Pero: The Best Coffee Substitute.

When I get up in the morning, I want two things: for nobody to talk to me and my favorite morning drink, Pero, to be in my hand. I am so not a morning person. All I need are snuggles from my kitty (and sometimes my husband) and to be left alone. 

SO what is this mysterious drink I am speaking of? Let me start by saying, I know that I have a lot of coffee addicts that read my blog. And trust me…I used to be one of you. Coffee is delicious. But for those of us who don’t drink coffee, or are simply looking for another tasty & amazing drink to spice up their mornings, I have something pretty fantastic for you. Read on for my favorite recipe for Pero Frappuccinos!


Pero Frappes: My Favorite Morning (also afternoon and evening) Drink

Soooo. What even is Pero?! It is a mix of malted barley, barley, chicory and rye (ewwww gross. I know that is what you’re thinking. but guys. don’t knock it till you try it). That is it. It is the best coffee substitute I’ve ever found. I used to drink coffee all the time. But the last few years, I stopped drinking coffee all together so I needed something to replace it, obviously. I searched far and wide and then my best friend introduced me to this glorious drink. It looks like coffee….it tastes like coffee…by science standards, it should be coffee. But it’s not. *mind blown* 

Pero Frappuccino
Serves 1
A delicious coffee-free frappuccino!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
6 min
843 calories
9 g
327 g
88 g
5 g
55 g
482 g
100 g
3 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 843
Calories from Fat 775
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 88g
Saturated Fat 55g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 327mg
Sodium 100mg
Total Carbohydrates 9g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. Pero Drink Mix
  2. Sugar
  3. Heavy Cream
  4. Vanilla
  5. Water
  1. Pour 5 tbs heavy whipping cream into a shakeable cup or small blender.
  2. Add 3.5 tsp Pero mix.
  3. Add 3.5 tsp sugar.
  4. Add 2 tsp vanilla.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of water.
  6. Shake/Blend.
  1. I use a little mason jar that had a sealable lid! I put all the ingredients in and then I shake until blended.
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Get the ingredients here: PERO, sugar, vanilla, heavy whipping cream, mason jar cup

 Ok. There you have it, ladies! My FAVORITE morning wake-me-up drink. I love Pero, and I love that it is a coffee substitute that doesn’t disappoint. It is easy to make and takes about two seconds. It is pretty, makes a yummy foam at the top and doesn’t have a bitter after-taste. It is also kitty-approved. Felix constantly wants to “share”. 

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What are your favorite drinks? Any amazing recipes I need to try? I would love to hear about them! If you decide to make this frappuccino, take a picture and tag me on instagram! I want to see your beautiful drinks! 

As always, thanks for stopping by to Blonde & Ambitious. Be sure to follow me on social media and stay tuned because I have SO MANY giveaways coming up this month. I’m serious. Get ready.

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  1. Abby | 5th Aug 16

    Interesting! Does it still have caffeine in it, or is the point of it to taste like coffee and not have any caffeine? Definitely makes me very curious!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Aug 16

      It does NOT have caffeine. ๐Ÿ™‚ The point is to taste like coffee without the side effects (anxious, shaky, sleeplessness, etc) that accompany it.

  2. Nicole Leffew | 5th Aug 16

    I will definitely have to try this Taylor! I love protein shakes, orange juice, passion fruit tea from Starbucks, green tea from Starbucks or a few different coffee drinks as long as it’s not black. Lol I’ll try anything though! Cool post babe! Xo

  3. January | 5th Aug 16

    How interesting is this??! I’ve not heard of Pero! I just became a bit of an iced coffee fanatic recently, but should probably look into some substitutions some days. I’ll check this one out! Thanks for sharing it!


    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Aug 16

      It’s great for those of us who don’t do well with caffeine, as it is 100% caffeine free!

  4. Sara | 5th Aug 16

    So interesting! I had never heard of pero until your post. I am an avid coffee drinker, but am always willing to try new things! Hopefully I can find some soon to try ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Taylor Mobley | 6th Aug 16

      It is a great alternative! let me know what you think!

  5. Esther | 5th Aug 16

    Yum! I want to try this!

  6. Alyssa Dawson | 5th Aug 16

    My husband loves Pero, but I don’t think he has ever added the other ingredients… sounds like it would be delicious though!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Aug 16

      I can’t drink it hot but I do really love it mixed with these yummy ingredients.

  7. Leah | 5th Aug 16

    Wow! That’s crazy! I’ve never heard of that. I’m definitely going to look into it. Any idea what the health benefits are? Does it wake you up? Lol cause I’m a prett major coffee addict. I’m not very nice without it ๐Ÿ™ lol

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Aug 16

      For me, it is perfect because it doesn’t have the high amount of acidity or caffeine that coffee has. I find that I look forward to it just as much as I did to my morning coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Madeleine | 5th Aug 16

    I have never heard of pero but I am definitely going to have to give it a shot! This looks delicious and your kitty baby is adorable as welL! Loved this post!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Aug 16

      Thanks, Madeleine! He is pretty cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Jeanelly | 6th Aug 16

    This looks interesting…but coffee, lol

  10. Kristin Cook | 7th Aug 16

    If you don’t mind me asking, why don’t you want to drink coffee anymore?
    This is really interesting. Where do you buy the mix?

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Aug 16

      Sure Kristin! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have stopped drinking caffeine altogether as it really messes with my body chemistry. I don’t like the way it makes me feel! You can buy the mix at any Walmart store!

  11. TONYA MICHELLE | 7th Aug 16

    This sounds delicious, could of used two this morning! I will have to give this a try for my Monday morning.

  12. Dylan Cutler | 7th Aug 16

    Wow, I have never heard of this! What a great substitute. I don’t like drinking coffee due to adrenals being overworked but this could be really great for my coffee-drinking friends!

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Aug 16

      The great part is that it isn’t coffee at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sylwia | Vibrant Food Stories | 8th Aug 16

    never heard of it! I drink too much coffees this could be great on the afternoons!

  14. Jessica | 8th Aug 16

    I have never heard of Pero before! This sounds so good!
    xo Jessica

  15. Tiffani at Breton Bay | 8th Aug 16

    This sounds so interesting!! I don’t drink coffee, I do a cup of tea every morning but also love health shakes. So going to look into this!!


  16. Cynthia @craftoflaughter | 18th Aug 16

    This looks incredibly delicious and it would be a great option for when I want something different. I will have to hunt out this mix!

  17. Leo Tat | 4th Jun 17

    Wow so it tastes like coffee but it’s not coffee. The chicory is polyphenol-rich too, I have to try it. I am a coffee addict. If I drink more than 2 cups a day, I feel jittery. I could try this as my third cup substitute ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Rebecca Wing | 18th Aug 18

    Super good!! I think it’s supposed to be 1 1/4 cup water . . . it’s much better that way ๐Ÿ˜‰

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