Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)



Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)


You all know I am a lover of Coffee and Chocolate. Mocha is actually one of my biggest weaknesses. A big mug of Hot Mocha in winter and a tall glass of Iced one in summer are both completely irresistible. It’s my preferred drink every time I visit any café.

Earlier before Alaru came into our life, we spent most of our evenings in restaurants, bars and cafes. Going out for a late night coffee with friends after dinner was a very common affair. I loved my coffee and beer equally. I was unstoppable when I started drinking both. Then later when I got pregnant I slowly cut down on my caffeine intake. But even then one of my true cravings was always Iced Mocha!


Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)


Of course now we don’t go out that often and even if we do, I don’t drink much coffee anymore. But suddenly the other day I was hit by a strong urge to drink my favorite Mocha… A refreshing, cold, creamy one with a drizzle of some thick chocolate sauce on top! Mmmm… Nothing was going to stop me! I had to just make some for myself immediately. For somebody who likes Iced Mocha so much, I had never really made it at home. One of the reasons was that I didn’t want it to be so easy and knowing how little self control I have I didn’t want to be drinking several glasses of it through the day!


Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)


But the damage is now done! I have actually ended up with a super delicious Iced Café Mocha recipe, which satisfies my cravings each and every time. It’s thick, creamy, silky and so delicious! I like the fact that I can control the amount of sweetness it in. The recipe happens to be dairy-free too! The day I made it, I had a cup of soaked cashew nuts and a cup of coconut milk in the refrigerator, which made it way into the Iced Mocha. Of course you can make it with any milk (dairy or nut/seed milk) of your choice but I highly recommend you don’t skip the cashew nuts in it. The dairy free version was just perfect though!


Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)


The best thing about the recipe is that it’s done in 2 steps. I first created a ‘base’ for the drink which is a thick coffee chocolate paste with cashew nuts in it. Once you have this paste ready, you are just minutes away from your favorite drink. You can store this in the refrigerator for up to a week and make it whenever your heart begs for an Iced Mocha!

Lets not delay this anymore! I know you just can’t wait ;)


Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)



You should be able to replace the cashew nuts in the recipe with Almonds.

Replace the instant coffee powder with  ¼ – ½ cup of strong freshly brewed coffee.

You can use regular sugar instead of unrefined sugar.


Creamy Iced Café Mocha (Dairy & Refined Sugar Free)



  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 cup cold milk (coconut, almond, rice or soy)
  • 4-5 ice cubes


Soak the cashew nuts in water for a couple of hours and drain completely.

Blend the cashew nuts, unrefined sugar, coffee and cocoa powder with ¼ cup of warm water into a very fine paste. Make sure there are no grains left. Your Mocha base is now ready. You can refrigerate this for up to a week.

To make the Iced Mocha, take a tablespoon of this creamy mocha base with a cup of any cold milk of your choice, pulse in a blender until the paste is completely incorporated into the milk. Pour it over a glass filled with ice cubes and top it with a dollop of the thick creamy ‘Mocha base’. Serve immediately.


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  • Jenny

    I just made this and wow yummmmmy! Thank you!

  • Glenda

    Starbucks eat your heart out! And Much less expensive. And how convenient to have the paste in the fridge ready for a quick mix in the blender and out the door!
    I put the paste in the perfect sized little jar.
    I am sipping this recipe right now for first time. Very good! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Kate

    I have to try this!! I love coffee and chocolate, but who doesn’t!?

  • Raghavi

    Chinmayie, I tried this recipe today and boy was it good! I used almond milk and 2 tablespoons of the paste to make a cup of mocha. I gave my sister some and she loved it too. I sneaked a few spoonfuls of the paste alone as well. The proportions of the coffee and cocoa were spot on. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I think it is my favourite one. Your recipes are truly unique and your photography and style of writing excellent. Looking forward to trying out more of your recipes!

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

    This looks so delicious! I love the idea of using cashew milk in a mocha drink too!

  • Susmitha - Veganosaurus

    I’m going to say just one thing… *SLURP*

  • pRiyA

    Ok, I’ve made it. But really, I can’t be bothered adding the milk. I’ve just been scooping spoonfuls into my mouth. It is delicious.

  • Ashika

    Gosh Priya…this is making me want to go home now and try this…thank u

  • Richa

    sounds like a win win and then lose situation ;) this can get addicting very quickly.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking

    This is so delicious looking and pictures and stunning!!!!!!

  • Helene D'souza

    The heat is killing these days (can’t wait for the rains!) and then you come up with a iced mocha + cashews in it. The good thing is that I have all ingredients in my pantry so I ll make it and let you know how I liked it. I bet its going to taste awesome!

  • honeywhatscooking

    this looks unreal.. so thick and delicious. love it.

  • Manju @ Manju'sEatingDelights

    Hello fellow Mocha lover…I’m crazy abt the drink, hot or cold just as much as you are :-) Coffee+Chocolate is my fav combo in the world!

    Never knew abt adding the cashews bit though…neat idea! Gonna try this definitely…mayb a hot version for now as a snowstorm is predicted for tomo for us here in Minneapolis and nothing better then a warm delectable homemade Mocha right! ;-)

  • Lisa

    This sounds wonderful and refreshing!

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health

    i love the concept to cashew cream and substitution to this heavenly delicious drink :)

  • Nik@ABrownTable

    That is one delicious looking mocha!

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala

    Delicious and with the ever increasing heat.. it is looking all the more tempting!

  • Kiran @

    Omg!! As a fancy coffee drinker, I am so tempted to make this. Which is dangerous ;)

  • Revati

    This is really dangerous. I am going to not make this, because otherwise I will be downing it every other day!
    I make a similar quick-fix coffee shake, without cashewnuts though. Just quickly blend milk with coffee decoction, cocoa and a teaspoon of peanutbutter for that silkiness! Works every time..

    • Chinmayie

      That sounds great! I think it’s good for peanut butter + chocolate fans :) Good thing about cashews though is that you can’t really taste it! It just makes the drink creamy and thick!

  • taylor

    Wow, this looks incredible! I usually don’t get mochas when I’m out at cafes (just regular lattes) because I’m scared of how much I’ll like them ;) Definitely trying this!

  • pRiyA

    Wow!I became a fan of drinking Raagi with Vanilla/ Cinnamon thanks to this blog, but now I’m going to try this.
    I read somewhere about the amount of dreadful stuff and heavy calories in chocolate syrups, so it is wonderful to see this recipe.
    I make the Cherry tomato pasta salad practically every day. It is so refreshing in summer.

  • sreebindu

    that looks incredibly delicious :) )

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