For scorching summer days, what’s better than an Iced Coffee? I mean, a shot of espresso is always welcome, but if you’re like me, on warm evenings, hot coffee makes me break a sweat, and that’s not nice.
Ice coffee has earned its place and let’s face it; no one can say no to a sweet cold brew. If you’re starting a keto diet, congratulations! You’re on the right path to lose those extra pounds, but there’s bad news, regular sweet iced coffee is not for you anymore — too many carbs!
Don’t worry; we’re here to help with a lovely recipe for a sweet keto iced coffee that will make you forget about sugar—all the flavor of a proper iced coffee, guilt-free.
For the coffee, I prefer using a shot of dark roast Arabica, that the melting ice won’t dilute. If you can, grind your coffee, that way it will taste fresher.
Then there’s the dairy, which is optional, but for me, iced coffees are better when creamy. The good news is that milk is totally keto-friendly, just pick high-fat milk, or even better, use half & half and you’ll be ok.
Finally, we have the sweetener, and here’s where it gets tricky for ketomaniacs. These are your options:
Stevia is pretty cool because it’s all-natural. It’s extracted from a plant and adds no calories to your diet. Stevia is up to 300 times sweeter than can sugar, so adjust to your taste, and the sweetener is quite healthy too, as it has shown to reduce blood pressure and insulin levels, something particularly suitable for people with diabetes.
The lesser-known keto-friendly is obtained from the chicory root and is quite handy, mainly for keto no-bake desserts. Not nearly as sweet as cane sugar, you must add a bit more (up to 3 times more) sweetener than usual.
My personal favorite, monk fruit is up to 250 times sweeter than sugar, and although it can have a slightly bitter taste, you can’t notice it when adding it to the already bitter coffee. For today’s recipe, we’re using monk fruit extract, but use the sweetener that adjusts to your needs.
Brew your coffee and let it cool.
Add the coffee, the vanilla extract, the sweetener, and half & half. Stir vigorously.
Fill the glass with ice and enjoy!