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7 Best Keto Coffee Drinks

Published on: February 15, 2019

7 Best Keto Coffee Drinks

While regular old black coffee is fine, Keto coffee is even better! In fact, keto coffee can even be an effective way to boost your energy and contribute to key macros. In addition to coffee grounds, keto coffee drinks contain ingredients that provide boosts to your keto diet, including healthy fats like MCT oil and grass-fed butter, electrolytes, or extra caffeine. Here we will give you recipes to the 7 best keto coffee drinks to boost your energy.


Can I Drink Coffee on a Keto Diet?

Let’s break down what’s in plain ol’ coffee.

Black coffee doesn’t contain significant amounts of any macronutrients – fat, carbohydrates, or protein. In fact, it only contains 2 calories per 8 oz cup [1, 2]!  

Medium-strength black coffee contains several micronutrients, however.

8 fl oz of black coffee contains [2]:

  • 11% DV Riboflavin
  • 6% DV pantothenic acid
  • 2% DV Magnesium
  • 3% DV Potassium
  • 3% DV Manganese

This may not seem like much, but if you think about the relatively small size of an 8oz cup of coffee, this isn’t bad!

The component that most of us seek out when we drink coffee is the caffeine. Caffeine is neither a vitamin nor a mineral, but rather a natural chemical that has the effect of stimulating the brain and promotes alertness and energy [3].

Of course, the final nutritional value depends on what you add to it. The coffee drinks you want to stay away from are those that contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. Most specialty drinks at cafés are definitely not short of either of these with their syrups and flavorings.

However, since coffee is like a blank slate when it comes to macronutrients, you can change the macro composition so that it makes the perfect keto drink!

Here’s what you should look for in keto coffee drinks:

  • If the coffee drinks black they should contain fat – from heavy cream, butter, MCT oil, or other specialty keto coffee products.
  • Very low to zero sugar. Look for drinks that have less than 2g sugar per serving.
  • They taste yummy! What is the point of a coffee drink if it doesn’t taste good? Keto coffee drinks should be yummy and nutritious.
  • They may contain additional nutritional components like added caffeine or electrolytes to boost energy and hydration.

Without further ado – the 7 best keto coffee drinks you can make at home!


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7 Best Keto Coffee Drinks

1. Keto Instant Coffee

This is the easiest recipe you’ll find here. All you need is Kiss My Keto’s Keto Coffee, water, and other keto-friendly ingredients. It’s packed with MCTs and Coconut Oil Powder to align with a low-carb, ketogenic diet. No fillers 0g sugar. As a plus, keto coffee contains 6g dietary fiber to support a healthy digestion, and sodium and potassium as electrolytes that promote hydration.


Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Boil enough water for 1 10-oz mug.
  2. Empty sachet into your mug.
  3. Pour boiling water into your mug.
  4. Top off with keto creamer, if desired.

Macros:

One sachet of instant keto coffee and 1 tbsp keto creamer contains:

Calories: 280

Total Fat: 27g

Saturated fat: 26g

Total Carbs: 10g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 3g


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2. Keto Mocha Latte

Thanks to the syrups, pretty much all mocha lattes you find at your local cafés are loaded with sugar (seriously – up to 500kcal worth of sugar – now that will definitely kick you out of ketosis). Here you can make your own Keto mocha latte non-keto recipes simply won’t be able to compete with.

Note on some Full-Fat dairy: While it is keto-friendly and full of good saturated fats, it can be high in carbs (about 13g per cup, though very little of that is from sugar). It’s good to include as long as it is in moderation.


Ingredients:

  • One cup freshly-brewed black coffee
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 scoop Keto Cocoa (or 1 scoop pure cocoa powder- make sure it doesn’t have sugar or artificial sweeteners)

Directions:

  1. Heat up cream in the microwave or over the stove.
  2. With a small whisk, whisk the heavy cream until it foams. If you have a milk steamer, you can steam the cream as well to get a nice froth.
  3. Add the coffee and the Keto Cocoa, and stir until blended.

Macros:

Calories: 174

Total Fat:: 18.1g

Saturated fat: 15.9g

Total Carbs: 6.3g

Sugars: 0.1g

Protein: 3.52g


3. Instant Creamy MCT Oil Coffee

This zero-carb coffee tastes better than just black coffee, and it provides you with the fuel in the form of saturated fat you need to get your day started. The best part of all is that you don’t need an immersion blender – just add and mix.


Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Make 2 cups of French press, espresso, or drip coffee.
  2. Add a scoop of Unflavored MCT C8 Oil Powder, stir, and enjoy.

Macros:

Calories: 60

Total Fat:: 6g

Saturated fat: 6g

Total Carbs: 2g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g


4. Protein-Boosted Keto Peppermint Mocha

Are you worried about not reaching your 20% macro goal for protein? Do you lift weights or work out and want to make sure you are able to continue building muscle on the keto diet?

While most keto coffees are high in fat, most of them deliver little, if any, protein. This is fine if you are integrating high-quality protein in your meals, but it isn’t for everyone.

Believe it or not, it can get protein in your coffee. Protein can make keto coffee a little easier on your stomach, not to mention provide you with some macro balance. All you need is delicious chocolate flavored protein that you can mix into your coffee, and a drop of mint.  


Ingredients:


Directions:

  1. Brew 2 cups (16 oz) of coffee. We recommend drip-over coffee for this one because it often offers a stronger taste to balance out the protein.
  2. Add a scoop of Kiss My Keto Protein MCT Powder (chocolate flavored).
  3. Add a drop of peppermint extract.
  4. Mix well until blended.

Macros:

(Without the heavy whipping cream)

Calories: 80

Total Fat:: 4g

Saturated fat: 4g

Total Carbs: 3g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 10g


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5. Keto Cappuccino

Cappuccino is generally keto-friendly, as long as you drink it black and choose full-fat milk or creamers. Even if you don’t have a cappuccino maker at home, here is a simple recipe that will allow you to make a light, keto-friendly cappuccino at home.


Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coffee

Directions:

  1. Microwave the milk until warm.
  2. With a small whisk or fork, vigorously fold the milk until foam begins to appear.
  3. Pour the milk over your favorite brewed coffee.

Macros:

Calories: 112

Total Fat:: 12.05g

Saturated fat: 10.68g

Total Carbs: 6.4g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 4.6g


6. Basic Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is an easy and delicious way to get in some high-quality fat in your diet to keep you in ketosis and energetic. You’ll likely find variations of this recipe all over the internet, but this tried-and-true basic bulletproof coffee recipe is still our favorite.


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter (salted)
  • 1 tbsp MCT coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream (optional – for a creamy coffee, rather than black coffee)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender, or add them to a thermos and use an immersion blender.
  2. Blend for 10-15 seconds and enjoy!

Macros:

With heavy whipping cream:

Calories: 271

Total Fat:: 30.7g

Saturated fat:  22.5g

Total Carbs: 0.4g

Sugar: 0.4g

Protein: 0.4g


7. Spiced Keto Coffee

This keto coffee has some extra caffeine to keep you energy up, and is naturally spiced with the spices from chai tea. This recipe includes a few squirts of MCT oil for added keto value.


Ingredients:

  • 16 oz brewed coffee
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. MCT oil

Directions:

  1. Brew coffee
  2. Add chai tea bag and let steep.
  3. Heat up cream or milk and mix into the tea with a spoon.
  4. Add 2 capsules MCT oil and stir.

Macros:

Calories: 241

Total Fat:: 27.05g

Saturated fat: 25.68g

Total Carbs: 1.6g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 1.15g


Conclusion

Coffee can be a great drink to integrate into your keto diet to boost your energy and alertness throughout the day. Keto coffee integrates ingredients that provide the fat that keto diets need to stay healthy and energetic. They should always be very low in sugar and high or moderate in fat. Some flavor boosters can help you achieve optimal texture and flavor to fight cravings, too!


Takeaways

  • Keto coffee is different from regular coffee in that it contains fats that will help keep you in ketosis.
  • Keto coffee should be very low in sugar.
  • These 7 coffee drink recipes are our favorite! Try them out and let us know which ones you like best.

References

  1. ISIC the institute for scientific information on coffee. Nutrition Information - https://www.coffeeandhealth.org/topic-overview/nutrition-information/
  2. Levy J, CHHC. Coffee Nutrition Facts — Good for the Brain, Heart & Liver? 2018 October - https://draxe.com/coffee-nutrition-facts/
  3. James JE. Understanding Caffeine - A Biobehavioral Analysis. 1997 - https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/understanding-caffeine/book6319

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