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Homemade Flavored Coffee Syrups

Homemade flavored coffee syrups are a healthier and easy way to jazz up your coffee without the added sugar!

I remember when I was younger I never understood the appeal of coffee. I had tasted it on occasion and hated the taste! It was so bitter that the only way I could “drink” it was to add about 1/2 cup of milk and heaping spoonfuls of sugar.

Once I hit my late 20’s, my stomach just couldn’t handle the milk or sugar anymore. By that point I had grown fond of the actual flavor of coffee (not to mention the caffeine!) and I now drink my coffee black without any cream or sugar.

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However, once in awhile I want to jazz up an ordinary cup of coffee with a splash of flavor. Plus we splurged on a Nespresso machine last year and it’s been fun to create “fancy” coffee drinks. I’ve used some store bought coffee syrups for flavoring but they are so full of sugar and additives that I didn’t want to add that into my coffee.

REALITY CHECK: Did you know that 2 tbsp of Vanilla Flavored Syrup from one of the top brands has 20 grams of sugar!!

Crazy right? So I decided to attempt making my own flavored syrups. You know what, it wasn’t really that hard! A little time consuming only because they have to cool for a long time but it’s a really simple process.

I played around with a bunch of flavor combinations. I ended up loving Vanilla, Coconut and Almond. The possibilities are endless though if you have a flavor you prefer. I couldn’t find Coconut Extract at the store near me, so I actually ended up using unsweetened coconut flakes and it turned out really good.

I store the syrups in the fridge to keep their freshness longer. Keep in mind they make a pretty large batch, so consider reducing the recipe if you only use the syrups once in awhile.

Did you know I also have an entire board on Pinterest devoted to Coffee Love?

Homemade flavored coffee syrups are a healthier and easy way to jazz up your coffee without the added sugar! Vanilla, Almond and Coconut syrup recipes.

Flavored Coffee Syrup

Prep Time: 0 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins + cooling time
Yields: 6 oz each


  • Vanilla Coffee Syrup -
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Almond Coffee Syrup -
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Coconut Coffee Syrup -
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes


  1. Vanilla Coffee Syrup -
  2. Add water, sugar and vanilla extract to small saucepan over med-high heat on stove
  3. Stir continuously until sugar dissolves
  4. Allow mixture to come to a full boil for about 1 minute before removing from heat
  5. Allow syrup to cool completely before transferring to storage bottle/jar
  6. Almond Coffee Syrup -
  7. Follow same instructions as Vanilla Syrup but substitute almond extract in place of vanilla
  8. Coconut Coffee Syrup -
  9. Combine water and sugar in small saucepan over medium-high heat on stove
  10. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves
  11. Add coconut flakes and allow mixture to come to a boil
  12. Remove from heat but allow mixture to sit in saucepan for 45 minutes
  13. Strain mixture into a clean saucepan (removing coconut flakes in process)
  14. Bring strained mixture to a boil over med-high heat and once boiling, remove from heat and allow to stand and completely cool before storing in jar/bottle

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    Kelli November 30, 2016 (5:05 pm)

    The almond syrup sounds delicious and I was shocked at the short ingredient list – I have all of those already! I have the day off Friday and you can bet I’ll be trying this out.

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    Maria November 30, 2016 (6:57 pm)

    Great idea! I’ve gradually gone from loads of milk in my coffee to drinking it black most of the time. This looks like a fun way to spice it up!

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