A caffeine free, dairy free recipe for a healthy Mocha Latte. This mocha latte recipe is a perfect bulletproof coffee style drink without the caffeine. Enjoy it for breakfast (if you’re intermittent fasting), as an afternoon snack, or an after dinner treat without needing to worry about any caffeine keeping you up all night.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my morning coffee. However, there are plenty of times in my life where I’ve needed to be sans caffeine for one reason or another. Whether you’re too dealing with adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalance (caffeine is a huge culprit in this!), or you’re pregnant, this caffeine free Mocha Latte, or Midnight Mocha as I lovingly call it, is perfect.
The very caffeine sensitive might notice a bit of sensitivity from the raw cacao powder, so if you find you experience this, try swapping it out with carob powder. Carob powder is also a great option if you’d like to try this mocha latte while following the Autoimmune Protocol.
As you can tell, this mocha latte recipe is highly customizable, and while it originated out of a need to swap my beloved Butter Coffee with something caffeine free, it coffee can actually be added to it!
Below I’ve listed a few ways to customize this Mocha Latte to your exact preferences:
This recipe calls for 12 ounces of hot water. If you’d like to caffeinate your mocha latte, add 12 ounces of hot coffee, or 6 ounces of cold brew heated with 6 ounces of water. I’ve also made this drink with black tea.
By incorporating coconut milk and ghee (pure butter oil with the dairy protein strained out) in place of milk and butter, this mocha latte is 100% dairy free. If you find you tolerate organic or raw milk and grass fed butter well, feel free to swap them out with a 1:1 ratio.
Although I don’t see it too often among my clients, coconut sensitivities do exist. The MCT oil is derived from coconut and palm oil, so you’ll want to leave this one out if you’re one of the unfortunate souls who feels best when they’re avoiding coconut. As for the coconut milk, feel free to swap that with a high quality cow or goats milk or a nut milk of your choice. I will warn you though, almond milk tends to get a bit burnt in hot drinks, so you might find the flavor to be a bit off.
Again, it isn’t often that I hear of someone not following the Autoimmune Protocol that wants to avoid chocolate, but it does happen. Carob powder is a decent swap for the raw cacao powder in this drink.
I designed this drink to be completely sweetener free, for those following my Fat Focused Detox, my Ditch Your Nutritionist Protocol, or even something like the Whole 30. The coconut milk and the maca add a bit of sweetness, and the fats make it incredibly rich and satiating. However, if you find you need a hint of sweetness to your mocha latte, start by adding about a teaspoon of pure grade B maple syrup or honey, or 1 teaspoon of xylitol for a sugar free option.
Midnight Mocha Latte
12 oz hot water (replace with black tea or coffee for a caffeinated version)
1 Tablespoon grass fed ghee
1/2 Tablespoon MCT oil
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2-1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon maca powder (optional, but encouraged!)
pinch of sea salt
Blend all ingredients together, and drink in place of your morning Butter Coffee, or as an afternoon or evening treat.
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