I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I don’t like the way it makes me feel, and I don’t like the negative health effects I’ve seen it cause… From caffeine addictions, to the ridiculous amount of sugar that’s typically added – I can’t even imagine what it costs to keep up with a daily Starbucks fix!
I’ll admit that those blended Mocha Frappuccino drinks everyone walks around with look really good! But, I’d much rather drink something that tastes great and is actually GOOD for me! So I came up with my own Vegan Mocha Recipe that contains NO Coffee, NO Caffeine, NO Sugar & that’s Gluten Free – but really tastes like a Frappuccino Coffee drink! I can’t wait for you to try it… Even my Dad, whose a veteran coffee drinker likes it & suggested I make ice cream with it! =)
The secret to making it taste like coffee (without the coffee) is an All Natural Coffee Substitute called Dandy Blend. I was skeptical at first because it contained extracts of Barely & Rye (which isn’t typically gluten free) – BUT, after reading about their unique extraction process, and seeing their certified Gluten Free test results I decided to give it a try & it is DELICIOUS! Even my kids with gluten allergies have had it several times with no negative reaction!
Unlike coffee (which is acidic), Dandy Blend is alkalizing to the body… and it’s instantly water soluble, so no brewing necessary! Plus, Dandelion Root has long been used as a coffee substitute and is respected among herbalist for its support of the liver, kidneys, spleen, gallbladder, and detoxifying properties *. It’s comparably priced to good coffee, and the 7 ounce bag makes 100 cups!
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Blended Vegan Mocha Recipe – No Coffee & No Caffeine!
- Prep Time: 3 mins
- Cook Time: 1 min
- Total Time: 4 minutes
- Yield: 16 Ounces 1x
- Category: Beverage
- Cuisine: Vegan
This is the BEST Vegan Mocha Recipe that contains NO Coffee, NO Sugar & is Gluten Free – but actually TASTES LIKE COFFEE! Featuring the Vitamix! Recipe can easily be scaled for multiple servings.
- 1 Teaspoon Dandy Blend Coffee Substitute Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/3 Cup Raw Cashews
- 1 Cup So Delicious Coconut Milk (Unsweetened or Make Your Own)
- 1 Pitted Date
- 5–7 Drops Liquid Stevia (I use Vanilla Flavored)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Ice
- Place all ingredients (except ice) into your Vitamix Container and blend on High for approximately 60 seconds until all ingredients are smooth & liquified.
- Turn Off Vitamix and add in Ice. Return to blending on High until all ice is smooth. Use your tamper if necessary to achieve a smooth blend.
- Serve immediately & store leftovers in fridge.
- Recipe can easily be scaled for larger servings or quantities. I typically triple the recipe and it serves me, my husband & 4 kids (they get smaller portions).
- If this recipe isn’t sweet enough for your taste, feel free to adjust the Stevia or Dates to your liking.
- You can also use this mixture to make Mocha Ice Cream or Popsicles!
- Serving Size: 1 Cup
- Calories: 120
Load all ingredients (except the ice) into your Vitamix & Blend!
Blend on High for about 60 seconds until everything is liquified.Add ice & blend again on high until smooth… the Vitamix does this like a boss!I think you’ll be surprised at how much ‘coffee’ flavor this has… but without side effects of caffeine or sugar.
We like it blended up cold & top it with homemade Coconut Cream Whipped Topping – this works for both blended/cold & frothy hot cappuccinos!
* References via Mountain Rose Herbs
- TCM Wiki is a wiki site of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Copyright © 2009 – 2012 by https://www.tcmwiki.com/wiki/herba-taraxaci
- Herbs for PMS, Hobbs 1998 Accessed at: https://www.christopherhobbs.com/website/library/articles/article_files/herbs_for_pms.html on July 10, 2014.
- Gladstar, R. Herbal Healing for Woman. New York: Fireside Publishing; 1993.
- Duke J. A. Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. Accessed at https://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/ on July 5, 2014.
- Hoffmann, D. (1998). The Herbal Handbook: A User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.
I am so happy to have come across your website and this recipe! I love Dandy Blend and I have a new Vitamix on the way!
This sounds delicious. Gonna make it after my vitamix arrives. Found this site on YouTube
Hi Jayson! Hooray for a new Vitamix – You will love the Vitamix and this recipe! =) Enjoy & God Bless! ~Erika
Mocha Frappucino is about my favorite drink and I have experimented with countless healthy versions with and without real coffee, some better than others. Yours is amazing and by far takes the cake, or should I say, the shake! Thank you so much!
Hi Judy… Thanks for the comment! I’m thrilled that you love it! Dandy Blend is by far the best coffee substitute I’ve ever tried! It’s become our Sunday morning tradition at my house… even the neighbor kids come over for a glass after Church! =) God Bless! ~Erika
Hi Erika! This recipe looks fantastic… I cannot wait to try it!
How exactly do you prepare the hot version?
Thanks, and take care!
Hi Shayda! This is a family favorite recipe – I’m sure you’ll love it! To make it hot, I mix the Dandy Blend with just hot water or hot coconut milk, and then stir in the cashew cream (soaked/drained cashews, vanilla, dates – blended smooth). Or, you can just serve it with some Coconut Cream… Yummy! Enjoy & God Bless! ~Erika
Hello! I really want to make this but I can’t eat cashews or coconut milk :( what would you suggest as substitutes? Thank you! ❤
Hi Victoria! Are you allergic to all nuts? If so, you may want to try another type of seed milk or soy milk? Also, Dandy Blend is delicious when prepared just like a cup of coffee… cold or hot! =) God Bless! ~Erika
Unfortunately I’m allergic to them all! :( But I may just try soy milk! ❤ Thank you for the response! ❤
Thank you for this great recipe Erika. I can’t wait to get some of the Dandy Blend and try it. I don’t have a Vitamix but I think my blender will do if I crush the ice before I put it in. Also I have the Stevia packets how many do you think it will take? Thanks and God Bless!
I loveee this recipe for when I’m craving a little something in the evening… but in the morning, I NEED my coffee. You guys should check out Brittflix’s video on youtube on how to make vegan mocha lattes. It’s soo good and tastes really similar to this one, I can’t decide which recipe I prefer!
Just like you, Erika, I’m not a coffee drinker, but those darned Starbucks look and smell so good! I’m really attracted to their pumpkin spice latte (which isn’t vegan so I haven’t tried it) do you think this frappacino would be good with some pumpkin and pie spice? I enjoy Dandy Blend, but never have thought of it for making fancy “coffee” drinks. Thank you for sharing this!
Doesn’t cocoa powder have caffeine in it?
Hi Cathryn! Great question… From what I understand, there is a debatable amount of caffeine in cocoa powder, but it is considered to have a mere fraction of that found in coffee. I am extremely sensitive to caffeine, but drink this without any issues. However, if you have any sensitivity to caffeine please use this recipe with caution. Hope that helps. =) God Bless! ~Erika