Did you know a grande vanilla latte at Starbucks has a whopping 35 grams of sugar? That's the same exact amount of sugar in a 12 oz. classic Coca Cola! 🤯 Whether it be for weight loss or wellness goals, you might be trying to kick the sugary coffee habit. But finding a replacement to add a bit of sweetness to your coffee without the massive spike in sugar can be tricky.
Today, I'm sharing 3 natural zero sugar sweeteners that you can use in your coffee!
Monk fruit sweetener (or monk fruit extract) is a naturally zero calorie and zero sugar sweetener derived from monk fruit that's estimated to be about 150-200 times sweeter than regular sugar. It often comes in granular or "sugar packet" form that can be stirred into your coffee. Monk fruit also tends to have a more mild flavor than other sweeteners. Some sweeteners, such as stevia, have been noted to have an odd aftertaste. This can come down to a personal choice, however I personally prefer the taste of monk fruit sweetener.
To get a boost of sweetness and protein, you can stir in one scoop of my zero sugar, pasture-raised protein powder. My protein powder uses pure monk fruit extract as the only sweetener, making it naturally zero sugar. Plus, using the chocolate flavor will give your coffee mocha vibes.
You can test out my zero sugar protein powder in your next cuppa HERE.
Stevia is another natural zero sugar sweetener that can be used in coffee. It often comes in either a liquid or "sugar packet" form that can be stirred into coffee. Stevia tends to be much sweeter than monk fruit at about 200-300 times the sweetness of regular table sugar. However, stevia is often "cut" with other sweeteners like dextrose, so it's important to always check the ingredients label for these sneaky sugars.
The one major con of stevia is that many people strongly dislike the taste. I ran a poll on my Instagram regarding stevia, and the majority of voters preferred the taste of monk fruit to stevia. But some people love stevia, so it really comes down to a taste preference. I'm personally not the biggest fan, but I share my preferred stevia brand with THIS blog post.
When your taste buds have adjusted to not adding in hyper-palatable sweeteners into your coffee, it's amazing how heavy cream can make it taste so smooth and sweet - especially if you add in a drop or two of vanilla extract! If you're following Intermittent Fasting, you'll want to stick to no more than one total tablespoon of heavy cream in your coffee during the fast.
And if you're feeling a little adventurous, you can make my homemade "vanilla latte" style coffee using heavy cream. It's so frothy, delicious, simple to make and has ZERO sugar! You can check out the recipe with the video above.