Coffee nuts are constantly seeking out the best coffee, hunting down new cafés and trying new concoctions.
But when you really evaluate the matter, it’s clear that you can’t control what goes into your coffee drinks.
Instead, consider what you can do at home to create the perfect cup of java. You can ensure that your caffeine will come in healthier dosing while also pinching a few pennies on the cost of corporate coffee.
Quarantine, Skip the Line & Save Money!
Every time I read an article about saving money, one of the first tips offered is to immediately stop buying coffee from coffee shops. Sure, I think, that’s all well and good — except for the fact that I never knew how to make coffee at home that remotely compares
1. Mint Chocolate (Skinny Dark Chocolate Peppermint Coffee Creamer)
Coffee on its own doesn’t carry any significant calories — no carbohydrates, no fat. It’s essentially empty. The problem comes with coffee creamer and other additives that give coffee its creamy consistency and fabulous flavor.
By making your own creamer at home, you can avoid giving up the taste to steer clear of calories and fat. This recipe for skinny creamer is to die for, especially if you’re a fan of rich dark chocolate and the aroma and puckering goodness of peppermint. Be sure to have some of this healthier sweet treat for the holidays, and share it with your family.
I bet they’ll never know it’s not chock full of fat!
2. Smooth Criminal (Coffee Smoothie )
So, a lot of people caution against replacing breakfast with a cup of coffee (or several cups), but there are ways to skirt around that. Enter the coffee smoothie recipe here, rich in wholesome nutrients from the added “food” in the drink. Coffee is great with oatmeal or a banana, and a lot of people might put peanut butter on their toast.
But imagine a drinkable concoction containing all of these, and you have the perfect solution to the breakfast blahs. If you aren’t worried about fat, consider using whole milk or half and half to make it even smoother and creamier!
3. Cocoa-Coco (Better Than Bulletproof Coffee )
For those who prefer espresso to coffee and have a negative reaction to the thought of putting butter in their coffee, this “better” recipe goes back to milk alternatives. It’s packed full of vitamins and healthy fats that, like any version of bulletproof coffee, will fill you up all day long.
If you don’t like chocolate, try using pure vanilla extract to taste instead. This one clenches a spot near the top of the list of recipes that are suitable for all diets, too, with no dairy or added sugar.
4. Shake, Rattle, And Roll (Café Mocha Protein Shake )
When it comes to keeping it clean and simple, you don’t get much better than this. Brew your coffee the night before and keep it in the fridge so it’s cold in the morning. Make sure your ice tray is full so you can add ice to taste.
The secret to this particular mixture is the use of both chocolate and vanilla protein powder. By the time you get the blend together, this high protein, high energy coffee shake will kick you into high gear while satisfying any craving you have for chocolate, caffeine, and nutrition.
5. Coco Loco (Coconut Frappuccino )
Specialty diets make it difficult to frequent the local coffeehouse, considering the rich ingredients used in so many coffee drinks.
You never know when you might run into a problem. But take a look at this recipe that’s easy to follow at home and gives you the perfect taste without the worry.
With only three ingredients (coconut milk or whatever dairy alternative you prefer), coffee, and banana, this recipe meets the requirements of every diet!
6. Nutty Buddy (Almond Iced Coffee )
More and more, coffee lovers are turning to cold drinks, especially in the heat of the summer. Rather than seeking the perfect cold brew from a local shop, create your own. You can store a concentrate in your refrigerator and add it to your drink later, along with the rest of the ingredients.
Coffee tends to have a nutty taste to it anyway, so adding almond just brings out that underlying hint.
7. Bit O’ Honey (Honey Coffee )
The Brits have been drinking milk and honey in their tea for centuries, and it’s natural to add milk products to coffee. That’s the basis of a “latte,” which really just means “milk.” So is it surprising that some people put honey in their coffee, too?
It’s a natural alternative to refined sugar, giving it an extra layer of flavor. Add other spices as well to make it more complex. Choose a milk that fits your diet if you need to be dairy free or low fat.
8. Colorful Coffee (Four Flavoured Syrups And A Coffee Brew)
This is a bonus. Not only can you create your own cold brew coffee with the recipe here, but you can also create four different at-home syrups that are healthier than what you’ll find at the café and can be combined for very interesting flavors.
If you need a light version, use a sugar substitute. Almond syrup, cinnamon brown sugar syrup, and vanilla bean syrup are all standard favorites, but the blackberry syrup is excellent as well and gives your coffee drink a fun purple or pink color when mixed with creamer!
9. Gingerbread Latte
It's spicy, and we like it. If you want that quintessential drink that smells like Christmas, then this is your latte. Bonus if you make a loaf of this Pumpkin Gingerbread to enjoy at the same time.
10. Pumpkin Spiced Latte
I didn't like this coffee so no need to tell you how the taste.
11. Brown Sugar-Caramel Latte
Sometimes coffee is a dessert in itself! Dust with cinnamon or cocoa powder, put your slippers up, and acknowledge you didn't have to leave the house. You're welcome.
And if you're going to do it, go all the way. Fresh homemade whipped cream is the perfect topping for these coffee and cocoa recipes.