When the dalgona coffee hit the mainstream thanks to coffee-loving gen-Z Youtubers and tiktokers, no one took the frothy drink too seriously. After all, who makes a creamy coffee specialty with instant coffee? Well, the dalgona coffee works — it’s as pretty as anything coming out of a specialty coffee shop, and you can make it at home in just minutes.
The secret behind a dalgona coffee is dissolving instant coffee and sugar with a tablespoon of water and whisking it until frothy. Add milk, and you get a nice drink with a friendly, foamy cap. Of course, the dalgona is now an inspiration to many other creations, including the low-fat dalgona.
If you spend time on social media, you’ve probably swiped past a few recipes for dalgona coffee. The whipped specialty based on instant coffee became famous thanks to social media, and it’s still the coolest thing you can make at home with instant coffee, milk and sugar.
The dalgona whipped coffee looks and feels like something out of a coffee shop, but it’s entirely homemade, and that’s the beauty of it. And now, for today’s topic. Can you make low-fat dalgona whipped coffee? Of course you can, and here’s how to do it.
To make this healthier version of the famous dalgona whipped coffee, you’ll need instant coffee and sugar in equal parts and a tablespoon of water. This is the part you’ll whip until it gets all frothy. The healthier part of the recipe is the low-fat milk. I did consider using a plant-based milk alternative for this one but, did you know almond milk has more fat than low-fat milk?
The best part of this recipe is that you only need a mug and a spoon, so you hardly make a mess. Frothing the coffee takes a bit of time, though, but you get better at it with every dalgona you make.
To make low-fat dalgona coffee, you’ll need a few tablespoons of high-quality instant coffee; some brands call it instant espresso, but in any case, we’re talking about freeze-dried coffee, and just like coffee, instant coffee comes in different qualities.
You’ll also need granulated sugar, and you can’t substitute this one if you want a foamy coffee. Have a few tablespoons of warm water in hand as well, and today’s featured ingredients — low-fat milk.
Low-fat milk makes low-fat dalgona coffee. Of course, you can make your coffee even healthier if you use a milk substitute. Oat milk, almond milk and coconut milk make fabulous dalgonas. Find your favorite milk alternative and stick with it.
Froth that instant coffee and add the low-fat milk, all in your serving cup. The foam floats, so this method guarantees a thick, creamy head. Stir everything to incorporate the flavor and sweeten a bit more to taste.
You can also scoop the froth over any coffee drink to emulate a coffee-shop cappuccino or something. Once you get the hang of it, you can use instant coffee foam for everything, even iced coffee! That’s a game-changer right there.
Put on your favorite TV show and whisk away. The dalgona is the ultimate comfort drink, and it just tastes better when you make it with a significant other. See who can froth their coffee more!
It’s easy to find excuses for making dalgona whipped coffee. If you’re spending the evening alone watching movies or chatting with friends, a cup of dalgona is for you. The frothy drink is fun to make, although a bit labor-intensive. The result is always worth it, though.
Now, why would you want a low-fat dalgona? That’s easy as well. You can have as many cups as you want guilt-free. Whole milk is not the healthiest of ingredients, let me tell you, so low-fat milk alternatives are becoming the only reasonable option for milky drinks. Unless you’re under 12, drink low-fat milk. If you are a minor, you shouldn’t be drinking coffee in the first place!
Combine the instant coffee with the sugar and water in a mug and whisk until it’s incorporated and foamy.
Top the glass with milk carefully by pouring from the side. The foam will rise for a lovely cap.