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Healthy Iced Coffee

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Olena Osipov
5 from 15 votes

Healthy Iced Coffee with almond milk, sugar free, low calorie, and much cheaper and healthier than Starbucks.

On a hot summer day pour yourself a tall glass of iced coffee and save $4. Alternate between frappuccino and kombucha, do so for a month and buy yourself a pair of Lululemon pants. Genius! 🙂

Healthy Iced Coffee Recipe

Healthy Coffee

Healthy iced coffee made with cold (leftover) coffee, almond milk and without any added sugar. On a hot summer day, it will satisfy your late afternoon craving. Pair with sugar free cookie or zucchini brownie, and it’s pure mid-summer heaven!

Homemade iced coffee is much cheaper and healthier than Starbucks iced coffee. Same goes for egg bites. Not to mention, easy to make any time of the day or year.

Ingredients for Iced Coffee

  • Coffee: Quality of coffee beans matters. To achieve most flavorful coffee, buy coffee beans and grind yourself at home. Also organic is a healthy choice as coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides. Good news is it is not much more expensive.
  • Milk: Use any milk like almond milk, dairy, coconut, rice, soy or hemp milk. My latest obsession is Califia Farms. So tasty on its own, especially with a slice of carrot cake or gluten free pumpkin cake!
  • Ice: Ice is a must for this recipe. Don’t skip. 🙂

iced coffee in a glass with a straw

How to Make Iced Coffee

  • Save coffee: If you brew coffee at home, do not discard any leftovers. Refrigerate for up to 2 days and make iced coffee recipe. For less watered down coffee with ice, freeze some coffee in an ice cube tray.
  • OR Brew and cool down coffee on the counter: Do not pour hot coffee over ice as it will melt it immediately.
  • Combine and stir poured cold coffee, milk and vanilla extract over ice.
  • Enjoy immediately!

Variations for Healthy Iced Coffee

  • Flavors and spices: Add cinnamon, nutmeg or more (or skip) vanilla extract.
  • Turn into affogato: Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream in a serving glass. Warm up coffee, milk and vanilla mixture in a microwave until hot. Pour the hot coffee over the ice cream.
  • Liquid sweetener: Add maple syrup or agave to taste if you are craving a tad of sweetness. It has less prominent taste and dissolves better than honey.
  • Dry sweetener: If you would like to use a bit of sugar or any keto sweetener like monk fruit etc., make sure to stir it with hot coffee to help dissolve. It will not dissolve in cold liquid.
  • Cocoa or cacao powder: Whisk in with a fork or small whisk 1-2 tsp with hot or cold coffee for that mocha flavor.
  • Ratios: Change the ratio of coffee to milk. 50:50, 30:70 or whatever you want.

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Enjoy this healthy coffee!

Healthy Iced Coffee

Healthy Iced Coffee {Better than Starbucks}

Healthy Iced Coffee with almond milk, sugar free, low calorie, and much cheaper and healthier than Starbucks.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 glass
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1/2 - 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup coffee cold
  • 1/2 cup any milk I used unsweetened almond
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a tall glass, add ice, coffee, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Stir with a long spoon, adjust to taste and enjoy immediately.

Store: Do not throw away "old" coffee. Refrigerate for up to 2 days and when ready combine all ingredients and make a healthy iced coffee.

    Notes

    • Do not pour hot coffee over ice as it will melt it immediately.
    • Freeze coffee in ice cube tray and use for more concentrated iced coffee.
    • My favorite plant-based milk for coffee is Califia Farms unsweetened almond milk.
    Iced coffee variations:
    • Flavors and spices: Add cinnamon, nutmeg or more (or skip) vanilla extract.
    • Liquid sweetener: Add maple syrup or agave to taste if you are craving a tad of sweetness. It has less prominent taste and dissolves better than honey.
    • Dry sweetener: If you would like to use a bit of sugar or any keto sweetener like monk fruit etc., make sure to stir it with hot coffee to help dissolve. It will not dissolve in cold liquid.
    • Cocoa or cacao powder: Whisk in with a fork or small whisk 1-2 tsp with hot or cold coffee for that mocha flavor.
    • Ratios: Change the ratio of coffee to milk. 50:50, 30:70 or whatever you want.
     

    Nutrition

    Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 161mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. I agree 100% is better than Starbucks if you do your own coffee. You can easily adjust to your taste too.

    2. What ground coffee suits best with Unsweetened Almond Milk?
      Colombian or Ethiopian?
      Loving the blog keep it up!!

    3. 5 stars
      Amazing recipe! Added a bit more soya milk and some stevia but other than that this is my favourite iced coffee recipe. Thank you so much!!

    4. 5 stars
      Hi Olena – so happy to have found you! One tip for those that feel the ice waters the coffee down – with your extra coffee make some ice cubes to keep on hand for your ice coffees. I always fill the cube with about 2/3 coffee and 1/3 creamer or half n half or milk. Also – I love the Sweet Drops Stevia – comes in variety of flavors.

    5. 5 stars
      This recipe seems so simple to be so amazing, but it is literally amazing! So easy to make at home and so delicious!

      Would definitely recommend trying it! I’m going to make it everyday now haha

    6. 5 stars
      I have been searching the internet for good healthy iced coffee recipes. Yours is the first that I actually like. It was amazing and I look forward to making it every morning.

          1. I like medium to medium dark roast coffee, preferably organic. My favourites are Ethical Bean, Kicking Horse, Seattle’s Best or when I’m out Starbucks Blonde or Pike Place Roast.

    7. I looooove iced coffee! It’s actually the only way I’ll drink it. I came up with my own iced mocha recipe (which is posted on my blog) but I always feel guilty if I have it too often because I know it isn’t very healthy. I never even thought to use almond milk before. I think I’ll try your recipe next time and use a little chocolate syrup as the sweetener. Then it’ll be a bit healthier! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    8. I just started doing this. I use Caramel Macciato flavored coffee from Starbucks and Vanilla Almond Milk. It is so good on those sticky humid Southern mornings.

      1. Glad you like it, Suzanne! It’s so simple, cheap and tasty. You can vary this iced coffee as much as you like. Next time I will try it with whipped coconut cream on top. Stay cool.:)

    9. Your coffee shots look like they could be hanging inside of a Starbucks:)
      I love iced coffee! All year around.:) I usually use TJ’s almond milk too, but I never thought to add vanilla extract. Will try it tomorrow. 🙂

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