Using A Sugar Substitute for Coffee
Most of us love a rich, tasty coffee with a little sugar to offset the bitterness.
Learning how to sweeten coffee without sugar is a great way to enjoy your daily caffeine fix without the empty calories piling up throughout the week!
Today we'll run through how to make an iced coffee with zero carbs and the best sugar free coffee syrups to replicate your favorite barista brew right in your own kitchen.
Benefits of Using a Sugar Substitute in Coffee
We could talk all day about the incredible flavors, combinations, and taste sensations you can whip up with our skinny syrups and a little imagination.
Still, you might be wondering what's so wrong with a couple of sugars in your morning mug and why it's worth the swap?
Here are some of the many advantages of switching from granulated sugar to gently sweetened sucralose syrup.
- You get all the sweetness, without the sugar (and the inevitable calories, gradual tooth damage, and extra carbs!).
- Skinny syrups are suitable for a huge range of dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher diets.
- Real sugar causes blood sugar spikes (hello, mid-morning hunger pangs!) whereas our coffee syrups are fine for managing conditions such as diabetes.
- Sugar syrups make it possible to enjoy your favorite beverages, even where you're trying to make mindful diet choices or follow a specific nutrition regime.
Sucralose vs. Other Coffee Sweeteners
Many sweeteners you can buy in stores contain aspartame - it's the basis for some of the biggest brand names out there.
The issue is that aspartame might have virtually no calories but is linked to some pretty scary health conditions, including cardiovascular illnesses.
It's also associated with headaches and migraines, and many people need to steer clear due to intolerances and unpleasant reactions.
Skinny Mixes is all about making healthier choices easier, and producing fresh new flavors to make fun drinks without the carbs or calories.
We use sucralose, made from real sugar but treated to ensure it's beneficial - and even tastier at 600 times the sweetness!
Our best-selling sticky caramel flavors make our skinny syrups for coffee a win-win and a go-to for the health-conscious.
No-Sugar Skinny Iced Coffee Ideas
Now you can easily put down the synthetic sweeteners, and discover an innovative sugar substitute for coffee that tastes better than the real thing!
There are all sorts of ways to make coffee sweeter, but options like honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup carry at least 21 calories per teaspoon (not so great if you're watching your waistline!).
Sugar syrups balance out sweetness and wellness, with no carbs, sugar, or calories to think of - and incredible flavor profiles to build a diet-friendly frap.
Some of our most popular skinny iced coffees include:
- Almond Milk Shaken Espresso Dupe - a dash of Chocolate Fudge Brownie Syrup, espresso, and almond milk, over ice, of course!
- The Strawberry Cold Brew, combining Sugar Free Strawberry and Mocha Syrups with cold brew coffee, ice, and skim milk.
- An Iced Caramel Keto Latte, using our famous Keto Salted Caramel Syrup with MCT Oil (who said healthy needs to be boring?).
You can experiment with stacks of other recipes on the Skinny Mixes pages to hack your way to secret menu blends at a fraction of the cost of a takeout coffee!
Alternatives to Using Sugar in Coffee
To give you a decent idea about the calorific boost you get from cutting down on sugar, we thought it'd be great to run through some of the alternatives that you might try.
- Honey: more suitable for people with diabetes and without the hunger spikes of sugar, but with an unfortunate calorie count of 304 per 100 grams! The best honey for health is Manuka, but it'll put a dent in your bank balance too.
- Maple syrup: one of nature's best sweeteners, but at the cost of 52 calories per tablespoon. If you choose maple syrup, be sure to pick up all-natural brands without artificial substances or additives!
- Molasses: sticky, heavy molasses are generally healthier than sugar, with a deep, tangy flavor that some people adore. Watch out on your portions, as one spoonful of about 21 grams contains a whopping 61 calories.
The American Heart Association says we should aim for less than six teaspoons of sugar a day for women and less than nine for men.
Following those guidelines means you can strip back your intake by up to 150 calories, making an easy swap on your journey to create beautiful brews and custom coffees with zero guilt on the side.