Can you make sugar free dalgona coffee? You bet! This sugar free whipped coffee recipe is easy to make, keto, low carb, and vegan too! You’ll love this dalgona coffee without sugar for a quick and (semi) healthy dessert. Low calorie dalgona coffee for weight loss will satisfy your sweet cravings, and you can even make it caffeine free. You only need 3 ingredients to make the best keto whipped coffee!
Have you tried dalgona coffee (AKA fluffy coffee, cloud coffee, upside down latte, or TikTok coffee)? This coffee drink has taken the internet by storm, partially because it is so photogenic. A layer of sweet and creamy whipped instant coffee floats like a cloud on top of your milk of choice.
My dalgona coffee sugar free recipe uses Swerve, making it no added sugar and lower in calories. It’s cheaper than Starbucks without sacrificing flavor. This skinny dalgona coffee is going to be your new favorite iced coffee, I just know it!
- ⭐ What is dalgona coffee?
- 📋 Dalgona Coffee Calories
- 🥛 Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee Ingredients
- ❓ What can I use instead of sugar in dalgona coffee?
- ☕ How to Make Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee
- 🤔 How to Drink Dalgona Coffee
- 🌡️ Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee Leftovers
- 💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
- 👩🏻🍳 Other Keto Recipes for Drinks
- The Disclaimer…
- 📖 Recipe
⭐ What is dalgona coffee?
Dalgona coffee was named for a type of Korean candy called dalgona, which is made with melted sugar and baking soda. The drink does not actually contain dalgona, but supposedly it tastes like it does. Descriptions of dalgona remind me a lot of Buffalo sponge candy (minus the chocolate coating).
No surprises here, but fluffy dalgona coffee drinks typically include a lot of added sugar. It’s not the sort of thing that would be a mainstay in my diet. I’ve found that sticking to zero-calorie drinks (aside from milk and fruit smoothies) has been helpful both when losing weight and in my weight maintenance.
So, is there a way to make no sugar dalgona coffee? You bet there is, and I’m going to show you how! My version is also caffeine-free.
What you end up with is a lower calorie, lower carb version of the classic fluffy coffee that’s just as tasty as the original. If you love sweetened coffee drinks, you are going to love this treat.
📋 Dalgona Coffee Calories
What are the calories in dalgona coffee? My recipe for dalgona coffee has 80 calories, 1 gram net carbs, and 7 grams protein. This is for sugar free whipped coffee with Swerve and Silk unsweet soymilk. The nutrition information for your dalgona coffee depends on the ingredients you use.
This sugar free dalgona coffee is naturally vegan, low carb, keto, gluten free, and vegetarian. Dalgona coffee with sugar provides 170 calories, 25 grams net carbs, and 7 grams protein. Using a non-nutritive sweetener in dalgona coffee saves almost 100 calories per serving.
🥛 Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee Ingredients
This sugar free dalgona coffee recipe is blissfully simple, requiring only three ingredients (four if you count water):
- Instant coffee granules
- Granular Swerve (Order it here)
- Hot Water
- Unsweetened milk of choice (I used unsweetened soy milk)
You can use regular or caffeine free instant coffee in this recipe. Just make sure to use instant coffee NOT regular ground coffee.
I recommend using a milk with protein to make this coffee drink more filling. Calcium-fortified soymilk and dairy milk are good choices. If you use unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk, try to find one that has added protein.
Maple Hill used to sell a low carb keto friendly zero sugar milk with no natural dairy sugars. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. If you’re on a low carb diet, you will need to use a low carb plant based milk alternative.
I’ve been curious about Swerve, a sugar substitute that is advertised as measuring 1:1 like table sugar. I found sugar substitutes (including non-nutritive sweeteners) to be helpful during my weight loss. Those aiming to lower their carbohydrate intake for diabetes management may also find them useful.
The ingredients in Swerve are erythritol, oligosaccharides, and natural flavors. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is extremely low in calories.
To compare, table sugar has four calories per gram, xylitol (a sugar alcohol) has 2.4 calories per gram, and erythritol has only 0.24 calories per gram. Swerve’s nutrition label claims to have zero calories per teaspoon, as it is rounded down.
If you use gobs of Swerve in your food, of course the calories could begin to add up. Most foods listed as “zero calories” are similar.
The kitchen equipment you need for dalgona whipped coffee are an electric hand mixer, Thermomix, or stand mixer, and a wide-width straw.
❓ What can I use instead of sugar in dalgona coffee?
IMVHO, the best no calorie sweetener for coffee is Swerve. It did measure like sugar in this recipe and had no aftertaste, unlike some non-nutritive sweeteners I’ve tried. You could also use another 1:1 sugar substitute, like the ones containing monk fruit.
Allulose sweeteners are not sweet enough for this recipe, IMO. I’ve seen recipes using sugar-free syrup instead of granular sweetener. However, the coffee layer in whipped dalgona coffee with sugar free syrup won’t be as airy or fluffy.
Can you use stevia in dalgona coffee?
Stevia extract and stevia drops are not 1:1 sugar substitutes, so they won’t work in this recipe. If the stevia is mixed with erythritol to make a 1:1 substitute, it should work for keto dalgona coffee.
Does dalgona coffee work with Splenda?
You can use the Splenda products in this recipe that are 1:1 sugar substitutes. This includes Splenda Original Granulated Sweetener.
Can you whisk coffee without sugar?
You cannot whisk instant coffee to make it frothy for dalgona coffee without something in place of the sugar. You must replace the sugar with a cup-for-cup sugar substitute.
☕ How to Make Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee
First, make the coffee foam. Put 2 tablespoons (each) instant coffee granules, granular Swerve, and boiling water in a large bowl. Whisk it for 2-3 minutes using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer.
It should thicken with stiff peaks and get lighter in color when it’s done.
Pour 1 cup of milk into a large glass. Spoon the sweetened coffee foam on top of the milk.
I garnished my glass with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and cacao nibs in some of the photos, but this is optional. Cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and sugar free caramel syrup would also be nice toppings for dalgona coffee.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
🤔 How to Drink Dalgona Coffee
This layered coffee drink has a lovely presentation. However, for the best taste, drink dalgona coffee by stirring it up! You want the milk and coffee layers to be thoroughly mixed for the best flavor.
🌡️ Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee Leftovers
This is a single serving recipe for dalgona coffee and meant to be made fresh. Your whipped coffee foam may deflate if left in the fridge for too long.
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). The calories in this dessert are coming (pretty much) entirely from the milk. I prefer 2% milk for the taste plus the assortment of essential nutrients that it provides.
It’s easy to make this one keto-friendly or dairy-free depending on the “milk” you use. Using a milk alternative will change the calories and other nutrition information per serving. The nutrition information below was calculated using calcium-fortified unsweetened soy milk.
Sugar substitutes like Swerve are highly refined (though they are considered a natural sweetener). That said, I understand that these products can be a helpful steppingstone during a weight loss journey. I know I found them helpful, though others may do better refraining from using them.
I’m impressed with how much better the sugar substitutes have become in recent years. Let me tell you, I have definitely had some baking disasters in the past with zero-calorie sweeteners that did not measure like sugar!
If you've had similar bad experiences, I hope you’ll continue to experiment until you find one you like. Using sugar-free sweeteners can save you anywhere from 45-60 calories per tablespoon when substituted for honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, or white sugar. The savings can add up quickly, helping you maintain a calorie deficit for a weight loss goal.
Can you use coffee without sugar for weight loss? Plain coffee without sugar is essentially a zero calorie drink and can help support the calorie deficit needed for weight loss. This sugar free dalgona coffee is basically black coffee plus milk, a fine choice for most who are trying to lose weight.
It’s simple to make sugar free whipped coffee vegan. All you have to do is use your favorite non-dairy milk alternative for the milk layer. I recommend choosing one with protein and calcium.
Inka works as a substitute for instant coffee in dalgona coffee, but the foam layer won’t be as airy. Don't use espresso or drip coffee in this recipe; the results will not be good.
If you don’t have electric beaters, use a blender, milk frother, or immersion blender for dalgona coffee. You could also hand whisk the coffee foam, but will take a lot of effort!
Make the coffee foam and process it, along with ⅔ cup heavy cream and ⅓ cup milk, in an ice cream maker. Please note that this will make a very rich and high calorie dessert.
👩🏻🍳 Other Keto Recipes for Drinks
Need some more keto drink recipes? Try these delicious added sugar free drink ideas:
All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.
The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be wildly inaccurate, so please don't sweat the numbers too much.
For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats no sugar post. Let's get cooking!
Sugar Free Dalgona Coffee Recipe (Keto Whipped Coffee without Sugar)
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
- 2 tablespoons Swerve, granular
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 cup milk (unsweetened soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk for keto)
- Put instant coffee granules, granular Swerve, and boiling water in a large bowl. Whisk it for 2-3 minutes using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer. It should thicken with stiff peaks and get lighter in color when it’s done.
- Pour milk into a large glass. Spoon the sweetened coffee foam on top of the milk.
- Serve immediately with wide straws. Sugar free dalgona coffee is best enjoyed with the layers stirred together.