Full of festive flavor, peppermint mocha lattes are the drink of the season. But these seasonal sippers can break the bank and bust your waistline. Skip chain stores and their sugar-packed drinks. See how our homemade version compares side-by-side nutritionally with Starbucks' popular drink.
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Peppermint is one of our favorite holiday flavors. It's a fantastic addition to a morning coffee or afternoon pick-me-up when the temps are cool outside and you want to get into the cozy holiday spirit. Many of our fellow coffee lovers look forward to the seasonal release of Starbucks' peppermint mocha, but we don't love the nutritional facts behind that holiday favorite. So we decided to create our own healthier alternative that boasts minty flavor while saving you calories, fat, and sugar. Here's how our healthy homemade recipe compares nutritionally to Starbucks' popular drink:

Get the Recipe: Healthy Peppermint Mocha Latte

Using our homemade peppermint mocha latte recipe, you avoid consuming unnecessary ingredients like imitation vanilla and soy lecithin. You also end up saving 179 calories, 6.9 grams of fat, and 18 grams of sugar. Plus, you save gas when you avoid the trip to the coffee store. If that's not sweet, we don't know what is.

If you're in store and still crave that chocolaty-minty coffee delight, here are a few things you can do to lower your calorie total:
- Skip the whip. The fluffy topper is tempting, but if you skip it, you'll save 60 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
- Swap the dairy. Instead of 2% milk, ask for nonfat, and you'll save 20 more calories.
- Total: 160 calories, 1g sat fat, 26g sugar