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Food Allergies Gluten-Free Mochachino

Rather, make that a…Mocha”CHIA”no…

One of my favorite morning rituals is to sit outside in my backyard and drink my coffee while I listen to the birds and start to focus my day.  I wait until the kids are off to school. The house is quiet.  Breakfast madness is over. There is a calmness.

I make my plans to attempt productivity for the day.

During the beautiful fall and spring mornings we have here in Scottsdale, Arizona, I love to sip on my mug of hot coffee while I sit out there.

During the summer, however, I am forced to drink my coffee indoors. It is just too hard to drink a cup of hot liquid when it is already ninety degrees at eight o’clock in the morning.  There is just something not right about it.

With temperatures teasing us this week with potential record highs, I have shockingly not been in the mood for a hot cup of coffee. GASP!

Because I would quite likely have a headache by noon if I were to fore-go my coffee all together, I decided to try and whip up a caffeine-laced concoction in the blender that would satisfy my java needs.

After throwing a little of this and a bit of that into my rocket-motor of a blender, I was shocked at the relatively healthy treat that I came up with.  Without trying to, I somehow came up with a morning indulgence that I think I just might be drinking all summer long.

And, for the record, I know it is not summer yet. However, with our spring-time temperatures rivaling summer temperatures around much of the rest of the country, it is not too soon to be thinking up ways to stay cool.

You will be amazed at the frothy creamy flavor that this Mocha”CHIA”no has. And, you guessed it. I even managed to sneak my chia seeds into this one as well (among some other healthy additions).

Dairy Free Mochachino - recipes for dairy allergies

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Mochachino – aka Mocha”CHIA”no


10 frozen coffee cubes – made from Certified Organic Fair Trade Coffee, if possible (simply pour leftover coffee in ice-cube tray and freeze at least 4 hours)

2 medium bananas

1 cup Plain Coconut Milk Yogurt (I use So Delicious) OR 1 cup Plain Kefir (Dairy-free version)

1 cup Dairy-Free Milk Alternative (I use Almond Breeze Almond Milk – Original/Unsweetened)

2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder, unsweetened (I use Rapunzel Organic Cocoa Powder)

2 Tbsp Ground Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Unrefined and Cold-pressed, preferably 100% Organic

3/4 tsp Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


1.  Empty frozen home-made coffee cubes into your high-speed blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Do you have a morning ritual? Tell me what it is.

  1. On March 16, 2011 Andrea said

    This sounds delicious!
    I have been enjoying our warmer weather too- we had a lot of very cold nights this winter. It looks like a lot of people here in North Scottsdale lost a lot of plants, at the very least they wil be stunted for a long time.
    Yay for warm weather!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Andrea! This weather has been amazing, hasn’t it? We are in North Scottsdale too and lost a lot of plants this winter! Where are you in N. Scottsdale? Should do a gf meetup one of these days! ;0)

  2. On March 16, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    You know I’m not a big coffee girl, but I’m pretty sure I could go for this mochachino, Kim! 🙂 I love the image of you sitting outside with your cup of coffee when all is quiet, but I’m sure enjoying this inside is not a bad deal either. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us all! Note that you may be responsible for some new coffee addicts though, albeit in a slightly different form. LOL


    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, I think this mochachino would be just as good without the coffee. It would be more like a banana mocha. 😉 But, the coffee flavor here is not strong at all. You may just like it!! It is funny how many people I know that do not like coffee. I guess, in my defense, it is Organic and Fair Trade. LOL Have to tell myself something to make myself feel better, right?

  3. On March 16, 2011 Maggie said

    YUM! This sounds amazing. I think Pete would LOVE this too. I might have to treat him when our temps warm up. My morning ritual includes a run, a smoothie, and then a beautiful coffee 🙂

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, I love your morning ritual! Do you really run every day? That is impressive. And I definitely hear you on that beautiful coffee!! 😉

  4. On March 16, 2011 Jeanine said

    Oh boy, what I’d give for one of those. And a quiet morning on the deck. And the warmth. Hmm…you seem to have what I’m needing now, Kim! 🙂 These look great, and once it warms up here, I’ll definitely give these a try. 🙂

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Jeanine, if you ever make a trip to Scottsdale, i can give you one of these mochachinos, a quiet morning on the deck, and WARM weather!! 😉 Hope it warms up in your neck soon!!

  5. On March 16, 2011 Diane-thewholegang said

    Wow I’d love the warm weather. Send it here. I’m not a coffee drinker but this would be really easy to make without the coffee. What a great morning treat this will be!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Diane, I just told Shirley that this would probably be really really good without the coffee. Just like a mocha banana smoothie. I just have to change things up sometimes. But my heart still lies with a warm cup of joe.

  6. On March 16, 2011 nicola @ gfreemom said

    Wow! if this earthquake hits, we might be driving to Arizona. ;-). xo

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Nicola, we can have a big gluten free party here in AZ if that quake hits! 😉 Plenty of room for all of my CA friends here! LOL

  7. On March 17, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    What a great idea to freeze the coffee, now no more waste when I’ve still got half a pot!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi IntolerantChef!! I love freezing leftover coffee. I just have to make sure that I am using my frozen cubes up or I end up with way too many after a while. 😉

  8. On March 17, 2011 Alisa Fleming said

    What an awesome idea to freeze coffee cubes! That does look delicious – and almost makes me want to like coffee … almost!

    On Sunday, we had to drive from airport in a blizzard. Safe to say, winter has definitely returned where I live! So much for thos nice sunny days, at least for now. I will soak up some Vit D vicariously through you!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, you are yet ANOTHER of my non-coffee loving friends!! How do you all do it? I will one of these days try and find a way to convert you all!
      And, I had no idea you guys had to drive home from the airport in the blizzard! What a huge bummer!! I hope Tahoe gets hit with some sunny and warm weather soon!

  9. On March 18, 2011 Barbara said

    YUM! I am going to make this today with So Delicious coconut milk, too! Thanks so much for sharing! I haven’t had a mochacchino in ages!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Barbara! I hope you liked the Mochachino! I have made this with coconut milk as well and it is super yummy that way too!

  10. On March 18, 2011 Kelly said

    LOVE this! I should get some of my friend’s organic decaf coffee that is made decaf without chemicals, so I can have one while I’m preggers 🙂 XOXO, Kelly

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Kelly, this would be perfect with decaf! There are a couple of chemical-free swiss water decaf coffees that I will drink if I do not want the caffeine. And I definitely had a few cups of the chem-free decaf when i was pregnant in the winter.
      I also made this with homemade cashew milk (instead of Almond) this morning and it was SO yummy!

  11. On March 19, 2011 Tia said

    Sounds quite yummy. I am so freezing coffee for my summer iced coffees. No more watered down coffee. Wonder where I will be for those warm summers? Hmmmmmmm.

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yup, Tia! Freezing those coffee cubes will totally get rid of that watery iced coffee. I am not sure why coffee shops don’t think of that. I can only imagine how much coffee they get rid of each day! That would be the perfect re-cycled solution!!
      ANd, I wonder too where you will be this summer! 😉

  12. On March 21, 2011 Candace said

    Omygoodness! That sounds so delicious and refreshing. I’m going to save that recipe to try. We are still getting snow up here in New England; but, they tell me it will warm up eventually. At that point, I will be looking for a cold coffee fix. I love that you’ve added chia seeds to it. I really appreciate your stopping by my blog to say hello and introducing your blog to me. I’ve been looking around and you have some great information here. I’m your newest subscriber! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes. I look forward to reading more! Have a great week, Candace

    • On April 2, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Candace! So glad to have you as a new follower!! You have a wonderful blog yourself and I look forward to following along with you! 😉

  13. On June 27, 2012 elizadarcy said

    Going to go freeze some coffee right now!

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