Mocha Powder Recipe

A mocha powder is a delicious blend of chocolate and coffee flavors that can be used to make a variety of hot and cold drinks. It's a handy pantry staple for any coffee lover to have on hand.

Mocha Powder Recipe

Making your own mocha powder at home is simple, budget-friendly, and allows you to control the ingredients.

Mocha refers to the combination of chocolate and coffee flavors. Mocha powder takes this tasty combo and turns it into an easy instant drink mix.

The main ingredients are:

  • Instant coffee powder: Provides the coffee flavor
  • Cocoa powder: Adds chocolate richness
  • Sugar: Sweetens the blend
  • Powdered milk or creamer: Lends creaminess and binds the ingredients

Other flavors like vanilla or spices may also be added. When mixed with hot water or frothed milk, this powder dissolves to make a delicious mocha drink in seconds.

So if you love mochas from coffee shops, having some homemade mocha mix on hand lets you quickly whip one up anytime. It's also more affordable than store-bought mixes.

Key Takeaway: Mocha powder is a blend of cocoa powder and instant coffee, mixed with sugar and powdered milk or creamer. It makes a quick chocolate-coffee drink when mixed with hot water or milk.

Making Mocha Powder at Home

There are a few easy methods to make mocha powder yourself using common pantry ingredients. Let's go over some tasty recipes:

Mocha Powder Recipe

Simple 4-Ingredient Mocha Mix Recipe

This basic recipe uses just instant coffee, cocoa, sugar, and powdered milk. Feel free to tweak the amounts to suit your taste:


  • 1/2 cup instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered milk


  • Combine all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. For a smoother powder, you can pulse the mix briefly in a food processor.
  • Transfer the mocha powder into an airtight container like a jar or ziplock. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
  • To make one serving, stir 3-4 tablespoons of the mix into 8 oz hot water or steamed milk. Adjust to taste.

Flavored Mocha Mix

Jazz up your homemade mocha with extra flavors! Try adding:

  • Vanilla extract - For added sweetness
  • Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Chocolate chips - For extra chocolate bursts

Here's a tasty spiced mocha powder recipe:


  • 1 cup instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Whisk together the coffee, milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer to an airtight container.
  3. To serve: Mix 3-4 tbsp of the powder with 8 oz hot milk. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Feel free to experiment with your own flavor combos!

Sugar-Free Mocha Powder

To create a low-carb keto or diabetic-friendly version, here is an easy sugar-free mocha recipe:



  1. Combine all ingredients except sugar substitute in a food processor. Blitz until smooth and well-blended.
  2. Taste the mixture, then add zero-calorie sugar substitute if desired for extra sweetness.
  3. Store the sugar-free mocha powder in an airtight container.
  4. To serve: Mix 3 tbsp powder with 8 oz hot water.

How to Use Mocha Powder

Homemade mocha mixes are incredibly versatile. They dissolve easily in any hot or cold liquid to create a variety of chocolate-coffee drinks and desserts.

Hot Mocha Drinks

Stir your mocha powder into heated water, milk, or cream for a comforting hot chocolatey coffee. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

Iced Mocha
For cold coffee drinks, stir the mix with just a bit of hot water first to dissolve. Then pour over ice, add milk and get your caffeine fix shaken or blended.

Froth some steamed milk using an espresso machine, French press or milk frother. Sweeten if needed then pour over mocha powder and ice for a cooling blended mocha treat.

Mocha Latte
Brew a shot of espresso. Mix with steamed milk, then stir in mocha mix for a classic coffee shop-style mocha latte.

Mocha Smoothies & Milkshakes

Add a scoop of mocha powder when blending up your favorite milkshake or smoothie recipe. It mixes deliciously into:

  • Chocolate smoothies
  • Chocolate or vanilla milkshakes
  • Fruit smoothies with banana, berries or mango
  • Nut butter smoothies made with almond butter or peanut butter

The mocha flavor blends perfectly with chocolate or neutral flavors.

Mocha Desserts

Stir some mocha powder into brownie batter, cake mixes, chocolate frostings, puddings or ice cream bases. Instant mocha desserts!

You can also use it to make:

  • Mocha macarons
  • Mocha mousse
  • Mocha pots de creme
  • Mocha chia pudding
  • Mocha overnight oats

So get creative with homemade mocha powder in drinks and desserts!

Tips for Storing Mocha Mix

To retain best flavor and shelf life, store unused mocha powder:

  • In an airtight container - Use a jar, air-tight canister or resealable bag
  • At room temperature - Avoid fridge or freezer to prevent moisture
  • In a cool, dark place - Heat and light can cause deterioration
  • With a use-by date - Consume within 6 months for optimal freshness

Properly stored, your homemade mocha powder will stay fresh for use whenever that chocolate-coffee craving hits!

Key Takeaway: To maximize shelf life of homemade mocha mix, store it at room temp in an airtight, opaque container and use within 6 months.

Gifting Homemade Mocha Mix

DIY mocha powder also makes a fantastic edible gift for the coffee-lovers in your life!

  • Package mixes in jars or bags with pretty labels
  • Tie with ribbons or raffia for decoration
  • Attach mixing instructions for the recipient
  • Pair with fun mugs or drink stirrers

Delight friends, family and coworkers with these thoughtful homemade food gifts!


Can you use flavored coffee in mocha powder?

Yes, feel free to experiment with flavored instant coffee powders like caramel, vanilla or hazelnut in your homemade mixes. This adds extra flavor complexity.

What can I use if I don't have powdered milk?

Substitute powdered creamer or dry non-dairy creamer instead of powdered milk. For a dairy-free option, use non-dairy milk powder.

Can you make mocha powder with ground coffee?

We don't recommended using ground coffee as it can turn the mixture gritty. Instant coffee powder is best for a smooth, dissolvable texture.

Is homemade mocha mix gluten-free?

Yes, basic mocha powder recipes using coffee, cocoa, sugar and powdered dairy are naturally gluten-free. Just check labels if adding other ingredients.


Whipping up homemade mocha powder is simple and affordable using basic pantry ingredients. Feel free to customize with flavors and tweak sweetness to your taste.

Keep batches of this versatile mix on hand to quickly prepare hot chocolate coffee drinks and mocha-flavored desserts anytime. It also makes a wonderfully thoughtful edible gift.

Sarah Cortez
Sarah Cortez

My name is Sarah and I'm a baker who loves trying out new recipes and flavor combinations. I decided to challenge myself to use a new spice or ingredient powder in my baking each week for a year. Some successes were the cardamom sugar cookies, vivid turmeric cake, and beetroot chocolate cupcakes. Failures included the bitter neem brownies and overwhelmingly hot ghost pepper snickerdoodles. Through this experience I've discovered amazing additions to spice up desserts while learning how to balance strong flavors. Follow my journey as I push the boundaries of baking with unique powders!

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