Looking for easy and tasty ways to add supplemental collagen to your diet? This 4-Ingredient Keto Vanilla Collagen Latte lets you enjoy the benefits of collagen in a simple and scrumptious way. Ready in less than 5 minutes, you can indulge in a sweet and luscious dairy-free vanilla-flavored latte — with practically zero carbs!
Benefits of supplemental collagen
Collagen supplements have gained popularity in recent years. True, you’ll get collagen from natural foods like animal skin and cartilage as well as bone broth — but who would be nowadays consuming considerable amounts of animal skin and cartilage or bone broth? At least not me. Indeed, collagen exists in pretty regularly-consumed food too, like in meat, fish, eggs, tomatoes, leafy greens, and garlic, but still supplementing collagen might be beneficial for several reasons.
But first of all, what is collagen? Well, to put it simply, collagen is the glue that holds your body tissues together. Collagen is protein and not just any protein: it’s the most abundant protein in your body. Therefore, it’s good to ensure you’ll get enough collagen and foods that promote collagen production. For example, you’ll need vitamin C for collagen production.
There are, in fact, 16 different types of collagen, but 90% of the human body has three different types of collagen, simply named collagen I, II, and III. From collagen-rich foods, bone broth made from beef contains collagen I (great for skin health), whereas chicken and turkey broth are high in collagen II (great for joints).
Even if you get collagen from your diet, supplementing with collagen can support smooth skin, strong bones and muscles, and healthy joints. Moreover, there is an amino acid called glutamine in collagen, which can help improve gut health.
Personally, I take collagen supplements because they are so easy to use. My personal favorite is beef collagen which is mostly type I collagen and thus ideal for supporting skin and bone health. I actually use Verisol hydrolyzed collagen. Hydrolyzing simply means that the collagen doesn’t turn into a gel when you combine it with fluids. I’ve used Verisol collagen more or less regularly for about a year now. I can certainly feel that my skin is in better condition, I recover better from sports, and my stomach is doing great.
How to make this Easy 4-Ingredient Keto Vanilla Collagen Latte
Making this keto-friendly drink is a cinch: just combine all ingredients, heat until piping hot while mixing, and enjoy! Personally, I prefer to prepare the drink in a saucepan over a stovetop, but you can use a microwave oven for heating as well. Actually, the microwave oven doesn’t really save any time as heating the drink in a saucepan is super quick and takes only a couple of minutes at maximum. Well, you still want to keep it at a drinkable temperature, not heat until boiling just to burn your tongue!
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to prepare this delicious and beneficial drink (don’t forget to check the Tips for Variations section at the end of this post to see how to tweak this recipe):
Take a small or medium saucepan. Add 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk…
…2-4 tablespoons powdered erythritol…
…2 tablespoons hydrolyzed collagen powder…
…and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Heat, all the time mixing…
…until piping hot.
Pour into a heat-proof glass.
Decorate, for example, with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate. Mmmmh! Super delicious!
How I came up with this easy keto drink recipe
As I told, I have consumed supplemental collagen for about a year now and even before that occasionally. Usually, I add collagen powder to my morning coffee. However, after a while, I wanted to come up with other ways to use collagen.
A couple of months ago, I added some Ketokamu Ketolla nut and chocolate spread to my morning coffee. Instead of water and brewing the coffee like I usually do, I used unsweetened almond milk and instant coffee that I heated in a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
That was such a delicious twist that I enjoyed the drink several days in a row. However, as I don’t want to consume anything heavy at breakfast, I dropped the Ketolla and had just almond milk, instant coffee, sweetener, and collagen powder. I also added a dash of vanilla extract for a delicious vanilla flavor. I have to say the drink was really tasty!
I still made another variation: Since I don’t consume coffee in the evenings, I simply dropped the coffee and ended up with just almond milk, sweetener, collagen powder, and vanilla extract for an evening drink. I was extremely satisfied with this simple drink and decided to call it Keto Vanilla Collagen Latte. This light drink was a pleasure to enjoy, and it was beneficial with collagen. So simple, so easy — and so delicious!
To take the drink to the next level, I decorated it with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate. What a perfect drink it made!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 cup = 240 ml unsweetened almond milk
- 2—4 tablespoons powdered erythritol
- 2 tablespoons hydrolyzed collagen powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients into a saucepan.
- Heat, whisking all the time, until piping hot.
- Pour into a serving glass, decorate, for example, with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate, and serve immediately.
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|Net carbs||0.3 g|
Tips for variations
If the weather is still hot where you live (or for summer in general), you can make a chilly version of this fabulous drink: Don’t heat the mixture, but pour all ingredients into a blender jar. Add 1 cup (240 ml) crushed ice in addition. Blend until slushy. Pour into a serving glass and serve immediately. Super refreshing — and beneficial for you!
Here are some more seasoning ideas:
• Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice for an autumnal note
• For Cinnamon Bun Latte: add 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
• If you need your caffeine kick, add 1—2 servings of instant coffee granules with the rest of the ingredients
• For a refreshingly minty version, add natural mint flavoring or 1 drop of peppermint oil
• Try other natural flavorings as well: orange flavoring, almond flavoring, or charming cherry flavoring
If you want to create a foamy — and even more nutritious version — add one organic egg to the hot mixture and blend until smooth and foamy.
You can replace erythritol with another natural keto-friendly sweetener, like vanilla stevia. Using just almond milk, collagen, and vanilla stevia, you’ll get a 3-ingredient version!
If you find decent (read: all-natural) vanilla-flavored almond milk, feel free to use it. With only vanilla-flavored almond milk and collagen powder, you’ll get a 2-ingredient version!
Ta-dah! This week we finally launched our Ketokamu baking mix that I have been developing for about half a year now. I have to say the development process was a pure pleasure, but what was even more satisfying was to see the enthusiastic people who were welcoming the baking mix with open arms.
On Thursday, we visited a well-known Finnish keto influencer Mariella (@keto_fi), to launch the baking mix. I had baked lots of tasty goodies from the baking mix, like cake roll, mini pizzas, a loaf of bread, shortbread cookies, chocolate cookies, muffins, donuts, and a cake. Mariella had baked a savory pie that had chanterelles, bacon, and kimchi:
We streamed the baking mix launch event to Facebook Live, and Mariella streamed it to her Instagram followers. We had lots of fun:
People were so enthusiastic about the baking mix that it was sold out in two days! I hope we’ll get a new batch soon.
I’m constantly developing more and more recipes with the baking mix. I actually established a (Finnish-speaking) community on Facebook around the baking mix where I answer questions about the making mix, give tips, and post new recipes.