Turn everyone’s favorite Christmas drink into everyone’s new favorite snack with this Peppermint Mocha Bread! Gluten-free and dairy-free, this Peppermint Mocha Bread is bursting with mocha and peppermint flavor!
I’m pretty sure I’ve found my new favorite recipe.
I know, I know – that’s a pretty bold statement coming from a food blogger, especially seeing as how I’ve made some pretty dang tasty things on this blog, but this bread? It’s literally a slice of heaven. Peppermint mocha heaven 😉
I’m going to be honest with you here – I researched the heck out of this bread before giving it a go. It seems that while the peppermint chocolate flavor is popular during this time of year, the peppermint mocha flavor is not [except for when its in drink form, of course!]. So that kind of got me second guessing myself a bit – would anyone even be interested in a peppermint mocha bread? Maybe it’s just not an appealing sounding food?
But I went with my gut and made the dang thing anyway. Hey, if all else fails its something chocolatey for me to eat, right?
But then this happened…
I mean come onnnnnnn!
I tried so hard not to eat this thing right out of the oven. I even had to chase away Ninja who was eyeing it all evening long as it set and cooled. When I finally did slice into it, I held my breath like I do for all of my recipes and hoped that it passed the taste test.
Verdct? Best. Quick Bread. Ever.
Though before we go any further here I feel like I should let ya’ll in on the big secret with this peppermint mocha bread – it’s actually a banana bread. Whaaaaaat? I know, I’m insane. Let me break this all down for you.
Banana bread has some of my favorite texture. It’s dense yet fluffy, light yet filling and perfectly textured in every way, which is why I really wanted to implement bananas into this peppermint mocha bread. Well, that and because I had bananas going brown and I didn’t want to just freeze them. Perfect solution, right? 😉
I seriously just can’t even [insert all the heart eye emojis here!]
Now before we get too far ahead of ourselves here with the mocha flavor, let me just say that this bread does indeed have coffee in it. Not coffee extract – straight up bold, black coffee. I’m not sure what your feelings are about coffee in quick breads but if you’ve never tried it I suggest you do. And if you just want peppermint chocolate bread then go ahead and sub out the coffee for almond milk [or your milk of choice]. My feelings won’t be hurt – but you’d better think long and hard about what you’ve done 😉
The only real issue I had with this peppermint mocha bread was the dang photoshoot. While I personally think that the final pictures turned out amazing, I had to actually go back and do the photoshoot twice thanks to the mystery of the disappearing sun. I kid you not – both times I went to shoot this bread it was bright and sunny outside and then BAM! no more sun. I was not a happy
I think the end result was well worth it though
The texture, the flavors and the overall feel of this bread is just amazing. It literally felt like Christmas morning when I took a bite of my first slice – rich, comforting and of course, chocolatey 😉
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to put the rest of my brown bananas to good use [aka I’m making another loaf of this peppermint mocha bread!]
- 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 2 medium bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso, cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/3 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
- 2 candy canes, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
- In a bowl, mix together the eggs, banana, maple syrup and extract. Stir in the coffee.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until no lumps remain.
- Spread batter into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
- Bake bread for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before slicing.
Are you a peppermint mocha fan?