Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew- (Secretly healthy!)

This salted caramel cream cold brew is a copycat recipe for the newest Starbucks beverage! Made with just 3 ingredients, it’s affordable, easy, and secretly low carb!

It’s no secret that I love making my own homemade Starbucks drinks. If I’m not making a pink drink or a caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino, I’d definitely be making one of their flavored cold brews.

Cold brew has officially taken over coffee shops worldwide and I am not upset about it. As someone who drinks chilled coffee on a year round basis, I welcome this new trend and am all for more people jumping on the bandwagon! Cold brew tastes far superior to iced coffee- it’s richer, smoother, and has naturally sweet undertone.

With cold brew becoming one of the standard coffee options at many cafes and coffee chains, more and more of them are now offering flavored versions. While I prefer the dark, rich flavor of the classic brew, I’ve recently developed quite the obsession with Starbuck’s new salted caramel version.

What is the salted caramel cream cold brew? 

As the name suggests, the salted caramel cold brew features their original cold brew mixed with their salted caramel coffee syrup. It’s then topped with a creamy foam that is also flavored with more caramel.

Now, I’m not someone that can tolerate so much sugar first thing in the morning. I tend to stick to a lower carb diet so one of these beverages could kick me out of ketosis. Luckily, you can easily make a homemade version that looks and tastes just like the original, minus the carbs…and the hefty price tag.

This homemade salted caramel cream cold brew recipe is a keto version of the original. No sugar is needed, but you’d never be able to tell.

What I love about this recipe is not only is a lower calorie than the original Starbucks version (over 75% lower!), but it is healthier too- No syrups or fillers filled with artificial ingredients!

How do you make a salted caramel cold brew?

The Ingredients

  • Caramel syrup– I used a homemade sugar free caramel syrup but you can use grocery store ones. Half of the syrup will be blended into the cold brew and the other half will be blended with the cream for the cold foam topping.
  • Cold brew– Skip the expensive bottled cold brew you can find at some grocery stores and just make your own at home. It’s much cheaper, easy to make, and you don’t need any fancy coffee making gadgets to do it!
  • Ice– This is NOT the coffee beverage you should enjoy warm.
  • Heavy cream– Blended with the caramel syrup to create a mock foam topping.

The Instructions

Start by whisking together half the caramel syrup with the cold brew and pour it into a tall glass filled with ice. Using a hand mixer, blend the remaining syrup with the heavy cream until foamy. Pour over the cold brew and serve immediately.

homemade Salted caramel cream cold brew

Dietary variations

  • Make it dairy free. Replace the heavy cream with plant based heavy cream or canned coconut milk.
  • Cut the calories. Use a caramel coffee syrup that has zero calories and zero sugar in it. The cold brew won’t be as thick but will still have all the caramel flavor.
  • Keep it sugar free. The original recipe uses a sugar free caramel syrup. Any substitutions or alternatives and you risk adding extra sugar.

Storing and serving cold brew

  • To store: This is the kind of beverage that you don’t want to prepare a big batch of and store away until ready to drink. Instead, simply have the cold brew prepared, the caramel syrup prepared, and some heavy cream or half and half in your fridge to have on hand.
  • To serve: If you make this beverage, you are surely a fan of coffee and caramel. Pair it with some of my favorite desserts like caramel fudge or an espresso cake.
Salted caramel cream cold brew

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the salted caramel cream cold brew good?

If you love caramel and enjoy the flavor of coffee, this flavored cold brew will be a winner in your book. It isn’t as sweet as their frappuccino beverages, nor is it as creamy.

What does a salted caramel cream cold brew taste like?

This beverage tastes like a caramel flavored iced coffee, but with a more intense coffee flavor.

Is cold brew stronger?

Traditionally, cold brew is stronger than an Americano or long black. Per one cup serving, there is approximately 125 milligrams of caffeine compared to a standard espresso shot which has 80 milligrams of caffeine.

Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
  • In a glass jar, whisk together half the caramel syrup with the cold brew. Pour into two glasses filled with glass.

  • Add the remaining caramel sauce and heavy cream in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat them together until smooth and fluffy. Pour the caramel sweet cream over the top of both glasses and serve immediately.

Standard caramel coffee syrup can be used.
* To lower the fat and calories, use half and half or coconut cream. 
 

Serving: 1glass | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 1g