18 July 2019

Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte Coffee Recipe

This skinny vanilla iced coffee recipe is a great way to beat the summer heat.  By making your own sugar free vanilla simple syrup, this iced drink can be made with clean ingredients for a delicious treat that won't compromise your diet.

I am powered by coffee.  My kids know not to even attempt to talk to me until the first cup is gone.  I especially love that first cup every morning in the cold winter, but even in the summer you'll find me sitting on the patio each morning with a cup of hot coffee.

Some people say that it's too hot for coffee in the summer.  I don't need that kind of negativity in my life.  It is never too hot for coffee.

How to make a skinny iced vanilla latte at home. This easy recipe has coffee, a skinny vanilla simple syrup, and milk.  You can make it with almond milk, coconut milk, or cow's milk. This is inspired by Starbucks, but it's under 200 calories and gluten free, low carb, and great for clean eating.  DIY iced coffee and skinny drinks for a healthy homemade drink. #vanilla #icedcoffee

There is, however, a place for an iced coffee.  It's an afternoon treat on a hot summer day.

It's finally supposed to hit the 90s this week, so I figured it was time to make a sugar free simple syrup for this skinny vanilla iced coffee recipe.  

This easy iced coffee recipe can be made in just a few minutes once you make the vanilla simple syrup.  The syrup will last in the fridge for about a week, so you can have a quick treat over the next week.

SKINNY VANILLA ICED LATTE COFFEE RECIPE

This recipe is actually two recipes: a vanilla simple syrup and a skinny vanilla iced coffee recipe.  The simple syrup will take a few minutes to make, but then it's super quick and easy to make each iced coffee when you want it.

If you get this iced coffee drink at a coffeehouse, expect to pay about $4 a cup.  You can make a week's worth of vanilla iced lattes at home for less than you'd pay for one in a coffee shop.

If you get one at the store, it will have (for 16 ounces):

  • 190 calories
  • 2 grams fat
  • 100 mg sodium
  • 30 grams carbs
  • 28 grams sugar
  • 7 grams protein

This lighter or skinny version will have (for 16 ounces):
  • 142 calories
  • 14.4 grams fat
  • 14 mg sodium
  • 3.4 grams carbs
  • 2.05 grams sugar
  • 1.7 grams protein
I calculated the nutrition at 20 servings per batch of simple syrup.  Each serving has 1 calories, 0.1 grams carbs, and 0.05 grams sugar.  I also used almond milk to calculate the nutrition.

My skinny vanilla iced latte coffee recipe has a huge savings in sugars and carbs!  If you use a different type of milk, your nutrition information can and will change.

The iced vanilla latte at the popular place also has vanilla syrup.  The first ingredient in the syrup is sugar.  It also has natural flavors and potassium sorbate.

Natural flavors could be anything.  It could be a vanilla bean.  Or it could be a ground up bug leg.  We don't know.  I hope it's real vanilla, but there's no way of knowing.

Potassium sorbate is a salt that's used in food products as a preservative.  It is generally recognized as safe in its pure form.  However, it can be contaminated with other things that can cause issues.  

VANILLA EXTRACT VS VANILLA PASTE


You can use either vanilla extract or vanilla paste to make the vanilla simple syrup.  Vanilla paste, if you've never used it, is the scraped out innards of a vanilla bean.  It has the little flecks of vanilla and tastes oh so yummy.

You can find it in stores, but it might have added sugar.  If it does, it will be negligible in this recipe, but be aware that it could have sugar.


You can also just scrape the inside of a vanilla bean and make your own paste.  Two inches of vanilla bean innards is about 1 teaspoon.

Or you can do what I did an use vanilla extract.  If you do, be sure to real a real one and not an artificial one.  I make my own, so I usually use that.

I also have a bottle of Mexican vanilla that has a more complex flavor.  I save that for special treats like this skinny vanilla iced latte coffee recipe.


STEVIA EXTRACT


I used stevia extract as my sweetener.  I usually use coconut sugar as my preferred sugar substitute, but coconut sugar can be difficult to dissolve.  You'd have to heat the vanilla simple syrup to get it to dissolve.


XANTHAN GUM


Xanthan gum is a natural thickener and emulsifier.  Without it, your vanilla simple syrup could separate.  If you don't use it, just shake your syrup before you use it.


COFFEE


You'll want to use a strong coffee for this vanilla iced latte recipe.  I brew some extra in the morning and stick it in the fridge.  French roast, Arabica, and Colombian are all strong types of coffee.


If you're worried about caffeine, use a caffeine free coffee or use half and half.  I sometimes use half and half because caffeine in the afternoon really affects me. 

MILK CHOICE


Use your favorite milk for this recipe.  You can use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or cow's milk.


I've made this with both almond milk and half and half.  I prefer the half and half, but I do like it with almond milk.

SUGAR FREE SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE


DIRECTIONS



STEP #1  


Puree all ingredients in a blender.  I use my Ninja blender, and I love that thing.

STEP #2


Place in the fridge up to a week.  You can store it up to a week.


SKINNY VANILLA ICED COFFEE RECIPE


INGREDIENTS


  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup milk choice
  • 1/8 cup vanilla simple syrup
  • ice

DIRECTIONS



STEP #1


Fill a cup 3/4 full of ice.  

STEP #2


Pour over the milk choice, vanilla simple syrup, and coffee.  Stir well.

How to make a skinny iced vanilla latte at home. This easy recipe has coffee, a skinny vanilla simple syrup, and milk.  You can make it with almond milk, coconut milk, or cow's milk. This is inspired by Starbucks, but it's under 200 calories and gluten free, low carb, and great for clean eating.  DIY iced coffee and skinny drinks for a healthy homemade drink. #vanilla #icedcoffee

The skinny vanilla simple syrup takes a few minutes to make, but this skinny iced vanilla latte takes no time at all to make.

Now that you have your delicious coffee, you must carry it in a cute tumbler.  Here are six that I found on Etsy.


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How to make a skinny iced vanilla latte at home. This easy recipe has coffee, a skinny vanilla simple syrup, and milk.  You can make it with almond milk, coconut milk, or cow's milk. This is inspired by Starbucks, but it's under 200 calories and gluten free, low carb, and great for clean eating.  DIY iced coffee and skinny drinks for a healthy homemade drink. #vanilla #icedcoffee






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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.