Keto Iced coffee

Keto Starbucks Guide: How to Order Low Carb Drinks at Starbucks



 To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

Coffee is one of my favorite things in the entire world. It comforts me, guides me, and gives me a reason to wake up in the morning. Okay…maybe not that extreme, but I think I’m getting my point across.

If you are new to the Keto Diet.. read the ultimate guide here! 

Because of the emotional support coffee gives me, Starbucks has been on my go-to place at least 4-5 a week. Sometimes I have a love affair with a different coffee shop, but during those times, I still supplement with Starbucks.

Keto Starbucks

 I currently live in Turkey and am writing this post at a Starbucks. This Starbucks is just like the one in America. The same flavor, customer service, atmosphere. It’s literally like being back in America….except everyone speaks a different language…. The drinks in Turkey are still customizable to be keto Starbucks. It’s great!

Starbucks is just under 50 years old. The first store opened in 1971. Schultz, the director of marketing traveled to Italy in the early 1980s and was impressed with the popularity of espresso bars in Milan. He decided to create a similar coffeehouse culture in Seattle. One by one, and multiple partnerships later they now have over 25,000 locations worldwide.


Keto Starbucks Cautions:

  • Includes sweetener by default in iced coffees and teas
    •  Make sure to specify a substitute or ask for no sweetener.
  • The whipped cream is not keto friendly! Starbucks, unfortunately, includes vanilla syrup when making their whipped cream.
  • The refreshers come pre-sweetened.
  • The lemonade comes pre-sweetened.
  • The Chai Latte is pre-sweetened.
    • There is a workaround to order a keto friendly Chai Latte. Keep reading to find out.
  • Green Tea Lattes have sugar already included with the mixture.
  • The sweet cream comes pre-sweetened with tons of vanilla, so avoid like the plague.


Starbucks Keto Frappuccino’s

You can ask for any drink blended. It’s good to note though, that it probably won’t bind together. The base is what binds the Frappuccino together is not Keto Friendly.

You can get a light Frappuccino and ask for heavy cream instead of milk and ask for a sugar-free flavor. If you really want a Frappuccino, you can make it happen.

I personally have never tried it. I am an espresso type of person, but I have heard others ordering it, and enjoying it.


Starbucks Keto Tips and Tricks

  • Any milk that is less than 4oz is free. Steaming that milk is also free.
  • The Sugar-Free Syrups are made with Sucralose. If you are sensitive to artificial sweeteners I would avoid.
    • The Sugar-Free Flavors: 
      • Cinnamon Dolce
      • Vanilla
      • Caramel
      • Hazelnut
      • Mocha syrup
  • You can replace milk with a mix of 3/4 water & 1/4 heavy whipping cream. 


Starbucks Keto Tea Options:

Keto Tea Starbucks

  • Any Shaken tea with any keto friendly sweetener. If you don’t want the drink sweetens make sure to tell barista. Starbucks baristas sweeten tea by default.
  • Starbucks has tea infusions. They are concentrated herbal mixes of dried fruit.
  • A tea latte and chai latte’s are 2 different things. I did not know this. It’s very important to know when working your way around the Starbucks menu. 


To get a keto friendly Chai Tea Latte, ask your barista to reconstruct the drink using their brewed chai tea bags ), heavy whipping cream, and sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup


Other Tea Options include:

  • Emperors Cloud and Mist Green Tea
  • Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea
  • Mint Majesty Herbal Tea
  • Passion Tango Herbal Tea
  • Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea
  • Royal English Breakfast Tea
  • Teavana Earl Grey Brewed Tea
  • Teavana Joy (Seasonal)
  • Teavana Organic Chai Tea
  • Youthberry White Tea


I personally love the peach tranquility herbal tea. You can also try all of the teas iced!


Hot Keto Coffee Options

Starbucks at keto


Ingredients: Espresso and Water

How to Make: One of the easiest drinks to make. Brew shots of espresso, and fill with hot water.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Add Cinnamon for extra flavor.
  • Two ounces of heavy cream to smooth the flavor.


Double Shot of Espresso


Two shots of Espresso

How to Make:

Use an espresso maker and grind espresso beans..

Tips and Tricks:

Ask for over Ice, and ask the barista to add a little bit of heavy cream. It tastes amazing.

Hot Coffee

Ingredients: Coffee Grinds

Tips and Tricks:

 Pour over is way better, and studies suggest may be better for you when brewed the pour over the way.  You can also include steamed heavy cream and sugar-free sweeteners for extra flavor



  • Foamed Milk
  • Espresso

How to Make:  For this, you will need a frother.



  • You can make a cappuccino and ask for heavy whipping cream. They may give you weird looks.
  • You can make a Starbucks Cappuccino less calorically dense by asking for extra dry. This makes the foam extra fluffy and light.


An Undertow

Starbucks Drinks

A very yummy treat that is also keto friendly.


  1. Espresso
  2. Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup
  3. 2 Oz of half and a half.

How to Make:

Pour about an inch of cold half-and-half (or milk) into a small cup or glass, then add two pumps of Madagascar vanilla syrup. Prepare espresso and let it brew, then pour over an upside-down spoon so that the hot espresso shots will float atop the cream or milk..


  • Part of the drink is cold milk, and the other part is hot espresso shots which gives an interesting combination of hot and cold.
  • The Undertow is similar to a macchiato, except it is smaller, created differently, and only cost what the shots cost.


Low Carb Flat White


  • Espresso,
  • Steamed Whole Milk


Replace milk with half heavy whipping cream and half water to get the same creaminess as milk. I’ve tried with 100% heavy cream, but it was really dense.. seriously.


Cold Keto Starbucks Drinks

Keto Iced coffee

Cold Brew

Ingredients: Cold Brew Concentrate ( no carbs) and filtered water.

How to Make:

Brewing Cold Brew Coffee is a little bit like brewing beer. Read Starbucks guide here! It is quite interesting. 

Tips and Tricks: None. It doesn’t need any….


Starbucks Keto Food


Keto Food that is Friendly

Most of Starbuck’s food is not Keto Friendly, but you can improvise and make keto friendly. 


They have several biscuit sandwiches, which include but not limited to sausage, bacon, turkey, chicken sausage. I have personally ordered several of these and threw out the biscuit. It’s not too bad, and actually can be enjoyable.

Protein Boxes

  • The protein boxes are a little pricey, and you will be throwing away most of it. However if you are on a time crunch, and are starving they have several options that come with hard boiled eggs, nuts, and cheese.


  • Order without the bread. Enough said.


  • Snacks are ever changing at Starbucks. Some keto friendly snacks that have been there for a while including moon cheese, almonds, and sugar-free mints ( which are really good)

What I eat

They usually have guacamole and mozzarella string cheese sticks in the food section. I get two or three of each and use the guacamole as a dipping sauce for my string cheese. It’s surprisingly fulfilling, healthy, and keto friendly.

What I like

I love a double shot of espresso, with a little bit of heavy cream and one pack of Splenda. It sounds simple but is absolutely amazing

The cold brew at Starbucks is pretty freakin’ amazing and keto friendly. It doesn’t need any sweetener, because the way they brew it makes it very smooth.

The other drink that I enjoy is an Iced Americano with some cinnamon. Simplicity is sometimes best ?


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