If you’re new to keto you’re probably wondering, “Does Starbucks have keto drinks?”
Yes, Starbucks has numerous keto-friendly drinks available both in-store and on the Starbucks app. I recently got onto the keto diet and being a regular at Starbucks, one of the challenges I faced was figuring out which Starbucks drinks are keto-friendly and which ones would take me out of ketosis. After talking to several Starbucks baristas, I learned of various drinks from the coffeehouse that are keto-friendly and how you can order them. To learn more about these drinks, keep reading.
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Drip, iced or cold brew coffee.
Starbucks drip, iced or cold brew coffees are all prepared with brewed coffee made from 100% dark roasted Arabica coffee beans. They can be ordered both in-store and from the Starbucks app. To order in-store, ask the barista for a drip, iced or cold brew coffee (whichever you want) and mention the size and the number of espresso shots you’d like in the beverage.
These beverages are sold in four sizes; tall (12fl oz.), grande (16fl oz.), venti (24fl oz.) and trenta (30fl oz.) and they are also available as hot beverages. Several roast options are offered. Customization is allowed in these coffees, where you get to choose the number of espresso shots you want in your drink. The calories of these coffees are typically around 5 and 0g of sugar, 0g of fat and 0g of carbs making them the perfect keto pick-me-ups.
Hot or cold coffee with sugar-free syrup.
Starbucks hot and cold coffees are typically prepared with brewed espresso and milk and they are also keto-approved provided that they are sweetened with sugar-free syrup. Starbucks only offers sugar-free syrups in the vanilla flavour. For the milk, be sure to ask the barista to replace the default milk with keto-approved milk like almond, coconut, soy or oat milk. When ordering these coffees, opt out of the Starbucks sauces and ask for whipped cream to be used lightly. To order a hot or cold keto-friendly coffee at Starbucks, simply ask the barista for the specific coffee you want (mention the name), let them know if you want it hot or cold, mention the size and request them to sweeten it with sugar-free vanilla syrup. Mention the keto-approved milk you want and the number of espresso shots you’d like in your coffee.
It is important to note that although the Starbucks sugar-free vanilla syrup is advertised as “sugar-free”, it still has sugar in it, although in insignificant amounts. The sugar in this syrup is from an ingredient called maltodextrin. When asking for sugar-free syrup keep in mind that 1 pump of this syrup has 1g of sugar. Starbucks hot and cold coffees can also be customized. These coffees are sold in 4 sizes and are available both in-store and on the Starbucks app.
Unsweetened hot or iced tea.
Teas at Starbucks are prepared with ice (optional), water and tea concentrate or infusions depending on the kind of tea. For keto-approved iced or hot teas, completely opt out of sweeteners or ask for the sugar-free vanilla syrup to be used if you really want extra sweetness. To order keto tea at Starbucks ask the barista for the tea you want and let them know if iced or hot, mention the size and the number of tea bags you’d like in your beverage. Starbucks teas are sold in 4 sizes and are also available on the app. The nutritional values of these beverages depend on the size and the customizations made.
Starbucks espresso shots are prepared with 100% dark, medium or lightly roasted Arabica coffee beans. Starbucks offers several roast options including decaf. Espresso shots at Starbucks are sold in four sizes; solo (0.75fl oz.), doppio (1.5fl oz.), triple (2.25fl oz.) and quad (3fl oz.). To order espresso shots at Starbucks simply ask the barista for “Espresso shots” and mention the size and the roast you want.
Hot or iced Americano.
The ingredients of Starbucks Americano are; brewed espresso, water and ice (optional). These beverages are available in 4 sizes and are sold both in-store and on the Starbucks app. To order a keto Starbucks Americano ask the barista for an “Americano”, mention the size, the number of espresso shots you’d like and whether you want it hot or iced.
Tall latte or cappuccino with heavy cream.
Starbucks lattes or cappuccinos are traditionally made with brewed espresso and milk. For the keto option, ask the barista for a tall latte or cappuccino and request them to replace milk with heavy cream and mention the number of espresso shots you’d like in your drink. These beverages can also be ordered via the Starbucks app.
Short caffé breve or caffé misto.
A Starbucks caffé breve or caffé misto is prepared with milk and brewed espresso. For a keto beverage, opt out of the 2% milk and request keto-approved milk or a splash of breve (half and half). So, to order at Starbucks, ask the barista for a short caffé Misto with almond, coconut, oat or soy milk or a splash of breve and mention the number of espresso shots you’d like. Besides the short size, this beverage is also available in tall, grande or venti and is also sold on the Starbucks app.
Grande almond flat white.
The Starbucks almond flat white is a keto-approved beverage made with almond milk and brewed espresso. For a keto almond flat white at Starbucks, ask the barista for a grande almond flat white and mention the number of espresso shots you’d like in the beverage. Typically, this beverage is sweetened with vanilla syrup. If you want your keto version sweetened, ask the barista to replace the vanilla syrup with 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup. You can order the Starbucks keto almond flat white from the app too.
Tall low-carb mocha.
Traditionally, a mocha at Starbucks is made with brewed espresso, milk, mocha sauce and whipped cream. To order a low-carb, keto mocha from the coffeehouse ask the barista for a tall mocha with heavy cream or coconut milk instead of 2% milk and a skinny mocha sauce instead of regular mocha sauce. Additionally, let them know the number of espresso shots you want. This beverage can be customized and also be ordered on the Starbucks app and in a short, grande or venti size.
Grande keto pink drink or white drink.
The Starbucks grande keto pink drink is made with ice (optional), passion tango iced tea and strawberry inclusions. To order at Starbucks simply ask the barista for a “grande pink drink”.
The Starbucks white drink is a secret menu keto drink made with heavy cream, peach citrus white tea and sugar-free vanilla syrup. To order this drink, place the order by the recipe and mention the size. Besides the grande size, you can also get these drinks in tall, venti and trenta sizes.
What is keto at Starbucks?
Keto at Starbucks means a low-carb, low-sugar drink, sweetened with sugar-free syrup, prepared with keto-approved milk and no whipped cream.
Do all keto drinks at Starbucks have caffeine?
Although most Starbucks keto drinks have caffeine, some are caffeine-free. Also with customization and the help of your barista, you can make your keto drink caffeine-free.
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
Kai has therefore created well-researched and comprehensive excerpts regarding the services and products offered by the giant restaurant chain. And which can be retrieved from Starbmag.com, apart from talking writing, and dealing with food Kai loves also to Kayak. You can read more about me on the about us page.