Whipped dairy-free low-carb (Dalgona) coffee

Whipped dairy-free low-carb (Dalgona) coffee

Semi-sweet with iced almond milk, this whipped coffee is a low-carb version of a popular caffeinated drink. Known as dalgona in Korea, frappe or whipped coffee in Greece, and beaten coffee in India, you’ll soon know it as a quick and refreshing iced coffee treat.

Whipped dairy-free low-carb (Dalgona) coffee

Semi-sweet with iced almond milk, this whipped coffee is a low-carb version of a popular caffeinated drink. Known as dalgona in Korea, frappe or whipped coffee in Greece, and beaten coffee in India, you’ll soon know it as a quick and refreshing iced coffee treat.
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2 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1½ tbsp 1½ tbsp espresso instant coffee powder
  • 1½ tbsp 1½ tbsp (20 g) erythritol
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp hot, or boiled water
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1½ cups 350 ml unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • ½ cup 125 ml ice cubeice cubes

Instructions

Instructions are for 2 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. For the whipped topping, use either a whisk, handheld frother, or immersion blender with a whisk attachment (the whipping time will be slightly longer using the first two methods).
  2. Stir together the espresso powder, erythritol, and hot water in a pint-sized glass jar, or a narrow glass.
  3. Insert the immersion blender into the glass, and over high speed, whisk for about 3 minutes. As the dark, coffee mixture is whipped, it will double in volume and become a light brown, whipped cream.
  4. Fill a large glass with ice, about ⅔ full. Pour in the almond milk, vanilla extract, and mix together.
  5. Spoon the whipped coffee on top, and stir together just before serving.

Tips

You can replace the almond milk with coconut milk or use both. If you use dairy products, you can also use full fat milk or cream mixed with water instead of the almond milk.

Any instant coffee will work, but espresso is a bit stronger and provides more intense flavor.

The granulated sweetener helps to make the whip more stable. It will not whip well without the sweetener.

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29 comments

  1. Françoise
    almond milk ! marvelous ! really ? how much is its contents on oxalate ? Coffee is OK but not almond ! Coconut milk is ok. Time to inform us on the subject since it is written that you give counsel that we can trust.
    Reply: #4
  2. Xander
    Does it have to be instant coffee? Could you use regular espresso? If so how much of it, I'm guessing 2 tbsps.
    Reply: #3
  3. Kristie Sullivan
    You can use a strong espresso. It may not whip quite as well, but try it!
    ~Kristie

    Does it have to be instant coffee? Could you use regular espresso? If so how much of it, I'm guessing 2 tbsps.

    Reply: #23
  4. Kristie Sullivan, PhD Team Diet Doctor

    almond milk ! marvelous ! really ? how much is its contents on oxalate ? Coffee is OK but not almond ! Coconut milk is ok. Time to inform us on the subject since it is written that you give counsel that we can trust.

    If you prefer to use coconut milk or even 1/4 cup cream with water, those options work well. Those who have had kidney stones or are prone to kidney stones may need to limit the consumption of oxalates, but in general, most people don't need to be too concerned.

  5. Julie
    i liked it way better the second try when i mixed everything together. And i wish i had crushed ice.
  6. Jane Dale
    I’d like to give this a try - but have one question. Should the almond/coconut milk be cold or hot (or would it work either way)?
    Reply: #7
  7. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I’d like to give this a try - but have one question. Should the almond/coconut milk be cold or hot (or would it work either way)?

    Cold or room temp would be fine (if opening a new carton).

  8. Anja Johanna
    Instant coffee + artificial sweetner... honestly?! Doesn't sound very healthy. I'm disappointed to find such a recipe on diet doctor.
    Reply: #10
  9. Mary Czumak
    Omg! Relax people. It's your choice to have this or not. Regarding oxalates... the onus is on you on how much you consume, are you aware of hermetic effects? It's the dosage that counts. Now stop slamming Diet Doctor, because you wouldn't have the knowledge to do this on your own. Trying to appreciate what is provided to you, less judgmental comments are always appreciated. Be kind.
  10. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Instant coffee + artificial sweetner... honestly?! Doesn't sound very healthy. I'm disappointed to find such a recipe on diet doctor.

    Erythritol is a natural sweetener. We recommend avoiding all artificial sweeteners. You can read more in our sweetener guide! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/sweeteners

  11. Jennifer
    could you use Yacon syrup? It is only 4 carbs per teaspoon and low G.I. I think it taste much better than stevia, monk fruit and erythritol. Also, where does one find espresso powder? Thanks!
    Reply: #12
  12. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    could you use Yacon syrup? It is only 4 carbs per teaspoon and low G.I. I think it taste much better than stevia, monk fruit and erythritol. Also, where does one find espresso powder? Thanks!

    Our sweetener guide should be helpful for you! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/sweeteners
    For espresso powder, your local grocery should have it, or there's always Amazon!

  13. renee
    Right on Mary👍
    Reply: #16
  14. Cheryl
    Wow, just tried it! Fantastic! What a nice treat.
  15. romavaccaro
    I love it and have it with almond milk, only once a day or i will be bouncing of the walls, thank you DD
  16. Mary Czumak
    Right?😃
  17. Veneise
    This was a great recipe! A nice treat on a hot day.
  18. Emma A
    Thank you, it was yummy!
  19. Rhonda
    Agree with Emma, this was really good!
  20. Julia
    Love this. Make it only once a week. I agree with Mary. Be kind. We are all doing this for the purpose of losing weight and getting healthy. I trust DD. If you don't want something don't do it. We all have choices.
  21. kathryn
    If I use half and half, what water to h&h ratio would I use? Thanks for the recipe, I have been really wanting to try a Dalgona.
    Reply: #22
  22. Kristie Sullivan, PhD Team Diet Doctor
    Probably the same ratios. It will be creamier if you use heavy cream and will have fewer carbs. Just keep an eye on the increased carb count when using half and half.
  23. Keri Campbell
    What if I don’t ever use sugar in coffee and don’t want it to be sweet?
    Reply: #24
  24. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What if I don’t ever use sugar in coffee and don’t want it to be sweet?

    The instant coffee makes this extremely bitter. If you don't wish to use sweetener, you are free to experiment with omitting it.

  25. Nancy
    Simply...Thank You!
  26. megan.tch
    Hi everyone! I can't get the coffee mixture to froth! I'm using a handheld immersion blender with blades (rather than a whisk) and it usually works just great for whipping cream, coconut cream, etc. The sweetener I have is part erythritol and part monk fruit - it's granulated (called Krisda). Any thoughts? I'm so keen to try this! Thank you!
    Reply: #27
  27. Britta Patterson

    Hi everyone! I can't get the coffee mixture to froth! I'm using a handheld immersion blender with blades (rather than a whisk) and it usually works just great for whipping cream, coconut cream, etc. The sweetener I have is part erythritol and part monk fruit - it's granulated (called Krisda). Any thoughts? I'm so keen to try this! Thank you!

    Sorry to hear that you are having troubles getting this recipe to froth! We would recommend using a whisk attachment as opposed to a blade to help with this. As long as the sweetener is similar volume and granulated (not liquid drops), this should be alright.

  28. Jenny
    Is there any way to save this recipe and others?
    Reply: #29
  29. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Is there any way to save this recipe and others?

    Tap the heart icon to the bottom right of the recipe image to save the recipe in your Favorites. You can also bookmark them :)

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