Are all keto coffee drinks are just variations of boring black coffee?
You probably already know that sugar and high-carb creamers are off-limits with keto.
But the answer is, absolutely not! In fact, you can use full-fat heavy cream to make your morning keto coffee extra indulgent and beautifully creamy.
From there, it’s just a matter of being creative with spices, like cinnamon and vanilla, to add extra flavor.
And if you like your coffee sweet (I know I do!), there are plenty of keto-friendly sweeteners in stores and online to choose from.
What Can I Put In My Coffee on Keto?
As with most diets, a quick google search will bring you to countless keto coffee recipes.
It’s such a popular program that more and more people are on the lookout for new and fun recipes.
But one thing that keto has going for it, above all other diets, is that you can still consume fats.
Where most “diets” suggest you simply opt for black coffee, keto allows for plenty of sweet flavors and a healthy dose of cream to boot.
You can put everything from heavy cream, unsweetened almond milk, and a variety of spices in your coffee on keto.
Vanilla extract is an excellent source of natural flavor and sweetness, as are ready-made keto creamers, such as Omega PowerCreamer.
Remember, you’re avoiding carbs when doing keto, and sugar is a primary source of carbs.
So, that morning coffee with a dash of caramel syrup and extra caramel drizzle is one of the worst things you can consume.
Luckily, you can always rely on the internet to do the impossible and if you just can’t give up your favorite caramel macchiato, try this keto-approved salted caramel recipe.
If coffee is the only way you can start your day, keep reading! I have 15 fantastic keto coffee drinks to make your mornings a little brighter.
If you can’t get enough of this Starbucks favorite, you’ll love this recipe!
Of course, that version is saturated with sugar, making it strictly non-keto.
The good news is, it’s easy to make this at home, saving you money and curbing those cravings without overloading on carbs and sugar.
You’ll use a blend of almond milk, heavy cream, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice, along with xylitol (or the sweetener you prefer).
Since heavy cream is low-carb, it’s the perfect way to make this ultra velvety and decadent.
You’ll see MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) in so many keto recipes, and being able to buy a bottle of healthy fats makes these keto coffee drinks a breeze.
Since this coffee is served cold, you’ll need liquid sweetener.
Alternatively, try adding everything but the coffee to a pot with granulated sweetener and gently heating until it dissolves.
Keep this in the fridge as a ready-made keto creamer until it’s coffee time.
I love that this recipe uses extra strong coffee because, in most cases, these latte-style drinks end up being relatively weak.
Of course, you can use whatever coffee you prefer and adjust it to your own taste.
Omega PowerCreamer makes keto-approved coffee creamers with just three ingredients: grass-fed ghee, organic coconut oil, and MCT Oil. (Some also include stevia)
Available in original flavor, vanilla, cinnamon, cacao, pumpkin, caramel, and peppermint mocha, these are a terrific way to get that hit of sweet taste.
However, since these are essentially 100% fat, you don’t get the same creaminess you would from using cream or milk.
To make this creamier and more palatable, you need to use a whisk, blender, or frother to help emulsify the mixture.
Otherwise, the fat just sits on top of your cup.
Natural cocoa powder is gluten and mostly sugar-free, making it perfect for keto-ers wanting a kick of chocolatey goodness.
Be sure to choose cocoa powder with a high cocoa content and not something like a hot cocoa mix that’s full of sugar.
Since the cocoa powder needs to be so strong, you’ll find this keto coffee drink isn’t overly sweet.
The cream helps to mellow out the intensity, but you may need to add sweetener, too.
I’m always amazed by keto recipes and how good they look.
Being allowed whipped cream in this frappuccino recipe blows my mind because it doesn’t look like “diet” food one bit.
Unlike the typical store-bought version, which contains upwards of 65 grams of carbs, this recipe has just 3.7 net carbs!
As with the recipe above, you’ll use unsweetened cocoa powder, which adds no sweetness.
So play around with the sweetener a little until you get it right for you.
The Almond Milk Redi Whip is optional, but I feel like this drink is a treat, so why not go all out?
Dalgona coffee is super popular in Korea, and in the last year or so, it’s blown up on social media.
It looks like an elaborate coffee-house concoction when, in fact, it’s nothing more than instant (yes, instant!) coffee, sugar, and water.
To make it keto, you’ll substitute sugar for your favorite sweetener, and instead of milk, you’ll pour the foam over unsweetened almond milk.
The key to a good cappuccino is the foam on top. Unfortunately, many dairy-free milks won’t froth up enough to make the proper amount of foam.
Instead, you’ll use coconut milk, which will also leave a little sweetness in the drink too.
Just be sure to get coconut milk and not the cream. That would be too thick and creamy and will whip up rather than become foamy.
Bulletproof coffee has long been a favorite of keto dieters due to its high-fat content.
Since it’s over 50% fat, this will help you stay in ketosis and not affect your blood sugar.
The one caveat with this type of coffee is that you’ll need a blender to make it.
Since you’re not blending anything hard, it doesn’t have to be expensive, but you’ll need that high-speed blade to properly emulsify the coffee and fats.
A lot of recipes call for butter, which leaves a distinct rich flavor.
However, I prefer cocoa butter because it gives this a sweet, chocolatey taste without adding sugar or cocoa powder.
If you’ve tried any of the chocolate recipes above and found them too bitter, I highly recommend splurging on Dutch cocoa powder.
It’s still super intense and wonderfully flavorful, but it’s not nearly as bitter and will provide a much more mellow chocolate flavor in your keto coffee drinks.
You’ll also need MCT oil powder, which you can actually buy in a variety of flavors, such as peanut butter, caramel, and matcha.
Although the recipe calls for Swerve confectioners, a powdered sugar substitute, you can use granulated if it’s all you have.
You’ll be warming everything in a pot anyway, so the sweetener will dissolve nicely.
Torani makes several terrific sugar-free syrups that enhance your favorite drinks with a punch of flavor and zero sugar.
It’s seen as a “dirty keto” ingredient by serious keto-ers, as it contains acesulfame K, sodium benzoate, and sucralose.
But for those who don’t mind bending the rules, it’s the perfect way to make your coffee like a “normal” coffee and not feel like you’re restricting anything.
In this recipe, you’ll use the brown sugar and cinnamon flavor to make your coffee warm and sweet.
Lattes are more milk than coffee, but since almond, coconut, soy, and cashew are all keto-approved milks (when unsweetened), you can so easily make a decent latte and stick to your daily goals.
Of course, keto doesn’t mean vegan. In most cases, keto recipes call for high-fat dairy options like half and half or heavy cream.
And you can’t deny that they make such a difference with their rich and creamy flavors.
Since this recipe is snickerdoodle and not just cinnamon, you’ll use a drop or two of molasses to give you that deep brown sugar taste.
It’s optional, but I think it makes all the difference.
Here’s another bulletproof coffee recipe, this time using cocoa powder to give it a mocha taste.
As I mentioned before, you’ll absolutely need a blender to make bulletproof coffee. A frother won’t work, and neither will a whisk.
However, adding hot liquids to a blender has its hazards, such as the steam that gets trapped inside.
Pressure can build up and cause the lid to pop off, or in some cases, if the blender is cheaper, the plastic can crack (been there, broke that!).
So, be careful when blending hot coffee, and always let it cool for a few minutes first.
Beer, wine, and most cocktails are off-limits with keto because they contain carbs and sugar.
Although a small amount is usually ok, it can slow your rate of ketosis, which isn’t what you want if you have weight loss or other specific health goals.
However, pure forms of alcohol, like tequila, whisky, rum, gin, and vodka, are carb-free.
So, adding whiskey to your keto coffee is such a fantastic treat that won’t ruin your progress at all.
If you don’t like the sound of fatty keto creamers or dirty keto syrups, there are some other keto-approved, sugar and carb-free syrups out there.
I highly recommend trying this sample pack of syrups so you can find out which you prefer.
Plus, having a few flavors means you can switch things up daily to keep your coffee exciting.
I’ve even found keto coffee syrups in Marshall’s and some health food stores, too. Just keep in mind that they won’t be super cheap.
Since I like to enjoy my iced coffee throughout the morning, I always make coffee ice cubes, so the drink doesn’t water down.
Caramel macchiatos are typically made with espresso, milk, caramel syrup, and even more caramel in the cup and on the top.
Extra, extra caramel, please!
Using that caramel recipe from the top, unsweetened silk almond milk, espresso, and sugar-free caramel syrup, you can recreate it at home and save a trip to your local coffee shop.
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