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Staying on a Low Carb or Keto diet isn’t always the easiest. With these amazing Low Carb Drinks at Starbucks Drinks, you won’t have to miss out on your favorite coffee shop beverages even while staying on your diet. The wonderful recipes allow you to bring home the cafÃ© experience without spiking your blood sugar. While I love visiting Starbucks, especially during their games like Starland and Starbucks for Life, I truly love saving money and calories.
Read on to find your favorite hot and iced, coffee based and caffeine-free ketofied beverages.
Before we get to the recipes let’s talk for a moment about why most flavored Starbucks drinks aren’t keto. It all comes down to carbs and sugar.
Of course you can enjoy simple coffees or teas with a splash of cream or milk without affecting your blood sugar. But all the fancy flavored drinks rely heavily on sugar syrups. (Although Starbucks does carry a couple of sugar-free syrups, so ask your barista and they might even be able to make a few low carb versions in store).
For today’s homemade recipes let’s explore how you can keep that carb and sugar amount down. For that we’ll be looking at sweeteners and different types of milk.
- 1 Types of Low Carb Milk
- 2 Which Keto Sweeteners Can I Use
- 3 Coffee-Based Low Carb Drinks at Starbucks
- 4 Caffeine-Free Low Carb Drinks at Starbucks
- 5 Iced Keto Starbucks Drinks
Types of Low Carb Milk
1 cup of cow’s milk – whether you use skim or whole milk – has about 12-13 grams of carbs and 11-12 grams of sugar. When you have a carb allowance of 20-50 grams per day that’s a big chunk spend on a latte.
In comparison, 1 cup of plain unsweetened almond milk has 1 gram carbs and 0 grams of sugar. The same goes for unsweetened cashew milk, unsweetened coconut milk from a carton (not the cans – those are more concentrated and have more carbs and sugar).
Unsweetened hemp milk has 0 carbs and sugar and unsweetened soy milk has about 4 grams of carbs a 1 gram of sugar per cup.
All this is to say that by swapping dairy milk with almond, cashew, coconut, hemp, or even soy milk alternatives for your copycat Starbucks drinks, can save you quite a few carbs for the rest of the day.
Which Keto Sweeteners Can I Use
There is a variety of sugar-free sweeteners available. Some are artificial, which usually don’t get the best reputation.
Others are more natural, like stevia and monk fruit extract, or the sugar alcohols xylitol and erythritol. Some are less sweet and others much sweetener than sugar – so a little bit of tweaking is often required.
Generally, a blend of several sugar-free sweeteners seems to have the best sugar-like taste. Like Gentle Sweet that is a blend of xylitol, erythritol and stevia. Or Lakanto’s Monkfruit Sweetener which is a blend of erythritol and monkfruit extract.
Alright, now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s get to the recipe goodness:
Coffee-Based Low Carb Drinks at Starbucks
This delicious holiday drink is spiced with ginger and cinnamon. It is made with unsweetened almond milk and a little whipping cream for richness and sweetened with a little stevia.
With less than 2 g carbs per serving this hot drink will warm you right down to your toes while keeping your blood sugar low.
Peppermint Mocha Latte
This recipe makes a delicious sugar-free peppermint mocha creamer that you can add to your favorite cup of black coffee. It’s like a candy cane dissolved in hot chocolate all the while you still get your coffee kick.
You could even take a small serving of this creamer along to your next coffee shop meetup and just order an americano, which you can easily turn into your own fancy flavored drink.
A finished latte has about 6 net carbs. The recipe uses half and half milk and several sugar-free sweetener options are given.
Chestnut Praline Latte
This is another recipe that makes a coffee syrup that you can use over several cups of coffee. The syrup is made with Gentle Sweet and hazelnut, caramel and pumpkin spice flavoring extracts.
Again, this syrup is not only great for use at home, but you can also take some along to the office or coffee shop to make your own fancy low carb coffee beverage.
Caffeine-Free Low Carb Drinks at Starbucks
Low Carb Hot Chocolate
If coffee isn’t your jam or it’s too late in the day for a caffeinated drink, then this low carb hot chocolate is what can warm you up from the inside out.
It is made with almond milk and whipping cream, cocoa powder and erythritol is the recommended sweetener. One serving has 3g net carbs.
Chai Tea Latte
For this Chai Tea Latte black tea gets steeped in milk and water with aromatic cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, and ginger.
Use your milk of choice. Splenda with Stevia is used as the sweetener in this recipe.
A London Fog is a tea latte made with Earl Grey Tea. This recipe uses Swerve erythritol sweetener and almond milk at the base resulting in only 0.5g net carb!
There are even some handy tips included on how to foam your milk when you don’t have a frother.
Iced Keto Starbucks Drinks
Iced Vanilla Latte
This simple recipe makes a yummy vanilla flavored cold milk coffee. There is optional powdered sugar mentioned as sweeter. Either omit it to stay low carb or use a powdered form of sugar-free sweetener.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
This keto drink is based on bulletproof coffee made with butter and whipping cream. For sweetness Torani sugar-free caramel syrup is used.
Optionally, you can top the iced caramel macchiato with whipped cream and sugar-free caramel sauce.
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
This Pumpkin Spice Frappe is made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. The low-carb option recommends monkfruit syrup as sweetener.
A large serving with optional coconut cream topping has 4.3g net carbs.
Vanilla Latte Frappuccino
Here is another recipe that stretches over several days. This low carb vanilla latte concentrate can be used in several different way, one of which is a delicious icy frappuccino.
Almond milk and heavy cream as well as Gentle Sweet sweetener along with vanilla extract make the base of this recipe.
Bonus: Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Let’s finish up our best low carb drinks at Starbucks with a bonus recipe, because what would a list of Starbucks drinks be without the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Again, this is actually a syrup recipe made with real pumpkin and Splenda for sweetness. You can add the syrup to your favorite hot or cold lattes all season long!
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