Café Mocha Smoothie

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This thick and creamy café mocha smoothie is made with cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, and instant espresso powder to create the ultimate protein-packed breakfast smoothie recipe.

Hand holding a café mocha smoothie.

It’s no surprise that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but the exception includes anything with chocolate! My husband also has a weakness for a mocha Frappuccino, so I figured I’d let us both indulge a bit, but take the idea and give it a healthier twist by turning it into a smoothie. My Café Mocha Smoothie has the creamy, chocolatey taste we both love, while being packed with protein and vitamins!


Cafe Mocha Smoothie ingredients
  • Banana: Creamy texture and a great natural sweetener, as well as full of vitamins like potassium, you can use a frozen banana to use less ice!
  • Greek yogurt: I use either plain or vanilla Greek yogurt as the base of this smoothie for the probiotics and increased protein. For a dairy-free, vegan option, you could use almond milk or oat milk.
  • Chocolate protein powder: Adds to the chocolate flavor and also makes the smoothie more filling. You could also use vanilla protein powder if that’s what you have!
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: Full of antioxidants, very low in calories, and adds wonderful chocolate flavor.
  • Espresso powder: Instant espresso powder adds the flavor of coffee and a kick of caffeine to this smoothie.

How to Make a Cafe Mocha Smoothie

Smoothie ingredients in blender

Start your café mocha smoothie by adding all of your ingredients to your blender, along with a handful of ice. Blend until smooth, adding more ice or some water until you get to your desired consistency.

Pouring smoothie into glasses

Then pour evenly into glasses.

Café mocha smoothies.

If you’re feeling fancy, top with some chocolate shavings or whipped cream, then serve and enjoy your Café Mocha Smoothie!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a mocha smoothie have caffeine?

All chocolate/cocoa powder has some caffeine in it, but the real caffeine kick comes from the instant coffee added to the smoothie.

Can I drink ground coffee as instant coffee?

If you don’t have instant coffee, you can use ground coffee instead. It will likely affect the taste and texture, but still doable.

Can you freeze this smoothie?

After blending, you can keep this smoothie in the fridge for a day, or in the freezer for a couple of months.

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Liz drinking a café mocha smoothie.

For a delicious start to your morning, or a refreshing snack, give my Cafe Mocha Smoothie a try.

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Cafe Mocha Smoothies

Café Mocha Smoothie

4.34 stars average
This thick and creamy café mocha smoothie is made with cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, and instant espresso powder to create the ultimate protein-packed breakfast smoothie recipe.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes



  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender along with 1/2 cup water. Pulse until it starts to break down, about 30 seconds, then add in enough ice to thicken – about 1-2 cups, depending on preferred level of thickness. 

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Serving size varies depending on how much ice you add so simply divide the blender evenly between two glasses.


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 40.5gProtein: 21.1gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 162mgFiber: 10.3gSugar: 21.4g
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7 responses to “Café Mocha Smoothie”

  1. Linda Avatar

    OMG Liz! This is such a very delicious and enjoying drink. I really love this smoothie. It’s one of my favorite. Thanks for the recipe. Your smoothies are always the best!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Linda!!

  2. Susan Avatar

    This smoothie sounds wonderful, but unless there is such a thing as decaf espresso, I’d have to use decaf regular instant coffee to make it, since I can’t handle caffeine. I’ve been away for a couple of months, and just noticed your new recipe format – I like it a lot. It’s nice to be able to scale recipes before printing (or saving) them.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes there is decaf espresso!!! You can definitely find it! I’m so glad you like the new recipe format as well. :) My husband works hard to keep our recipes easy to use!

  3. Linda Johnston Avatar
    Linda Johnston

    Just had gastric sleeve surgery and protein shakes are a must! But this has a lot of calories for the meal plan I have to follow. Assume the banana makes up about 100. . . any suggestions for something else to go in it?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Bananas are 120 calories and the protein powder is about 160 or so. :) It’s meant to be a meal replacement.