Best Coffee Sweeteners (Top Picks)

First off, sugar really isn’t that bad as long as you as you choose the healthiest option possible.

To sweeten your coffee, there are various options to try without risking your health. And amongst my top picks would be:

  • honey
  • pure maple syrup
  • coconut sugar

These are all healthy sweeteners that add flavor and richness to your coffee without worrying too much about the nasty effects of sugar.

For this article, I’ll be sharing my top picks for the best coffee sweeteners and other information that will allow you to indulge in a sweetened cuppa coffee.


Off we start!

What’s the Best Way to Sweeten Coffee?

The best way to sweeten your coffee depends on your taste but choosing the healthiest option possible is something that you should consider.

The thing is, taking your coffee black is the healthiest way to have it. And if you can’t stand the bitterness, no problem! You can use honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder as coffee sweeteners.

To know better, let’s take a closer look!


Honey should always be on top of your list if you’re looking for a healthy sweetener, in general.

Apart from the sweet taste, I prefer honey on my coffee because of the antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients present in it. The antioxidants in honey can help prevent cell damage due to free radicals and boost the immune system.

However, a small trace of honey in your coffee may not be enough to reap its full benefits. You’ll always end up wanting more to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Although honey is a natural sweetener, I do not recommend taking too much of it to avoid its nasty effects.

For reference, your added sugar consumption per day shouldn’t be more than 5% of your daily calorie intake.


Cinnamon is a natural spice that also makes your coffee more flavorful and pleasantly complements well with the taste of coffee.

You’ll be surprised how nice a cup of coffee can be after a dash of cinnamon.

In addition, cinnamon can give you a bigger energy boost, especially when mixed with caffeinated drinks. It stabilizes your energy levels, prevents sugar spike, and fatigue.

Since cinnamon is always available, there’s no reason not to try it on your coffee!

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals which are all good for the body.

It also contains flavonoids, polyphenols, and anthocyanidins which reduce inflammation, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol.

Another reason why coconut sugar is a healthy coffee sweetener is that it contains more zinc and iron compared to granulated sugar.

That said, coconut sugar is definitely a better choice than regular sugar. In fact, I’ll somewhat place it on the same category as honey.

Pure Maple Syrup

Using pure maple syrup as a coffee sweetener is now becoming a trend. In my experience, the rich smooth taste of maple syrup highlights the taste of coffee better.

I love the maple syrup on my coffee because it dissolves quickly without the horrible trace of it at the bottom of my cup. Plus, it goes well with your morning coffee order – be it a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and so on!

Also, it has slightly fewer calories and more minerals than honey. And that makes maple syrup a healthy coffee sweetener!

Cocoa Powder

Well? Cocoa powder and caffeine sound like a combination to me! And for that reason, I do love the coffee chocolate combo along with its aromatic smell.

To achieve an irresistibly rich cup of coffee, I get a scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder to my coffee grounds. Mix it all up and garnish it with cream to create a smooth and delicious beverage.

It does sound like an interesting beverage, isn’t it?

You can try making your own chocolate coffee with this recipe. Watch and learn!

A video presentation on how to make chocolate coffee.

Best Coffee Sweeteners for Weight Loss

If you’re following a weight loss regimen and looking for low calorie and relatively healthy sweeteners, here are my top recommendations for you:

  • Stevia
  • Erythritol
  • Monk fruit sweetener
  • Yacon syrup
  • Xylitol

Again, always remember to limit your consumption of anything that has sweeteners to avoid side effects such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular-related conditions.

Coffee Sweetener for Diabetics

You can still enjoy a cup of sweet coffee despite being diabetic! A low-calorie sweetener is something to go for to prevent your sugar levels from rising.

Here’s a quick list of sweeteners for diabetics:

  • Stevia
  • Tagatose
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Saccharin
  • Aspartame

You’re probably aware of the controversies linked to sucralose, acesulfame potassium, and aspartame. But rest your worries, the FDA does consider those sweeteners safe for general use.

What is Worse Sugar or Artificial Sweetener?

In my opinion, artificial sweeteners are worst than sugar because it contains aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, erythritol, and saccharin which are all bad for you if used long term.

Artificial sweeteners can be 200 to 700 times sweeter than regular sugar and are typically calorie-free, also the reason why it is categorized as non-nutritive sweeteners.

The main reason why it is worst than sugar is because of the many health conditions that are linked to it such as brain tumor, cancer, weight gain, and other health hazards.

Artificial sweeteners affect your hormones and slow down your metabolism which leads to various conditions, particularly weight gain. I believe it is the reason why you still feel hungry despite finishing a hefty meal.

On the flip side, the artificial sweeteners that I’ve just mentioned are considered safe at a certain level as per the US Food and Drug Administration.

Still, I strongly advice not to go crazy on artificial sweeteners on your coffee to avoid its nasty side effects.

Sugar, on the other hand, isn’t bad. What’s bad is too much added sugar!

Some of the food and beverages that contain added sugar are packaged food, sugary drinks, and dessert. As long as you limit your intake or keep away from this stuff, it’s cool!

That being said, I really feel sugar is a better option than artificial sweeteners.

On a side note:

The American Heart Association recommends an added sugar intake of 24 grams per day for women and 36 grams per day for men.

What can I Use instead of Artificial Sweetener in Coffee?

In this section, I have rounded up the best sugar alternatives for your coffee you probably didn’t know existed. So, here we go!

  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • grass-fed butter
  • coconut oil

Let’s have a go see what’s interesting about these healthy sugar alternatives!

Vanilla Extract

A few drops of vanilla extract can naturally sweeten your cup of coffee – hot or cold. I also like to add vanilla beans to my coffee ground so the flavor will blend properly before brewing. The result is – a sweet and tasty delicious cup of coffee!

Sea Salt

Sea salt? No! But yeah, surprisingly it tastes really good on your coffee, especially black coffee. Adding a pinch of salt to your cup of coffee reduces its bitterness and makes the coffee taste sweeter. But please, don’t use too much or else you’re coffee will be salty!

Grass-Fed Butter

I love butter coffee! I like the oily and buttery aftertaste. I suggest using grass-fed butter because it is healthier, more filling, delicious, and appetite suppressing. I really felt fuller after breakfast! So, add a slice of butter to your morning coffee!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil coffee is another craze that you should definitely try. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your coffee to make it taste naturally creamy. The one thing that I loved the most about this craze is it stops me from wanting to add sugar to my coffee because it tastes sweet after adding the coconut oil.

Final Words

There are a lot of options for coffee sweeteners out there and it comes down to your personal preference.

However, I strongly suggest choosing the healthiest possible option for health reasons. That way, you can enjoy your cup of coffee better.

My personal preference really is honey because I simply love the taste and I also use it on other beverages without worrying too much about the nasty side effects of sugar.

Still, sugar is sugar and you shouldn’t overindulge no matter how much you want it on your cup of coffee!

So, go ahead now and sweeten you cuppa coffee!

Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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