Using coconut sugar and low-fat milk lessens calories, fat and sugar

By Nicole Ganglani | Art by Tricia Guevara | Source photos from Mayur, Isaac N.C. and chuttersnap/Unsplash

We mentioned a few weeks ago that dalgona coffee could actually pose a threat to your health. We don’t mean to be a buzzkill but the reason why the TikTok-trending beverage is dangerous is that it consists of instant coffee, milk and sugar. Which are practically ticking time bombs when consumed regularly. But don’t fret just yet, we found an alternative to make this three-ingredient whipped coffee healthier. 

Swap the sugar and whole milk with coconut sugar and an alternative dairy of your choice (low-fat, oat, soy, almond and cashew). These lessen the calories, fat and sugar content in the actual recipe according to Fia Batua, a medical and sports nutritionist-dietitian. To make it easier for you, here’s exactly how you can whip up one.



2 tbsp instant coffee
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp hot water
1 cup milk or alt-milk (whole, skim, oat, soy, almond, cashew, etc.)



Follow the same procedure from Hannah Cho’s 15-second dalgona coffee recipe —the same one that started and spread the dalgona coffee trend last March. 

  1. Put the instant coffee in a bowl. Then add two tablespoons of hot water and mix until the coffee dissolves.
  2. Add coconut sugar. Using a hand mixer or whisk, beat until thick and frothy
  3. When the mixture is ready, pour in a glass filled with your choice of alternative milk and ice cubes. 

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