Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte

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Perk up your morning with this Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte! Unlike most mocha lattes that are laden with sugar and dairy, this one is vegan, refined sugar-free, and packed with 15 grams of protein!
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
5 from 14 votes

When it comes to a coffee-based beverage, I have two criteria: (1) it shouldn’t be too sweet and (2) it should be satiating. Enter this Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte!

While I have a huge sweet tooth when it comes to dessert, I don’t like having something sweet first thing in the morning. And I sort of despise sugary beverages.

And I want something satiating because, well, if I didn’t, I would just drink my usual calorie-free decaf Americano.

And that’s how I came up with this Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte! Unlike most coffee beverages, it is packed with protein! Hence the name protein latte, obvi.

Table of contents:
1. Why you’re going to like this recipe
2. Tips for making this recipe
3. More delicious warming beverages
4. Recipe card with notes

Mug filled with creamy vegan protein latte on pink table.

Why you’re going to like this recipe

A fun breakfast alternative. Now that many of us are eating three meals a day at home, it can get a bit boring to eat the same meals over and over. So if you feel like a drinkable breakfast that will keep you full, switch things up with this protein mocha latte! I’ve also rounded up some fantastic vegan breakfast ideas in case lattes aren’t your thing.

Protein-packed. Protein lattes are now a thing! Each serving has 15 to 16 grams of protein in it! The main sources of protein come from soy milk and hemp seeds, but there’s also a decent amount of protein in the raw cacao powder (1 gram per teaspoon).

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Need more ideas for how to incorporate plant protein into your diet? Check out my roundup of The 5 Best Vegan Protein Sources!

Wholesome. Unlike many coffee-based beverages that are loaded with sugar and dairy (I’m looking at you Starbucks), this mocha latte is a healthy alternative made with whole foods and packed with antioxidants, thanks to raw cacao powder, hemp seeds, and a trio of warming spices.

Tips for making this recipe

I use soy milk since it contains the most protein out of all plant-based milks, but if you don’t consume soy or just don’t have soy milk, you can easily make this with your favorite creamy plant-based milk (it will have less protein, obvi).

Raw cacao powder is packed with health benefits and antioxidants, but if you don’t have it, feel free to use unsweetened cocoa powder.

If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend simmering the mixture on the stove for longer than the stated 5 minutes. It’ll help soften up the hemp seeds a bit more, making the pulverizing a bit easier on your blender.

This drink is best when you first make it, but leftovers do keep decently well in the fridge for a few days.

Woman pouring latte into a pink mug on a pink table.

More delicious warming beverages

Overhead view of two lattes in mugs on a pink table.

That’s all I got for this Vegan Protein Mocha Latte. But of course, as always, be sure to tag me on Instagram with your recreations and leave a comment with your feedback below!

Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte

5 from 14 votes
Perk up your morning with this Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte! Unlike most mocha lattes that are laden with sugar and dairy, this one is vegan, refined sugar-free, and packed with 15 grams of protein!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: New American
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 3


  • 2 cups (480 mL) unsweetened soy milk*
  • 1 cup (240 mL) very strong brewed coffee, or an Americano (espresso + water)**
  • 1/2 cup (80g) shelled hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • Heaping 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • A couple pinches of ground ginger***
  • 2-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup, plus more to taste


  • Add the soy milk, coffee, hemp seeds, cacao powder, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, and maple syrup to a small or medium saucepan. Whisk well to combine and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer for 5 minutes, then pour the mixture into a blender.
    1. NOTE: if you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend simmering this mixture a bit longer (10-15 minutes) so the hemp seeds have a chance to soften.
  • Start blending on low speed and gradually increase to medium or high speed. Blend until frothy and the hemp seeds have been fully blended up.
  • Pour coffee into a mug and dust with additional cinnamon, if desired.


* If you are intolerant/allergic to soy or just don’t like it, feel free to substitute with your favorite creamy plant-based milk (my favorites would be oat, cashew, or coconut), though it won’t have as much protein. 1 cup (240 mL) of soy milk has 7-8 grams of protein. If you have only sweetened plant-based milk, you may want to omit the maple syrup.
** Feel free to use decaf coffee as needed (that’s what I use)! And the coffee can be hot or at room temperature.
*** You can add other warming spices such as a pinch of cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, or allspice.

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 6mg

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27 comments on Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte

  1. Thamara

    Hi! I made this recipe and it was a sucess! Thanks for sharing! The nutrition info is per cup or for the total amount produced?
    Thank you!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Thamara, lovely to hear you’re a fan of the recipe! The nutrition info is per serving, so the entire volume divided into 3!

  2. Lauren

    5 stars
    So good. I’ve made it often since I first tried it. Love that it’s not too sweet.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re so happy that the latte is a favorite! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and for trying out the recipe!

  3. Jen

    5 stars
    Delicious! I omitted the hemp seeds & coconut oil since I’m not looking for extra protein or fat. It was still delicious! I also love more coffee than milk, so I swapped those measurements & the coffee flavor was just right for me. I love that your recipes are customizable! Thank you so much!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re over the moon to hear you enjoyed the recipes, Jen. Thanks for your kind words!

  4. Cecilia

    5 stars
    My new go to mocha coffee! Thank you so much! I’ve posted on my Instagram as well. Too good to keep to myself.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for the awesome review, Cecilia!

  5. Ruby

    5 stars
    I am new to Rainbow Plant Life, found you through So happy to be learning so much through this site. Your presentations are the best I’ve seen so far!
    I was wondering what type of decaf coffee you use?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      That’s so nice to hear :) Welcome! Nisha typically just buys coffee beans from her local coffee shop, or if she’s lazy, a decaf Americano from her local coffee shop.

  6. Dorothy

    5 stars
    So lovely! I omitted the oil, used a date instead of maple syrup and added a 1/2 tsp of turmeric

    Thank you for such great inspiration!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for sharing, Dorothy!

  7. BatSheva

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times already, each with different milk mixures (eg oat & pea) (soy & oat)… each time it’s come out flavorful, creamy and just plain amazing. Super easy to put together and so satisfying!! All that protein! Every recipe I’ve tried from Nisha has been great. I highly recommend this recipe. ***only changes made were adding a bit more maple syrup.

    1. BatSheva

      one more change that I forgot… instead of coconut oil I used
      avocado oil.

    2. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Awesome. Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to review!

  8. Sarah Gurbuz

    Is the coconut oil integral to this recipe? If I omitted the oil completely do you think it would still be good?

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Sarah! I’m sure you could try making this without the coconut oil and it would still be tasty!

  9. Nicole

    5 stars
    Very good! & so creamy! I enjoyed the light chocolate and nutty flavors. Such a nice treat in the morning, and I feel so happy knowing the ingredients are wholesome. I divided the recipe to make 1 serving, and had to substitute with macadamia milk, and nutmeg vs ginger. Would definitely make again. Thank you Nisha!

  10. Monika

    5 stars
    general question: what is your take on flax milk? It is very high in protein and omega 3’s, but I am guessing that it won’t work well in hot beverages. I figured I’d ask before I make something really gross (which I seem to have a special talent for). :-)

    1. Nisha

      Hi Monika, I think it’s pretty great! I have had it warmed up for a turmeric latte. To test it out, I would just heat up a small amount on the stove and see how the consistency changes. If it works for you, go ahead and use that!

  11. Catalina

    Tried this today. Unexpectedly good. I added too much ginger though and I ended up with a spicy coffee, but added more milk to compensate. Instead of maple syrup I added 3 dates cause didn’t have it at the moment and was good <3

  12. Puja

    If you dont have a coffee brewer at home and usually only have instant coffee can this be made still?

  13. J Johnson

    Could the hemp seeds be substituted with something else? Thanks

  14. Rikki Price

    Can I use expresso powder instead of cacao powder? Looking for uses for it!

  15. Maneesha

    What a fabulous recipe,Nisha! I don’t like chocolate, and therefore and stayed away from mochas, but your recipe is just too good! My husband and I devoured this!

  16. Terri

    Thank you! Like you, I can’t do caffeine, but love the taste of coffee, and not too sweet! I can’t wait to try it!The pink cups are beautiful, can you share the brand or where you purchased them?-Terri

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Terri, I love the taste and aroma of coffee too. It’s so soothing! The pink cups are from CB2 – the name is “Axel Caramel”.

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