11 DIY Starbucks Drinks for the Holidays

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11 DIY Starbucks Drinks for the Holidays

DIY Starbucks Recipes: Low Sugar, Vegan, & Paleo!

During the holiday season, it seems like all roads lead to Starbucks. Our days are busy and we need a pick-me-up, it’s chilly outside so we need a warm-me-up, there are SO many tasty holiday drinks and we NEED to get them while they last!! But, let’s be real, it’s easy to spend way too much money on all of that holiday Starbucks-ing… What if you could have your favorite holiday drinks year-round, and you didn’t have to break the bank to get them? You can—with DIY Starbucks drinks! 

I’ve got 12 easy recipes for holiday DIY Starbucks drinks that are deliciously comforting and you can make them anytime at home. Of course, going to Starbucks and getting those indulgent holiday drinks is a special experience that many of us enjoy during this time of year. But, these DIY Starbucks drinks aren’t just loaded with those scrumptious holiday flavors—they’re also healthy!

These recipes are made with all clean ingredients, use no artificial syrups or flavors, and are far lower in sugar than the drinks we know and love at Starbucks. We can enjoy them without the guilt of indulging in a sugary drink, and we save money! Plus, ALL of these DIY Starbucks recipes are vegan-friendly, paleo-friendly, and gluten-free!

Lattes & Frappuccinos

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Fall is pretty much pumpkin spice season for me, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of my FAVORITE drinks. Starbucks uses their Pumpkin Spice sauce to give the PSL its crave-able flavor, but this DIY Starbucks drink uses a homemade Pumpkin Spice syrup that’s vegan and paleo! (Get the recipe here!) That way, YOU are in control of the sweetness level of your drink. A PSL from Starbucks has almost 25 more grams of sugar than this DIY Starbucks version! Plus, you can store your DIY PSL syrup in the fridge for a few weeks and it tastes delicious drizzled on just about anything! (I also have another pumpkin spice latte recipe that doesn’t call for homemade PSL syrup.)

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Low-sugar

Low-fat

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Coffee or espresso

DIY Pumpkin Spice syrup

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Pumpkin pie spice

Get the recipe:

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Per 12-oz. latte (w/ 1 Tbsp syrup), yields 1:

39 calories  |  5g carbs  |  2g fat  |  1g protein  |  3.5g sugars  |  2g dietary fiber

Pumpkin Spice Latte @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

180 cals  |  31g carbs  |  4.5g fat  |  4g protein  |  28g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Cinnamon Dolce Latte & Frappuccino

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Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Latte and Frappuccino are SO deliciously indulgent. This DIY Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce has all of the deliciousness, but none of the guilt! With only 6 grams of sugar per latte, you can’t go wrong. Like the Pumpkin Spice Latte, this recipe calls for homemade Cinnamon Dolce syrup (you can get the recipe here) to better capture that Starbucks-y flavor. And, you can easily turn this latte into a Frappuccino—just let it cool and blend it up with a cup of ice cubes!

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Low-sugar

Low-fat

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Coffee or espresso

DIY Cinnamon Dolce syrup

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Caramel drizzle

Get the recipe:

Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Per 12-oz. latte (w/ 1 Tbsp syrup), yields 1:

47 calories  |  8g carbs  |  2g fat  |  1g protein  |  6g sugars  |  3g dietary fiber

Cinnamon Dolce Latte @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

140 cals  |  24g carbs  |  4.5g fat  |  2g protein  |  21g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Peppermint Mocha

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My other holiday favorite! The Peppermint Mocha is made with Starbucks’ mocha sauce and peppermint syrup, which are undeniably scrumptious. But, they’re loaded with sugar, so a tall-size (12 oz.) Peppermint Mocha has over 30 grams of sugar! On the other hand, this DIY Starbucks Peppermint Mocha uses cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and the sweetener of your choice. If you choose a natural sweetener like stevia, this holiday drink is sugar-free!

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Sugar-free

Low-fat

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Cocoa powder

Peppermint extract

Sweetener of choice

Strong brewed coffee

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Chocolate shreds

Crushed peppermint

Get the recipe:

Peppermint Mocha

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

Per 12-oz. latte, yields 2:

48 calories  |  8g carbs  |  3g fat  |  3g protein  |  0g sugars  |  4g dietary fiber

Peppermint Mocha @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

220 cals  |  39g carbs  |  6g fat  |  4g protein  |  32g sugars  |  4g dietary fiber

Gingerbread Latte

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from my DIY Starbucks Holiday Remakes video & my Ho Ho Healthy eBook

What could be better than gingerbread cookies dipped in coffee? How about a coffee that TASTES like gingerbread cookies?! By making your own DIY Starbucks Gingerbread Latte, you can skip the artificial syrups and sugars. YOU are in control of the sugar or sweetener, if you choose to use any! The ground ginger and molasses give this recipe an authentic gingerbread taste—the gingerbread cookies are optional, but I do highly recommend them…

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Low-sugar

Low-fat

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Cinnamon

Ground ginger

Molasses

Sweetener of choice

Strong brewed coffee

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Cinnamon

Get the recipe:

Gingerbread Latte

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

Per 12-oz. latte, yields 2:

47 calories  |  9g carbs  |  1g fat  |  1g protein  |  7g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Gingerbread Latte @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

130 cals  |  21g carbs  |  4.5g fat  |  2g protein  |  19g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Salted Caramel Mocha

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Holy mocha—this DIY Starbucks drink is SO easy to make and so much cleaner than the traditional version. This homemade Salted Caramel Mocha recipe uses date syrup instead of caramel, and only has 13 grams of sugar instead of 33 grams! Plus, you can even learn how to make your own salted caramel topping for that extra touch of crunchy-salty-sweetness!

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Lower-sugar

Low-fat

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Coffee or espresso

Cocoa powder

Date syrup

Sea salt

Sweetener of choice

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Date syrup

DIY salted caramel topping

Get the recipe:

Salted Caramel Mocha

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha

Per 12-oz. latte (not including DIY salted caramel topping), yields 2:

88 calories  |  16g carbs  |  2g fat  |  2g protein  |  13g sugars  |  2g dietary fiber

Salted Caramel Mocha @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

220 cals  |  40g carbs  |  6g fat  |  4g protein  |  33g sugars  |  4g dietary fiber

Christmas Cookie Frappuccino (Bulletproof)

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Here’s a DIY Starbucks drink from the Starbucks secret menu! The Christmas Cookie Frappuccino isn’t on the actual Starbucks menu, but similar drinks—like the Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino—can have up to 60 grams of sugar or more! Instead, you can make your own Christmas Cookie Frappuccino at home with just 2 grams of sugar! *This DIY Starbucks drink is designed to be a holiday twist on Bulletproof coffee for a ketogenic diet or low-carb lifestyle, which is why the recipe calls for grass-fed butter. (Check out my Bulletproof coffee recipe here!) You can omit the butter if you prefer.

Dietary Preferences:

Low-carb

Keto

Vegan-friendly

Paleo-friendly

Gluten-free

Low-sugar

Ingredients:

Coconut cream

Milk of choice

Coffee or espresso

Grass-fed butter*

Sweetener of choice

Peppermint extract

Maple extract

Vanilla paste

Salt

Ice

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Date syrup

Raw sugar

Get the recipe:

Christmas Cookie Frappuccino

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Christmas Cookie Frappuccino

Per 16-oz. Frappuccino (with grass-fed butter), yields 2:

355 calories  |  3g carbs  |  38g fat  |  2g protein  |  2g sugars  |  0g dietary fiber  |  3g net carbs

Per 16-oz. Frappuccino (without butter), yields 2:

255 calories  |  3g carbs  |  27g fat  |  2g protein  |  2g sugars  |  0g dietary fiber  |  3g net carbs

Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino @ Starbucks

Per grande (16-oz.) Frappuccino, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

280 cals  |  66g carbs  | 1.5g fat  |  1g protein  |  64g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Pumpkin Patch Latte

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No, you didn’t read that wrong—the Pumpkin PATCH Latte is another gem from the Starbucks secret menu! It’s basically a Pumpkin Spice Latte with matcha powder steamed into it (which might sound strange, but it’s a combo that actually exists in Japan). While even the smallest (8-oz.) PSL at Starbucks has almost 20 grams of sugar, this DIY Starbucks drink has just 1 gram of sugar! Plus, matcha adds in some extra caffeine and LOADS of healthy antioxidants.

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Low-sugar

Low-carb

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Pumpkin puree

Sweetener of choice

Pumpkin pie spice

Cinnamon

Matcha powder

Coffee or espresso

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Cinnamon

Get the recipe:

Pumpkin Patch Latte

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Patch Latte

Per 10-oz. latte, yields 2:

45 calories  |  2g carbs  |  3g fat  |  1g protein  |  1g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber  |  1g net carbs

Pumpkin Spice Latte @ Starbucks

Per short (8-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

120 cals  |  21g carbs  |  3g fat  |  3g protein  |  19g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Non-Coffee Drinks

Gingerbread Eggnog Chai Latte

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Where the Chai Tea Latte meets Christmas, you’ll find the Gingerbread EGGNOG Chai Latte—also from the Starbucks secret menu! The milk is replaced with eggnog, which pairs surprisingly well with the chai flavors. Traditional eggnog is loaded with sugar, but you may be able to find a cleaner, lower-sugar variety of eggnog at your grocery store. Or, check out my dairy-free eggnog and vegan eggnog recipes and use them to make your DIY Starbucks drink! At Starbucks, a tall (12-oz.) Chai Eggnog Latte (an item their actual menu but without the gingerbread syrup) has 45 grams of sugar in it. A homemade Gingerbread Eggnog Chai—even when made with store-bought eggnog—contains half as much sugar!

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan-friendly

Paleo-friendly

Gluten-free

Lower-sugar

Ingredients:

Chai tea bag

Water

Eggnog

Sweetener of choice

Molasses

Ground ginger

Cinnamon

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Graham cracker crumbs

Get the recipe:

Gingerbread Eggnog Chai

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Gingerbread Eggnog Chai Latte

Per 12-oz. latte, yields 1:

180 calories  |  23g carbs  |  8g fat  |  4g protein  |  21g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Chai Eggnog Latte @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) latte, made with almond milk, no whipped cream:

290 cals  |  49g carbs  |  9g fat  |  6g protein  |  45g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Caramel Apple Spice

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This is one of the simplest DIY Starbucks drinks to make, and it’s still full of delicious Fall flavors! It’s pretty much a warm caramel apple in a cup—perfect for kids or those who aren’t fans of coffee. All you have to do is simmer your apple juice with some DIY Cinnamon Dolce syrup, and voila! (Get the DIY Cinnamon Dolce syrup recipe here.) If you’ve already made a batch of the syrup for Cinnamon Dolce Lattes or Frappuccinos, you can use it again to make another DIY Starbucks drink! 

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Lower-sugar

Fat-free

Ingredients:

100% apple juice

DIY Cinnamon Dolce syrup

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Caramel drizzle

Get the recipe:

Caramel Apple Spice

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

Per 12-oz. drink, yields 1:

172 calories  |  44g carbs  |  0g fat  |  2g protein  |  38g sugars  |  2g dietary fiber

Caramel Apple Spice @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) drink, no whipped cream:

220 cals  |  54g carbs  |  0g fat  |  0g protein  |  49g sugars  |  0g dietary fiber

Vanilla Apple Spice

DIY Starbucks

Another simple-yet-delicious DIY Starbucks drink, except this one is from the Starbucks secret menu. It’s similar to the Caramel Apple Spice, but with a yummy vanilla twist! Vanilla and apple are an awesome holiday combo, and I think the vanilla bean powder and vanilla bean paste take this drink to a new level of flavor. A warm and comforting option that’s coffee-free and kid-friendly! Apple juice does contain natural sugars—I recommend finding a variety of juice with no added sugars, and even better if you use a variety that’s not from concentrate. But, an 8-oz. DIY Starbucks Vanilla Spice has 10 fewer grams of sugar than the 8-oz. Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks!

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo

Gluten-free

Lower-sugar

Fat-free

Ingredients:

100% apple juice

Cinnamon

Vanilla bean powder

Vanilla paste

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Date syrup

Cinnamon

Get the recipe:

Vanilla Apple Spice

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Vanilla Apple Spice

Per 8-oz. drink, yields 2:

106 calories  |  26g carbs  |  0g fat  |  1g protein  |  22g sugars  |  0g dietary fiber

Caramel Apple Spice @ Starbucks

Per short (8-oz.) drink, no whipped cream:

140 cals  |  35g carbs  |  0g fat  |  0g protein  |  32g sugars  |  0g dietary fiber

Vegan White Hot Chocolate

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Not only is this DIY Starbucks White Hot Chocolate vegan, it’s also got just a fraction of the sugar compared to Starbucks’ White Hot Chocolate! It’s a much cleaner and less sugary option, perfect for holiday celebrations with the family and cold winter nights. And, you only need 4 ingredients to make this decadent drink! Melted cacao butter is used to give the drink a rich and creamy texture, and you can use any milk you prefer. The cacao butter and milk will separate a bit as the drink sits over time, so it’s best to enjoy this DIY Starbucks drink hot and fresh!

Dietary Preferences:

Vegan

Paleo-friendly

Gluten-free

Lower-sugar

Ingredients:

Milk of choice

Cacao butter

Maple syrup

Vanilla

Toppings:

Whipped cream, or

Coconut whipped cream

Dairy-free white chocolate

shavings

Get the recipe:

White Hot Chocolate

Nutrition:

DIY Starbucks Vegan White Hot Chocolate

Per 10-oz. drink, yields 2:

210 calories  |  14g carbs  |  17g fat  |  1g protein  |  13g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

White Hot Chocolate @ Starbucks

Per tall (12-oz.) drink, made with soy milk, no whipped cream:

280 cals  |  44g carbs  |  8g fat  |  10g protein  |  41g sugars  |  1g dietary fiber

Healthy Holiday Desserts

Find TONS of healthy Christmas recipes in my Ho Ho Healthy eBook!

  • 30 healthy holiday dessert recipes!
  • Bonus recipes for dessert essentials, like healthy frosting!
  • Nutritional information and photos for each recipe.

DIY Starbucks SECRET MENU Holiday Drinks—Healthy Holiday Recipes!

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