Starbucks exists to sell flavored coffee that is great…unless you are on a carb controlled diet. It is not a question of do flavored coffees have carbs? It’s more like how many carbs are in flavored coffee, and how can I reduce them?
By the time you have finished reading this, you will be reaching for your spice jar and roasted coffee beans and making your own healthy carb free flavored coffee.
Ready to find out just how many carbs there are in those liquid cakes?
What Are Carbohydrates?
Alongside fats and proteins, carbohydrates, are one of the macronutrients that your body needs for energy. Carbohydrates are the starches, fibers, and sugars found in our diet that we digest and, in turn, our body processes and turns carbs into sugar.
Low carb diets can be good for kick starting a diet that leads to weight loss. It is said that low carb diets are difficult to sustain due to your body using carbs as the main source of energy.
I have found that when I am on a very low to almost zero carb diet, my body burns fat for energy as it goes into a state of ketosis, burning ketones for energy. As you reduce your carb intake, it would probably be a good idea to increase healthy fats like coconut oil.
Do Flavored Coffees Have Carbs?
Black coffee, coffee in its raw, most basic and natural form, has very few calories with only 3 per 12 ounce cup of coffee. The carb benefits are obvious – zero carbs in Caffe Americano.
What ever you may add, or your local coffee shop may add to your coffee, including flavored syrups, sugar, milk, whipped cream, chocolate sauce or whatever it may be, is adding calories and carbohydrates to your cup of coffee.
The carbs added to your coffee to make flavored coffee using flavored coffee syrups are simple carbohydrates. This means they are not quite ideal for diabetes or diets. These syrups are loaded with sugar. These syrups are made by dissolving flavoring and sugar in hot water. When the liquid cools, it becomes the syrup used to flavor coffee.
Is Flavored Coffee Keto?
The flavored coffee that you get as part of your morning or mid-afternoon coffee routine at your local gourmet coffee house is most certainly not going to be keto or anywhere close to Keto-style coffee.
If you want to make your flavored coffee using the same method that the franchised coffee shops make, then you need to make sure the flavored syrups are sugar-free syrups. These flavorings are loaded with sugar and thus are loaded with carbohydrates and not compliant with a ketogenic diet.
You can make your own syrups using the numerous sugar alternatives like stevia, xylitol, agave and flavorings. You could, if you wish use natural sugars like coconut sugar, unrefined cane sugar, rapadura and use less sugar to make the syrup – honey is also an option.
I’m not an expert on the low-carb, ketogenic diet but, I am pretty sure using natural sugars and less of them will have less carbs and not quite ketogenic but still much better than those from the franchise coffee outlets due to fewer carbohydrates and thus reducing your carb intake.
To aid your weight loss, you could also look to using the pumpkin, cardamom, cinnamon and coconut.
Does Flavored Coffee Have Calories?
and how many calories depends on how you flavor your coffee. Flavoring using the sugar loaded syrups turns an almost calorie free black coffee to one with around 95 calories assuming 3 pumps of syrup and 2 sugars.
You can get them down to almost zero calories if you flavor them naturally.
What Are Flavored Coffee Beans?
This is something to give serious consideration to – flavored coffee beans. This far better then the hazelnut coffee or vanilla latte at your local Starbucks as they are referring to the use of flavored syrups.
Far better are flavored coffee beans that have been roasted with hazelnuts or vanilla beans. The calories with flavored beans are much lower, with almost no added calories.
How To Make Your Own Flavored Coffee Beans
It is super effortless to make your own flavored coffee beans from home. All you need are very freshly roasted coffee beans. By freshly roasted, I mean right of the roaster fresh. Literally you can’t buy them in the shops.
You will either have to roast your own or order them from one of your local roasteries and have them call you once they are ready.
For a number of reasons, at Latte Love Brew we encourage you to roast your own beans and get in on the home roasting revolution.
You will need a proper and professional coffee cannister that is airtight and has a one way valve.
As your freshly roasted coffee beans are de gassing chop the natural item that you wish to flavor your beans with, be they hazelnuts, almonds, vanilla beans, or cacao pods.
You then place them in your coffee cannister with your freshly roasted beans. As they are de-gassing the gas, carbon dioxide, will escape via a one way valve. The beans will then take on the flavor of the item that you have added to the coffee cannister alongside your coffee beans.
The result is no added calories and delicious naturally flavored coffee.
This is also much better and healthier than flavouring your coffee beans with flavored oils.
Frappé-Ing It All Up – Do Flavored Coffees Have Carbs?
It is entirely up to you how many carbs are in your flavored coffee. It is not a question of “do flavored coffees have carbs” It is a question of how many – none if you flavor your beans naturally and about 95 of you flavor with 3 squirts of syrup and 2 sugars.