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How To Enjoy Coffee With NO Added Sweeteners
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How To Enjoy Coffee With NO Added Sweeteners

When people start a sugar detox, we always get one major question: “What can I put in my coffee?!”

Taking the sweetener out of your morning cup can be one of the biggest adjustments when you decide to take a break from sugar. But just because you’re removing sweetener, doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious drink.

Here are some great ingredients to liven up your morning cup without using a sweetener of any kind. Before you know it, you'll wonder how you ever liked drinking your coffee sweet!


If you only break out the cinnamon around the holidays — you’re missing out! Cinnamon is not only packed with flavor, but it helps regulate your blood sugar and prevent spikes and dips.

Adding a pinch of cinnamon will take away some of the bitterness of the coffee. Now, it won’t taste sweet, necessarily, especially if you’re early in the detox. But it will taste a lot smoother and you’ll have that nice cinnamon-y aftertaste to enjoy.

Vanilla Extract

Though vanilla extract smells sweet, it doesn’t contain any sugar. You can add about a teaspoon of extract to your coffee for a faint vanilla taste.

Adding pure vanilla extract is completely different than adding vanilla flavored creamer to your coffee. Vanilla creamers are usually full of artificial ingredients and always come with some kind of sweetener. By adding pure vanilla and a milk of your choice, you get the flavor of a creamer without all the junk.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is so delicious, it seems like it has to be bad for you. It’s just too good! Lucky for us, coconut milk is full of healthy fats and a wonderful dairy alternative. I honestly prefer using coconut milk in coffee and tea because it’s so full of flavor. Without any sweeteners, you get a rich, coconut taste and the creamy consistency holds up to the strongest brew.

Click here to find my homemade coconut milk recipe »

If you don’t like coconut, try almond milk. In coffee, it tastes very similar to skim milk. Plus, almond milk doesn’t spoil as quickly as dairy, so one batch can last for a while.

Click here to find my homemade almond milk recipe »

Unsweetened Recipes You’ll Love

To give you a little coffee inspiration, here are some recipes that use our 3 favorite ingredients, plus a couple more when you want an extra fancy cup o’ joe.

1. Vanilla Iced Coffee


  • •8 oz. brewed coffee (chilled, if possible)
  • •1 tbs. almond milk
  • •1 tsp. vanilla
  • •Ice (enough to fill a glass)


Mix all ingredients in a tall glass. Or blend all ingredients for a frappuccino-like drink.

2. Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee


  • •8 oz. brewed coffee
  • •1 tbs. raw cacao powder
  • •1 tsp. cinnamon
  • •¼ cup coconut milk


Mix all ingredients in a mug. Remember, this won’t taste like a hot chocolate. But it will be full of bold flavors that counteract the coffee’s bitterness.

3. Good for You Pumpkin Spiced Latte


  • •8 oz. brewed coffee
  • •1 tbs. canned pumpkin puree
  • •2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • •½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon


Add all ingredients to a saucepan and cook on low. Whisk and simmer for about 5 minutes or until hot. Pour into a mug and enjoy! Note: Make sure you use pure pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie mix.

With these recipes, you'll never go back to your sweetener. And if you'd like to see even more ways to cut out sugar and get an even deeper detox, you might want to try our 9-Day BDsuperCleanse.

Check out my favorite cleanse to use after a sugar detox »


Deanna Walling
I wonder if Monk fruit is acceptable
Karen Metts
You're Appreciated, Isabel, Thank You!!
Thanks Isabel! I like Maca powder too!
Janel Spencer-Hagy
Oh snap! these are wonderful ideas. Thank You!!!!!
Oh this is super helpful, thanks Isabel!
Araceli Curbelo
Love these! Thank you 😊
Michelle Soler
Love these! Thank you, Isabel!
Tera Madden
Please make Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee a recipe that I can save in my favorites! It looks yummy....