Skinny Caramel Mocha

This Skinny Caramel Mocha offers a lighter twist on the coffee shop favorite. Skip the drive thru line and make this easy coffee drink at home!

You can save time, money (and even calories) with copycat Starbucks recipes. Once you try it, you’ll become addicted to homemade Mocha Lattes and Flavored Coffee Creamers too.

Skinny Caramel Mocha: less than 150 calories for a big mug, make it home and save money!

Why this Recipe Works

  • No espresso machine necessary.
  • Less sugar than the coffee house version .
  • Customize sweetness based on your preference.
  • Rich caramel and chocolate flavor.
  • Decadent taste that’s low in calories and fat

I normally drink my coffee with a small splash of heavy cream. Or homemade french vanilla coffee creamer!

Sometimes though, a mocha is what I crave! And if it has caramel? More power to it!

Today, I am sharing this easy to make, skinny caramel mocha recipe.

Ingredient Notes

The ingredients you use will determine the total calorie content of your Caramel Mocha.

Here is a breakdown of the calorie count, using the brands of products I use for my recipe (calories may vary depending on brands):

  • 20 calories: Kroger Caramel ice cream topping
  • 30 calories: Rodelle gourmet cocoa powder
  • 20 calories: Domino organic light agave nectar
  • 5    calories: strong brewed coffee
  • 40 calories: Kroger Fat Free organic milk
  • OPTIONAL: 35 calories: extra caramel topping and 2 Tbsp Kroger extra creamy whipped cream

That’s a grand total of 115 calories per large mug or 150 calories per large mug with whipped cream and extra caramel sauce (YUM).

Easy Instructions

STEP 1. Combine cocoa, caramel sauce and agave nectar in a mug. Add hot water.

STEP 2. Pour hot brewed coffee over the contents of the mug and stir to combine.

STEP 3. Add hot milk to the coffee mix and stir.

Garnish with whipped cream and caramel sauce if desired. Sip and savor!

Tips and Tricks

  • Foam the milk. If you want more of a barista touch to your skinny caramel mocha, shake the hot milk in a mason jar first. It incorporates more air into the milk adding a layer of foam to the top of your mocha.
  • Use double strength coffee. I brew my coffee at twice the ratio of beans to water when I’m making my homemade lattes.
  • Use a “bold” or “espresso” roast. Choose a strong, dark roast for a more pronounced coffee flavor in this caramel mocha.

This mocha isn’t as sweet as a coffee house mocha, but the extra whipped cream and caramel do add a bit more sweetness! You can also add more agave nectar to sweeten if you like!!

Skinny Caramel Mocha: less than 150 calories for a big mug, make it home and save money!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe as an Iced Skinny Caramel Mocha?

Yes, but it will be more difficult to dissolve all of the cocoa and caramel if you don’t use any hot ingredients. I would add hot coffee to the caramel as directed, stir to fully combine, then let it cool . Add cold milk and coffee ice cubes to serve.

It would be delicious blended with ice for a frappe style drink too!

What kind of milk is best for this recipe?

For a “skinny” caramel mocha latte, you should use nonfat or lowfat milk. Unsweetened almond, soy or oat milk are tasty choices for a nondairy mocha.
This recipe will also work with whole milk if you prefer. The calorie content will just be higher.

What kind of caramel sauce should I use?

Any kind of caramel topping or syrup you enjoy on your ice cream will work perfectly here. You can also use the caramel syrups made specifically for flavoring coffee, like Torani brand.

More Coffee Drink Recipes

Caramel Coffee Milkshakes: refreshing, delicious, and easy to make at home!

Nutella Coffee Milkshakes: coffee and nutella are a perfect pair!

Yield: 1 large mug (about 12 ounces)

Skinny Caramel Mocha

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon caramel sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
  • 8 oz strong brewed coffee
  • ½ cup skim milk

Optional garnish:

  • 2 Tablespoon whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon caramel sauce


  1. In a large mug, add caramel sauce, cocoa powder and hot water, combine with a spoon. Add agave nectar. Pour brewed coffee over mixture and stir until combined.
  2. In a small mug, heat skim milk in microwave for about one minute (until steamed, microwave times may vary). Pour hot milk over coffee mixture, giving a quick stir.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and caramel sauce if desired (highly recommended)!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on November 9, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. This drink tastes amazing. You don’t even notice it has less calories. I love a drink I can make at home! 

  2. Kroger isn’t around here and I need an alternative caramel sauce. I’ll use Splenda instead of agave and my unsweetened cocoa is a brand name one. I’m a mocha iced coffee addict but Dunkin’ makes to extremely weak. I want to taste coffee and not just cream!

    1. Torani makes a delicious caramel sauce, but really, any ice cream topping caramel sauce would work too 🙂

  3. “a mocha”, not “an mocha”

    ….. I’ve been making mine with almond milk, stevia, organic 100% cacao powder, fat free whipped cream and light chocolate syrup. In the summertime, a crushed ice and I’ve got a mocha frappe better than MickeyDees. Depending on the coffee brand used the flavor will vary. I prefer light roasted vs the burnt flavor of dark roasted.

  4. That looks like a proper treat! I had one of those in a coffee shop not long ago and was wondering if I could make it at home

  5. I would never be able to give up coffee either, I agree, the whole experience is wonderful. This looks divine 🙂

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