Copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha

Copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha is a rich and flavorful espresso coffee with a hint of chocolate that you can make at home. If you are a fan of café mocha, then you will love this keto-friendly copycat Starbucks version of the regular mocha beverage! This was my favorite low-carb beverage that I liked to treat myself while shopping.

You too? Well, you were most likely super disappointed to hear that Starbucks discontinued the skinny syrup that is used in the coffee shop version of this lightened-up mocha! That’s where my recipe comes in handy! Now, you can make your favorite drink at home and enjoy all the rich and creamy goodness of your favorite espresso beverages low carb style. Enjoy it hot or over ice.

Be sure to check out this copycat Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher and this Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso too.

Starbucks skinny mocha coffee drink with whipped cream.


If you love the regular Starbucks Mocha but don’t enjoy the long lines and high price tag, then this homemade recipe on the lighter side is 92 calories and 5.5 carbs per serving. It’s quick, easy, and best of all, much cheaper than the original. Plus, you can customize it to your liking by adding more or less cocoa powder.

  • Low Calorie – There’s no need to order a high-sugar drink at Starbucks when you can make this sugar-free or low-calorie drink at home with fewer calories (just 92) than the 670-calorie mocha frappé.
  • Money-Saving – Do you want to save a little money by drinking coffee at home? Enjoy these drinks for a fraction of the cost of a coffee shop.
  • Healthy – This drink is made with wholesome ingredients that are good for you.
  • Time-saving – No need to wait in long lines at your favorite coffee shop when you can make this flavorful Starbucks skinny mocha at home.
  • Allergy-Friendly – This homemade mocha is easy to make dairy-free if you have an allergy.
  • Low Carb Keto Diet approved – Perfect for those that want 0g sugars in their coffee beverage. Did you know that a regular grande mocha has 35 grams of sugar and 43 grams of carbohydrates? That is about the same amount as a can of Coca-Cola. That’s a lot of sugar and carbs in a drink. To put the grams in perspective, 35 grams of sugar is about 9 teaspoons of sugar! This sugar-free version only has 5.5 grams of carbs. What a difference.


  • mug
  • shaker bottle – optional
  • frother – optional
Ingredients to make copycat Starbucks skinny mocha beverage.


  • espresso, hot or chilled. Learn how to make handcrafted espresso made without a machine in this Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso post.
  • sugar-free hazelnut creamer or sugar-free syrup. I like Torani brand zero sugar hazelnut syrup. See the recipe card for more details.
  • nonfat milk
  • cocoa powder
  • sweetener, sugar, or monk fruit (optional). For me, the creamer sweetens up the drink perfectly.
Top view of skinny mocha topped with whipped cream.



Add espresso or extra strong coffee, sugar-free hazelnut creamer, cocoa powder, and sweetener (if using) to a large container. I use a Mason jar or cocktail shaker. Shake until combined and return to the mug.


Top with fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.


Want a cold drink instead? For the iced option, pour mixed ingredients over ice, and then top with whipped cream.

Copycat Starbucks skinny mocha in a clear mug.


  • To change up the flavor of this skinny mocha use a different flavor of coffee creamer.
  • Sugar-free caramel sauce makes a great replacement for this drink.
  • Milk options – Use unsweetened almond milk instead of non-fat milk, skim milk, or coconut milk for a dairy-free option, half heavy cream with your favorite milk for a keto version or use whole milk.
  • You can use heavy whipping cream or half-and-half in place of the creamer with hazelnut syrup if you are not a fan of creamer.
  • Skinny vanilla latte – add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract without the cocoa.
  • Sugar-Free peppermint mocha – add 1/4 teaspoon of sugar-free peppermint syrup for a peppermint mocha.


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Did Starbucks discontinue Skinny Mocha?

Yes. Starbucks is no longer making the bittersweet skinny mocha sauce they used to make this beverage.

What is in the original Starbucks Skinny Mocha?

Starbucks Skinny Mocha was made with espresso, a bittersweet skinny mocha sauce (with Sucralose), non fat milk topped with steamed milk.

Can I make this without espresso?

Yes. You could use strongly brewed coffee in place of espresso for a similar flavor.

Can I make this without sweetener?

Yes. If you don’t want it as sweet as Starbucks, you can omit the sweetener.

Can I make this dairy-free?

Yes! You can sub your favorite dairy-free creamer and leave off the whipped cream.

Can I make this with another kind of milk?

Yes. You can use any type of milk you like in this recipe. Try unsweetened vanilla almond milk or cashew milk for a different flavor profile.

Homemade mocha coffee ready to drink.


When Starbucks coffee discontinued the skinny syrup, I knew that I would need to find a way to make a copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha recipe that was just as rich and creamy. Oh man, did this coffee drink turned out amazing! It’s such a delightfully indulgent coffee drink, but without all the sugar and much lower in calories too. You are going to be so glad to have this homemade skinny mocha recipe in your arsenal of copycat Starbuck recipes.

What is your favorite Starbucks beverage? Do share! I need a new challenge and will make a light version for us.

Copycat Starbucks skinny mocha espresso beverage topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate.

Copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha

Copycat Starbucks skinny mocha lightened up! Rich and creamy beverage without all the sugar and carbs. Save some bucks and enjoy this keto friendly beverage anytime.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha, Keto Mocha, Skinny Mocha
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 cup of espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar free hazelnut creamer
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder unsweetened
  • Monk fruit or stevia to taste optional


  • Prepare espresso or strong coffee.
  • Add coffee, creamer, milk and cocoa in a large mason jar or cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously or until ingredients are well blended.
  • Pour in a mug and top with fresh whipped cream and additional chocolate syrup.


To serve iced, fill large glass with ice and pour premixed beverage on ice. Add whipped cream if desired.
Can't find hazelnut creamer? Use hazelnut sugar free syrup instead. Add 1 teaspoon of syrup to 1/2 cup of half and half or heavy cream.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.5g | Protein: 1.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.


Copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha has all the flavor without all the carbs and sugar. Enjoy anytime. #copycat #EasyRecipe #Mocha #Sugarfree #LowCarb #ketoDiet
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  1. Sugar-free international delight liquid creamer is 20 calories per tablespoon. Your recipe calls for 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons). Please help!

    1. Hi Gail! Are you trying to lower the calories or sugar content? In the recipe card I share a tip to use sugar free hazelnut syrup to make your own creamer. Torani brand has two varieties of sugar free syrup. To lower the calories you can use a unsweetened almond milk in place of cream. Hope this helps.

  2. I hate spending money at Starbucks! LOL I love being able to make my favorites right at home and this recipe was perfection!! Thank you!