Paleo Mocha Frappe (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy-Free, 4 Ingredients)

Paleo Mocha Frappe (V, GF, DF): a 4 ingredient recipe for deliciously thick, frosty mocha frappes made with simple ingredients. Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free.

Did I ever tell you about one of the first times I went with Erik on a coffee date? He was just a wee one, at 22 years of age. I was 23. Yes, yes, gasp and sigh at the fact that I’m, proudly, the “older woman.” .

Seriously though, my sisters always exclaim when they learn that our birthdays are technically 2 years apart… so Erik seems even younger than me. Of course, no matter that we’ve been together for almost 8 years… they still gasp in shock at this fact at least 4 times a year. Ahem.

Not callin’ folks out or anything… 😉

Paleo Mocha Frappe (V, GF, DF): a 4 ingredient recipe for deliciously thick, frosty mocha frappes made with simple ingredients. #Paleo #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Anywho, almost 8 years ago, we were both living in San Francisco and enjoying the idealized cosmopolitan youngin’ life. I had already graduated from UCSB and was attending FIDM at the time. Erik was attending SF State and working like 500 extra jobs. Well, when I put it that way, he seems more responsible and mature than I was at the time. Which he totally was.

Score for Erik! Anyway, one of the very few things we agreed upon was coffee. We loved getting iced coffee, frappes, hot coffee, bags of ground coffee, chocolate-covered espresso beans (oooh), and all the caffeinated things, several times a day. And before you ask, no, we surely didn’t sleep much, at all.

One of the first times we headed to a coffee shop together, I ordered my usual and Erik ordered his usual. The sophisticated guitar strums were blaring over the loudspeakers, coffee beans were being crushed to a pulp (but not), and folks were loitering about, pretending to do work.

Paleo Mocha Frappe (V, GF, DF): a 4 ingredient recipe for deliciously thick, frosty mocha frappes made with simple ingredients. #Paleo #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

The barista calls my name, and then Erik’s. I grab my drink and then his. We head over to grab our straws. As I’m unwrapping mine, I glance over at Erik and ask in an aloof and super cool (yeah, no) way, “do you want to try some of mine?”

Erik, sweating attractively and nervously says, “Sure!!! Um… mayhaps you’d like to try a sip of my beverage, milady?” Yes, he really used to talk like this. And did I mention, he also twirled his handlebar mustache after saying this. You heard me.

I flip my glossy-in-only-the-way-20-year-olds-can-get-it hair and quickly smother up the mumble-whisper I say to myself, “milady???” and say, “Cool.”

He sips mine and immediately, his eyes bulge out of their sockets. He clears his throat to cover up a groan, and his eyes start watering, just the tiniest bit. I sip his and can hardly suppress the giggle that bubbles forth from my lips.

We swap drinks and politely go back to sipping our own. Immediately, Erik looks relieved. He’s slurping up his frappe like it’s the last thing he’ll ever drink. I take a sip of mine and almost spit it out. And I have to say it…

Paleo Mocha Frappe (V, GF, DF): a 4 ingredient recipe for deliciously thick, frosty mocha frappes made with simple ingredients. #Paleo #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

“What the frigerator did you order??? It makes mine taste like depression bread!!”

Erik: “Uh, nothin’. Just what I always get. A white mocha frappe. Stupendously, with extra white chocolate mocha sauce. And… preternaturally, aggrandized with extra whipped cream. Why, what did you have the otherworldy accomplishment of ordering?” I am not even joking, he for-realsies spoke like this.

Me, suppressing a preternaturally accomplished eyeroll: “An iced coffee. Unsweetened, no cream. And now it tastes like depression bread. Like, this is your last possible choice, no one would ever choose to order this, it’s all you’ve got, Grapes of Wrath-style depression bread coffee.”

E: “Oh.”

We walked out, hand in hand, and shared both drinks. Taking shots of mine as we strolled happily through Golden Gate Park, and chasing it all down with long sips of his… until our next coffee run. And from then on out, I learned to finish my drink before even glancing at his.

You could say I made this paleo mocha frappe as a happy in-between for our 20-year-old selves. I think they would’ve really  like it. And hopefully you do, too.

Paleo Mocha Frappe (V, GF, DF): a 4 ingredient recipe for deliciously thick, frosty mocha frappes made with simple ingredients. #Paleo #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Allow me to tell you all about this Paleo Mocha Frappe. It’s:

  • made with just 4 simple ingredients
  • thick, frosty and satisfying
  • vegan, paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free
  • easy to make
  • the perfect balance of sweet and strong
  • plant-based and allergy-friendly
  • great for sipping on a walk with your best friend .

I hope you enjoy this deliciously frozen drink as much as Erik and I do. Try your hand at making homemade frappes and tell me what you think. It’s so much fun exploring all the kitchen adventures with you.

Tell me, what do your favorite coffee drinks remind you of?

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Paleo Mocha Frappe (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy-Free)

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Paleo Mocha Frappe (V, GF, DF): a 4 ingredient recipe for deliciously thick, frosty mocha frappes made with simple ingredients. Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free.



Mocha Frappe

  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • 4 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Optional Toppings

  • Coconut whip, chocolate syrup and chocolate curls


  1. About 2-3 hours before, or the night before, pour coffee into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer.
  2. Day of, add bananas into the blender. Blend until the bananas become crumbly. Add almond milk. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Add coffee ice cubes. Blend until well incorporated and smooth, again scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Add cocoa powder, blending until well incorporated.
  4. Pour into two cups. Top with coconut whip or any of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
  • Category: Frozen Drinks, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free

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  1. What can be used in place of banana?
    That’s one of my food allergies but I am able to survive on paleo.

    1. Hi Erica, you might be able to use a different frozen fruit. The thing about bananas is that they have a fairly mild taste (in comparison to other fruits). But it might work out even better? 🙂 You can try frozen strawberries or mangoes. Hope this helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Sue! Coconut whip is a whipped topping made out of coconut cream (the solid from a can of full-fat coconut milk). Once chilled, it can be whipped up into a delightful, light topping. 🙂

    1. Hi Sheri! Goodness, I clearly need to take a break! Haha. Yes, I meant 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk. Thank you so much for checking with me. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. Please tell me you were joking about the handle-bar mustache – wait, on second thought, don’t. I’m actually really enjoying this visual. I can totally see why you fell for the guy, because let’s be real, a good vocabulary alone is worth a second date. This frappe looks amazing, D! Bananas are magical. You can turn them into so many things and they just make everything better. They’re like the cauliflower of sweets. Pinning! XO

    1. I was SO. NOT. Joking. Okay, now I have to dig up a photo and share! 😉 He definitely rocked it, though. 🙂 Yes and YES on that vocabulary (and his unending kindness <3 <3). So true! Bananas are totally the cauliflower of sweets! Haha. xo

  3. Haha your story is too funny, Demeter! Depression bread…I love it! 🙂 Does Eric still talk like that? 🙂 I’ve never been one to order unsweetened coffee (or make it that way) as I always need cream and sugar. This mocha frappe looks SO gorgeous! I’m seriously drooling right now…definitely coffee-shop worthy and probably so much better. This is putting my little ‘ole cup of coffee to shame right now. Pinned and needing to try this SOON! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, friend!

    1. Thanks Gayle! I was hoping to give ya a good chuckle. 😉 Erik definitely talks like that from time to time… but we’re working on it. Lolol. J/k! Always best to be yourself, right? 🙂 Hope you get to try and just love it. Happy weekend, my dear! xo

  4. My boyfriend and I will ALWAYS agree on coffee too!! Especially THIS flavor! 😀 His favorite drink from Starbucks is a Cafe Mocha, and this drink reminds me of the first time we went there together (6 years ago!) I almost finished his drink because mocha. And sugar. And caffeine. The end. 😉

    1. Hi Marina! 🙂 I don’t know how your comment snuck past me and got stuck in my spam folder! . Coffee is one of the best things to agree on. 😉 No further explanation needed! Coffee, sugar and caffeine can bond like no other. Haha. 🙂

  5. haha I love love the way you described your coffee dates! Btw in our relationship I am the older one too hehe but he is way mature than me! lol
    This frappe looks so good Demeter and I am always about coffee so this is my kind of drink!!

    1. Glad to give you a good chuckle, Ami! 🙂 What’s up with these younger guys who are mature?? Hehe. Cheers!

  6. Relationship goal: find a man that uses the word “milady” because it doesn’t get any classier than that. Wow I didn’t know Erik had this amazing dictionary of a vocabulary!! Has he toned it down now or is preternaturally still an everyday household term at your place? (Yes, yes I did have to google that one.) Plus he clearly knows what’s good when it comes to frappes, so good thing you snatched him up fast! Between his extraordinary taste in beverage concoctions and your mad whipped cream and chocolate-squiggling skill (I mean really, the top half of that glass is absolute perfection.), perhaps ownership of a small coffee shop should be in you guys’ five year plan. In your free time of course. And as long as this beautiful beverage is on the menu I will be your first customer…every day…and your last…I might just never leave actually. Tying Grapes of Wrath and white chocolate mochas all into one post–no one could do it but you my dear! xoxo

    1. Lololol. Please don’t let Erik hear you say that! . Let’s not say anything to him about his dictionary-level vocab either… he might get too big of a head. . He’s toned things down… to an extent. <--that'll happen with enough eyerolls from me. Lol. But it's nice bc he keep me on my toes! 😉 If you promise to be my main fruit-sweetened recipe/sweets maker for the cafe, then we're on! . Lolol on Grapes of Wrath... xoxo

  7. You and Erik are super cute. Like SUPER cute!!! 🙂 Awwwww… Love reading about you twos! <3 And just look at this mocha frappe! I mean… comon Dee … you are torturing us all haha Well thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. Now we all can enjoy in this deliciousness at our homes! Hug! Sharing off course. PS Love the photos and styling 😉

    1. I’m blushing! 🙂 And for the record, so is Erik! . No need for torture, go ahead and whip up a batch. I know you’ll just love it! Hugs! Thank you for sharing. <3

  8. You and E are just the cutest! I’m going to assume you no longer order a Plain Unsweetened Iced Coffee… right?! I mean, you are correct – no one orders that! 😉 I kid. I have ordered that, but I loaded that sucker up with truvia and then never ordered it again. <3 Anyways, I had NO clue you went to FIDM after UCSB!! Fancy education, mii-lady! <–Had to. Speaking of fancy, These Mocha Frappes! You decorated these beautifully and the flavor sounds ahhhh-mazing! Seriously, who needs to spend $5+ dollars at that one store when they can make THIS at home!? Totally wish I had a gallon of this to slurp down right now! Pinned of course! Cheers, sweet sweets! xoxoxo

    1. Aw, thanks Chey! 🙂 I still drink it black. 😉 Sometimes I like it with a few extra fixins’, but black coffee is my fave. 🙂 Haha. I guess I never told you about that part of my life… uh-oh, we’re not supposed to keep secrets from each other! . Bahahaha on milday! Come on over and I’ll make ya a gallon, my dear. Muah! xoxo