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.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
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 your coffee beverage. Did you know that a regular grande mocha has 35 grams of sugar and 43 grams of carbohydrates! That about the same amount of 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.
- shaker bottle – optional
- frother – optional
- 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.
HOW TO MAKE COPYCAT STARBUCKS SKINNY MOCHA
STEP 1: MIX THE MOCHA TOGETHER
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.
STEP 2: TOP WITH TOPPINGS
Top with fresh whipped cream and drizzle of chocolate syrup.
STEP 3: FOR ICED SKINNY MOCHA
Want a cold drink instead? For the iced option, pour mixed ingredients over ice, and then top with whipped cream.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
- To change up the flavor of this skinny mocha use a different flavor 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, 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.
- Light Whipped cream
- Sugar-free chocolate syrup
- Sugar-free caramel syrup
- Dusting of cinnamon
- Peppermint Mocha Frozen Whipped Cream
- Frothed milk
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes. Starbucks is no longer making the bittersweet skinny mocha sauce they used to make this beverage.
Starbucks Skinny Mocha was made with espresso, a bittersweet skinny mocha sauce (with Sucralose), non fat milk topped with steamed milk.
Yes. You could use strongly brewed coffee in place of espresso for a similar flavor.
Yes. If you don’t want it as sweet as Starbucks, you can omit the sweetener.
Yes! You can sub your favorite dairy-free creamer and leave off the whipped cream.
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.
MORE COFFEE RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY
- Dulce de Leche Coffee Frappe
- Sugar Free Carmel Latte
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Peppermint Mocha White Russian
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.
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Saturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 1.1g
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.
This recipe was first published May, 2014 and has since been updated with additional photos and step by step details, March 2022.
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