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Turns Out My Favorite Keto Starbucks Order Was NOT Keto at ALL

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Hi there! It’s Angie, Collin’s sidekick, and someone who’s here to warn ya so that you don’t make the BIG sugary mistake I did! 😬

I’ve been loosely following a keto diet for the last couple years and, like many people, get a craving for a sweet treat now and then. Back when I first started the diet, I was really craving a Starbucks Frappuccino but knew that those drinks contained a high amount of sugar, and were SO not keto. However, since my fave is the coffee-flavored Frapp… I was on a mission to keto-fy this order.

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I ordered a coffee frappuccino, specified no syrup and to add in Splenda instead. For an extra dosage of fat, I asked for heavy cream rather than the traditional whole milk as well.

I thought my order was brilliant and would be a perfect keto treat.

It was sooo good! I was in keto heaven or so I thought…

This order became my go-to and I had it several times a week to satisfy my sweet cravings. 😳

On one trip to Starbucks, I decided to watch the barista craft my new favorite drink and noticed that even though I asked for “no syrup”, they pumped some flavoring liquid into the frappuccino. I was a bit confused so I asked what was being added to my drink. She informed me the recipe for a Frappuccino actually doesn’t include syrups but instead their Frappuccino base.

…And guess what’s a huge percentage of the Frappuccino base? SUGAR!

starbucks frappuccino with splenda packets

So basically, the entire time I thought I was enjoying a sugar-free blended keto-friendly drink, I was consuming quite a bit of liquid cane sugar. My keto frappuccino wasn’t so keto after all.

Luckily, you don’t have to make the same mistake I did so if you’re looking for the right way to order a keto frappuccino, follow these ordering cues and check out our Starbucks ordering guide for more yummy keto drinks.

Also, here’s how to order Stetson’s favorite Starbucks drink that is totally keto-friendly!


Frapp at home with our homemade keto Frappuccino recipe!

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Comments 19

  1. Jenifer

    I am not a Starbucks regular, so ordering Keto makes me nervous. It is a lot to pay for it not to be right. I like it frapp style too!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Hopefully this post can help you order Keto, Jenifer!

  2. Terrie Jimenez

    I ordered the new Keto friendly white tea one no cane sugar sf dolce heavy cream cinnamon i opted out stevia because it was already delicious

    • JENNIFER l MENDOZA

      im a Starbucks manager qould never add the syrup since you were very specific on your ingredients also that person obviously didnt get the concept of your drink at my store which is in a tom thumb we pay very close attention and we listen and ask question dont give up theres still some smart assertive baristas who do care

    • Deb

      Since changing to a keto life for almost a year now.. sweets of any kind are so amplified for my taste buds. Unsweetened cranberry juice is a sweet treat, grapefruit is like a winter orange. I find a lot of the commercial items that use Splenda, or Swerve, or other sugar substitutes. Are too sweet for me now, and there’s a nasty aftertaste, I can’t wait to try this.

      • Mellissa

        Deb – I feel the same way. I can’t even do splenda and stevia now because it is entirely too sweet. It’s amazing how quickly our bodies change from the need of sugar. The other day I drank black unsweetened cold brew and I was like OMG this is fine. I dont even need the milk (well in my case soy).

  3. A former barista

    Order this:

    Coffee frappuccino
    No frappe base
    No coffee
    1-2 shots of espresso (depending on size)
    Sugar free vanilla (or other sugar free syrup of your choice)
    Substitute heavy cream
    Sugar free mocha
    No whip

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you!

    • Tracy alexander

      I’ve been ordering:
      Cold brew add SF vanilla
      For foam use whole whipping cream with SF Vanilla and salt added. I like it with the sip lids!

  4. Travis

    Yes almost all their flavors have sugar in them for my keto drink I get iced coffee with sugar-free raspberry syrup and heavy cream.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That sounds yummy, Travis!

  5. Done With Starbucks

    It’s almost impossible to avoid sugar at Starbucks. I’ve had workers tell me that their matcha powder even has sugar in it so it’s not diet friendly. I was ordering green tea latte with cream and between the baristas arguing with me that cream doesn’t belong and a latte and lying to me about the sugar content, I’m done.

  6. SavingMama

    Haha, yep! The infamous “base”…but some Starbucks would include that as a syrup and craft accordingly. Tropical Smoothies pump a “base” into their smoothies, too, regardless of the no sugar added direction. Anyone who is diabetic should take caution at these places because the worker’s will have your low carb choice at 100+ carbs (typical meal would be around 35-45; )

  7. Devin

    I order
    Iced coffee with heavy cream
    Half Sugar free vanilla
    Half sugar free cinnamon dolce
    So good!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That does sound good! Thanks for sharing your favorite order with us!

  8. Melenda

    Just be careful starbucks heavy cream has carbs…ask the barista

    • RachelH

      Not any more than any other cream . . . the whip cream has vanilla syrup (sugar), but not the liquid cream.

  9. Keri

    Great read! Thank you for bringing this into light.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Keri! SO glad this was helpful!

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