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How to Make a Healthy Version of Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

It’s no secret that I love coffee. It is very rare that a morning goes by without me enjoying a cup or two. I also live in the coffee capital, the birthplace of Starbucks. They are on almost every corner & as you probably know, they are constantly launching new seasonal drinks. The lastest one that caught my eye was the vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee.

my Starbucks version of the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
my Starbucks version of the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

I usually order very ‘boring’ drinks. I get a black americano, iced coffee or cold brew. Last week I was in Starbucks between personal training clients at the gym and wanted something more than black coffee.  I decided to give the vanilla sweet cream cold brew a try. I asked for very light vanilla sweet cream. I just wanted a splash. Even with the light sweet cream, it was too sweet for me. As I sat there sipping on coffee, I realized that this drink could easily be ‘re-made’ in a healthier version to save on calories & sugar!

My healthy version!
My healthy version!

This healthy makeover also saves you some money & makes it a diary-free drink. I actually liked this healthy version much better than the Starbucks drink. Best part – it’s really easy!!How to make a healthy version of

Healthy Version Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew


  • cold brew coffee concentrate
    • my favorites: Chameleon Cold Brew (available at Costco or Target) OR Trader Joe’s Cold Brew (my favorite is the new French Roast – blue label)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
    • my favorite:  Silk unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • vanilla flavored liquid stevia – try this one 
    • OR substitute 1 packet stevia + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice (add more or less according to your preference)


  • Mix up cold brew according to directions. Usually they have to be slightly diluted with a little water.
  • Add in 1/4 cup of unsweetened cashew milk & a few drops of vanilla stevia OR 1 tsp vanilla extract & stevia to taste
  • Add ice 
  • ENJOY!!!

This makes a 16oz beverage. Increase amounts to 1/2 cup cashew milk,  1.5 tsp of vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of ice for a 20-24oz beverage. You can also play with amounts according to your taste preferences. IMG_5240

In the graphic below, compare the nutrition facts for my healthy version to Starbucks. No sugar in my version and only 12 calories! 

Starbucks Version

With this recipe you can enjoy a delicious coffee that doesn’t pack a ton of calories. Perfect for summer or to change up your daily coffee routine! 

Summer Ready Coffee + Coffee Ice Cubes

Summer weather is here and guess what?! You can still enjoy coffee, even in the summer. In this post I’ll show you how to get your coffee summer ready! IMG_0492.JPG

You guys know I love coffee, and even in the hot summer days of August I drink it. Part of it is the need for caffeine (and I use it as my pre-workout) and the other part is I really love the taste of coffee!

IMG_0007-0.JPGThe last few years, iced coffee has been all the rage. What is iced coffee? It’s exactly what it sounds like, coffee that is brewed the traditional way (with hot water) and then cooled down and served over ice. This coffee is usually made stronger so that when the ice melts the flavor of the coffee is not affected.

Now, cold-brew coffee is taking over. What is cold-brew coffee? It is coffee that is brewed in COLD water. This process takes much longer (12-20 hours) but produces a much smoother and richer coffee that you can enjoy over ice. 

How do you get cold-brew coffee? You can make your own (blog post on how to do that coming soon), or you can purchase a cold-brew concentrate. Stumptown Coffee from Portland has one that’s pretty popular and really tasty, but it is like $3-$4 for a single serving bottle. Trader Joe’s cold-brew that is my favorite. Get more info on it HERE. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, it lasts at least a week, if not longer. Much less than going to a coffee shop every day! You dilute the concentrate to your liking with water or your milk of choice. IMG_0011.JPGWhether you like iced coffee or cold-brew, you obviously need ice! When we were in Hawaii, we ordered iced coffee at this breakfast place, and they served it with coffee ice cube. It was so delish! That inspired me to make my own coffee ice cubes to add to my cold coffee. It is SO easy, if you have a ice cube tray, coffee and and coffee maker you can do this! 

What you need:
Coffee maker (french press or drip)
Ice cube tray

This is the ice cube tray I used. It is silicon and makes perfect cubes.  I LOVE this ice tray, its so easy to get the ice cubes out and very easy to clean. The brand is Tovolo, you can buy it HERE. I found mine at Homegoods but it is actually cheaper on Amazon.

Start by brewing the coffee. One 10-12 cup pot of coffee will fill the two ice cube trays. We only have a 4 cup coffee maker and I had to make two pots. 
Let the coffee cool a little bit before pouring into the ice cube trays. 
IMG_0015.JPGPlace the ice cube trays in the freezer overnight or until frozen. IMG_0014.JPG


Gently pop out how ever many ice cubes you need for your coffee. IMG_0013.JPG Then pour your iced coffee or cold-brew and enjoy! Don’t forget to dilute it a little bit with either cold water or milk, unless you like super strong coffee. 
IMG_0009.JPGI added cold water and a splash of cashew milk to mine. 

Do you drink coffee in the summer? Do you prefer cold-brew or iced coffee? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay cool!