So, you’re on the Whole30. You’re also among the many of us who don’t believe our day has truly started until we’ve had our coffee. With the diet’s long lists of can- and can’t-have foods, you may be wondering if your morning cup makes the cut.
The good news: Coffee gets a thumbs-up on the Whole30!
The bad news: All the stuff you’d usually add to coffee—milk, creamer, sugar—is on the Whole30’s “absolutely not, under any circumstances” list.
Before resigning yourself to a month of sipping cups of plain black brew that taste like sadness, check out these 9 recipes. With dairy substitutes, naturally sweet ingredients, and unconventional but energy-boosting additions, they prove you can still get a tasty caffeine fix while sticking to the program’s rules.
Naturally sweetened with dates and made with from-scratch almond milk, this latte is equally good served warm or over ice. Make sure you’re going with the vanilla bean option instead of extract to keep it Whole30-friendly.
Trade the peppermint extract for peppermint oil, and this coffee cooler will be Whole30-ready. Smart swaps like medjool dates and raw cocoa powder add both flavor and antioxidants, so you can get your caffeine fix while simultaneously keeping your cells healthy.
Not a fan of coconut milk? No problem. This recipe shows that blended cashews make for just as decadent a milk substitute for lattes. Just be sure to omit the honey—no place for it on the Whole30!
Turmeric and black pepper aren’t usually ingredients you’d find in a cup of joe, but it turns out, the pepper helps your body absorb the curcumin’s antioxidants from the yellow powder more effectively. Use them both in this coconut oil-spiked coffee, where they’ll add a light kick and a lot of healthy benefits.
Love the idea of chai but too loyal to coffee? This boldly flavored brew offers the best of both worlds. Cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and cloves give you all the spiced chai flavors, but they’re brewed with coffee beans instead of tea leaves to keep java’s unmistakable caffeine kick.
One caveat before you make this on the Whole30: Omit the sweetener. Once that’s out of the way, the other ingredients can take the spotlight and you can truly enjoy the warmth of the ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Take the bitter edge off black coffee with the addition of a dollop each of ghee and coconut oil. Thanks to the milk solids being removed during the clarifying process, ghee is a-OK on the Whole30. Plus, the healthy fats will keep energy up and cravings down.
No espresso machine needed here! Thanks to ready-made cold brew coffee and a blender, this chilled, frothy beverage comes together in about 10 seconds flat. Coconut milk makes it deliciously smooth while also keeping it dairy-free.
Real pumpkin and coconut milk instead of creamer help set this seasonal favorite drink apart from your garden variety coffee shop PSL. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves give it subtle spice and natural sweetness.