Holiday Coffee Syrup Collection

Holiday Coffee Syrups I started making these easy and healthy (or "healthified") simple syrups with 3-5 ingredients and adding them to my coffee along with some half and half. These syrups could be used for other things as well like flavoring hot cocoa, pouring over ice cream, or as a dessert topping. Give it a try for yourself, trust me, you will NEVER go back to the "mystery ingredient" flavored coffee creamers at your grocery store! http://www.groundedandsurrounded.com/holiday-coffee-syrup/

By: Sarah Koontz

I LOVE COFFEE!!!!!! So much of my life is focused on what I can do to be healthier, but I cannot give up coffee! I have tried to switch to tea, herbal coffee, or decaf….FAIL!

I have tried to limit myself to only drinking it on the weekend……TORTURE! I have realized that coffee is my one vice, I have accepted that fact, and MOVED ON!

Since we have firmly established the fact that I WILL ALWAYS drink coffee, let’s explore some practical things everyone can do to make their morning cup of joe a bit healthier.

For those of you who can drink the stuff black, GOD BLESS YOU! This article isn’t for you! It is for the rest of us who believe that coffee is supposed to be creamy and sweet.

5 things you can do to “healthify” your relationship with coffee:

1. Don’t Drink on an Empty Stomach: Drink a big glass of water, and put some healthy food in your stomach before you enjoy your daily coffee ritual. Treat coffee like you do dessert, it is a special thing that only comes after meals!

2. Drink Organic (or at least Fair Trade) Coffee whenever possible: I know it costs more, but if you are going to do it every day, this is the most effective way to make sure you aren’t getting a “side of pesticide” with each cup.

3. Read Creamer Labels: If you want to put CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, and A MILK DERIVATIVE in your coffee each day, I won’t judge you. But at least make an educated decision about it. There are so many options out there these days! I personally use Organic Half and Half with my own flavor syrups (See my 3 favorites below).  If I am in a pinch, I will buy the Natural Bliss Vanilla Creamer.

4. Measure your Creamer: There are a lot of calories and sugar in that stuff! Don’t pour liberally! Try to stick to the recommended dosage!

5. Drink Responsibly: If you drink the stuff a pot at a time, you might want to cut back. I try to limit my intake to 1 or 2 mugs per day. Coffee contains caffeine, and the maximum amount of caffeine you should have per day is 400 milligrams. That’s roughly the amount in 4 cups (actual 8 oz cups, not 4 ginormous mugs full) per day.  It also contains empty calories, and we need to save our precious calories for the stuff that actually satisfies!

Now that we have that covered, let’s get to the sweet part of this post: Homemade Coffee Syrups! I have tried to make homemade creamers, but they never turned out for me and didn’t store well. So I started making simple syrups with 3-5 ingredients and adding them to my coffee along with some half and half.

It has worked really well for me, and I am excited to share my 3 favorite holiday syrup recipes with you. These syrups could be used for other things (like flavoring hot cocoa, pouring over ice cream, or as a dessert topping), but I prefer to use them in my coffee.

Give it a try for yourself, trust me, you will NEVER go back to the corn syrup solids and hydrogenated soybean oil flavored coffee creamers!

Click the Images Below to View the Recipes:

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Syrup Featured

Vanilla bean Coffee Syrup

Gingerbread Coffee Syrup Featured horizontal

 

If you love your coffee as much as I do, you will love the clean flavor these syrups add to your coffee experience.

 I generally use 1 Tbsp of syrup in each 16 oz cup of coffee, which equals 40-50 calories.

If you add 2 Tbsp of cream to your coffee, your cup is going to have approximately 80-90 calories in it.  So definitely use this Holiday Coffee Syrup Collection sparingly; they are  a decadent holiday treat!

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Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer and regular contributor at Grounded & Surrounded. If you are interested in growing your faith, nourishing your family life, and discovering the beauty of God's design, be sure to follow her personal blog at SarahKoontz.com. When Sarah is not writing, you are likely to find her covered in dirt, sitting in the middle of her garden, adoring her beautiful flock of backyard chickens. She is eternally grateful for her husband and two little girls, and revels in their simple, uncluttered life. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

27 thoughts on “Holiday Coffee Syrup Collection

  1. I want to make the Gingerbread Coffee Syrup for the Holidays. What a treat it would be to have a nice new flavor in my coffee!

    1. Hi Audrey, thanks for stopping by! Doesn’t every flavor make your mouth water?!?! I look forward to opening the fridge just to catch a peek at the sweet little things. 😉 After you make them be sure to let us know which was your favorite! Take care 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Katherine! It has been such a blessing getting to know fellow bloggers. As I had written on your beautiful blog it is so classy and well done that it really helps us to be inspired and learn from all the great things you are doing! Merry Christmas to you and we will see you at your party this Thursday 🙂

    1. Shirley…You Go Girl! Just take it slow, don’t wake up and decide “Today I will drink a 6 oz cup rather than a whole pot.” Your body has grown used to how you have been treating it, so cut back a little bit each day until you reach your desired level. Best of luck. Keep us posted! -Sarah

  2. These all sound amazing, especially the Vanilla Bean Coffee Syrup. I really enjoy vanilla flavor in my coffee, tea, everything! 🙂

  3. Omgosh! Ladies truly after my own heart! Love and need my coffee but your tips are very helpful as I’ve been wanting to try healthier means and the flavors sound delicious! Thank you for yet another amazing idea! Merry Christmas!

    1. Desiree, we adore you! So glad you found our blog 🙂 We just know you will love the coffee syrups. I just made another batch of Peppermint Mocha Syrup last week….drooling…;)

    1. Rachel, the gingerbread syrup is totally out of this world. We just had our first snow of the season today and I am craving Christmas flavors 🙂 I.must.make.it. lol I can’t wait for you to try it too!

  4. I gave up coffee for almost a year once on the advice of my yoga teacher but I hated it! Now, like you, I try to keep it to one or two cups a day. I love the idea of your syrups – I occasionally treat myself to a store bought syrup but your homemade versions sound much more delicious and healthier too! Pinned and shared. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  5. Thank you for the great recipes, Sarah! I’ve also tried (unsuccessfully) to give up my daily cup. It’s so nice to have some healthy alternatives to my current creamer! Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesdays!

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