It’s now easier than ever to make your own java-infused healthy milkshake at home! My Healthy Mocha Chip Milkshake has no added sugar, is gluten-free, vegan, and it can be prepared in no time using only a few special tricks!
One of my absolute all time favorite recipes has always been a mocha chip milkshake—even before I fell in love with coffee.
Okay, sure, many of you might have guessed that I love mocha-flavored desserts if you know how much I enjoy coffee and chocolate, but what most of you don’t know is how much I’ve always LOVED milkshakes.
Seriously, when I was a kid, a trip to the fast food drive-thru to get a chocolate milkshake was all it took to satisfy me. I could have cared less about most junk foods like chips or burgers, but milkshakes have always made my head spin with excitement and desire!
Fun Fact: I also served milkshakes for over 5 years as a soda fountain clerk back in my teens, and when I wasn’t making orders for customers, I was experimenting with different recipes just for fun. I have seriously always had a mad passion for blenders, even back then during my sugar-filled days.
So one of the first things I taught myself how to make healthy when I quit sugar and dairy milk was healthy milkshakes … starting with my favorite flavor of all time – mocha!
Mocha is my favorite flavor combination for milkshakes because the bits of chocolate and coffee that come together really are just too magical for words. Besides, aren’t cocoa beans and coffee beans everyone’s favorite types of beans?
Because they are mine!
Luckily, mocha is also one of the easiest types of healthy milkshake combinations to make, so you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make it happen. Plus, mocha-flavored treats are also excellent for summertime when hot coffee is a bit much in the heat.
And if having my coffee means I get to have it in the form of a healthy milkshake, you better believe I’m not passing that up!
Okay, maybe that’s just me who can’t seem to make a healthy milkshake recipe without making a huge mess.
Hey, I may be a clean freak and a food blogger, but I’m also clumsy in the kitchen … including when I make shakes and smoothies.
Speaking of milkshakes and smoothies, let’s get on to today’s recipe!
I have a special technique that I like to use when I make healthy milkshakes, ice cream, and smoothies at home to ensure they’re especially creamy and sweet without using real cream or sugar.
It’s really pretty simple: You blend non-dairy milk with your choice an unsweetened non-dairy yogurt, some ice, vegan protein powder, and a sweetener of choice (in my case, that’s always pure stevia since it has no sugar or weird additives).
For this recipe I’m sharing today, I also added decaf instant (preferably organic) coffee and a pinch of Hershey’s dark cocoa powder. I used a chocolate protein powder with no added sugar for my recipe, but you could also just use more cocoa if you don’t like using protein powder.
The use of yogurt, protein powder, cocoa, and ice create the creamy consistency we all know and love about milkshakes, but without any fat or sugar.
You could also make this recipe without coffee, but really now, why in the world would you want to do that? 🙂
- 1/2 cup (1 small container) of unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (I used unsweetened coconut yogurt)*
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 scoop of your choice chocolate protein powder with no added sugar
- 1 teaspoon of very dark (Dutch) cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons decaf instant coffee granules or 2 drops of coffee extract
- 1 serving of your choice zero-calorie sweetener - I used 1/2 tsp.NuNaturals pure white stevia extract
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond used here)
- 1 cup cold, filtered water
- (optional) cinnamon to taste
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed to a mini blender or a regular blender. (I used a Nutribullet here since it's good for small jobs.)
- Blend for a few minutes to let the ice pulverize. You might need to stop the blender, stir, and then let it go again. If you have a Vitamix, use the tamper.
- Once it's thick and frosty, pour into your favorite glass.
- Top with cinnamon, a few coffee granules for a garnish, or just leave it plain.
- Freeze for about 15 minutes to let it set up a bit more and frost over, then enjoy with a straw and a spoon!
Some of my other favorite flavor varieties to use for summertime milkshakes are:
- chocolate and cherries
- acai and chocolate
- blueberry, banana, and chocolate
- coffee, chocolate, and banana
- chocolate, coffee, and mint
- pineapple, blueberry, and peaches
- raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry
- peaches and vanilla bean
- no added sugar grape jam and peanut powder (PB and J)
- dark sweet cherries with cocoa powder and vanilla bean
- vanilla bean topped with no sugar added blueberry jam
- blackberries and banana
- lemon and pineapple
- coconut and pineapple
Have you ever made homemade, healthy milkshakes?
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