Coconut Mocha: Dairy Free and Paleo

And Why You Should Add Collagen to Your Diet

Are you looking for a healthy, dairy-free alternative to a sugar-packed mocha?

If so, then you will love our Coconut Mocha recipe! For this recipe we used the new Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Creamer which makes the mocha extra creamy and delicious. Collagen also has a ton of protein (10g of protein in 10g of collagen) so this drink can even double as a breakfast replacement on busy mornings.

The collagen products for this post were provided by Vital Proteins but all opinions are completely our own.

We used cacao powder to make this drink rich and chocolatey. The flavor is smoother and the texture is more velvety than cocoa powder. Cacao powder has more nutritional value than cocoa powder because it is cold pressed instead of heated at high temperatures. Cold pressing allows the enzymes to remain intact during the processing. Here is the cacao powder we recommend.

One of the best things about a mocha is the frothy foam at the top! This one can be made without a fancy espresso and milk steaming machine. All you need to get that amazing froth is a hand held milk frother like this one. You could also use a wire wisk but the effect would not be quite the same.

The muffins pictured are delicious gluten free and vegan  Double Chocolate Banana Muffins by Beaming Baker and are a great combination with this mocha.

Dairy Free Coconut Mocha


  • 8 oz hot coffee
  • 1 tsp cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Coconut Creamer (or Collagen Peptides)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Brew coffee and pour into a mug. Add in the cacao powder, coconut creamer and maple syrup. Use a milk frother to blend all of the ingredients together.  Serve immediately and enjoy! 

If replacing the collagen creamer with collagen peptides, add a splash of coconut milk.


Keep reading to learn more about collagen!

Benefits of Supplementing with Collagen

Collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in our bodies and is found in the bones, tendons, muscles, skin, blood vessels, and digestive tract. Eating collagen rich  foods such as bone broth, wild caught salmon, and pastured eggs helps to increase the collagen levels in our bodies. Unfortunately, many diets are sorely lacking these nutritious foods and may benefit from a collagen supplement.

Ways that collagen is great for your health:

  • Improve gut health
  • Strengthen tendons and bones
  • Improve appearance of skin, nails, and hair
  • Boost metabolism and energy
  • Increase the strength of the cardiovascular system

How to incorporate collagen into your diet

The absolute best way to ensure an adequate intake is to eat collagen rich foods. Drinking bone broth on a regular basis is one of the ways I get my collagen. Get started making your own bone broth today with this easy Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe.

Another great way to boost your collagen intake is to supplement with collagen peptides. Collagen peptides are very versatile and can be mixed into almost anything without changing the flavor at all.  Adding collagen to coffee, smoothies, juice, muffins, pancakes, broth, and soups are great ways to incorporate it into your diet.


Here are some other healthy breakfast ideas to set your day up for success!

Einkorn Pancakes: Naturally Sweetened and Dairy-Free

Banana Chocolate Chip Einkorn Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies



  • Kathie
    Posted March 5, 2018 7:43 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Love these gluten free and vegan alternatives! Thanks for sharing this.

    • Kathie
      Posted March 5, 2018 7:50 pm 0Likes

      5 stars
      I realize the collagen isn’t vegan but dairy free but the muffins definitely are!!

  • Caleb
    Posted March 5, 2018 9:13 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Awesome breakfast alternative for those busy mornings!

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