A glorious cloud of whipped coffee: Dalgona Coffee made with espresso and NO sugar. Better tasting than the original and ready in 2 minutes! (dairy-free, sugar-free, keto, Paleo & Vegan)
What is Dalgona Coffee?
Ok I jumped on the bandwagon. After seeing images floating around the internet. It's everywhere. Tik tok, Facebook, IG. Have you seen it?? This breathtaking fluffy, whipped substance. I had never seen such a thing, much less heard the word Dalgona a few weeks ago!
Perhaps since the world is all at home right now, we're eager to try new recipes 🙂
Since I'm a serious coffee addict, I finally decided to see what all the hype is about, but with my own spin! VERDICT: It’s SO GOOD you guys!
What is it?? Dalgona Coffee is basically whipped coffee on top of milk.
It is NOT regular brewed coffee. This is *instant coffee* which is actually freeze-dried (and reconstitutes once mixed with water.)
You can drink it iced or hot, but my preference is iced and cold as an afternoon pick-me-up!
Light and airy, fluffy and foamy, rich and velvety. It's totally worth the hype!! As delicious as it is beautiful.
What does Dalgona Coffee taste like?
Tastes Like a Coffee CLOUD!
This reminds me of Starbucks COLD FOAM, but in reverse! Instead of having milk foam on top, Dalgona's top is a strong coffee-flavored foam.
I've heard from a lot of people that tried the original version that it's "intense," "strong" and "bitter". But MY version tastes better! Way less intense than the original recipe since I use half the amount of coffee. And I use espresso instead of instant coffee, which has a better flavor IMO.
When you take a sip, you'll get a bit of the soft fluffy whipped foam, the flavor of espresso, a little sweetness, along with the cold milk underneath.
It's a taste sensation like none other. Better than Starbucks (and way cheaper and healthier to boot!)
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Making Dalgona SUGAR-FREE/Keto
The original recipe has 4 Tbs of white sugar. (omg!) You know I'm not doin' that.
It turns out, the sweetener is totally *unnecessary* to the creation of the whip. It's for taste only.
So I tested it out with a sugar-free alternative and much to my delight, it worked PERFECTLY.
You can adjust the amount of sweetener to your own preference, or if you like black/STRONG coffee, completely leave out the sweetener if you dare 😉
How long does it take to make?
Coffee in less than TWO MINUTES
This version is quicker than the others I’ve seen, which say to whip for 5 minutes (or more!) Mine only took about 1 minute!
This recipe is easy to make and quicker than waiting for a cup to brew.
With just 3 simple ingredients (plus water) you don't have to have super barista skills to whip up this beauty! It's EASY and quick!
3 Simple Ingredients
You don't need a ton of ingredients to make Dalgona whipped coffee. Here's what I used to make my new and improved keto version:
- Medaglia d’Oro Instant Espresso
- I prefer the flavor of espresso over instant coffee which can taste old/stale/off to me.
- You can find it on Amazon as well as in some grocery stores in the coffee aisle.
- This is the same espresso powder I use in my Keto Frappuccinos, 10-Minute Tiramisu, Coffee & Cream Pie, and Cappuccino Cream Tart!
- Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Granules
- A delicious sugar-free sweetener with NO bitter aftertaste
- Use code PRETTYPIES to save 20% on your entire order
- Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew Milk
- This is my favorite milk to use in my coffee every day (both hot and cold!)
You also need a little water and ice, but do those count, right? 😉
Dalgona Coffee Substitute Ingredients
If you don't have instant espresso, you can sub Instant Coffee, just use a high quality brand for best flavor and freshness!
Side note, instant coffee supposedly makes the coffee whip creamy rather than foamy. I haven't verified this, but it may be a plus if you prefer a thicker cream rather than a light and airy foam 🙂
Any other granulated or powdered sweetener should work fine, such as:
- Swerve or Erythritol
- Powdered Monkfruit
- Coconut Sugar or Raw Sugar (I would blend this in a blender so it's not too coarse to dissolve)
Liquid monkfruit drops or stevia drops would probably work, too. I do enjoy these with my iced coffee, but for some reason the flavor isn't my favorite with hot coffee.
How to Make Whipped Coffee
It doesn't get much simpler than this:
Step 1: Place your sweetener and espresso into a large mixing bowl (the bigger the better because it does tend to splatter.
Use an electric hand mixer for best results. A stand mixer with a whisk attachment would work too (but I would double the recipe so there's enough in the bowl for the whisk to reach!)
Step 2: Whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. It should only take about 1-2 minutes on high.
You'll see the color turn from dark brown (basically coffee) to a light brown (fluffy foam) like below.
Once it's nice and thick, it's done. Grab a spatula to get ready to scoop that glorious foam 🙂
Step 3: Prepare a glass of iced milk of choice. Remember to leave room for all the foam!
Step 4: Spoon whipped coffee on top and gently stir milk to incorporate (I used a straw). You probably want to keep a straw or something handy to help stir in the foam so it mixes in. Otherwise it will just sit on top.
Then sip and savor the caffeinated deliciousness. 🙂
But wait! Wanna jazz it up a little bit?
With less than ONE net carb per serving, this is a delicious trend you need to try!
Don't forget to leave a comment below if you make it. I'd love to hear what you think!
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Keto Dalgona Coffee (with espresso!)
- Add espresso, monkfruit and hot water to a large mixing bowl and whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy (about 1 minute).
- In a glass, add ice & milk
- Spoon whipped coffee on top and gently stir milk to incorporate (I used a straw)
- Sip and savor the caffeine deliciousness