My Recipe for Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha


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 used strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa, Splenda or Truvia and peppermint extract. Each skinny drink has 90 calories, 1 gram of fat and 3 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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. Sprinkle with a dash of cocoa power or crushed candy canes, if desired.

Makes 1 (1½ cups) 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.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 3-
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 (1½ cups) (without whipped cream)
90 calories, 1g fat, 0.7g sat. 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