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Iced Blended Mocha

If you opened this post with glee and thought I actually put a recipe on my site for a real iced blended mocha, well then, you don’t know me well at all, do you?  But if you clicked on the link anticipating a recipe for something that tastes just as delicious as an iced blended mocha, but is actually good for you, then we are probably already friends.  Iced blended mocha is a cold coffee drink mixed with chocolate, very much like a Starbucks Frappucino, and usually pureed with ice.   My husband, who has a real taste for all things toxic, used to drink sweetened iced coffee drinks much too often.  Before we were married, he used to buy the sweetened chocolate powder mix and coffee “extract” from our local coffee shop so that we could make them at home.  The mix was full of all sorts of scary ingredients, not the least of which was sugar and partially hydrogenated oil.  Needless to say, I haven’t made my husband one of these since I became enlightened.

But his sister, my healthful food soulmate, has just come to his rescue!  She made up a truly guilt-free version of an iced blended, but sweetened with dates.  My daughter and I were playing around with the recipe last weekend and tried a few different variations and they were all delish, even the batch we made with faux coffee granules.  I think we’ll surprise her dad Father’s Day morning with a blast from the past!


Iced Blended Mocha
Serves: makes about 20 ounces, enough for 2 medium drinks
  • 2 big handfuls of ice
  • 2 Tablespoons carob powder or unsweetened cocoa powder (we tried both and they were equally good)
  • 2 teaspoons decaffeinated instant coffee granules or grain-based coffee substitute, such as Pero (again, we tried both and they were equally good)
  • 16 pecan halves or ¼ cup pecan pieces
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 - 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  1. Put everything in a blender and process until smooth. Taste before serving. You may prefer more ice than I did. Also, I would use 1 cup of almond milk for a more intense mocha flavor or 1½ cups to keep it light. You can serve this over ice, if you like.



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  1. How do you think this would taste with almonds instead of pecans? I have a boy allergic to peanuts, and most pecans are processed on shared equipment as peanuts. There is one brand of almonds that are “peanut free.”

    • I would actually try almond butter instead of almonds. Can you find one that’s peanut-free?

  2. This drink is chocolatey, rich and good for you! Well done. Thank you for sharing. Do you happen to know the calorie count?

    • Glad you enjoyed it! No, sorry, but I don’t count the calories in my recipes. There are lots of free sites on the web that can figure this out for you though.

  3. YUM! My husband asks for this one nearly every day – another GREAT idea!

    • Really?! Very cool!

  4. Anything u can use instead of peacans or can they be excluded?

    • I haven’t tried this with anything else, but I have a hunch raw cashews would work very nicely!

  5. YUM! Perfect summer treat.

    • I will be drinking plenty of these starting now!

  6. I don’t like dates. Is there something I can substitute ?

    • For sure! I like dates because they are a more natural sweetener. But you can basically substitute your favorite sweetener of choice, raw honey, Grade A maple syrup, brown rice syrup, cane sugar and stevia would all work. Stevia you would just use a couple drops, but the other ones start off with a tablespoon or tablespoon and a half and taste it. Adjust to suit your desired sweetness. Let me know if you try it with something else!

  7. Hi Pamela, would you be able to use just blue top milk for this ( ordinary?)

    • Definitely!

  8. This is the most amazing drink, we all love it!! My Starbucks loving, frappachino loving daughter had a fit over this!! Yeah! After taking one sip of this drink, my husband looked at me very seriously and said Never run out of anything it takes to make this!! Score one for Healthy treats!! Thank you Pamela, I love all of your recipes!!

    • Thank you, Cathy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comment :).

  9. Made this to go with breakfast today… AMAZING. Can’t wait for summertime to sip on these out on the balcony while I garden. 🙂

    • Sounds dreamy….

  10. I’m not a person that has these coffee drinks at your local coffee place, but I make this and OMG I am hooked. If I add protein powder would this be considered a good breakfast?

    • It depends on you. If you feel great throughout the morning and it is substantial enough to get you through until lunch, sure!

  11. I can’t wait to try this….when it gets hot again!

    • I’m guessing you live in the LA area?? The weather’s been blech! Yes, definitely a warm weather treat.

  12. yummy!
    do you have a coco powder you can recommend. you know that i would probably end up buying “quick”.

    • Thanks for asking since I forgot to include it in the photo. I used Dagoba Organic Cacao Powder and it was yum!

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I come from a large Italian-American family with 28 first cousins (on one side of the family!) where sit-down holiday dinners for 85 people are the norm (how, you might ask – organization! But more on that later …).

Some of my fondest memories are of simple family gatherings, both large and small, with long tables of bowls and platters piled high, the laughter of my cousins echoing and the comfort of tradition warming my soul.

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