Finally, here’s an easy recipe for whipped coffee…without the coffee! This coffeeless “Dalgona coffee” recipe lets you enjoy the new whipped coffee trend without the caffeine! In this post, I’m sharing how you can use a particular coffee substitute to make delicious whipped coffee! It’s a great Dalgona coffee alternative.
Let me back up a little. If you’ve followed me on Instagram or here on the blog for a while, then you know I’m a huge fan of coffee shops! In my mind, there’s nothing better than an afternoon spent at a coffee shop, sequestered away at a table in the corner, writing while enjoying a sweet beverage. The only funny thing about this picture is the fact that I don’t actually drink coffee! 🙂
I like coffee. I like the taste of it, and boy, I love the smell of it! (Thank goodness my husband Bjorn brews his coffee every morning because that gives me my own little coffee scent fix! What better smells are there to fill the house with in the morning?) However, even decaf coffee makes me feel shaky and even nauseous. I guess I just don’t handle caffeine well at all! It hits me so hard and puts me on edge, too. Like a meme I’ve seen in the past says, “Now I can see sounds!” Yikes, right? It’s such a bummer because every part of me would love to be a coffee drinker, but I’ve tried on and off throughout the years and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just not wise for me. The most I’ll allow myself is a rare sip from my husband’s coffee.
When this whipped coffee trend came out, I was excited – even if I was just excited to have a fun recipe to experiment with, and a special coffee treat to offer Bjorn. 🙂 I used this recipe and it turned out really well (even though your arm gets sore from all of the whisking, if you choose to do it by hand!). Bjorn isn’t quick to jump on random bandwagons, so he needed to decide for himself if he liked it, but he did! I tried a sip from his glass. We did determine that we like it with a bit of extra milk.
After that point, I started to think, Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an alternative whipped coffee recipe for non-coffee-drinkers? I knew I didn’t even want to go the decaf route. I knew I’d have to depart from the coffee train entirely. So, I began to research.
After reading tons of reviews on Amazon, I finally settled upon a product called Inka. It’s a “roasted grain beverage,” so it doesn’t involve coffee beans at all. (I know – it’s hard to think of leaving coffee totally out of this, but that’s the route I wanted to go at this time!) Instead, Inka is an instant beverage mix made up of barley, rye, and roasted sugar beets. It’s caffeine, and it definitely smells similar to coffee to me. I haven’t yet tried it as a hot beverage, since I purchased it especially to try out this iced whipped coffee trend, but it’ll be fun to try it as a hot drink later on.
This Inka beverage mix is actually a coffee alternative from Poland so the packaging and directions on the canister are all in Polish; unless you can read Polish, you’ll have to refer to the Amazon product description for your information! However, with this recipe, I started with the original proportions from the original whipped coffee recipe. I ended up increasing the sugar a little bit, and it turned out well!
Coffeeless Whipped Coffee Recipe
- 2 tablespoons Inka beverage mix
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons white sugar
- Milk (2% is often recommended; I use whole milk)
- Ice cubes
Add beverage mix, hot water, and sugar to a medium sized bowl. Whisk by hand for several minutes, until the ingredients dissolve all together, the mixture becomes a lighter brown color, and becomes extra airy. (You can use an electric mixer instead, to save your arm, if you’d like! I’ve recently begun doing that.)
Note: this mixture won’t necessarily become as airy and thick as whipped coffee made with real instant coffee. However, it makes a beautiful (and delicious!) whipped coffee drink alternative, which is the point!
Fill a glass half full with ice. Add milk until the glass is half full (or more – my husband and I prefer almost 2/3 full!). Spoon a couple dollops of the mixture on top of the milk.
Stir and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s always fun to find ways to enjoy a popular treat, but still tweaked to your own preferences. Happy “coffee-ing!”
PS – if you enjoy easy recipes, be sure to check out my recipes category here on the blog, or follow along with me on Instagram, where you can find more recipes saved in my Food + Drink story highlights! I look forward to connecting with you!