Cooler weather brings back all my favorite coffeehouse drinks. The warm scents of Gingerbread Lattes, Caramel Apple Ciders, and, of course, Pumpkin Spice Lattes fill the air. I love coffee. For many years I could be found with a hot drink in hand wherever I went.
It’s fun to go meet friends for coffee, but satisfying my daily cravings gets expensive and often high in calories. Plus, sometimes I just want to sip in the comfort of my own home.
Did you know that coffee can provide 7 benefits to your health? Drink up with even more healthy alternatives to your favorite coffeehouse brews, along with delicious recipes for morning treats.
When trying to make the shift to sugar-free or lowering calories, making your own drinks is the best idea. Then you know exactly what you’re drinking and can sit down with a hot drink in your hands and relax knowing you’re not sipping on high doses of sugar or other additives.
Save time and money by mastering these healthy coffee drink recipes. They’re easy to make and no fancy equipment is required, not even to foam your milk!
Get started by stocking your pantry
Create a space in your pantry to store all your drink-related ingredients. Here are a few key ingredients I recommend having on hand:
- Extracts: Vanilla, peppermint, and hazelnut are a good start
- Sugar-free caramel sauce
- Sugar-free chocolate sauce
- Candy canes
- Coconut milk or cream for whipping cream
- Sweeteners: Stevia, coconut sugar, cane sugar, and honey
Quick tip: Learn how to froth your milk
Low-fat or fat-free milk froths the best, which is good for those of us wanting to lower calories. If you’re on a dairy free diet try experimenting with almond or coconut milk.
Skinny Caramel Brûlée Latte
Enjoy the buttery-rich decadence of this holiday favorite — without the calories. Sugar-free caramel sauce and whipped coconut cream make this a healthier treat.
- 1 cup low fat milk or almond milk
- 1/4 cup prepared sugar free caramel sauce, plus additional for drizzling
- 2 cups strong hot coffee/espresso
- Whipped coconut cream
- Place a dollop of caramel sauce in the bottom of the cup. Pour in your coffee or espresso.
- Microwave a glass of milk for 2 minutes and whisk until frothy, then pour into your cup.
- Top each mug with whipped coconut cream and additional caramel sauce drizzled on top of the cream.
Sugar-Free Gingerbread Latte
Whisk in a little molasses, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla stevia to your espresso and steamed milk. Top with fresh whipped cream and dust it with freshly-ground nutmeg for a drink that tastes amazing without the calories and sugar.
DIY Peppermint Dark Chocolate Latte
Source: Snack Girl
Dark chocolate syrup, peppermint extract, and low-fat milk create a ridiculously decadent warm drink with only 79 calories.
Caramel Apple Cider
Source: Skinny Ms.
I love caramel apple cider, but there’s so much sugar in the version you get from a barista. Make a healthy version starting with fresh sweet apples sweetened with maple syrup. Add some sugar-free caramel topping to the bottom of the glass before filling with warm cider.
Vegan Chai Tea Latte
Source: Minimalist Baker
For chai and tea lovers, there’s a healthier way to drink your chai tea latte. Brew up a bag of your favorite chai or spiced tea and top with steamed almond milk and coconut whipped cream.
Pumpkin Spice Latte with Dandelion Tea
Source: Brandi Mackenzie
Dandelion tea in a Pumpkin Spice Latte? You bet! Dandelion tea gives the same taste as coffee, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin puree. Included is a recipe for coconut milk, which is the perfect addition to this healthy, cleansing version of a PSL.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Source: Mommy Nearest
You can feel good about feeding your kids this Peppermint Hot Cocoa! It’s sweetened with dates, cocoa powder, and uses almond milk as its base for a healthy, chocolatey treat.