Dairy-Free Mocha Latte Recipe (paleo & vegan) (2024)

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Posted Jul 11, 2018, Updated Sep 27, 2021

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This dairy-free mocha latte recipe is so delicious you will feel like you are drinking a high-end latte from a fancy coffee shop, but in the comfort of your own home and for afraction of the price! It’s healthy (paleo, vegan, with no refined sugar) and easy to make either in the blender or with a milk frother.

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I created an iced mocha latte recipe that is so amazing you will feel like you are drinking a high-end latte from a fancy coffee shop, but in the comfort of your own home and for afraction of the price! Make your own cinnamon chip scones or mocha scones for a cozy breakfast.

To be honest, I’m usually a straight-up, black coffee drinker (maybe with a touch of this healthy coffee creamer added). But every now and then I get a craving for a mocha latte. So I made it my mission to create a dairy-free latte that is healthy, low in sugar, easy to make and delicious, and this Mocha Latte is totally a winner folks.

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Mocha Latte Recipe: Ingredients and Substitutions

Let’s chat a bit about the ingredients used in this homemade latte recipe, and some possible substitutions!

  • Brewed Coffee.If you want to add an even extra boost of caffeine to this treat, feel free to use a shot of espresso. Just be sure to chill it for an iced version. If you want to make this decaf, simply used brewed decaf coffee! Cold-brewed coffee is also a great choice!
  • Cocoa Powder.The higher quality ingredients used, the better this mocha latte recipe will taste. It only takes 1 TBS of cocoa powder to impart a perfectly chocolate flavor, so why not use the good stuff.
  • Honey.The recipe calls for a 1/2 to 1 TBS honey. I prefer my homemade latte less sweet, so I used 1/2 TBS. If you like your latte recipes on the sweeter side, then use a full 1 TBS. For a vegan version, use pure maple syrup.
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How to make a Mocha Latte at home

Here are a few notes about making this recipe in the blender or with a milk frother.

  • Blend the coconut milk.I recommend tossing the entire can of coconut milk (solid and liquid portions) for 15-20 seconds in the standard Vitamix container first. This ensures there will not be any lumps when it’s poured into the Aer Disc Container to make the mocha latte!
  • Brew the coffee.Use your favorite coffee beans and brew them using your favorite method. I make mine in the french press. Feel free to use your favorite coffee or espresso!

To make an Iced Mocha Latte: Chill the ingredients first

  • For this iced vegan mocha (which is absolutely perfect for summer), it’s important to chill the ingredients overnight. Transfer the blended coconut milk and brewed coffee into glass jars with lids, and store them in the refrigerator overnight!
    • Blend for as short a time as possible.For an iced vegan latte it’s important to blend as little as possible, because blending increases the temperature of the liquid. 30 seconds is a sufficient amount of time to blend the coffee and coconut milk together to create a great foam. Blending for 10-15 seconds to combine the final ingredients into the coffee/coconut milk mixture was perfect!

To make a warm Mocha Latte: Do not chill ingredients

  • If you are more interested in a warm dairy-free latte, there is no need to chill the ingredients overnight!
    • Blend longer.To heat up the dairy-free latte, you will need to blend for about 2 minutes.
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How to froth milk at home

I understand the Aer container is a unique piece of kitchen equipment that not many people have, so you can also use a milk frother to make this.

In the Aer Container

The beauty of the Vitamix Aer Disc Container is that it does the milk-frothing for you! The proof is in the pudding, look at that foam (as I mentioned before).

With a milk frother

I use my milk frother all the time. It’s easy to use one instead of the Vitamix. I recommend whisking or blending the ingredients (coffee, honey, vanilla and cocoa powder) together first, frothing the milk, then pouring the frothed milk into the the mixed ingredients! You can still make it hot or cold, just chose the correct function on the frother.

How to serve a Mocha Latte

  1. For an iced latte, pour the finished product into cups or mugs filled with ice cubes.
  2. For a warm mocha latte, pour the finished latte into your favorite mugs!

I also recommend pairing it with your favorite breakfast, like our favorite cinnamon rolls, my go-to healthy breakfast bars or these paleo zucchini muffins!

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Recipe FAQs

What kind of milk do you use to make a dairy-free latte?

Canned Coconut Milk.To achieve the best foam, I recommend using full-fat, canned coconut milk or cream. Lite coconut milk can also be used.

Is almond milk good for lattes?

It’s not the best. I think fat is a key component in a truly amazing mocha latte. So I’d stick with coconut milk for this mocha latte recipe!

What is the ratio of espresso to milk in a latte?

In this recipe I used a 1:1 ratio of coffee to coconut milk. Feel free to adjust the ratio to your liking if you so desire! If using real espresso the ratio is more like 1:4 espresso : milk.

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Dairy-Free Mocha Latte

Laura

This dairy-free mocha latte recipe is so delicious you will feel like you are drinking a high-end latte from a fancy coffee shop, but in the comfort of your own home and for afraction of the price! It's healthy (paleo, vegan, with no refined sugar) and easy to make either in the blender or with a milk frother.

5 from 5 votes

Course Breakfast, Drinks

Cuisine American

Servings 2 Servings

Calories 132.1

Prep Time5 minutes minutes

Total Time5 minutes minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put coconut milk and coffee into the Aer Disc Container on your Vitamix blender.

  • Blend staring at the lowest setting and increasing to high. Blend for 30 seconds on high speed.

  • Stop blending and add honey, cocoa powder and vanilla.

To make an Iced Mocha Latte:

  • Blend starting on low speed and increasing to high for 15 seconds, or until ingredients are combined.

  • Pour over ice and enjoy

To make a warm Mocha Latte:

  • Do not chill ingredients.

  • After adding cocoa powder and honey, blend for 2-4 minutes or until the mixture becomes warm.

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Notes

*Note: I recommend putting the can of coconut milk in the blender for 15-30 seconds before putting it in a container to chill overnight. This will ensure a uniform, smooth consistency and incorporate the solid and liquid portions of the coconut milk!

Make it with a milk frother

I use my milk frother all the time. It’s easy to use one instead of the Vitamix. I recommend whisking or blending the ingredients (coffee, honey, vanilla and cocoa powder) together first, frothing the milk, then pouring the frothed milk into the the mixed ingredients! You can still make it hot or cold, just chose the correct function on the frother.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Brewed Coffee.If you want to add an even extra boost of caffeine to this treat, feel free to use a shot of espresso. Just be sure to chill it for an iced version. If you want to make this decaf, simply used brewed decaf coffee! Cold-brewed coffee is also a great choice!
  • Cocoa Powder.The higher quality ingredients used, the better this mocha latte recipe will taste. It only takes 1 TBS of cocoa powder to impart a perfectly chocolate flavor, so why not use the good stuff.
  • Honey.The recipe calls for a 1/2 to 1 TBS honey. I prefer my homemade latte less sweet, so I used 1/2 TBS. If you like your latte recipes on the sweeter side, then use a full 1 TBS. For a vegan version, use pure maple syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 132.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.3g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 6.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 3.6mg | Potassium: 106.2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10.8g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Dairy-Free Mocha Latte Recipe (paleo & vegan) (2024)

FAQs

Can you make a latte without dairy? ›

Absolutely, you can use non-dairy milk like almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk as a substitute for traditional dairy milk in your lattes.

Can you have a mocha without milk? ›

There is no dairy in the sauce itself whatsoever. But because she likes lattes, lattes have milk in them as we all know. So, if you don't want milk in yours, leave it out. Just use the coffee and the mocha sauce.

Is a mocha with oat milk vegan? ›

This vegan twist on a coffee shop classic uses oat milk, whisked and warmed till frothy, to top up mugs of espresso mixed with dark cocoa powder. It's a luxuriously warming way to start your day.

Is Starbucks mocha dairy free? ›

As for the flavoring, clear syrups are vegan, but the sauce-based versions—such as white mocha, pistachio, caramel, and pumpkin spice—contain dairy. The chocolate mocha is the only exception to this rule—the chocolate sauce/drizzle is completely dairy-free!

What can I use instead of milk in a latte? ›

Overall Recommendations. Overall, I would recommend Oat milk, due to its relatively neutral taste in coffee and its stability to heat and pH. Almond milk is our 2nd choice, you can get some really good taste from certain brands of almond milk - Just be sure that it's a sweetened almond milk.

What is a poor man's mocha? ›

Units: US. 2 tablespoons instant hot chocolate powder (1 envelope) 2 tablespoons milk or 2 tablespoons liquid coffee creamer, to taste. 1 cup strong coffee, hot. whipped cream (optional)

What is the best non dairy milk for iced mocha? ›

1. Oat Milk. Oat milk has quickly become a non-dairy favorite for baristas and coffee drinkers alike. Oat milk has a malty, wheaty taste that perfectly complements coffee.

Does a mocha need milk? ›

What exactly is mocha? A mocha is a blend of a cappuccino and a hot chocolate. Like a cappuccino it contains espresso, warm milk and a frothy top but it also contains a sweet chocolatey twist using either chocolate powder, chocolate syrup or melted chocolate.

Can mochas be vegan? ›

The mocha sauce is vegan, so all you need to do is nix the whip and swap the cow's milk for soy, oat, almond, or coconut … and pay the non-dairy milk upcharge (womp, womp). Barista tip: The drink is made with both mocha and peppermint syrups, making it very sweet.

Can vegans drink Oatmilk? ›

Almond milk and oat milk are both dairy-free and vegan. Oat milk is also nut-free. You can drink certain types of almond milk on a keto or paleo diet. Both are also often fortified with important nutrients like calcium and vitamins B12 and D.

Does Starbucks have dairy free lattes? ›

Other plant-based beverages on the menu include hot brewed coffee, iced coffee, cold brew, caffe Americano, Pink Drink, Dragon Drink, Violet Drink, and unflavored latte and espresso beverages when made with soymilk, almondmilk, or coconutmilk.

Which Starbucks syrups are vegan? ›

Vegan Syrups aT STARBUCKS:
  • Toasted Vanilla.
  • Brown Sugar.
  • Caramel.
  • Cinnamon Dolce.
  • Hazelnut.
  • Peppermint.
  • Raspberry.
  • Toffee Nut.

Is oatmilk dairy free? ›

Oat milk, like the name suggests, is made from oats and water. The two are blended together and strained to create a non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan alternative to cow's milk. According to most oat milk "recipes," it's pretty simple to make your own at home.

Does latte need milk? ›

A latte or caffè latte is a milk coffee that is a made up of one or two shots of espresso, steamed milk and a final, thin layer of frothed milk on top. If you don't drink dairy milk, you can easily swap it for a plant-based alternative like soy, oat or coconut milk.

Are almond milk lattes dairy free? ›

A gold standard among non-dairy deliciousness, almond milk is always a smart idea. This plant-derived milk is perfectly smooth, slightly nutty in a good way, and heart-healthy. Low-cal, high taste, vegan, and beautifully frothy in our world-class espresso. Choose almond milk for any hot or iced drink.

What is a latte with cream instead of milk? ›

Caffè breve is an espresso-based beverage made with steamed half-and-half instead of whole milk or 2% milk.

Can you make a latte without steaming milk? ›

It's true — you don't need a fancy foamer to make frothy milk at home! It's actually really easy to make it in the microwave. All you do is shake nonfat or 2% milk in a jam jar until it's foamy, take off the lid, and microwave it for a few seconds. You get spoonfuls of foam, plus warm milk to pour in your latte.

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