Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer

The holidays can be a bit brutal for dairy-free folk. I admit I’ve been sneaking a bit in here and there – I’ve found I can tolerate small amounts of dairy, usually in baked goods. Which doesn’t do my waistline any favors, but I digress.

I still have to completely avoid milk, half-and-half, yogurt, and cheese, though. (Oh cheese, I still miss you.)

It’s the time of year for dairy-laden everything, but coffee-wise, we’re talking deliciousness along the lines of eggnog lattes, peppermint mochas, and some sort of new and amazing-sounding spiced sweet cream cold brew from the ‘Bucks. But here is where I don’t really feel like I’m missing out. Because I’ve been working on a dairy-free eggnog recipe for awhile now (planning to share it soon), and it’s divine splashed in coffee. And when I really feel like a December-worthy pepperminty chocolate splurge, I splash a good amount of this Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer into my cuppa joe.

Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer recipe - A festive homemade non-dairy creamer made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and extracts. Super easy to make!

Initially, I envisioned this recipe as a cashew coffee creamer based concoction. And that was fairly tasty. But then I started thinking about how, perhaps, I should start with almost a homemade chocolate syrup situation and then go from there – the heat helps dissolve the cocoa powder. Not wanting to put you guys through a bout of soaking and THEN heating (oh the humanity), I decided to opt for easier and switched from cashews to light coconut milk.

Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer recipe - A festive homemade non-dairy creamer made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and extracts. Super easy to make!

This Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer recipe is super easy to whip up. Just mix a can of light coconut milk, some pure maple syrup (Grade A to avoid a heavy maple flavor), and good cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Flavor with extracts and helloooo, vegans and dairy-free folk! The holidays are for you too!

Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer recipe - A festive homemade non-dairy creamer made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and extracts. Super easy to make!

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Peppermint Mocha Vegan Coffee Creamer

Perk up your coffee with this festive non-dairy creamer. Simply made with coconut milk, cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and extracts, it’s super easy to make. And especially delicious with a candy cane plopped into the mix. Stir sticks are important!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons – 1/4 cup Grade A pure maple syrup (can substitute 1/4 cup granulated sugar*)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (good quality)
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Set a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the coconut milk, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, cocoa powder, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just about to start simmering, about 5 minutes (depending on your stove).
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract. Taste and if you’d like it mintier, add an additional 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract. If you would like your creamer sweeter, add another tablespoon (or two) of pure maple syrup.
  3. Let cool to room temperature then transfer to a sealed container. Keeps, refrigerated, for 4-5 days.
  4. To serve, add a generous amount to a cup of strong-brewed coffee. If you like, top with coconut whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and/or a candy cane.

* Make sure your sugar is vegan if that is important to you!

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.