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This low carb Dalgona coffee recipe is a sweet, fluffy cloud of morning goodness in a cup. And you thought coffee was boring…

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup o’ Joe, this might just be what you’ve been looking for.

A canning jar filled with milk and topped with Dalgona Coffee.

Dalgona Coffee Origin

This popular coffee beverage has its roots in South Korea. There are many stories around the web on how this particular drink came to be. It’s been most often attributed to being a spin-off of a South Korean street snack, not a beverage at all. Others say a celebrity coined the term. The truth is anybody’s guess, but not matter which story you believe, you’re in for a delicious treat. (source)

Although the original version is anything but healthy, thankfully, this delicious coffee drink is super easy to make as a low carb beverage. It’s also dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and low sodium. It can also easily be made into a keto drink as well by adding coconut oil. I’ll talk about that in a moment.

What Coffee To Use To Make Dalgona Coffee

Regular coffee is tough on my blood sugar, so I always use decaf. The one below is the brand I use. You can use regular instant if you prefer. The only requirement is that the coffee is instant.

And yes, instant coffee is processed. While I do my best to avoid processed foods, I have no problems having the occasional cup of coffee made with instant coffee. If that’s not your cup of tea (or coffee), feel free to try some of my other coffee drinks instead. They all use clean, unprocessed ingredients.


Highground Organic Instant Decaf Coffee, 3.53 Ounce

What Is Dalgona Coffee?

Essentially, it’s whipped coffee. The instant coffee is whipped with equal amounts of dry sweetener and water until you have a fluffy cloud of coffee goodness that may remind you of a cloud of whipped cream.

That fluff is then served over the top of milk already poured into your glass. You can either stir it up to mix it a little, or you can just sip. The milk will come up from under the fluff to mix with it in nearly equal parts as you drink. It’s quite the luxurious experience.

How To Store Whipped Coffee

While this won’t keep in the fridge forever, you’ll get 2 to 3 days out of it if you make a larger batch. So in that respect it’s a fun make-ahead drink for your morning wakeup call. Just make sure you store the whipped coffee in something with an air-tight lid. Leaving this uncovered will make the whip dissipate faster.

Do not store the whipped coffee with any milk. Combine it with mild just before serving.

An overhead view looking down into a jar full of Dalgona Coffee.

Whipped Coffee Recipe

If you are confused between Dalgona coffee and whipped coffee, don’t be. They are one and the same! Two different names for the same drink. Dalgona simply hints at the origins of the drink and whipped is more descriptive of what this coffee drink actually is. You can use the terms interchangeably!

Keto Whipped Coffee

If you prefer a keto version of this drink, you have a few options.

  • Use low carb sweetener – These are not unprocessed sweeteners, but they are low carb.
  • Use a higher fat milk – Try full fat milk, or even heavy cream in a smaller amount.
  • Add coconut oil – I don’t recommend trying to blend this into the whip, but you can certainly blend it into the milk if it’s warmed. Just give it a quick whiz in the blender just like you would a cup of keto coffee. Butter is also an option if that’s your preference.
A side view of a glass jar filled with this Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Dalgona Coffee Recipe Ingredients

1 tbsp. instant coffee – This must be instant coffee. Coffee grounds or brewed coffee will not work.

1 tbsp. granular sweetener – Try Sucanat, coconut sugar or monk fruit.

1 tbsp. water – This is for consistency and for dissolving the instant coffee.

8 oz. unsweetened almond milk – This can be any type of milk, and can be warm or cold. Your choice.

Ice – I have never added ice, but you can certainly put some into the milk if you want things super cold. But if you add it, don’t overfill the glass. Leave plenty of room for your whipped coffee topping.

How To Make Dalgona Coffee

Adding the water to the coffee and sweetener.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the instant coffee, sweetener and cold water.

Blending the sweetener and instant coffee to make this Dalgona Coffee Recipe.

Beat with either a whisk or an electric mixer (the latter is much easier!)

The fluffy, whipped coffee in the mixing bowl.

Beat until you have a whipped cloud, similar to whipped cream.

Milk added to a cup, ready for it's whipped coffee topping.

Pour your almond milk (either heated or cold) into a cup or mug. Add ice if you want to drink it cold.

The finished Dalgona Coffee Recipe.

Spoon the whipped coffee over the top. Yes, all of it. You can stir this up a bit if you wish, but you can also drink it as is, allowing the milk to come up from underneath as you sip.

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A canning jar filled with milk and topped with Dalgona Coffee.

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

This whipped coffee recipe is so delicious, you'll think you're having dessert in a cup!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 97kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Electric mixer

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp. granular sweetener
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk (hot or cold)
  • Ice (if you want it cold)

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the instant coffee, sweetener and cold water.
    Adding the water to the coffee and sweetener.
  • Beat with either a whisk or an electric mixer (the latter is much easier!)
    Blending the sweetener and instant coffee to make this Dalgona Coffee Recipe.
  • Beat until you have a whipped cloud, similar to whipped cream.
    The fluffy, whipped coffee in the mixing bowl.
  • Pour your almond milk (either heated or cold) into a cup or mug. Add ice if you want to drink it cold.
    Milk added to a cup, ready for it's whipped coffee topping.
  • Spoon the whipped coffee over the top. Yes, all of it. You can stir this up a bit if you wish, but you can also drink it as is, allowing the milk to come up from underneath as you sip.
    The finished Dalgona Coffee Recipe.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 1mg

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