This sweet, rich and energizing dairy-free Mocha Smoothie Recipe is a fun and delicious way to jazz up your morning cup of coffee.
I LOVE coffee.
I also love chocolate.
Rarely do I go a day without enjoying both coffee and chocolate in some form.
Sometimes I’ll even combine the two, like in this healthy Mocha Smoothie Recipe or this classic, dairy-free Iced Mocha Recipe. Occasionally I’ll even whip up this delicious Mocha Chia Seed Pudding recipe for a fun, unique breakfast!
This mocha smoothie recipe is sweet, chocolatey and refreshing. Plus, it will give you a nice caffeine boost on days when you’re feeling sluggish.
I especially love to make my own mocha drinks at home so I can control what kind of sweeteners are in them. This mocha smoothie recipe is sweetened naturally with dates and frozen banana. The frozen banana makes this smoothie super rich and creamy and pairs beautifully with the coffee and chocolate.
While it’s still possible to make this healthy mocha smoothie in a normal blender, a high speed blender really does make a big different as it can blend the dates up better, resulting in a smoother smoothie. I absolutely love my Vitamix blender and have been using it for years!
What is Mocha?
A mocha is basically a chocolate flavored version of the classic cafe latte. You can also describe mocha as a hot chocolate with a shot or two of espresso in it.
How to Make a Dairy-Free Mocha Smoothie
I’ve found that it’s incredibly easy to make dairy-free smoothies. Simply replace the milk with non-dairy milk or the yogurt with non-dairy yogurt.
To make this dairy-free mocha smoothie recipe, all you have to do is place all of the following ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth:
- Non-dairy milk
- Frozen banana
- Cocoa powder
I recommend enjoying this mocha smoothie immediately after making it. From my experience, smoothies containing banana don’t store well in the fridge, as the banana tends to warm up, oxidize and take on a different flavor.
How to Add Protein to Smoothies
Adding protein (add fat!) to smoothies is a great way to keep you fuller for longer and keep your blood sugar levels stable.
There are quite a few options of high-protein ingredients you could add to this mocha smoothie to bump up the protein:
- Chocolate protein powder
- Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Dairy-free soy yogurt
- Silken tofu
- Handful of nuts or seeds
Try adding one (or two!) of these ingredients to this mocha smoothie recipe to increase the protein content!
*You can also use cacao powder.