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Swap the Starbucks: 17 Skinnier Recipes Worth Sipping

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12/13/2012 6:00 PM   :  21 comments   :  57,778 Views

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The modern coffee house has become the de facto office space for thousands of work-from-home Americans, including yours truly.  When I need to change of scenery or to interact in-person with other human beings, my local java joint is my go-to option.  The people-watching is decent and I will often bump into a friend, which approximates the traditional water-cooler conversation. It’s also a place for nutritional choices and I often find myself struggling to stick to the program. Whether it’s the sweet aromas or the attractive displays, many of the items in the forefront are loaded with calories and easily put me over the top on my daily sugar intake. not to mention how terrible I feel later.  Even worse are the hidden calories in my original favorite drink, the latte. I thought I was being so healthy, because there was no minimal sugar, only to find out how many calories are in the deceptively large servings. I am happy to share, however, that I have learned a lot over the last year to take control of the coffee house menu to make it work for me and my health needs. 
  • Grab a cup of tea instead of coffee. Mix multiple tea bags to create a unique flavor. My favorite blend is green, mint and chamomile.
  • Try an Americano, which is espresso and hot water, instead of espresso and milk (a latte). My go-to holiday choice is an Americano with a splash of eggnog. 
  • Order a small (Starbuck's calls this "Short") or kid’s size serving of your favorite drink. That way you get all the flavor, but with fewer calories.
  • Try sugar-free syrups or using non-fat milk instead of full fat milk.
  • Order a mini or petite size dessert. 
I also took the challenge to find my favorite coffee house recipes made from home with healthy ingredients. If you go to a coffee shop regularly like I do, these recipes will save you money and will help you reach your health goals. Grab your favorite book or journal and warm up with one of these recipes. 
 


Iced Coffee


Faster, cheaper and just as rich and delicious but so much more healthy than the restaurant versions. Try substituting the unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze almond milk.

CALORIES: 58.4  |  FAT: 3.5g  |  PROTEIN: 1.3g  |  CARBS: 10.5g  |  FIBER: 1.2g

Mock Frappuchino or Mocha Latte


Easy way to enjoy coffee and chocolate without leaving the house.
 
CALORIES: 150.5  |  FAT: 1.4g  |  PROTEIN: 8.6g  |  CARBS: 22.7g  |  FIBER: 1g



Simple Spiced Chai


This is how I make chai when I need something warm that makes me feel enveloped in comfort without the added calories of my former addiction: hot chocolate. It's spicier and lighter in taste than any chai from a coffee shop.
 
CALORIES: 91.1  |  FAT: 2.7g  |  PROTEIN: 4.4g  |  CARBS: 13.3g  |  FIBER: 1.4g



Low Cal, Low Fat Eggnog


CALORIES: 70.1  |  FAT: 2.3g  |  PROTEIN: 5.9g  |  CARBS: 7.7g  |  FIBER: 0g



White Chocolate Peppermint Latte

 
Try this delicious 70 calorie decadent treat and celebrate the season.
 
CALORIES: 63.6  |  FAT: 0.8g  |  PROTEIN: 0.4g  |  CARBS: 13g  |  FIBER: 5g
 


Skinny Caramel Macchiato


Simple way to enjoy a coffee shop specialty.
 
CALORIES: 77.5  |  FAT: 1.6g  |  PROTEIN: 3.2g  |  CARBS: 12.8g  |  FIBER: 0.1
 
Fat Free Vanilla Coffee Creamer Substitute

A homemade coffee creamer substitute free of fat and lower in calorie than store bought. It has protein and there is nothing artificial.

CALORIES: 14.5  |  FAT: 0g  |  PROTEIN: 0.5g  |  CARBS: 2.8g  |  FIBER: 0.1g
 
Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte

There aren't a whole lot of nutritious warm pumpkin beverages. I'm not a coffee fan, but this is delicious.

CALORIES: 123.6  |  FAT: 0.5g  |  PROTEIN: 8.7g  |  CARBS: 19.5g  |  FIBER: 0.5g

Homemade Baked Goods



Espresso Biscotti


CALORIES: 149.4  |  FAT: 7.2g  |  PROTEIN: 2.7g  |  CARBS: 19g  |  FIBER: 0.8g



Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies


Pumpkin is subbed for butter in this lowfat treat! Cranberries and almonds add flavor and nutrition.
 
CALORIES: 64.3  |  FAT: 1.2g  |  PROTEIN: 1.6g  |  CARBS: 14.4g  |  FIBER: 1.3g



Chai-Spiced Banana-Nut Muffins with Candied Ginger


These spicy banana-nut muffins are packed with flavor but not sugar. Candied ginger stands in for sugar.
 
CALORIES: 183.5  |  FAT: 10.1g  |  PROTEIN: 3.1g  |  CARBS: 24.6g  |  FIBER: 3.2g



Oatmeal Scones


Oatmeal-brown sugar scones.
 
CALORIES: 155.6  |  FAT: 8.3g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 24g  |  FIBER: 1.7g



Raspberry-Lemon Scones


Scones are perfect for weekend house guests, hostess gifts, or picnics. Traditionally made with loads of butter and cream, mine use far less butter--and whole-grain flour.
 
CALORIES: 180.3  |  FAT: 5.3g  |  PROTEIN: 5.7g  |  CARBS: 30.1g  |  FIBER: 4.9g



Apple Coffee Cake


Apples and raisins provide the moistness, which means less oil can be used in this low saturated fat, low cholesterol, and low sodium coffee cake.
 
CALORIES: 182.3  |  FAT: 4.6g  |  PROTEIN: 2.8g  |  CARBS: 33.8g  |  FIBER: 1.9g
 
Quick & Simple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

A simple and easy coffee cake.

CALORIES: 126.7  |  FAT: 5.1g  |  PROTEIN: 2.2g  |  CARBS: 18.1g  |  FIBER: 0.4g



Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies 


Indulge your sweet tooth by biting into crisp mini chocolate cookies packed with melted pockets of chocolate chips.
 
CALORIES: 41.8  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 0.7g  |  CARBS: 6.5g  |  FIBER: 0.4g



Mint Chocolate Chip-Oat Cookies


You'll never know these cookies are lower in fat! Customize your cookies by using any flavor of "chips" you prefer.
 
CALORIES: 69.2  |  FAT: 2.9g  |  PROTEIN: 0.8g  |  CARBS: 12.5g  |  FIBER: 0.3g

 

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


This is inspired by Starbucks' low fat chocolate chip banana bread and is great with coffee. Although many of the ingredients are low fat, the bread comes out very moist.
 
CALORIES: 149  |  FAT: 4g  |  PROTEIN: 2.8g  |  CARBS: 27.2g  |  FIBER: 1.3g

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Comments

  • 21
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I usually use a half cup of regular coffee, a half packet of instant cocoa (like Swiss Miss) and a half cup non-fat milk, mixing the cocoa in the hot coffee, then adding the milk and ice. If I need it, I'll add a spoonful of instant expresso. - 1/28/2014   7:35:56 AM
  • REMAREIS
    20
    yummy - 1/8/2014   6:02:37 PM
  • 19
    Thanks for the yummy looking recipes. Will give them a try soon. - 10/13/2013   3:01:44 AM
  • 18
    As a teenager, I worked in a local coffee shop where I was surrounded by temptation all of the time! I figured out how to brew my coffee beverages and drink them too (without putting on extra pounds). I always tried to share my coffee with someone else and I would make one large version of whatever we were craving that day with coconut milk instead of any of the others available and then I would use a sugar free syrup...then spilt the one drink into two cups and fill it the rest of the way with water or flavored coffee. I still pull this trick...EVEN at McDs. :-) order 1 large specialty drink and 1 large regular coffee, ask for an extra cup and. mix up the magic!


    SIDE NOTE: My boss actually added coconut milk to the menu after I got a bunch customers interested in it. Don't be afraid to ask your local coffee shop to make changes for the better. - 3/21/2013   1:25:31 AM
  • 17
    I don't really care for Starbucks at the best of times. I don't like uber-sweet beverages, and their coffee tastes like butt.

    I DO, however, like the idea of blending teas. I'm going to try that green mint chamomile next time I have to meet friends there!
    - 2/1/2013   10:07:02 PM
  • JCSUPERSTARX
    16
    Thank you for this! - 12/27/2012   3:16:03 PM
  • 15
    What a wonderful blog!!! - 12/22/2012   5:41:22 PM
  • SUCCESSHEL
    14
    I just discoverd using light vanilla latte muscle mild in place of creamer, it whitens, sweetens and is WAY WAY less calories and sugar. plus a bit of protein. win win - 12/18/2012   9:04:15 AM
  • 13
    I had to save to favorite. Wonderful ... just wonderful. So much information, I'll be enjoying far into 2013.
    - 12/16/2012   5:57:56 PM
  • 12
    When I am craving the iced coffees-I take a pumpkin or vanilla coffee pod with
    ice in my cup & a Purvia sweetener then add fat free almond milk & maybe a
    little fat free whipped cream-YUM! - 12/16/2012   8:08:39 AM
  • 11
    thank you! - 12/15/2012   7:04:44 PM
  • RASIRE
    10
    I love substitutions of my favorite snacks, etc. It really helps! Thanks! - 12/14/2012   11:11:20 AM
  • 9
    Wow! I could open up my own coffee house with all that information, lol! - 12/14/2012   8:16:12 AM
  • 8
    I found the copycat recipe for the Oatmeal Fudge bars and substituted a few things:
    Instead of 1 cup butter, I used 1/2 cup of apple sauce and 1/2 cup butter
    Instead of 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, I used 1 can of low fat sweetened condensed milk and topped up with fat free evaporated milk to make 14 oz
    Instead of 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips I used very dark chocolate (90% cocoa)

    I was happy with the result - here's the original recipe if you want to try it.

    www.food.com/recipe/copycat-of-star
    bucks-oatmeal-fudge-bars-466134
    - 12/14/2012   8:11:32 AM
  • 7
    My number one tip for anyone living in the UK? Consider boycotting Starbucks: they don't pay fair taxes for the profit they make out of us! UK customers are deserting Starbucks outlets up and down the country in droves - we are tired of major corporates dodging taxes at our expense. :big grin: - 12/14/2012   5:34:41 AM
  • 6
    These are treats I crave... I love the suggestions! - 12/14/2012   5:30:44 AM
  • ESOLAROS
    5
    I really loved this. I am a huge starbucks drinker and this was great. I am going to try it and I really liked the idea for swapping for a short kids cup! - 12/14/2012   12:57:29 AM
  • 4
    So happy to see a substitue for my favorite Starbucks drink, the white chocolate peppermint mocha! Looking forward to trying it. - 12/13/2012   10:34:49 PM
  • 3
    Vanilla soy milk and hot chai is wonderful. If you want to froth milk or soy milk, you can use a frother or even a French press, add hot milk and "churn." A better "Americano" is the Itliano, which is made by putting water in first and then espresso on top. It really does make a difference, but what re3ally makes a difference is the quality of the coffee. Ran a coffee shopfor a while and mhy barista was champion here and number 12 in the world. My first barista is know reighning world champion. - 12/13/2012   9:25:49 PM
  • 2
    Good. - 12/13/2012   6:42:08 PM
  • 1
    I LOVE chai lattes, but can't deal with all the sugar - so I buy chai tea bags, add nonfat milk, and some stevia - all the flavor and a fraction of the calories! - 12/13/2012   6:38:24 PM

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