Primal Mocha

Primal MochaWe’ve got a super simple recipe for you today. After all the Thanksgiving festivities, simpler is probably better in the recipe department.

So, start with your favorite cup of piping hot coffee and drop in a square of high-quality dark chocolate. Add a pinch of cinnamon. You can stop there if you like. Or, gussy it up with whatever transforms your Primal Mocha into an irresistible beverage: a little sweetener, a drizzle of heavy cream or coconut milk, a pinch of cayenne or nutmeg, or a drop of vanilla. Drink it straight up or throw it the blender to create a frothy coffee. And don’t forget a pinch of sea salt; it amps up the flavor of everything.

Why mess with a perfectly good cup of regular coffee? If you crave a mocha, this barely-sweetened, antioxidant-packed version is way healthier than anything you could buy in a coffee shop. Should you drink Primal Mochas every day? You could, but why would you when there are so many other delicious ways to fill your mug? Don’t forget about Primal Egg Coffee, Primal Egg Nog, or Egg-less Nog and Primal Hot Cocoa.

What are your favorite ways to dress up a plain cup of coffee?

Servings: 1

Time in the Kitchen: 5 minutes



  • 1 cup of coffee
  • 1 square of high-cacao dark chocolate
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional add-ins: pinch of sea salt, heavy cream, coconut milk, vanilla, and/or a sweetener of your choice


Drop the square of dark chocolate into piping hot coffee. Stir well as the chocolate melts.


Add additional ingredients as desired. Drink straight up or throw in the blender (or use an immersion blender ) to froth it up.


Use a spoon to stir as you drink, as the chocolate settles towards the bottom.

Primal Mocha

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  1. Greetings from South Africa…Awesome as always Mark. My morning coffee is a double esspresso with a tablespoon of organic cold pressed coconut oil and a teeny bit of coconut milk. Sets me up for the morning until I eat at around 12. Definitely going to try it with a bit of cinnamon and dark chocolate. Yummm.

    1. Amazing – I make the same morning drink, but with two double espressos. I may addnutmeg too.

    2. Is that just-coffee-with-coconutoil-to-break-a-fast thing okay for women? I’ve read so many clashing reports and views and write ups etc; some saying women’s hormones are too delicate (in the least patronising way possible) for long periods of fasting and others saying it’s all well and good. Really conflicted!

      1. I make sure I eat first, then drink my coffee. Drinking coffee first might interfere with your appetite and digestion.

      2. I didn’t know this was debated… I do this on a regular basis when I don’t have time or am not hungry enough for a “full” breakfast- just coffee, couple T’s of coconut oil, and some heavy cream or half n half (the cream helps cut the sharpness of the coffee and icky feeling of the coconut oil)

    3. I’ve seen it suggested on MDA and in the comments to add coconut oil to coffee… I was excited about it and tried it, and it was disgusting. The oil doesn’t dissolve (which makes sense), which makes for an interesting time trying to drink it. Am I doing something wrong?

      1. I’ve never used coconut oil. I just substituted coconut milk/coconut cream for dairy. It took a little getting used to (I had never liked coconut in anything before), but that’s all I add any more.

      2. This is coming from a breakfast-loving black coffee fan, so I’ll probably never know first-hand, but I’ve heard it’s much tastier when blended in a blender, not just stirred in– probably emulsifies better.

      3. I don’t have time to whip out my blender in the morning, so i just put some oil and heavy cream or half n half in the coffee and give it a good stir before each sip/gulp. Start small with just 1-2tsp and work your way up to a couple tablespoons.

      4. Get an immersion blender and whip it up. PROBLEM SOLVED. DELICIOUS.

        Personally, I add grassfed butter as well as coconut oil. Will add some spices tomorrow.

        1. Good suggestions! I will try a frother/immersion blender. Thanks, everyone!

  2. I love this. Motherhood rekindled my appreciation for coffee, though my love of dark chocolate has always been fervent.

    1. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone say that. I’ve always wondered having had a kid has increased my coffee craving and tolerance. But so many other changes happened at the same time (giving up grains and sugar).

  3. I’ve started drinking coffee at the age of 42 (6 months ago).
    I’m in a slump I can’t get out, personal losses, financial stress and what not and coffee seems to be my drug of choice…

    I am otherwise primal and don’t consume any grains, beans (xept that ground up coffee bean =P) or ‘vegetable’ oils of any kind.

    The milk is organic/raw and the sweetener is organic palm sugar (I know it destroys the habitats of orangutans but I don’t know what else to use, raw honey tastes like s***).

    1. I use Xylitol sometimes, or stevia. But if you don’t like the taste of honey I’m sure stevia won’t do it. Xylitol tastes just like sugar.

  4. Sorry to hear things are rough right now Issabeau, but ENJOY your coffee! No guilt tripping yourself for a spoon of Palm sugar!
    Sometimes we need to just take care of ourselves and not take on all the world’s ills and issues. Compassion starts at home.
    Best to ya!

  5. I add green tea to my coffee when I brew it. From there i dump it into the vitamix with a tablespoon of bakers cocoa, tablespoon of organic cinnamon, couple tablespoons of coconut oil, and some crystal gelatin. I have antioxidants, good fats, blood sugar regulators, brain food, and joint food. I am set til about noon most days.

    Off topic, but searching for Vibrams today on Google led me to Never heard of them before but they have a load of vibram styles and sizes. Original Sprints for 19.99. I bought a pair of KMD Sport for $43. With free shipping!

  7. I just recently started mixing a heaping tablespoon of Optimum Nutrition double chocolate whey protein in with my morning coffees, add a little organic milk and it makes a very nice mocha. I never eat in the mornings so now I am able to get about 25-30 grams of protein in my two cups of coffee first thing in the morning. The wife likes it too, it’s our daily routine now.

  8. Hey!

    New to the primal life and making some good changes! was having a down day today due to my love of coffee with sugar and while watching a youtube video (one of many interviews with mark) I signed into MDA and I see Primal Mocha 🙂 Big grin on my face and between the video and new recipe Im feeling positive again 🙂 im gonna DO THIS and I believe this could really change my life!

    1. Good luck, Hannah. Of course you can do this, it just takes caring enough about your own health.

  9. 1T Kerrygold butter, 1 T MCT oil, 1t cinnamon, whirl in blender. Yum! Good until lunch. Will add a raw egg yolk & 1t honey if playing tennis mid-morning. Love my morning coffee!

  10. Delicious and delectable!

    Tried this with melted 85% chocolate in Coconut milk, and a double-shot of (well extracted) expresso on top.


  11. I tried this today, but don’t have blender at work, so had to just stir it. I ended up with most of the chocolate at the bottom. So I went back to my normal mocha recipe, using powered cocoa (1tsp) and cream (2Tbl or 1/8 cup). Mixing the cocoa in the cream before adding the coffee ensures it will give you an intense chocolate taste and stay fairly well suspended in the coffee. Add your sweetener of choice, if desired. I often add a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon, as well. A friend of mine recommended a shot of tabasco sauce, but I have not tried that yet ;).

  12. I use a handheld immersion blender to mix my coffee with coconut oil and grass-fed butter. Works great and it is easy to clean!

  13. I love hazelnut creamer in my coffee. Any idea how I can make it paleo? maybe a hazelnut cream from blended hazelnuts?