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Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha Made Skinny

It’s a hot, minty, chocolate, coffee treat…Starbucks makes their dreamy, skinny holiday drink with espresso, steamed nonfat milk, sugar-free mocha sauce and sugar-free peppermint syrup. My home version is simple to make since I’m using strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa, Splenda and peppermint extract. Each (12oz) drink has 90 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha Made Skinny (1)


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Mocha:

⅔ cup fat-free milk

⅔ cup strong brewed coffee or decaf, I used Starbucks Vanilla K-cup, see shopping tips

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa, see shopping tips

2 packages Splenda, Equal, Truvia (Stevia) or your favorite sugar substitute

⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract, see shopping tips

Optional Topping Ingredients:

2 tablespoons light whipped cream

Dash of cocoa or crushed candy cane



1. Brew coffee stronger than usual. In a small pot, add milk, cocoa, Splenda and peppermint extract. Over medium high heat, mix until cocoa is dissolved and mixture is hot.

2. Transfer to a blender and process for about 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry. Just whisk the mixture in the pot continuously with a wire whisk until foamy.  Pour brewed coffee into a large cup and pour hot milk mixture over coffee. Stir to blend.

3. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 1 (12 oz) serving

Food Fact

Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha was introduced in 2011. It’s a lighter version of their Peppermint Mocha.

Shopping Tips

I strongly recommend you buy a good quality unsweetened cocoa. It does make a huge difference. I like to use Ghirardelli or Droste. Most supermarkets sell these 2 brands.

Peppermint extract can be found in supermarkets in the spice section. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

I like to make this drink using the new Starbucks Vanilla Coffee (k-cup) for the Keurig machine. Most supermarkets and Target sell this yummy, vanilla coffee. Or use your favorite regular coffee.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 1

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 (12 oz) cup (without whipped cream)
90 calories, 1g fat, 4mg chol, 9g protein, 15g carbs, 3g fiber, 103mg sodium, 10g sugar

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 (12 oz) Skinny Starbucks (without whipped cream)
100 calories, 1g fat, 5mg chol, 10g protein, 13g carbs, 3g fiber, 0mg sodium, 11g sugar

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Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Kathy Radigan

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Wow this sounds so yummy!!! And perfect for the Christmas holiday!

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Thanks for sharing my easy, skinny version!

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