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 packed with sugar and dairy, this one is vegan, refined sugar-free, and packed with 15 grams of protein!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

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!

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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.

Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte
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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!

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).

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.

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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.

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More delicious breakfast beverages

Looking for even more delicious breakfast beverages? Give these two a try:

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!

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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 packed with sugar and dairy, this one is vegan, refined sugar-free, and packed with 15 grams of protein!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: New American
Keyword: gluten-free, latte, mocha, nut-free, protein, refined sugar free
Serving size: 3

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480 mL) unsweetened soy milk*
  • 1 cup (240 mL) very strong brewed coffee, or an American (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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

* 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.

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7 comments on Creamy Vegan Protein Mocha Latte

  1. 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. Here’s the link (i have it light pink).
      https://www.cb2.com/axel-caramel-mug/s475787

  2. 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!

  3. Rikki Price

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

  4. J Johnson

    Could the hemp seeds be substituted with something else? Thanks

  5. Puja

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

  6. 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

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