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Healthy Coffee Drinks That Only Taste Indulgent

What's *Really* Up with Coffee

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Coffee in and of itself boasts some impressive health benefits—it boosts your memory, decreases your risk of diabetes and Parkinson's disease, and even improves exercise endurance—when consumed moderately. The problem is that coffee often serves as a vehicle for cream and sugar, adding a lot of extra calories to what might be an otherwise healthy drink.

If the idea of black coffee makes you want to gag, there's still hope. These delicious coffee recipes taste like the specialty coffee drinks you overpay for at the café, and they're actually good for you too.

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Vegan Low-Sugar Caffè Mocha

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Think you have to skip the frothy caffè mocha goodness on a dairy-free diet? Think again. This delish vegan-friendly take on a caffè mocha will hit all the right notes, and a sugar spike isn't one of them. 

Get the recipe: Vegan Low-Sugar Vegan Caffè Mocha

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Coffee Ice Cubes

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Tired of watered-down iced coffee? Problem solved. Freezing coffee into cubes means you can keep your drink cold without diluting the flavor. These coffee ice cubes are also a great way to easily add a coffee kick to a smoothie.

Get the recipe: Coffee Ice Cubes

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Instant Iced Latte

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This simple recipe uses instant coffee and any type of milk you like so you can get your fix in no time flat. Instant coffee, made from dried coffee extract, actually provides powerful antioxidants like regular coffee. (Check out these other healthy twists on iced coffee.)

Get the recipe: Instant Iced Latte 

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Cashew Date Coffee Creamer

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If you're trying to wean yourself off the super-sweet, high-calorie sweeteners and creamers that taste delicious, but that you know are horrible for you, here's your answer. This healthy, Paleo-friendly three-ingredient recipe is easy to whip up and keeps up to a week in the fridge, so you can make a big batch ahead of time.

Get the recipe: Cashew Date Coffee Creamer

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DIY Cold Brew

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Think the only way to enjoy iced coffee at home is to put your coffee pot in the fridge and wait it out? Turns out you can make delicious cold-brewed coffee right in your own kitchen. It's so sweet and smooth, you won't even want to add any sweetener to it.

Get the recipe: Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee

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High-Protein Cappuccino

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Adding protein powder to this cappuccino-inspired coffee drink turns it into a perk-up with serious staying power.

Get the recipe: High-Protein Cappuccino

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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This protein-rich drink is the perfect on-the-go (caffeinated!) breakfast. The oats in this smoothie provide filling fiber and complex carbs for stable, slow-digesting energy to get you through whatever the morning throws your way. 

Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake with Oats 

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Healthy Java Chip Frappuccino

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Hankering for a blended coffee drink that taste like dessert? Skip the line and the sugar bomb and whip up this slimmed-down version instead. Plus, you'll also get a nice protein boost from the chocolate protein powder.

Get the recipe: Healthy Java Chip Frappuccino

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Homemade Mocha Latte

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This recipe calls for instant espresso powder, the only "fancy" equipment you need is a little handheld milk frother, which is easily found at kitchen stores or online. In place of sugary chocolate syrup, it uses an antioxidant-rich unsweetened cocoa extract, but cocoa powder would also work well.

Get the recipe: Mocha Latte

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Vanilla Coconut Creamer

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This coconut-based creamer is a delicious alternative to dairy, soy, and almond milk-based creamers, and it's also Paleo-friendly. Using whole vanilla bean instead of extract gives it a rich flavor that will turn your everyday coffee experience into something luxurious.

Get the recipe: Paleo Vanilla Coconut Coffee Creamer

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Pumped-Up Frapp

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This Pumpkin Frappuccino-inspired smoothie packs in plenty of filling fiber and protein—great for a sugar-free recovery drink. It also boasts antioxidants vitamins A and C plus muscle-soothing potassium thanks to the pumpkin purée. (Obsessed with pumpkin and don't want to wait until fall to eat it again? Discover these ways to sneak it into any meal.)

Get the recipe: Pumped-Up Frapp

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Mocha Green Smoothie

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Cold coffee makes a great base for all kinds of smoothies. You won't even taste the spinach in this, but your body will appreciate the nutrient boost. Use frozen greens to make it extra frosty.

Get the recipe: Mocha Green Smoothie 

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