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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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  • 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! 

Peppermint Mocha Makeover [Dairy, Gluten Free + no added sugar]

Do you love peppermint?? This time of year peppermint is EVERYWHERE! Whether its candy canes, peppermint bark or peppermint mochas. 
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LOVE peppermint and dark chocolate together. My most favorite protein shake combo this time of year is chocolate protein powder with peppermint extract. 

 

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As an occasional treat, peppermint mochas are delicious too! However, the downside of the mocha of course is the amount of sugar… check out these stats:

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54 grams of sugar! Need I say more… 
If you really love peppermint mochas and want to have one every once in a while, consider having a skinny peppermint mocha from Starbucks. Check out the stats for the skinny:

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 11.05.41 AMStill has 13 grams of sugar, but comparably its’s so much better and the calories aren’t as high either. If you are out and about and want to have one as a treat, the skinny mocha is a much better option.
You can order a skinny peppermint mocha from any coffee place as along as they have sugar free peppermint syrup and sugar free chocolate sauce. And of course, leave off the whipped cream. 

The only downside to the skinny mochas is all the sugar free syrups and chocolates have a lot of chemicals and additives in them. SO – if you are able, try making your own peppermint mocha at home!! It’s so much easier than you would think! 

Peppermint Mocha Makeover

This peppermint mocha is dairy free, gluten free and has NO added sugar! Yum, yum, yum! A delicious coffee treat that you DON’T have to feel bad about.  (recipe card at bottom of post)

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Ingredients:
Β½ cup unsweetened almond milk (can also use regular milk)
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder (can also use unsweetened coco powder, just be sure it is unsweetened)
Β½ tsp. raw honey (optional) or stevia
ΒΌ tsp. pure peppermint extract
1 cup brewed black coffee (or 1 shot espresso)

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I did not use the honey to sweeten my peppermint mocha, however you can sweeten with honey or with stevia if you wish. You can use your favorite brewed coffee, you can use a packet of instant coffee with hot water, or you can use an espresso machine if you have one. 

To make:
Bring almond milk, cocoa powder, honey or stevia (if desired), and peppermint extract to a boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
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Remove from heat; mix vigorously with a whisk until frothy.
Photo Dec 05-5Making this frothy is a serious arm workout! πŸ˜› If you have a handheld milk frother you can use that too. 

Once frothy, pour coffee into a large serving mug (if not already there) and top with almond milk/chocolate mixture.

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Then enjoy!!!!!
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Peppermint Mocha Makeover
Serves 1
Dairy free and no sugar added version of this popular espresso beverage. Enjoy the season with no guilt!
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Ingredients
  1. Β½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or use regular milk)
  2. 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder (can sub coco powder, just be sure it's unsweetened)
  3. Β½ tsp. raw honey (optional)
  4. ΒΌ tsp. pure peppermint extract
  5. 1 cup brewed black coffee (or 1 shot espresso)
Instructions
  1. 1. Bring milk, cocoa powder, and honey (if desired), and peppermint extract to a boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. 2. Remove from heat; mix vigorously with a whisk until frothy.
  3. 3. Pour coffee into a large serving mug; top with milk mixture.
  4. 4. ENJOY!
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