Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mousse

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Easy and ultra decadent collide in this Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mousse. Vegan, paleo, only 5 ingredients, and holiday dessert perfect!


I love a good mug of hot chocolate as much as the next flannel wearing, Spotify holiday playlist rocking, Christmas tree emoji in every message girl. (Yes, I wear flannel here and pretend it’s not 75 degrees outside…don’t judge.) But do you know what I love even more than hot chocolate mugs? Hot chocolate MOUSSE.

Here’s what makes mousse better than a mug: 1) less sipping, more spoon delving 2) zero sweating even if you live in non-chilly climates 3) the mini marshmallows won’t melt away into oblivion – I like my mini marshmallows where I can see them and in abundance. And 4) 10x times the decadence.

This recipe delivers on all the aforementioned pros. And only requires like four(ish) ingredients. And no refined sugar. And takes less than 5 minutes of actual effort time to make.

Are you even ready for this?

This is not just hot chocolate mousse but Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mousse. So infinitely more holly jolly, obvi. But don’t worry, no candy canes were crushed in the making of this mousse. We’ll leave the bottling of minty Christmas essence to the pros at Nielsen-Massey.

The extract aisle can be surprisingly overwhelming – baking vanilla or pure vanilla? Mint or peppermint? Extract or flavor? My mission is always to find the real deal pure and potent stuff, and this is it. Made with high quality mint oils and alcohol, that’s all. Peppermint extract is definitely one of those a little bit goes a loooooooong way kinda things, so be choosy and get the good stuff.

I mean it is the holidays and we are breaking out mini marshmallows for the occasion, so we want the peppermint-iest of mousses possible.

I’ve had some fun kitchen experimenting with their Pure Almond and Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extracts lately too, and I feel like my Christmas baking game = elevated because of it.

P.S. If anyone knows how to make an everlasting candle out of their almond extract, please get in touch. Asking for a friend (my nose).

Speaking of the mintiest of peppers (wait…?), for this recipe I used a full teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract. The recipe makes 4 normal (or 3 treat yo self!) sized servings. I like the peppermint flavor to be front and center not lost amidst all the date-sweetened chocolate decadence, but if you are one of those people who’s a little meh on mint things you can tone it down to half a teaspoon. Personally I do not think it’s overly strong though.

The word LUSCIOUS was invented with just this silky, simple, choc-mint stuff in mind. Topped off with mini marshmallows plus a squiggley drizzle of melted chocolate and regular sipping hot chocolate has no chance.

Good luck keeping me and my spoon away.


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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mousse

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  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

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Easy and ultra decadent collide in this Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mousse. Vegan, paleo, only 5 ingredients, and holiday dessert perfect!



  • 6oz (180g) unsweetened chocolate
  • 200g pitted medjool dates ((approximately 1 cup packed))
  • 1 3/4 cup (420g) non-dairy mik ((I used almond))
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
  • Optional: pinch of sea salt


  1. Roughly chop the unsweetened chocolate. Melt in the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler.
  2. In a high speed blender, combine the milk, dates, peppermint extract, and salt. Blend on high until very smooth.
  3. Slowly stream in the melted chocolate and continue blending until smooth.
  4. Transfer to cups or jars. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least 8 hours).
  5. Top with mini marshmallows (vegan or not) and a drizzle of melted chocolate. Enjoy!

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