My Keto Starbucks Drink Turned Out to be a Sugar-Filled Fail

I finally got to try the #keto version of Starbucks’ Keto Frappuccino. I was super excited for this drink, because I have been wanting to give it a try for awhile. I had never tried a keto Starbucks drink, so I was all in. The drink came packaged with my usual order, but I couldn’t help but notice the name change. “Oh no!”, I thought. “This is not going to be like the keto Frappuccino I was expecting. I wonder what is in this one?”

Starbucks is one of my favorite places to go, but every time I’ve been there lately I’ve been hungry and craving sugar. A few months ago, I bought a Starbucks Keto Mocha, which should have been a good thing—a low carb drink that actually tasted good. But within 30 minutes, I was hungry again and craving sugar. So last night I tried a different Starbucks drink and found out it was also a sugar bomb.

I was excited to try out the latest keto-friendly K-cup offering from Starbucks. I had tried a few of K-cups before, and they had all been good, so this was a great opportunity to try something new. I know Starbucks is a little suspect when it comes to k-cups, and their “keto” offerings aren’t stellar, but I figured it was worth a try. I ended up picking up a “Roast and Ground” coffee, which is their k-cup offering for a k-cup that caters to the keto community.


Hello! This is Angie, Collin’s assistant, and she’s here to tell you about the huge sugar blunder I made!

I’ve been on a keto diet for a few years now, and I, like many others, have periodic sweet tooth cravings. I really wanted a Starbucks Frappuccino when I first began my diet, but I knew these beverages were heavy in sugar and definitely not keto. But, because Frapp coffee is my favorite drink, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to drink it again. I made the decision to order keto meals.


I ordered a Frappuccino and informed the barista that there was no syrup and that Splenda had been substituted. Instead of whole milk, I requested double cream for an additional helping of richness.

My order was fantastic, and I thought it would be a wonderful diet treat.

It was fantastic! I was ecstatic, at least that’s what I thought.

This was my go-to dessert, which I ate many times a week to satiate my sweet appetite.

When I went to Starbucks to see the barista prepare my new favorite drink, I observed that they put some kind of flavored liquid into the Frappuccino despite the fact that I had requested for no syrup. I was perplexed, so I inquired as to what had been put to my drink. She told me that the Frappuccino recipe uses a Frappuccino base rather than syrup.

Guess what makes up a significant portion of the Frappuccino base? SUGAR!


In reality, I was consuming a significant quantity of liquid cane sugar while thinking I was drinking a sugar-free, ketone-friendly beverage. My low-carb frappuccino turned out to be everything but low-carb.

You don’t have to make the same mistake I did. Follow these guidelines to order a keto frappuccino the correct way, and check out our Starbucks ordering guide for other great keto beverages.

Here’s how to get Stetson’s favorite diet-friendly Starbucks drink!

Make your own Keto Frappuccino at home with our recipe!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the sugar-free syrups at Starbucks keto?

Yes, the sugar-free syrups at Starbucks are keto.

Can you get a sugar-free Frappuccino at Starbucks?

Unfortunately, Starbucks does not offer sugar-free Frappuccinos.

What is the best Starbucks drink for keto diet?

The best Starbucks drink for keto diet is the black coffee.

Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.