The dalgona coffee TikTok trend has everyone’s attention, and for a good reason — it’s delicious. The creamy iced coffee drink may look keto-friendly, but it’s loaded with sugar.
Luckily, with just one simple adjustment, you can make this South Korean whipped coffee recipe keto-friendly without losing the creamy texture and decadent taste. So, what is dalgona coffee, exactly? And where did it begin to take the world by storm?
What is Dalgona Coffee?
Dalgona coffee is a rich, creamy coffee drink that originated in South Korea. The trick (and what differentiates it from other iced coffee drinks) is that the coffee is whipped to creamy perfection.
Then, the coffee whip is added to a glass of icy cold milk.
But there’s a problem with the original recipe. Most of them call for up to 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. That’s 26 grams of carbohydrates and 98 calories. And, frankly, sugar isn’t great for your immune system right now.
Instead of sugar, this keto dalgona recipe uses monk fruit or Swerve, which both boast zero calories and 0-4 carbs per teaspoon. Not bad considering they’re both sweeter than sugar without the glycemic load. So, you don’t even need as much.
How to Make Keto Dalgona Coffee
Are you ready to try some keto whipped coffee?
Grab a large bowl and your ingredients and let’s get started.
To begin, add two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of monk fruit, and two tablespoons of hot water to a large bowl.
Using a hand mixer, whip ingredients together for two to three minutes, until the mixture has thickened and turned light/golden brown.
Next, add one scoop of Perfect Keto Vanilla MCT Oil Powder, and then whip for an additional minute.
Add ice cubes and your milk of choice to a glass, pour your coffee mixture over the ice, and enjoy.
Keto Dalgona Coffee FAQs
Does the type of coffee matter?
Unfortunately, you cannot use normal coffee grounds or brewed coffee. It just won’t whip up. And when experimenting in the Perfect Keto Test Kitchen, we realized our delicious instant coffee won’t whip up properly either.
That’s why we added a bit of the Vanilla MCT Powder to the mixture once it’s whipped. You’ll get some extra keto-friendly fats and the lightly sweet vanilla taste of the powder.
What kind of keto sweetener is best?
We used normal granulated monk fruit with no problem, but some people recommend using the confectioner’s sugar from Swerve. That said, sticking with monk fruit or swerve is probably best.
Stevia is even sweeter than both of these and it can be tricky to get the amounts balanced.
When to enjoy Keto Dalgona Coffee
The dalgona coffee is so popular because of its creamy decadence. Because it’s so rich, you can easily enjoy this as a midday “snack” or in the morning before breakfast.
If you feel like creating a total at-home keto breakfast experience, pair your iced coffee with one of these keto-friendly recipes:
- Sweet Chocolate Chaffles
- Keto Chaffle Breakfast Sandwich
- Savory Breakfast Sausage Balls
- Low-Carb Breakfast Casserole
- Crustless Quiche
- Keto Power Breakfast
Health Benefits of This Keto Dalgona Coffee Recipe
#1 Boosts Your Energy and Performance
It may sound obvious, right? Coffee to boost your energy — what a novel concept. But aside from the fact that coffee can give you a little wake-up call, research shows that caffeine can actually boost physical performance as well[*].
That means you not only have more energy for your workout, but you can perform better too.
In addition, this dalgona coffee recipe has a little secret ingredient that will provide you with even more immediate energy —MCT oil powder.
MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) are processed by your liver differently than other forms of fat. Because they can be sent directly to your liver, when you consume MCTs, they provide your body with a near-immediate flow of energy.
What’s more, research shows that MCT consumption can enhance endurance by increasing the size of your mitochondria[*].
#2 Replaces Sugar with Antioxidants
This keto dalgona coffee recipe skips the granulated sugar and opts instead for monk fruit sweetener as a sugar substitute.
Keto Dalgona Coffee
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 cup 1x
- 1 scoop Perfect Keto Vanilla MCT Oil Powder
- 2 tablespoons Instant Coffee
- 2 tablespoons monk fruit
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- ½ cup unsweetened milk of choice
- Add instant coffee, sweetener, and boiling water to a large bowl.
- Using a hand mixer, whip ingredients for 2-3 minutes until mixture has thickened and turned a light golden brown color.
- Add Perfect Keto MCT oil powder and whip for an additional minute.
- Add ice and milk to a glass. Pour in the whipped coffee. Stir to enjoy.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 83
- Fat: 8 grams
- Carbohydrates: 7 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Protein: 0
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