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Iced Mocha Made with Instant Coffee Dairy-Free

I’ve been an allergy mom long enough to remember when soy was the only dairy-free option at coffee drive throughs.

It was totally my idea to make mochas with almond or coconut milk.

Because desperate times called for desperate measures, and you better bet I figured out how to make my own dairy-free coffees at home. Here’s how!

glass of instant iced mocha

I was a frazzled mama of two toddlers desperately needing an afternoon pick-me-up.

Allergy-friendly, tasty, easy.

And on the cheap was welcome, too.

With two in diapers, I losing sleep and my mind and all my money, ha ha. 

No money for the coffee drive-through. 

Plus, it was super hard to drag two babies out. 

Securing two squirmy little boys into two car seats took even longer than the Starbucks line. 

So I had to figure out how to make my favorite coffee at home for money and time’s sake. 

Plus, I needed a dairy-free option and soy was not my favorite. 

I could make my own mochas with almond or coconut milk, woohoo! 

The trickiest part to making DIY lattes was making espresso.

I didn’t have space for fancy espresso machines.

Luckily, I found a quick and easy go-around…

making strong coffee concentrate with instant coffee.

And my dairy-free mocha lattes turned out amazing!

I craved them daily for a season, so thankfully I could control the calories.

A decade later, almond and coconut milk can be found at local coffee shops, and it’s easier for me to leave the house with big kids.

But I still opt for my simple instant coffee mocha latte on some days.

After all, this is an allergy-friendly, money-saving, and convenient little treat that’s still a gem.

The very best instant coffee?

Starbucks Via (affiliate)

And it’s a reasonable price in bulk on Amazon.

I’m excited to share this instant coffee latte recipe with you below.

Hope it saves you money and pleases your taste buds!


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glass of instant coffee iced mocha


Heat 1/4 cup water.

Add 1 teaspoon instant coffee (affiliate) to the hot water.

Add a splash of preferred sweetener to the hot water (optional).

Throw in a handful of ice cubes.

Add 6-8 ounces of dairy-free milk or milk of choice.

Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

Enjoy your dairy-free mocha latte! Cheers!

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Monday 4th of January 2021

Thanks you for such an awesome recipe :D I love it <3 keep it up :)

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