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11 Low Carb Coffee Drinks Recipes You Need to Try

When you hear the word healthy living you often envision a boring menu plan, right? Good news: there are innovative ways to spruce up dinner times and if you want to cut down on carbs we have just the solution for you with these low carb coffee drinks recipes!

Following a low carb meal plan such as the popular Keto low carb diet means you’re possibly cutting out some of your favorite ingredients. But we’ll show you how to create tasty low carb drinks. Best of all: our recipes contain your favorite pick-me-up ingredient. Coffee!

low carb coffee drinks recipes

Read on and learn how a few creative twists to your usual brew recipes can give you a tasty low carb coffee drink. Enjoy the flavor you love most without feeling guilty!

11 Low Carb Coffee Drink Recipes

Our list of low carb coffee drinks recipes caters for all occasions:

  • Hot days
  • Cold days
  • Rushed mornings
  • Leisure time

Which of the recipes will you try first?

Low Carb Iced Coffee

Low Carb Iced Coffee

We’ll start with a drink you’ll find on most restaurant menus: iced coffee. Only you won’t have to feel guilty for indulging in this one as it only contains 60 calories. It’s also very simple to make, so if you don’t exactly love spending time in the kitchen, this one’s for you.

Helpful tips: keep your drink tasty is to use ice cubes made from brewed coffee. Keep a few trays in the freezer at all times and use them when preparing cold coffee drinks. If it’s a hot day your drink won’t taste watered down when the ice has melted.

What You Need

  • Heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Sweetener
  • Cold coffee

What to Do

You do need to plan ahead for this one because your brew will have to cool down for around three hours before you mix your drink. It’s also better to add the sweetener to the coffee while it’s still hot so you know it dissolves properly.

You don’t need a food blender: simply add the coffee, ice and cream in a shaker. Mix it well, pour and enjoy.

 

Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee you’ll often hear about when the topic is ‘low carb diets’. It’s popular among those who want to lose weight because the ingredients not only give you an energy kick, but they’re bound to limit your usual cravings.

A popular addition is MCT (Medium chain triglycerides) oil. This oil is man made and even preferred to coconut oil be foodies and health gurus. It’s reported to give you more energy, helping you burn calories and therefore losing weight. Thanks to its popularity you’ll find it online and at many other stores these days.

What You Need

  • Coffee
  • Organic butter (unsalted)
  • Coconut oil
  • MCT oil
  • Sweetener

What to Do

Apart from 15 grams of butter and a cup of coffee the ingredients are optional. You can tailor your Bulletproof coffee to your personal preferences with MCT oil, sweetener and other preferred ingredients.

Unless you want to wait until the butter melts, a blender is better to use so you can quickly get the ingredients to the right consistency.

Simply add the coffee, butter and about a tablespoon of the other chosen ingredients to your blender. Mix it together and drink up to fight lethargy & get you going for the day.

 

Mocha Smoothie

low carb coffee drinks recipes

This one isn’t only super fast to make, but it’s an ideal way for mom to keep the kids interested in healthy snacks. Who doesn’t enjoy a mocha smoothie? Garnish it with chocolate sprinkles or coffee beans and it will have everyone smiling.

What You Need

  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Stevia
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cut up avocado
  • Coffee brew or instant coffee

What to Do

This recipe only requires a blender and you simply add all your ingredients. Note that a shaker won’t do because you need to turn the avo pieces into a drinkable form.

Use your favorite brewed coffee if you want, but if you’re using a cup of coconut and almond milk each you can simply add instant coffee. Next comes three tablespoons of stevia and cocoa powder each. Finish it off with a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring.

Blend it together for a healthy drink, snack or even a breakfast on the go.

 

Chocolate Cake Cold Brew Coffee

Chocolate Cake Cold Brew Coffee

This one sounds delectable and it only has 150 calories. It’s a tasty cold beverage so if you want to feel refreshed after a hard day, make this your go to beverage when you get home. You can make a large batch and keep it in the fridge.

You won’t only have creamy goodness but texture too thanks to the coconut flakes on top.

What You Need

  • 8oz of cold brew coffee
  • Sugar free syrup (try interesting flavors such as hazelnut or macadamia nut)
  • Cocoa (unsweetened)
  • Coconut cream
  • Sugar
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut flakes (make sure they’re unsweetened and toasted)
  • Ice
  • Shaker or blender

What to Do

This one is easy to make as you don’t necessarily need a blender. A normal shaker will suffice to mix up the ingredients.

Check this article if you want to know more on how to brew a cold brew.

Add your coffee and ice to your container. Then add a teaspoon of the syrup you picked. A table spoon of cocoa and sugar comes next along with two spoons of coconut milk. Mix it well and pour into a glass.

Add the whipped cream and coconut flakes on top for taste, texture & garnish. Voila!

 

Low Carb Flat White

Low Carb Flat White

You probably have a favorite caffeine drink that you order whenever you go out for coffee. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy a low carb version of that brew if you simply get creative. If a flat white is what you usually order at your local coffee spot, here’s how you can still enjoy one on a Keto low carb diet.

What You Need

  • Espresso shot
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Water

What to Do

With this recipe you’re replacing steamed milk with whipping cream and water. Simply heat them up, add it to your brewed espresso and your brew will still taste ultra creamy. You won’t have the usual carb intake because this drink will only contain around 1g of carbs.

 

Pumpkin Frappuccino

Pumpkin Frappuccino

The good news for creating low carb coffee drinks recipes is that so many ingredients go well with coffee. From peanut butter to pumpkins you can add almost anything and it’s bound to result in a tasty drink.

For this one you’ll use pumpkin puree to add unique flavor. Pumpkin pie is a popular choice during the holiday season. Now this will be a unique way of incorporating your favorite flavors in your meal plan.

What You Need

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Ice
  • Vanilla flavoring
  • Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice
  • Chilled coffee

What to Do

This is another of our recipes giving you a cold beverage for warm days so make sure you let the coffee cool down first. Add a cup each of almond milk, ice and coffee to half a cup of puree. Around a teaspoon of vanilla and pumpkin spice will be enough. You can add stevia to taste.

It’s easy to make because you can pop everything into a blender and simply stir it up.

What is a frappe without the topping though? Why not add whipped sugar free cream on top?

 

Eggnog Coffee for the Holiday Season

Eggnog Coffee for the Holiday Season

Here’s another recipe that proves that there’s a low carb drink for every occasion, especially the holiday season. You can still enjoy your favorite November and December festive dishes—such as eggnog—the healthy way.

What You Need

  • Eggs
  • Nutmeg
  • Cream
  • Allspice
  • Unsalted butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Coffee

What to Do

First, you have to make the eggnog itself:

  • Beat four egg yolks and separately boil the cream and spices.
  • Slowly pour the hot mixture into the egg yolks
  • Now place it all on the stove at a medium heat
  • Stir in ¼ cup of bourbon

This mixture needs to cool in the fridge. When it’s cooled down, beat the egg whites to a stiff consistency and fold it into the mixture.

Now you make your low carb coffee drink:

  • Brew your coffee
  • Add a third of a cup of the eggnog to your brew
  • Mix in a tablespoon of butter
  • Add a tablespoon of coconut oil

There’s your unique twist on a classic festive drink.

 

Mexican Coffee

Mexican Coffee

When you get creative you can impress your taste buds no matter your preferences. For a Mexican themed dinner your healthy low carb coffee will round off the evening perfectly.

What You Need

  • Cinnamon stick
  • Cloves
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Espresso grounds
  • Cinnamon syrup
  • Sweetener

What to Do

This one requires stove time instead of just a blender. Boil together:

  • The spices
  • Three table spoons of coffee grounds
  • 1 spoon of cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups of water

After simmering for five minutes you can remove it from the heat and add the other ingredients.

It’s important to let it steep for a few minutes and let the grounds settle on the bottom. Then carefully pour it in cups but leave the last bit in the pot or use a filter to avoid grounds getting in your cup.

 

Low Carb Macchiato—With a Caramel Twist

Low Carb Macchiato

Here’s another handy tip to keep on enjoying your favorite coffee drinks the low carb way. For many coffee lovers a visit to Starbucks is synonymous with macchiatos. Change up your order the next time or make this one at home and get the same delight with fewer carbs.

What You Need

  • Americano coffee (instead of an espresso)
  • Whipping cream (instead of milk)
  • Vanilla syrup (make sure it’s sugar free)
  • Caramel sauce

What to Do

You can change your Starbucks order by asking for ¾ water with some whipping cream to replace the usual milk. Then ask for sugar free vanilla syrup specifically and don’t forget the caramel drizzles.

If you want to try it at home, start as usual by adding the Americano to your cup and then adding the cream & syrup. To give it the Starbucks look you can add whipped cream and caramel sauce on top—it will only add about 2 grams of carbs to the drink.

 

Protein Smoothie with Coffee

Protein coffee smoothie

For many, a low carb Keto diet often goes hand in hand with increasing protein intake. Why not let your drinks help you reach your daily nutrition goals?

For those building muscles, this smoothie is high in protein with no calories, and can be enjoyed at the gym. It only takes around 10 minutes to prepare so it’s ideal for those rushing to an exercise session after work.

What You Need

  • Coffee (chilled)
  • Protein powder
  • Ice cubes
  • Almond milk

What to Do

For this one we suggest you use a milk frother. It gives the low carb coffee drink a unique texture. But a shaker will suffice as well.

Once again, the brew needs to be cooled down, so keep a ready made batch of coffee in the fridge.

Simply add a handful of ice cubes to eight ounces of cold brew. A third of a cup of almond milk and a scoop of your favorite protein powder comes next. Mix it well and it’s ready to drink.

Helpful tips: if you want more froth you can use heavy cream instead of almond milk.

 

Berry Mocha Smoothie

Berry Mocha Smoothie

We’ll end off our recipes with one for the fruit lovers. Good news: it will take you only five minutes and contains almost no calories.

What You Need

  • Chilled strong coffee
  • Frozen berries (preferably raspberries)
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Psylium husk
  • Ice

What to Do

It’s another easy process of placing everything in your blender, mixing it up and then you can enjoy it as a lunch replacement or refreshing drink. Use about a cup of coffee to a cup of berries and a tray of ice. Add:

  • A spoon of protein powder
  • A spoon of psyllium husk
  • Cinnamon to taste

It’s another drink you can prepare a large batch of, so you have a ready-made low carb refreshing drink for hot summer days.

What is a Low Carb Diet?

On a low carb diet you’ll remove as many high carb food items from your meal plans. You’ll replace them with proteins and fats or at least opt for low carbohydrate ingredients. The reason consumers pick this diet is often to lose weight.

Coffee as an Ingredient for a Low Carb Meal

The health benefits of coffee have been studied and as part of low carb meal plans it’s a wise choice. One reason it could be beneficial is because your brew is filled with antioxidants. These help fight the effects of free radicals in your body.

And let’s not forget that your cup of coffee contains the caffeine you need to stay focused and feel energized throughout your day.

Conclusion

You can find scrumptious low carb meals online and now you know how to add the perfect drink to complement a dish.

Coffee drinks and recipes can be healthy as long as you pair your caffeine correctly. And the options of recipes are endless. That’s good news for the health conscious. Or perhaps you’re unsure what to serve your friends who keep to strict diets? Now you have the answer.

We hope our list sparked your curiosity. This list is not exhaustive. Why not get creative yourself? Share your ideas and recipes with us below or add it to Facebook Instagram and Twitter. Let’s help each other have fun living healthy.