Starbucks is known for its vast array of coffee and non-coffee beverages catering to various tastes and preferences. But finding a suitable Starbucks drink can feel like a real challenge for those looking to reduce their sugar intake. Fear not, because here is a list of the 25 best sugar-free Starbucks drinks that are certain to satisfy your drink cravings.
You may find yourself steering clear of Starbucks when out and about if you’re on a keto diet.
But did you know that some of the most popular Starbucks drinks are either naturally sugar-free or can easily be made sugar-free? There’s no need to avoid Starbucks if you adhere to a sugar-free diet.
Whether you are looking for kid-friendly Starbucks drinks that won’t bring out the hype, have diabetes, or follow a low-carb diet and like keto diet substitutions, you’re sure to find something that works for your needs.
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Tips for Ordering Sugar-Free at Starbucks
- Unless you order a mock Frappuccino (as you’ll find in the list below), all conventional Frappuccinos are loaded with sugar-based ingredients, so be certain to avoid those.
- Starbucks currently keeps only one sugar-free syrup in stock in most locations: sugar-free vanilla syrup. They discontinued other varieties of sugar-free syrup in most locations due to unpopularity. This includes sugar-free caramel, mocha, hazelnut, and cinnamon dolce syrups.
- If you need additional sweetness in the beverage you order, Starbucks keeps packets of Splenda and Stevia In The Raw in stock in most locations.
- Caramel and mocha-based Starbucks drinks are a no-go if you are on a sugar-free diet.
- Choose your milk wisely. Milk can be a source of both natural and added hidden sugars. The lowest sugar option available at Starbucks is their almond milk, which rings in at 7 grams of sugar per serving.
25 Sugar-Free Starbucks Drinks
There are so many choices to enjoy during the year. No matter if it’s 100 degrees outside or only 25, there’s a delicious drink waiting for you.
An absolute classic, an Iced Americano consists of nothing more than espresso, water, and ice. This refreshing caffeinated beverage is the perfect pick-me-up for a warm day.
Cold Brew with Heavy Cream
Just ask for a cold brew over ice with a dash of heavy cream, and you are well on your way to creamy comfort in one refreshing beverage.
Sugar-Free London Fog
A London Fog is a delightful tea latte consisting of Earl Grey, lavender tea, milk, and vanilla syrup. To make it sugar-free, ask your barista to swap the regular vanilla syrup for their sugar-free vanilla syrup. It’s a nice alternative to coffee.
If you need a Starbucks espresso fix, look no further than their delicious Espresso Macchiato. This tasty beverage is nothing more than brewed espresso topped off with the milk foam of your choice.
Brewed coffee and the steamed milk you choose in a 1:1 ratio make up this simple but incredibly delicious sugar-free coffee beverage.
“As someone with Type 1 diabetes, I try to reduce my sugar consumption. My current order is an iced oat milk matcha with no sweetener and one pump of sugar-free vanilla.”— Bella Bucchiotti, XOXO Bella
Sugar-Free Pink Drink
A traditional Pink Drink from Starbucks contains sweet coconut milk and a Strawberry Acai Refreshers base. For a sugar-free take on this popular beverage, ask for Passion Tango Iced Tea with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, heavy cream, and Strawberry Fruit Inclusions (freeze-dried strawberry pieces).
Iced Green Tea
An Iced Green Tea makes a great, refreshing choice for a lighter caffeine drink that is naturally sugar-free.
A dark brewed espresso mixed with steamed milk and topped off with a light layer of milk foams makes up the naturally sugar-free Caffè Latte from Starbucks.
This list would not be complete without mentioning the most basic of Starbucks options — a simple coffee. Starbucks offers several different blends of coffee to suit your palate, whether you prefer the dark side of coffee brews or lighter blonde roasts of coffee.
Mint Majesty Tea
Mint and lemon verbena make up this caffeine-free herbal tea that can be served hot or iced. If you want a sweeter version, ask for a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup. It would also be easy to grow these herbs in a home herb garden and make this anytime you like.
“I like to order a cappuccino made with two shots of espresso and steamed heavy cream. If I want it sweet, I’ll ask for a pump (or two) of sugar-free vanilla syrup.”— Lisa MarcAurele, Little Bit Recipes
Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte
A Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte is a classic sugar-free Starbucks beverage that is a standard Vanilla Latte but with sugar-free vanilla syrup instead of the sweetened variety. Order it with the milk of your choice.
Cinnamon Iced Coffee with Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup and Cream
Order an iced coffee with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, heavy cream, and cinnamon powder for a naturally sweet sugar-free Starbucks drink that offers something different.
Sugar-Free Breve Bomb
A breve is an espresso drink made with half-and-half instead of milk. A breve bomb is a classic breve with a few pumps of syrup and espresso that are carefully poured over the half and half to create a separate layer. Order a Breve Bomb with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup for a sugar-free take on this fun beverage.
Iced Passion Tango Tea
Starbucks Passion Tango Tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea with notes of hibiscus, apple, cinnamon, licorice, and lemongrass. It is naturally sweet tasting, minus the sugar, and tastes even sweeter when served over ice.
Sugar-Free Chai Latte
A conventional chai latte at Starbucks contains a relatively high amount of sugar, but here’s a hack for ordering a sugar-free version. Order a hot chai tea made with chai tea bags, steamer-style, with steamed milk of your choice, with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup for a delightfully comforting treat.
“I just recently started ordering sugar-free drinks at Starbucks, and they’re very accommodating about it. I just tell them I need to make it as sugar-free as possible before I order. Then they walk me through which parts of my drink CAN have sugar-free substitutions and which ones can’t. For instance, on cold foam drinks, the actual coffee can be made with sugar-free syrup but the cold foam is premade and can’t be sugar-free. It makes counting carbs really easy for me and my type 1 diabetic son.”— Laura Sampson, Little House Big Alaska
A flat white consists of ristretto shots of espresso combined with the perfect amount of steamed milk you choose. Ristretto is a technique for pulling only the first portion of an espresso shot, resulting in a more robust, less bitter-tasting espresso.
Sugar-Free Cold Brew Coffee With Cinnamon Cold Foam
Ice, cold brewed coffee, sugar-free vanilla syrup, and cinnamon powder, all topped with cold milk foam, make up this refreshing Starbucks drink choice.
Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey tea is a caffeinated black tea blended with bergamot essence for a wholly unique taste. You can order this delight hot or iced.
Sugar-Free Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
A Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew is a cold-brew beverage served sans ice topped with a vanilla-sweetened cream. Ask for a sugar-free sweet cream made with sugar-free vanilla syrup and heavy cream when ordering the sugar-free version of this beverage.
Brewed espresso is topped with a thick layer of milk foam in this classic coffee beverage that is naturally sugar-free. Opt for almond milk foam for the lowest sugar version possible.
Iced Peach Citrus White Tea Drink
A Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion is a fruity infused tea with the addition of liquid cane sugar. For a sugar-free version with a white drink spin, ask for an iced peach citrus white tea without liquid cane sugar and sugar-free vanilla syrup with a dash of heavy cream.
Espresso Con Panna
This fun espresso drink consists of brewed espresso topped with vanilla syrup-sweetened whipped cream. Believe it or not, even though the original is made with sugar-sweetened whipped cream, it’s such a small amount it clocks in at 0 grams of sugar. If you’re still hesitant, you can order an Espresso Con Panna with heavy cream and sugar-free vanilla syrup instead.
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
A conventional Pumpkin Spice Latte uses a sugar-laden pumpkin spice syrup, but it is still possible to get your pumpkin fix when on a sugar-free diet. Ask for a Caffè Americano with a splash of milk, two pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, and extra pumpkin spice powder.
Emperor’s Cloud and Mist Tea
This herbal brew is a delicate green tea with sweet and smoky notes that set it apart from most other green teas. You can order it hot or iced for a drink lighter in caffeine.
Secret Menu Sugar-Free Frappuccino
All Starbucks Frappuccinos are rich in added sugars, but if you’re willing to ask for it, you can get something pretty close that is also sugar-free. For a sugar-free Frappuccino, ask for an iced coffee with extra ice, heavy cream, and a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup. Then, ask the barista to blend it all Frappuccino-style.
This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.