I’ve always loved going to Starbucks for my coffee fix, and that hasn’t changed since I started a keto diet. Lucky for us, that are many great keto friendly Starbucks drink options that are healthy, low carb, and sugar free!
The abundance of keto drinks you can get at Starbucks has been a lifesaver whenever I’m traveling or on the road — there’s always a good chance there’s a Starbucks or similar coffee shop nearby where I can order my usual low carb drinks.
In this guide, I list some examples of keto Starbucks drinks as well as how to customize and order your favorite drink to make it keto friendly. Note that most people on a strict keto diet try to stay below 20g net carbs a day (net carbs is calculated as total carbs minus fiber) so a reasonable keto drink should be under 5g net carbs.
Examples of keto drinks at starbucks
There are many different low carb drinks that you can get at Starbucks with the right substitutions. Here are some examples to get you started with ideas, but check out the next section below to see how you can customize your favorite drink to make it keto friendly.
Some possible Starbucks keto drinks:
- Frappuccino with sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup and almond milk
- Latte with sugar free vanilla syrup and almond milk
- Americano with heavy cream and sugar free vanilla syrup
- Mocha with skinny mocha sauce and almond milk
- Flat white with almond milk
- Brewed coffee with heavy whipping cream
- Iced coffee unsweetened with almond milk or heavy cream
- Iced passion tango tea unsweetened with coconut milk
- London fog tea latte unsweetened with almond milk
- Chai tea latte with heavy whipping cream and sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup
There are a ton of options and the examples above only scrape the surface of what you can order. Keep reading to learn how to customize your favorite drink to make it lower in carbs and keto friendly.
How to order a keto drink at starbucks
You can order any of the drinks I mentioned in the previous section, or you can build your own custom drink by following these steps:
(1) Pick a type of drink
The first step is to decide which type of drink you want. Here are your usual options at Starbucks:
- Espresso drinks, including lattes, mochas, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and americanos
- Brewed coffee
- Iced coffee and cold brew
- Frappuccino blended beverages
- Iced teas and hot teas, including tea lattes
Coffee by itself has little to no carbs. It’s the added cream and sweeteners that are responsible for the majority of carbohydrates in a coffee drink. So don’t worry too much when picking from the list above — just pick your favorite!
Whichever option you choose, you can also ask for a decaf version at Starbucks, even for frappuccinos.
(2) Pick a drink size
The next step is to select the size of the drink. Starbucks offers these drink sizes:
- Short (8 fl. oz.)
- Tall (12 fl. oz.)
- Grande (16 fl. oz.)
- Venti Hot (20 fl. oz.)
- Venti Cold (24 fl. oz.)
The larger your drink, the more carbs it will generally have, so I suggest picking one of the smaller sizes — not a Venti.
(3) Substitute with a keto friendly milk
I recommend almond milk because it has very few carbs, although heavy cream is a good option if you only plan to add 1 or 2 tablespoons to your coffee. People are often surprised to hear that heavy cream has carbs, and you can learn more about it here.
I don’t recommend half-and-half, which has 11.5g net carbs per cup — that’s more than heavy whipping cream. I also don’t recommend coconut milk or soy milk, as almond milk has significantly fewer carbs in comparison.
(4) Substitute with a keto friendly syrup
This usually means substituting with a sugar free or “skinny” syrup. Here are your options at Starbucks:
- Sugar free vanilla syrup
- Sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup
- Skinny mocha sauce
I’ve asked for these sugar free syrups at different Starbucks locations across the US and they were always available. Note that these sugar free syrups are made with sucralose. Not my favorite keto sweetener (that would be erythritol), but that’s all they offer.
(5) Add keto friendly toppings
Here are some low carb toppings that you can add to your drink:
- whipped cream (1g net carbs)
- mocha drizzle (1g net carbs)
- protein and fiber powder (0g net carbs)
And that’s it! One handy way to remember your favorite drink is to use the Starbucks app. Download it and under the “Order” section, you can add customized keto drinks to your Favorites section, which is very convenient for remembering what to order.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I find nutrition info for Starbucks drinks?
For most drinks, Starbucks’ website only provides nutrition information for the standard version and not for the myriad of substitutions you can make. Check out Starbucks’ nutrition search — you can select your beverage and pull up a table with nutrition information. There are options at the top to select size and milk substitutions.
Remember that you should be looking at net carbs not total carbs. To calculate net carbs, take the total carbs and subtract fiber. For example, a short caffe latte with almond milk has 5g total carbs and 1g fiber so it has 4g net carbs.
How can I make some keto drinks at home?
Great idea! Save your money (and carbs) and make your own at home. Here are two of my favorite homemade low carb drinks:
- London Fog Drink – uses almond milk and a low carb sweetener
- Low Carb Hot Chocolate – uses almond milk, heavy whipping cream, and cocoa powder
What’s the healthiest thing to get at Starbucks?
The healthiest drink that’s lowest in carbs would be brewed coffee or unsweetened tea with a dash of heavy whipping cream or almond milk. Americano and flat white drinks are also very low carb.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions and what your favorite Starbucks drinks are!