To be frank of all Franks, Starbucks usually isn’t my go-to coffee shop. It’s a great place to stop for dessert—“dessert coffee” is what I call it, but not my early morning ritual pick-me-up. When Starbucks rolled out their pumpkin spice sweet cream cold brew, I figured I try it. I like my coffee sweet, but not too sweet. To my surprise, it was quite refreshing, actually. The sweet cream mostly stays on top of the coffee, so as you sip, you get a tiny taste of the decadent smooth cream before it perfectly mixes with the small sip of coffee, sliding in harmony right before it passes your lips— Quite dramatic right? Well, I enjoyed it.
When it comes to keto, my demise would have to be coffee. How? Well, if you have read my latte recipes, they’re usually not the “unadulterated, adult way” of drinking coffee. So, trying to stay on a sustainable keto diet is HARD because I do need my coffee slightly sweet.
I’ve been experimenting ways to create keto-friendly recipes, and well, since it’s fall, why NOT make a keto Starbucks copycat?
To my credit, this isn’t exactly a Starbucks copycat. Infact, I don’t even know what’s in their recipe.
Here’s my recipe for the Pumpkin Spice Sweet Cream Cold Brew – keto friendly!
Heavy cream: Heavy cream is my main ingredient for most of my keto creamers. Unsweetened, of course, but for some reason when it is whipped, my taste buds tricks me and it gives off a slight sweet taste. Plus, it thickens and foams nicely.
Pumpkin puree: Unsweetened. Use pumpkin puree insead of pumpkin pie mix if you want it keto-friendly. The mix usually has sugar in it already.
Apple Pie Spice: I prefer to use apple pie spice rather than the pumpkin pie spice. With the pumpkin puree, I don’t want it to taste TOO pumpkin-y. The hint of the “apple pie” acidity compliments the thick pumpkin puree.
Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup: I like to use the sugar free vanilla syrup instead of vanilla extract. The vanilla extract is too strong, and it doesn’t sweeten the cream to the taste I am expecting.
Favorite cold brew: This recipe can actually go with any coffee – cold brew, espresso, hot, DECAF.
If you enjoyed this recipe, you can check out my other latte recipes here