Dairy-free Dalgona Whipped Coffee: the Viral TikTok Drink Recipe Made Primal

dalgona whipped coffee tiktok drinkDalgona coffee, or whipped coffee, is the viral TikTok drink that’s suddenly plastered all over your feeds. To be perfectly honest, it couldn’t have hit the waves at a better time. Staying at home means you are your own barista, and your kitchen becomes your new favorite coffee shop. And the new shelter-in-place lifestyle leaves us with a few extra minutes in the morning to make a fancy coffee drink every now and again.

What is Whipped Coffee, aka Dalgona Coffee?

Dalgona coffee is basically an upside-down iced latte. Instead of coffee on the bottom and frothy milk on top, you have milk on the bottom and fluffy coffee whip on top. The contrast looks incredible in a glass, and according to the Internet, it tastes amazing.

The problem with most whipped coffee recipes is that sugar and milk are the star ingredients. For most of us, drinking that much sugar and dairy first thing in the morning would knock us down when we’re trying to wake up.

The solution? Make it Primal. Swap the dairy, and add skin nourishing collagen powder for morning protein to get you going. As a bonus, the collagen adds structure, so that your whipped coffee stays frothy. Most whipped coffee recipes will fall flat after a few minutes.

How to Make Whipped Coffee: Dairy-free Dalgona Coffee Recipe


Servings: 1

Time in the kitchen: 5-8 minutes (depending on how fast you can whip)

  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 3 Tbsp. instant coffee
  • 1 scoop unflavored collagen peptides
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated monkfruit sweetener
  • 1c almond or coconut milk
  • Optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder


Combine the water, instant coffee, collagen, and monkfruit sweetener. Whisk, whisk, and whisk some more until it takes on the appearance of fluffy peanut butter. If you’re not up for an arm workout, use a hand mixer or stick blender for this step.

Fill a glass with ice, then fill the glass halfway with almond or coconut milk. Float your whipped coffee mixture carefully on top of your iced coconut milk. Make sure you snap a pic of your creation before you sip. You didn’t do all of that whisking for nothing!

Nutrition Information (1 glass):

Calories: 120

Total Carbs: 46 grams

Net Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 4.5 grams

Protein: 11 grams

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  1. I always see this Dalgona coffee trend on a social media site. Everyone is sharing their own Dalgona coffee. It’s really one of the trends in this time of lockdown.

  2. I made this because it looked so fun! Not quite sure what I was expecting but I was disappointed when I realised I had just made a really labour intensive instant coffee 😀

    You get a better result making an actual good cup of coffee and adding a tablespoon of whipped cream on top which you gently fold in. Stays fluffy and delicious without the 10 minutes it takes to make this silly drink.

  3. My favorite recipe I’ve made from marks Daily Apple!!!

  4. A brit, I am always amazed at what you find appetizing on the other side of the pond. I tried a Starbucks Iced latte once, cold watery slop, truly horrible but then again most of their coffee is mediocre at best. Dalgona looks like it might be equally disappointing but in a subtly different way.
    I started drinking coffee at boarding school because if you wanted to hang out in the girls’ studies you had to drink something and I hate tea!
    I didn’t really get coffee until i went on a business trip to Aeritalia in Rome in my 20s. After lunch we were taken to the coffee bar and I was handed a very small cup of espressso with a crema top you could almost stand a spoon up in. Amazing, they were a bit surprised I didn’t take sugar but I never have.
    after lusting after a La Pavoni for years I finally got one and renovated it. A manual, shiny chrome, lever operated espresso machine. It makes fantastic coffee if the grind is fine enough. Find a good roast, not normally on the supermarket shelves, and an espresso, latte if you must, cappucino, macciato or flat white is yours for the asking. I gave up dairy recently so now use oatmilk but it still tastes great. Each to his own of course but a really good coffee doesn’t need sugar, collagen powder, it just spoils the taste! however if gloop is your poison have at it!

    1. Could not agree more. Also I do not need a cup of coffee with 45 carbs.