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This easy Mocha Smoothie recipe will quickly become your new go-to breakfast. It's made with healthy, wholesome ingredients like banana, yogurt and espresso, and it tastes amazing, too!
Mocha may just be the best flavor combination around. I mean, coffee and chocolate were meant for each other! What better way to consume them than in this healthy mocha smoothie recipe?!
I feel like I just posted my coffee tahini smoothie recipe -- another awesome coffee smoothie -- but this recipe is more of a classic.
But first, what is mocha anyway? According to Roasty Coffee, mocha refers to "a regular latte with chocolate syrup added to it." So, think of this mocha smoothie as that, only healthier!
If you're a fan of mocha, I promise you will love this recipe.
Banana - I love using banana as a base in many of my smoothie recipes (see X and X as examples); but, if you don't eat bananas, you can omit it altogether and either add extra nuts or use 1/2 cup of rolled oats instead.
Almonds - Can substitute raw cashews or walnuts if you prefer, or omit altogether to keep this nut-free.
Yogurt - Plain Greek or your favorite plain dairy-free yogurt works.
Espresso - Either espresso powder or freshly brewed; if you have an espresso machine, you can use a shot or two of espresso, but if you don't, espresso powder works great.
Cocoa - No substitutions; since this is a mocha smoothie, you need to include chocolate.
Dates/maple syrup - Used to sweeten the smoothie; Feel free to add more/less depending on how sweet you want the smoothie to be.
Boy oh boy do I love how easy smoothies are to make.
Simply add everything to your blender then pulse for 1 minute until everything is smooth and well-blended.
Tips and tricks
-To make the smoothie extra thick, use a frozen banana and/or add a handful of ice cubes to the blender.
-Make sure to use pitted dates; otherwise, you'll have to remove the pits from the dates before placing them into your blender.
-The dates make this smoothie sweet enough (in my opinion), but if you want it to be a tad sweeter, definitely add the maple syrup in as well.
Can this be made ahead of time?
Yep! If you want, you can make this smoothie the night before, then store it in the refrigerator so it's ready to go in the morning. Note: you may have to add more liquid to it because sometimes it thickens when it sits in the refrigerator for an extended period.
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- 1 banana
- 3 pitted dates
- 1/3 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup yogurt Greek or plain dairy-free
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp espresso powder or 1 oz. brewed espresso
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup optional
- Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in April 2015. It was updated with new text and photos in January 2021.