10 Ways To Upgrade Your Coffee Without Sugar (Dairy-Free)

10 Ways To Add Flavor To Your Coffee Without Sugar

Discover How To Create Healthy Flavored Coffee

I am a coffee expert, not the kind that’s visited the coffee farms of Brazil or knows every detail about fair trade, not even the kind that worked as a Barista (which I think I would love!). Instead, I am the Queen of Coffee Hacks. As a gal that lost 70 pounds wearing a coffee cup on my cape, I know a thing or two about drinking coffee without adding unwanted sugar! I may not be able to conversate about the state of the coffee bean, but I sure can throw down ideas about creating zillions of concoctions that taste glorious without 70 grams of sugar. Let’s get down to business, shall we?


A drop of two of flavored extract can change your Java world. You can flavor by the cup, or add 1 tsp to your ground coffee in the brew basket, either one works! Vanilla, Chocolate, Almond, Rum, Orange (yes, it is better than you think), or any other flavor your brave pants want to try! Brew your grinds like normal and add a drop of extract to change the flavor up. Note: A little dab will do you, start with just a drop, too much and you’ll have an alcohol flavor (not the good kind either!). If you are using a creamer try adding a few drops to your creamer for easy, homemade flavored creamers.


A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla adds a sweet, uplifting flavor to your coffee. You can simply add a dash to your hot coffee, not fancy steps needed–yay!

Some blends, like the ideas below, are best if you flavor your grounds before you brew. Just add your favorite spices to your coffee grounds and brew, super easy!

Viva Natural’s Cacao Powder is delicious and it’s gluten-free, non-GMO, and organic. I get it on Amazon in a 1-lb bag here.



Just add 1 TBSP (a bit more if you like a strong dark chocolate flavor) to your ground coffee and brew as usual.

Instead of paying $7 for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, make your own at home! Save 400 calories and spend that extra dough on a pedicure:) Pumpkin Pie Spice can be hard to find after the holidays are over, either grab it online or stock up around as soon as you see them hit the shelves. This Frontier PPS is under $4 on Amazon and free shipping when you add it to a Prime order.

Add 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice to your coffee grounds before you brew.


Tear open a flavored tea bag and add the leaves to your ground coffee before brewing. Blueberry, Peppermint, Vanilla, the combinations are endless. Tea bags contain no additives or chemicals, making them the perfect healthy coffee flavoring.


It doesn’t need to be the holiday season to enjoy a peppermint latte. Add a drop of peppermint oil to your cup for a minty cup of yum. Caution: peppermint flavor can quickly become overwhelming, so start with a small drop. I use doTERRA’s peppermint essential oil, but an extract would work well too.


This is not the lowest calorie suggestion I have, but it might be the tastiest😉. Add a 2 inch square to the bottom of your coffee cup, pour hot coffee over and stir until blended. To reap the health benefits choose a dark chocolate that is at least 72% cacao. Dark chocolate has an array of benefits including; boosting brain power, increasing mental alertness, and reducing cardiovascular inflammation (I list all these to say, go ahead and drink this Hot Chocolate!).

Add 1 Square of Dark Chocolate to your Coffee


I love creamy coffee, but my gut issues make creamer akin to a death sentence. Adding cream to my coffee ensures me a day in bloated hell. In my quest (I say quest because it took me YEARS to find alternatives I could truly enjoy) to find a creamy counterpart to my half and half, here are some with love, Heather tested and approved options:


Dairy-Free Creamer! nutpods® is a dairy-free creamer made from heart-smart almonds and coconuts. Vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly. nutpods® was born out of founder Madeline Haydon’s personal search for a dairy-free creamer that could replicate the smooth, rich taste of real cream without the lengthy list of additives. This creamer doesn’t taste exactly like half and half, but it is a delightful alternative and a welcomed option to those of us who can’t have cow’s milk.

Dairy free nut milk is often a sorry excuse for the real thing. They can be weak and never tan your coffee enough to really feel like you’re having coffee with cream. For me, nutpod works, and I am a tough critic. I like that they offer French Vanilla and Hazelnut, that adds a bit of pizzazz (this word always makes me crave pizza). nutpods are great for those choosing to eat; gluten-free, Non-GMO, Whole30 Approved, Vegan. They are not super sweet, so I added a Stevia, but I think lots of you would enjoy it as is.

Use your nutpods in our Strawberry Sorbet, too.


Butter in my coffee? YES! Adding unsalted, grass-fed butter is the perfect way to turn your coffee into a 4 hour, brain boosting, super java. The “grass-fed” and “unsalted” variety are key to making this creamy, silky coffee. Using high-quality beans, brew your coffee like normal. Place your hot coffee in a blender or similar machine and add 1-2 tbsp butter. Using a blender is key, hand stirring will not create the creamy, frothy, goodness you are looking for.


I prefer canned coconut milk because it is thick and adds the same creaminess as my beloved half and half did. Here is the brand I prefer.


You’ll typically find Coconut Whipped Cream in the freezer section of your grocery near Cool Whip, or you can make your own. Coconut Whipped Cream adds a subtle coconut flavor while. If you love “treat coffees” then a dollop of this will thrill you.

Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of Cacao powder.


I am a Laird Superfood Creamer ENTHUSIAST! I make no bones about it, I love this stuff! It makes your coffee as creamy as if you’d used Half and Half. Lucky for us it is gluten and dairy-free.

Laird Hamilton, who you probably know as a world class surfer, is also an avid coffee lover.  Laird tailored this superfood creamer to optimize his physical performance. If Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reese use it for performance, I’m pretty sure it will be okay for me and my occasional walk around the block😉.

The flavor reminds me of a decadent, sweet, Coconut Creme coffee. I don’t typically love coconut flavored coffee, but I LOVE this💕.

Laird Superfood Creamer


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