richly Rooted

Sun Tea @ Richly Rooted

Herbal Meadow Tea 

Mix-ins and Toppings

Chocolate Whipped Cream

Raw Whipped Cream

Salted Caramel Sauce

Dark Chocolate Syrup

Other Coffee Treats

Affogato @ The Antidote Life

Ice Coffee Cubes

 What is your favourite iced coffee shop drink?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dirty” Iced Chai

Dirty Iced Chai- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

The weather has definitely heated up in the Central Valley. When the temperature jumps over 100 degrees there is no doubt that summer is here to stay for the next few months. What better way to beat the heat than a delicious cold beverage?

If you couldn’t already guess I really enjoy hot and cold drinks. I guess you could call it my “thing”. This delightful cool drink is the perfect marriage of my two favourite drinks, tea and coffee. Really how can it get much better than that?

This iced chai starts out unassuming but then the spicy tea is laced with espresso (hence the “dirty”), raw cream, and touch of maple syrup. Be still my heart it. is. amazing!

Dirty Chai

I like to keep a jar of chai concentrate in the fridge (and on the rare occasion I remember a jar of cold brew coffee), making this iced drink easy to whip up. I normally make espresso in the morning in my stove-top percolator, so I tend to use the coffee left over for my iced “dirty’ chai. If you don’t have raw cream you can use low-vat or pasteurized cream from the store (I avoid ultra-pasteurized), coconut milk or almond milk. If you want to make this sugar-free try using stevia drops in place of the maple syrup.

For an added coffee flavor replace your regular ice cubes with coffee ice cubes!

Other Cold Drinks to Enjoy:

*This is similar to the percolator that I use. Mine was from IKEA, which is really the better price but it gives you an idea of what to look for.

"Dirty" Chai Tea
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add your desired amount of ice to a cup. Pour the espresso, chai, water, maple syrup, and vanilla extract over the ice. Stir to mix. Gently pour in the cream or milk of your choice.

 What is your favourite cold drink?

Real Food Iced Mocha

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It’s a hot summer day. The afternoon slump is setting in you feel like you need. coffee. now! Before you load up the kids to get your favourite iced coffee drink at the local coffee shop consider making it at home.

You may even have all the ingredients in your kitchen. That iced mocha can be ready in less time than it takes to wrangle the kids and get them buckled in. I’ve got you  thinking right? 🙂

Turn on the sprinklers if you don’t live in California, send the kids out to play in the backyard, and take a few mommy moments. Even if you aren’t mom coffee breaks are lovely.

Prepare coffee in whatever system you use. I use this espresso percolator most of the time but I really like my french fresh as well.  Grab a bottle of chocolate syrup (or make your own), your favourite milk, water and some ice. That’s it. If you like it a little sweeter maple syrup tastes great in this iced mocha.

If the kids come back in and want a treat too, you can whip them up a quick batch of raw chocolate milk, or just stir homemade syrup into a glass of milk.

This real food iced mocha fits perfectly in a 24 oz mason jar like the one I used in the photo.  I like that it’s nice and portable. Plus it has a bit of that “coffee shop” feel. A dear friend made my cup for me but Traditional Cooking School has a tutorial on how to make one yourself.

Add in options:

Coffee Ice Cubes
Raw Whipped Cream
Dark Chocolate Syrup
Salted Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Whipped Cream

Real Food Iced Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 shots espresso (1/4 cup strong coffee)
  • ¼ cup cream (or milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 TSS dark chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add everything but the ice to a 16 oz glass, stir until mixed. Add the ice and serve.

 What is your favorite iced coffee drink?

Java Chip Fauxccino

Real Food Java Chip Fauxccino- www.NourshingSimplicity.org

Who doesn’t enjoy an occational drink at the local coffee shop? Even before I truly embraced coffee I enjoyed a special treat once or twice a year. When drinks are that chocolatey and sugary sometimes it’s easy to miss the coffee!

It’s no secret that I love crafting coffee drinks at home. It allows me to have all the flavor but get do away with the less than stellar ingredients you find when you go out.

The last “fancy” coffee I had out was a java chip frapuccino, since that day I have not been able to get it out of my head. Hence where this delightful treat came into play.

It is slightly sweet allowing the coffee to still shine. I like to use coffee ice cubes in my drinks. It really does make all the difference!

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Real Food Java Chip Fauxccino
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk of choice)
  • 8 coffee ice cubes
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 TBS mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch unrefined salt
  • vanilla whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the milk, coffee ice cubes, cocoa powder, maple syrup, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and salt in a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.

Java Chip