Gluten-Free Mocha Smoothie

mocha smoothie recipe
Mathew Kadey
Prep time: 10 mins
Calories: 284

This warm mocha smoothie recipe helps take the edge off of winter’s chill. A healthy balance of carbs, protein and good-for-you fats, it will kick-start your day.

Go Bananas!

Ripe bananas give smoothies a creamy texture. Keep them on hand in your freezer. To freeze, simply peel the ripe fruit, chop it into quarters and freeze the chunks on a baking sheet. Store them in a zip-top bag until you need a smoothie fix.

Contributing chef Matthew Kadey, RD is a registered dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press), The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook (Ulysses Press) and, Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure (VeloPress).

Yields 1 serving


  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 scoop plain, vanilla or chocolate protein powder of choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) blueberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, optional
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla protein)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom


1Place all ingredients in a blender container in the order listed.

2Process until smooth. Warm in the microwave if necessary.

1 serving contains 284 calories, 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 48g carbohydrates, 14g fiber, 21g sugars, 15g protein.


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