So you have the keto thing down no problem when you cook at home, but when you go out to eat, things can get pretty tricky. Sometimes you might just decide just to skip the restaurant entirely if you’re not sure of its menu options, but skipping out on Starbucks? Well, is that really ever an option?

The good news is that you don’t have to give up your beloved coffee run. The java giant offers plenty of keto-approved caffeinated drinks so you can have your morning pick-me-up, while still staying true to your diet.

Overall, keep in mind when ordering any drink at a Starbucks or another coffee shop, you’re going to need to order sugar-free, since sugar is basically just carbohydrates. Also, order heavy cream or coconut or nut milk instead of regular milk. That will help you customize most drinks to be more in-line with keto, but here are a few fully keto-friendly drink ideas to get you started.

And when in doubt, just ask! It’s unlikely you’re the first keto customer your barista has encountered. Tell them your favorite drink and they might be able to come up with a keto-compliant version just for you.

Also see, 10 Starbucks drinks under 100 calories.

Black Coffee

Would anyone actually stick to a diet that doesn’t include coffee? Thankfully, black coffee is totally keto-friendly. With zero sugar, and only five calories per serving, black coffee might be just the thing you need. If you don’t love the intensity of straight black coffee, it’s okay to add a splash of heavy cream and a squirt of sugar-free syrup to take the edge off.

Pink Drink

If coffee isn’t your thing, it’s good to know that Starbucks’ Pink Drink doesn’t have a lot of carbs either. It’s basically Starbucks’ passion fruit iced tea with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup and heavy cream. Ask for it blended or over ice if you prefer. It’s only about 1oo calories too, so keto or not, the Pink Drink is a favorite of Starbucks’ weight-conscientious fans.

Tea (cold or hot)

Any Starbucks tea — hot or cold — is a safe bet as long as you skip the sweetener. Of course, if you simply need a touch of sugar, go for the Stevia instead.

Chai Brewed Tea

If it’s a ton of flavor you’re after, go for the chai-brewed tea, and add heavy cream. Just make sure it’s the freshly brewed chai tea (it should come with a tea bag) and not any prepackaged type of drink which will surely contain loads of sugar. Add a few pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon for peak chai tea flavor.


The good news is, your basic Americano is nearly keto-friendly. Just order it with heavy cream instead of milk. Ask for a sugar-free sweetener or add Stevia by yourself at the prep bar — most Starbucks have it readily available.

Keto-Friendly Frappucino

If you miss your pre-keto days, when you used to order Grande sugar bombs with whip cream piled high and chocolate drizzles, ask your barista to mix up a keto-friendly Frapp instead. Starbucks employee are used to getting similar custom orders, but if they want clarification, order a Frapp made with unsweetened almond, coconut milk, or heavy cream. Then choose whatever sugar-free flavoring you would like (cinnamon and vanilla are usually always available). Feel free to top it off with heavy whipping cream if your numbers for the day allow.

Skinny Cappuccino

A cappuccino is really simple to begin with — just espresso and milk. So just request heavy cream instead of regular milk and you’re good-to-go with this heavy dose of caffeine.

Also see, This is what the different Starbucks apron colors mean.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.