7 Keto-Friendly Starbucks Orders
A friend who is on the keto diet told me he once asked a Starbucks barista for a cup of heavy cream and proceeded to chug it in front of the befuddled employee. But if you’re keeping keto, you know that the high-fat, low-carb diet often leads to unconventional eating and drinking choices.
It’s at places like Starbucks that the keto diet can lead to the most head-scratching in regards to what to order. You may already know there is a keto-approved version of The Pink Drink, as well as a Frappuccino hack. There are even a bunch of slight twists on standard Starbucks faves like an Americano.
But if you’re looking for even more keto-friendly Starbucks options, here are some other coffee and tea drink ideas that are either keto-approved or keto-friendly (cheating just a bit).
1. Low-Carb Mocha
Mr. Skinnypants has a great rundown of keto-friendly Starbucks beverages. His low-carb mocha seems like one you’d order on the regular to get a sweet fix while still staying close to your diet restrictions. It uses sugar-free mocha sauce, half heavy whipping cream and half water. Peace, Love and Low Carb has some other mocha hacks, too.
2. Keto Chai Tea Latte
Starbucks isn’t just about the coffee beverages! Keto Connect recommends this keto adaptation of a chai tea latte that uses brewed chai tea bags, sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, heavy cream and a sugar substitute. Yum!
3. Iced Pineapple Black Tea
There are lots of ways to enjoy Starbucks iced tea beverages in a keto-friendly way. Hip2Keto likes the unsweetened iced black tea with a fruit infusion (such as pineapple) and sugar substitute.
4. Low-Carb Caramel Macchiato
This will be a higher carb drink, but you can make it more keto-friendly. A Starbucks barista on Reddit suggested ordering a tall or grande size to keep the carbs down, plus use almond milk and only a touch of caramel drizzle (or no drizzle, as the latter is two or three carbs!). Add ice to make it an iced (duh) low-carb caramel macchiato.
5. Doubleshot on Ice
Sometimes you just need caffeine … lots of it. Hip2keto has got you covered: This unsweetened doubleshot on ice features three shots of espresso. With almond milk or light heavy cream, and your choice of sugar-free syrup or artificial sweetener, it makes for a refreshing beverage.
6. Low-Carb London Fog
Ever tried a London Fog before? It’s Earl Grey tea with steamed milk and just a splash of vanilla syrup. Geeks Love Bacon points out that you can make a low-carb version of a London Fog by adding heavy whipping cream and sugar-free vanilla to an unsweetened, steeped cup of Earl Grey tea. You can also add some cinnamon or nutmeg if you please!
7. Keto Serious Strawberry Frappuccino
Fashion Wanderer has a way to make the new Serious Strawberry Frappuccino keto-friendly! Ask your barista to use freeze-dried strawberry instead of Starbucks’ normal strawberry base and puree (which both likely contain hidden sugars) Then add sugar-free syrup and heavy whipping cream. It looks delicious!
Bonus #8: Black Coffee or Espresso
That’s right, coffee and espresso are 100 percent keto-friendly along with all their caffeinated goodness. If your palate can handle a more bitter drink, go ahead and order one.
We are sorry to say there’s no keto-friendly version of the PSL that you can order at Starbucks. You’d have to be cheating majorly on the carbs. But there are copycat versions of Starbucks favorites you can make at home that use syrups and other ingredients you won’t find at the actual coffee shop.
Remember, the keto diet is controversial, and does not necessarily lead to long-term weight loss success. Before you begin such a diet, talk to your physician or a registered dietician about the best options for your body.