Blended Mexican Mocha (dairy-free)

I’ve been looking forward to today’s post because I’m always excited to spread the word about Fair Trade Month and share some awesome goodies with a lucky winner (giveaway has ended). But first, I have a recipe for a Blended Mexican Mocha!

Blended Mexican mocha

Blended Mexican Mocha

I whipped this up using 3 popular Fair Trade ingredients: chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon.

Fair trade ingredients for blended Mexican mocha

(The drinking chocolate is out of control amazing.)

First, I made a 10-oz batch of Pura Vida coffee, and mixed in some drinking chocolate (which is like chocolate chips and melts beautifully into coffee or warmed milk for a hot chocolate), and added vanilla, cinnamon and a splash of sea salt. After cooling to room temperature, I placed it in the fridge to chill. After it was pretty cold, I added almond milk, ice cubes, and a kick of sweetness before blending it up.

Blended mexican mocha

The Pilot was happy to be my taste tester. 

Blended mexican mocha 3

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


Blended Mexican Mocha (dairy-free)

A rich and chocolatey treat, which is also dairy free.

  • Prep Time: 60
  • Total Time: 60


  • 10 oz of your favorite coffee
  • 3 tablespoons drinking chocolate (or dark chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Sweetener to taste (sugar and maple syrup work well)


  1. In a large glass, whisk the coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla. Set aside, and allow to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge.
  2. When the coffee mixture has cooled (an hour or so), stir well to combine the ingredients.
  3. Pour the mixture into a high-speed blender, along with the milk and sweetener. Blend until frothy. Taste and add sweetener as necessary -I used 1 tablespoon of sugar for the Pilot and it was perfect- and serve immediately.


  • Garnish with dairy-free whipped cream, chocolate shavings and cinnamon.


  • Serving Size: 1

Why Fair Trade?

I’ve shared a couple of Fair Trade posts in the past. If you’re just becoming familiar with Fair Trade, here’s some more info about this incredible organization:

-Certified Fair Trade products ensure that the people who work the craft, sew and grow these products are fairly compensated and able to work in safe conditions

-They’re able to earn extra money to provide for their families and communities

-These Community Development Premiums are invested in critical projects, like schools, wells and roads

-Fair Trade also encourages sustainable practices for the environment and restricts harmful pesticide use

-Child labor is prohibited

Basically, it’s a full circle of goodness:

Fair Trade Infographic

Similar to previous posts, Fair Trade paired me with one of their famers as an opportunity to learn more.

Meet Komuhendo Jacqueline, an inspirational tea farmer & member of the Mpanga Growers Tea Factory in Uganda.

Komuhendo Jacqueline

A little bit about her story:

Komuhendo Jacqueline and her family have been growing tea since 2009. She says that the biggest benefit to selling Fair Trade Certified tea is that it has enabled her to pay for school fees for 3 of her children. It has also enabled her family to start sustainable food security projects for their home that can continue for years to come. She hopes to sell more of her tea so that she can send her other 4 children to school. 

Here she is carrying water back from the nearby well that was built with Fair Trade development premium funds, which provides access to closer clean water sources. 

carrying water

I’m a huge supporter of Fair Trade, and am happy to share an amazing giveaway today (giveaway has ended) with tons of tasty treats to celebrate Fair Trade month. 🙂

Fair Trade giveaway

One lucky winner will receive the following:

-Wholesome honey

-BarkTHINS (a bag lasts about a day in our house.. they are gloriously addicting)

-Cascadian Farms gluten-free vanilla berry puffs (Liv and I went crazy for these)

-Lake Champlain drinking chocolate (perfect for hot cocoa season!)

-Nutiva coconut snacks

-Numi organic tea


-Frontier nutmeg

-Sunspire chocolate chips

-Barefoot & Chocolate hazelnut spread (I can’t even tell you how delicious this is. If you find it, try it.)

-Alter Eco truffles

-TruRoots quinoa

-Pura Vida by S&D coffee

-Spectrum Essentials chia and flax blend (the same one I used in this recipe)

All you have to do is enter via the widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end two weeks from today (October 19) and I’ll contact the lucky winner then. 

Ready, set, go!


This post is not sponsored; I just enjoy spreading the word about Fair Trade and their mission. 

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  1. Jamie on October 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

    fair trade, organic goodies make me happy!

  2. Meagan Leanne on October 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I’ve had mint bark thins before and oh my word they are so addicting! I have to hide the bag so I don’t go through it too quickly.

  3. Carmen on October 6, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Fall hiking with my pups makes me happy.

  4. Allison S on October 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

    That chocolate looks UNREAL

  5. Genna on October 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

    All things chocolate, pumpkin, and my little family make me so happy!

  6. Nicole on October 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    <3 Fair Trade products. What a beautiful gift to support such an important cause. Also – give me allll the drinking chocolate. 😉

  7. shaunie on October 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I would have to say good weather

  8. Maria B on October 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    A good crisp apple!

  9. Jessie R on October 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Nice cool fall weather and long walks in it, make me happy!

  10. Vanessa on October 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    A long walk with my man and dog!

  11. Brooke M. on October 6, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Coffee 😉 and walking to see all the pops of color from the fall foliage make me happy–love this season!

  12. Jenn on October 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    morning walks with my BFF!

  13. Molly Bortnick on October 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    The sun came out in North Carolina for the first time in TEN days today (I kid you not), it made me SO unbelievably happy :).

  14. Laura on October 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Sound of my son’s giggles!!!

  15. Katherine on October 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    We have had two days of sunshine and 70 degree weather after two weeks of a rainy 50 degrees. Loving our weather now!

  16. Heather S on October 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    My kiddos jokes they tell! 🙂

  17. Jenny L on October 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Morning coffee and muffins!

  18. Adrienne on October 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Wow what a great cause- would love to try these treats!

  19. Joanna on October 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    my daughter! and her cute laugh!

  20. Jen on October 6, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Watching the leaves turn on the trees (reds are my favorite!).

  21. Sarah K. on October 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Winning giveaways makes me happy 🙂

  22. KT on October 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Crisp fall days!

  23. Mary Ann on October 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    What a fun giveaway! The trees changing color right now is making me pretty happy!

  24. Katie on October 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    baby snuggles <3

  25. Jill M. on October 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Hot coffee on a fall morning makes me very happy. Thanks for a fun giveaway!!

  26. Carly M on October 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    The weather the last few days down here. Cuddling up with my husband watching the rain after so much heat this summer was a wonderful treat. 🙂

  27. Lexi Manton on October 7, 2015 at 1:19 am

    That mocha looks sooo delicious … crying now about not having all the ingredients to make it on hand! My pedometer counted 16,500 steps today, so reaching goals like that makes me happy 🙂

  28. Melanie Kinnie on October 7, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Reading this blog while sipping my FAIR TRADE coffee makes me happy!

  29. Kristen M on October 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Those treats look so delicious! I would love to make a Mexican Mocha, sounds like the perfect drink to enjoy now that the weather is cooling down here in the Northeast!

  30. Laura on October 7, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Sounds delicious!

  31. Michelle on October 7, 2015 at 8:05 am


  32. Kelster on October 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Chocolate ice cream

  33. Rachel @ Smiles and Gold Miles on October 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

    All of those treats look uhhh-mazing!

  34. Jeanne on October 7, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I would love to try your fair trade treats!

  35. Andrea Bloomfield on October 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Fair-trade certified, organic bananas are to die for!! Thanks for sharing so many amazing products. The only one I’ve tried before is the TruRoots quinoa!

  36. Jennifer @ Tri Stuff I Like on October 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Riding my bike makes me happy, as does these cooler fall mornings here in So Cal.

  37. sarah h on October 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    fall weather is currently making me happy! (but chocolate always does too :))

  38. Sneha on October 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Yummy that mocha milkshake recipe makes me happy

  39. Jessica S on October 7, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    All of the treats look soo yummy! Would love to try them!

  40. Sarah L on October 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Homemade mochas! The best!

  41. Katherine Goulet on October 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I love supporting fair-trade companies! What a great way giveaway! As for what makes me really happy- that would be my 3 month old baby boy, my husband and our yorkie 🙂

  42. Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More on October 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm


  43. Melissa on October 8, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Traveling to a new place and exploring makes me happy!

  44. Pat on October 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Hiking makes me happy.

  45. Holly Daniell on October 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, I need that mocha sometime soon, like… now maybe! It does look chocolaty-mazing! 🙂
    I’m also super happy to be meeting my little girl in March! <3

  46. Kari F on October 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I love Bark Thins. Those make me happy!

  47. Madeline on October 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    My little girl makes me happy!

  48. Ashleigh B. on October 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Changing fall leaves!

    And I know all too well how addicting those bark thins are.

  49. Steph on October 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Baking makes me happy

  50. Rachel R on October 9, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Crunchy leaves and acorns while out walking in the fall!!

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