It only makes sense to offer a sugar and dairy-free beverage recipe after criticizing Starbucks for its lack of options. Ironically, I’m writing this while sitting in Starbucks drinking a black blond roast that unfortunately kept me up all last night. The solution to my exhaustion due to the four hours of broken sleep I got? Drink another black blond roast from Starbucks, of course.
Anyway…this recipe is very simple and you can modify it as much as you want!
Ingredients for one serving:
- A mug of 3/4 water and 1/4 nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- A generous tablespoon of unsweetened baking cocoa powder
- Dashes of cinnamon
- Coconut whipped cream (I didn’t know this was a thing until recently, but it changed my life!!)
Pour the mug of water/nondairy milk into a small pot. Set to medium heat and allow it to heat up.
Once it’s hot, but before it starts to boil, take it off of the stove. Add the baking cocoa powder and as much cinnamon as you’d like. Stir.
Then pour the hot cocoa into your mug and top with coconut whipped cream and more cinnamon.
You can use sweetened nondairy milk and/or natural sweeteners such as maple syrup or coconut sugar.
If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it!
Up until a few weeks ago, I was frequenting my local Starbucks daily to get out of the house while I job-hunt and study for the GREs. I didn’t stop visiting Starbucks because of the cost necessarily, although that probably should’ve played a more significant role…
I stopped going to Starbucks primarily because of my sugar-free diet. Mid-PSL season, I realized that nondairy options are not sugar-free too. This is because all nondairy milk at Starbucks is unfortunately sweetened.
Due to this realization, I thought that meant I could only consume black coffee, tea, or matcha lattes with hot water instead of almond milk. To my dismay, I now understand why people were disappointed with Starbucks’ matcha powder: the matcha is impure because it’s also sweetened!
It’s appalling to realize that Starbucks doesn’t go beyond American consumers’ desires, which are unfortunately wedded to sugar and dairy galore. Why they don’t offer organic coffee, serve coffee in ceramic mugs to patrons that are staying in the establishment, and provide unsweetened nondairy milk already is beyond me.
Until they do so, if you want to be sugar and dairy free and enjoy Starbucks, you can only enjoy black coffee or their variety of teas. Or you can bring your own unsweetened nondairy milk with you. Or better yet, you can stop going to Starbucks altogether and make your organic coffee with unsweetened nondairy milk in a ceramic mug at home. Then you can take your beverage to a local library and be productive there.
Are you sugar/dairy free? What is your go-to beverage at Starbucks?
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