Have you recently started the ketogenic diet and you’re worried that you have to give up your favorite afternoon pick-me-up? Don’t fret! This comprehensive guide walks you through how to order keto Starbucks drinks and it includes some of the most popular (and most Instagram-worthy) drink orders.
How to Order Keto Starbucks Drinks
Ordering keto Starbucks drinks is simple! Start with a hot or iced base. Add cream, sweetener, flavoring, and toppings and you’re done!
Americano: Cream and sugar are not needed to create an americano, which makes them low-carb by default.
- Grande Caffee Americano & Blonde Caffe Americano Contains: 0g fat, 2g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
Brewed Coffees: Cream nor sugar is needed to create a brewed coffee, which makes them low-carb by default; however, Starbucks does add classic syrup (sugar water) to some of their brewed coffees so make sure to request no classic syrup in your drink!
- Grande Blonde Roast, Dark Roast, or Pike Place Roast Contains: 0g fat, 0g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
Espresso Shot: Espresso shots are a great way to add caffeine to any beverage. They contain around 75mg of caffeine each.
- Solo Shot Contains: 0g fat, 1g total carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein
- Solo Espresso Con Panna Contains: 2.5g fat, 2g total carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein
Flat White: A flat white is an espresso shot with cream. This is traditionally created with 2% milk, so you must request flat white with heavy cream and water steamed to replace the steamed milk.
- Grande Blonde or Original Flat White* Contains: 5g fat, 1g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
- *Macros include heavy cream
Latte: A latte traditionally contains espresso, milk, and a layer of foam. Since this texture can not be recreated directly with heavy cream, instead opt for an Americano, filled ¾ with water and ¼ with heavy cream. Add foam on top.
- Grande Americano “Latte”* Contains: 22g fat, 4g total carbs, 0g fiber, 3g protein
- *Macros include heavy cream
Macchiatos: A macchiato is made with steamed milk and espresso shots. In order to create a macchiato-like drink, order an Americano, filled ¾ with water and ¼ with heavy cream. Add sugar-free vanilla syrup and if you’d like you can add caramel drizzle (adds 2g carbs total).
- Grande Americano “Macchiato”* Contains: 22g fat, 4g total carbs, 0g fiber, 2g protein
- *Macros include heavy cream
Mochas: Traditional mochas are created with espresso, steamed milk, syrup, and whipped cream. To create a keto mocha order a skinny mocha but replace the milk with ½ heavy cream and ½ water.
- Skinny mocha* Contains: 5g fat, 1g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
- *Macros include heavy cream
All of the same principles above apply to the cold versions of these coffees. Most cold versions are the same as the hot version, just with added ice. Again, make sure to ask for no classic syrup in your drink, if it is normally added to your brewed coffee.
- Iced Americanos Contain: 0g fat, 2g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
- Iced Coffees Contain: Contain 0g fat, 0g total carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein
- Nitro Cold Brew Contains: 0g fat, 0g total carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein
- Cold Brew Coffee Contains: 0g fat, 0g total carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein
Frappuccinos: A standard Frappuccino is created from a blend of milk, coffee, syrup, and ice, and topped with whipped cream and syrup drizzle. To create a low-carb Frappuccino, order an iced coffee with extra ice, 2 shots of heavy cream, 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla or cinnamon dolce syrup, blended without frappucino base or classic syrup. You can add whipped cream or light caramel drizzle for an additional 2-3 carbs.
- Frappuccinos Contain: 22g fat, 2g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
Some non-coffee Starbucks drinks come pre-sweetened, so make sure to avoid pre-made mixes like lemonade, chai tea latte, and green tea latte. Most of the refreshers also contain a fruit base that inherently is higher in carbohydrates. To create your own refresher, start with a 0-gram carb tea base and add sugar-free syrup and heavy cream.
The following teas contain 0 grams of carbohydrates:
- Emperors Cloud and Mist Green Tea
- Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea
- Passion Tango Herbal Teal
- Royal English Breakfast Tea
- Teavana Earl Grey Brewed Tea
- Teavana Organic Chai Tea
- Youthberry White Tea
Cream: Most Starbucks drinks come with added cream in the form of 2% milk. This adds unnecessary sugar and can be avoided. Try replacing the milk in your drink with any of the following. All macros are based on a grande size, except heavy cream, which is based on ¼ cup.
- Almond Milk Contains: 1g fat, 1g total carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein
- Coconut Milk Contains: 1.5g fat, 2g total carbs, 1g fiber, 0g protein
- Heavy Cream Contains: 22g fat, 2g total carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein
Sweetener: Although they are advertised as 0 calorie sweeteners, avoid reaching for packets of Equal (aspartame), Sweet ‘N Low (saccharin), and Splenda (sucralose). All three of these packets contain fillers like maltodextrin and dextrose that will spike your blood glucose levels and can potentially kick you out of ketosis. Instead, opt for Whole Earth (Stevia w/ Monk Fruit) packets; however, be cautious and make sure to look on the back of the package! Some of these packets also contain maltodextrin, so use caution.
Flavors: Starbucks does offer two sugar-free syrups options. While these options are low in carbohydrates, it is recommended to exercise caution and limit the amount consumed as they do contain sucralose. Both syrups contain 1g net carb per 2 pumps:
- Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup
- Cold Foam: 7g net carbs
- Cinnamon Powder: 1g net carb
- Nutmeg Powder: 1g net carbs
- Vanilla Powder: 5g net carbs
- Pumpkin Spice Topping: 1g net carb
- Smoked Sea Salt Topping: 0g net carbs
- Whipped Cream: 2g net carbs
Worried about missing out on the infamous pumpkin spice latte this fall season? What about a delightful strawberry refresher for the tail-end of summer? Don’t despair! Below are some of the most popular (and most delicious) specialty keto drinks and how to order them.
For all of these, you can also try adding a stevia/monk fruit sweetener for extra sweetness.
Keto Pink Drink: Order an iced, sugar-free Passion Tango Herbal Tea with 2-4 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, a splash of heavy cream, and no classic syrup.
Keto White Drink: Order an unsweetened Peach White Tea with 2-4 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, a splash of heavy cream, and no classic syrup.
Keto Colada Drink: Order an unsweetened Pineapple Black Tea with 2-4 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, a splash of heavy cream, and no classic syrup.
Keto Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino: Order an unsweetened ice coffee with extra ice, 2 pumps sugar-free vanilla syrup, 2 pumps sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, a splash of heavy cream, and no class syrup or Frappuccino base, blended and topped with cinnamon powder topping.
Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte: Order an iced coffee with no classic syrup. Add in 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla sauce, 1 pump pumpkin syrup, a splash of heavy cream, and top with extra pumpkin spice powder topping.
- *1 pump pumpkin syrup adds 5g net carbs
What Are Your Favorite Keto Starbucks Drinks?
Have you tried any of the Starbucks keto drinks listed above? Have your own way to order a keto-friendly coffee? Let us know in the comments below!
About 4 yrs ago, I met a Starbuck employee who was on the Atkins diet and she told me what to order to keep the carbs low. She suggested the following:
Hot ‘Tall’ Americano (I always add an extra shot)
2 pumps of sugar free vanilla syrup
Appx 1/2 inch streamed heavy cream on top.
My first one? It was SO delicious!
And I’ve been ordering this same drink, since then, every time I visit a Starbucks! 🙂
Hey Vicky! Thank you for that recipe! That’s going to be very helpful for a lot of our readers. I’ll have to try it out as well. 🙂
Thank you for the suggestions! I keep ordering the same old thing and this has given me some great ideas 😄
Hi, Cindy! You are very welcome! We are happy to help add some variety to your Starbucks orders.
Did you mean to say iced coffee for the keto pumpkin spice latte? Shouldn’t it be a hot drink? Thanks for this list. I’m not a regular at Starbucks, but it’s one of the few coffee places in Canada with sugar-free options, but I’m always intimated to place a complicated order. This will help a ton.
Thank you for pointing this out. You can do hot or iced! I am a Florida resident so I always go for iced, but if you are lucky enough to experience cold weather, definitely opt for hot coffee!
I love a cafe misto made with heavy cream and an extra shot of espresso. A cafe misto is basically 2/3 brewed coffee 1/3 milk of choice.
Just americano keep it simple – found that with keto my cravings for sugar and sweets are basically gone so I never understand how folks need to copy a sweet dessert or a drink I just don’t have that craving. Do Keto right and all your problems are gone 🙂
The peach white tea doesn’t exist.
Hi, Heather. Your local Starbucks might not have the peach citrus white tea, but it is a tea that has been offered at other Starbucks locations. Here it is on their website: https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122315/iced. Thanks!