15 Healthy Ways to Sweeten and Flavor Your Coffee
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee to lift their spirits up! Anyone else guilty of indulging in toffee nut lattes over the winter? And a couple of pumpkin spice lattes in the fall? There’s just something about flavored coffee that is very hard to resist- even for those who aren’t coffee people. But, unfortunately, store-bought flavored coffees are just oozing with sugar, calories and artificial flavors. No, no and no. While we love a cup of black coffee as much as the next person, sometimes it’s nice to spice up our morning cuppas with a little flavor. So we thought about it long and hard about our favorite flavored coffee but making it with sugar and cream is one habit we all must ditch. Here are 15 healthy ways to add a little dazzle to your coffee that we are definitely on board with!
For those who don’t like flavor but want their coffee a little sweet, opt for a teaspoon of raw honey.
Add a dash or a whole lot of this superfood to your coffee. It’s a natural spice that will make your coffee healthier and more flavorful.
If you’re looking to add sweetness without a lot of flavor, try pouring a bit of coconut milk into your cup of coffee. You’ll also get a healthy dose of vitamins C, E and B, antioxidants, magnesium and iron.
Pure Maple syrup:
While this one tends to be associated with pancakes, using it as a sweetener will do wonders to your coffee. The sweet nutty taste is just enough to make you forget about those sugar-filled toffee nut lattes. Make sure to buy PURE maple syrup.
Unsweetened cocoa powder:
Ditching mocha was never an option. Adding a spoon of cocoa powder to your coffee, sweetened with raw honey will make you question the fact that your cup of mocha is actually healthy.
If you like gingerbread, then adding ginger to your coffee will give you a similar taste! Add a few slices of fresh ginger or a tablespoon of ginger powder to your coffee. Ginger also has the added benefit of being a natural digestive aid.
For all those vanilla-flavor lovers, vanilla extract or vanilla bean are actually natural alternatives for vanilla-syrups. Add just a pinch in your coffee and you’re good to go.
Cardamom is commonly added to coffee in the Middle East. Adding a couple of seeds or sprinkling a dash on your coffee is enough to give it a very exotic taste.
Coconut sugar is another natural alternative to regular sugar, with the added bonus of its nutty undertones to give your cup of coffee a little flavor.
To move one step beyond cocoa powder, try adding a square of dark chocolate at the bottom of your cup then pour coffee over it. When the chocolate completely melts, stir it in with the coffee and you’ll have a mouth-watering combination of mocha and hot chocolate.
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte:
Once you fall in love with PSL there’s no going back. Here’s a healthy recipe to make this favorite at home
- ½ cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice (mix together cinnamon-ginger-allspice-clove-nutmeg)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon raw honey
- 1 or 2 shots of espresso or brewed coffee
- Extra cinnamon
- In a saucepan mix together the almond milk and pumpkin puree and heat on the stovetop OR mix in a cup and microwave for 1 minute
- After mixture is heated, add in the vanilla extract, pumpkin-pie spice, and honey.
- To get a creamier texture, you can then use a frother to foam the milk or place in blender for 45 seconds.
- Add a dash of cinnamon on top and enjoy hot!
The sweet nutty flavor of almonds will give your coffee a natural flavor, add raw honey and you’ll have a fully sweetened and flavored cup of coffee.
You can use date paste to sweeten and flavor your coffee. You can buy ready-made date paste or soak dates for an hour and then blend them.
Toasted Coconut Flakes:
Instead of the brown sugar we’re used to sprinkling on top of our lattes, try sprinkling toasted coconut flakes for a surprise flavor with every sip.
Add a couple of cherries (cranberries work too) in your cup of black coffee. This will give it a natural sweetness with a strong fruity flavor.