Decadent coffee drinks are delicious. But when you consider all of the indulgent ingredients (heavy creams, sugary syrups), they aren’t exactly the healthiest bevs on the block. Our solution? Go the BYOB (be your own barista) route with simple, natural recipes that taste even better than the artificial stuff. From an ultra-easy vanilla extract to corn syrup-free marshmallows, we’ve rounded up 10 of the tastiest ways to feed your caffeine cravings in a healthier way. Cheers!
1. Homemade Vanilla Extract: Most “pure” commercial extracts still have artificial dyes and added corn syrup (AKA sugar). This one, made with just vodka and vanilla beans, is easy to make and tastes ultra gourmet. (via Will Cook for Friends)
2. Caramel Coffee Syrup: Even the most basic cup of java can be deliciously transformed with a flavored syrup. Unfortunately, most of the store-bought stuff is loaded with corn syrup and preservatives. This recipe calls for just three ingredients and zero nonsense. Win. (via Sprinkle Some Sugar)
3. Homemade Fluffy Marshmallows: Earn yourself some major kitchen cred by making these corn syrup-free marshmallows. Toss ’em in your hot tea or coffee for a rich, frothy drink. Or, pop them in your mouth for a quick sugar fix. We promise we won’t judge. (via The Clever Carrot)
4. Coconut Whipped Cream: Who knew this whipped cream could actually be good for you? When you make it using coconut milk, you’ll get a hefty dose of antioxidants, healthy fats (omega-3 and 6) and vitamins C, E and B. Talk about a guilt-free indulgence! (via Tastes Lovely)
5. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix: This fall, go for a healthier take on the seasonal favorite. This one’s made with real spices and has no preservatives and zero added sugar. We can’t wait to sprinkle it on whipped cream or coffee to get in the autumnal spirit. (via Kitchen Treaty)
7. Homemade Baileys Irish Cream: Vegan or lactose intolerant? Coconut milk makes an awesome base for a dairy-free creamer. Bonus: it’s a rich source of good fats and has a healing effect on the digestive tract. (via Oh She Glows)
8. Homemade Frappucino: These frothy treats are typically loaded with diet-ruining ingredients. Take control with this healthy alternative. Even the simple switch from whole to soy milk cuts the sugar content in half! (via The Pioneer Woman)
9. Looseleaf Tea: Don’t just stop at java. Your DIY coffee bar is the best place to house ingredients for custom-made tea. Think dried fruits, tea leaves and toasted coconut. Unlike pre-packaged teas, you’ll know exactly what’s in your mug. (via Smart Nutrition)
10. Flavored Honey: We’re big fans of infused water, but we’re not stopping there. Make your own fancy honey flavored with fruits, spices or herbs. Use raw honey to make this sweetener free of preservatives, additives and sugar. (via Williams Sonoma)
Which one of these healthy recipes is first on your to-do list? Let us know in the comments below.