If you love the taste and aroma of a creamy almond milk latte but don’t feel like paying the hefty price tag that usually comes with this coffee shop indulgence – never fear! Today, I’m putting on my barista hat to show you how you can make your own smooth and creamy almond milk latte right in the comfort of your own home.
Delicious Almond Milk Latte
Last night the clocks went forward here in the UK. Even though I’m delighted that daylight saving means we are heading toward warmer weather and lighter evenings, one less hour in bed means a little morning pick-me-up is in order. Enter my delicious, better than Starbucks, smooth and creamy vanilla almond milk latte to power you through the day!
This Almond Milk Latte is:
Dairy-free and vegan
Perfectly spiked with vanilla and pure almond extract
Smooth and just the right amount of foamy
Quick and easy ~ comes together in just 6 minutes!
So much cheaper than your favorite coffee shop
Ingredients for an Almond Milk Latte
A good latte requires two simple ingredients (espresso and milk) and a few basic steps. But for me, the game changer is in the delicious added flavors. And not those sugary coffee shop syrups ~ just pure flavor extracts. It’s time to get excited about your new favorite coffee beverage.
- Espresso Coffee: Prepare an espresso using your favorite brand, or you can make a strong coffee. The best coffee for this recipe will always be what you like most.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk: A great dairy alternative with a subtle nutty flavor that doesn’t overwhelm the taste of the coffee. Please don’t buy into purchasing a special barista brand of almond milk for this recipe due to claims it foams better. You’ll find the ingredients often include added sugars and inflammatory sunflower oils. Getting a brilliant foam is all in the technique. I get great results from unsweetened almond milk made from almonds and water. The brand I use is Rude Health Unsweetened Ultimate Almond Organic Long-Life Milk.
- Coconut Sugar: Sweetens with a hint of caramel flavor. You could also use maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey if you’d prefer. All sweeteners are optional additions.
- Vanilla Extract: Optional but recommended. Vanilla adds its beautiful aroma and subtle sweetness.
- Almond Extract: Optional and a little controversial as you want to avoid overpowering the coffee. The almond extract enhances the delicious nuttiness of the drink. A delightful flavor combination when your coffee is robust enough to handle it!
How to Make an Almond Milk Latte ~ Step-By-Step
- Heat Milk
Add the almond milk, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract to a saucepan and gently heat until it is hot but not boiling.
- Froth Milk
Once you can see steam rising from the surface of the milk, use an electric milk frother and carefully froth the almond milk until it’s foamy.
- Pour Coffee
Divide the espresso between two mugs.
- Pour Milk
Slowly pour the frothed milk into the coffee mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Stir to combine. Using the same spoon, scoop out the foamy milk over the top of the latte.
Full recipe and ingredients list in the recipe card below.Jump to Recipe
Tips for Making the Best Almond Milk Latte
Your coffee should be strong.
A traditional latte is all about the espresso, which has an intensely strong flavor. But you can make this recipe with something other than espresso. You can use your regular ground coffee and even instant coffee – just make it strong! That way, the almond milk won’t steal the spotlight in your hot latte; but perfectly complement its richness.
Heat the almond milk properly.
Heat the almond milk low and slow. Heating it too quickly can cause it to scorch, ruining the flavor of your latte. Also, avoid adding cold almond milk to your latte, as the acidity in the coffee will cause it to curdle and separate.
Steam before frothing.
The perfect balance of steam and froth will bring out the deliciously creamy texture in your latte! Heat the almond milk until you can see the steam rising from its surface, then froth with an electric milk frother for at least 2 minutes for the best results.
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Almond Milk Latte ~ Full Recipe
Almond Milk Latte
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) espresso or strong coffee (about 4 shots of espresso and 120ml hot water)
- 2 cups (475 ml) unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp pure almond extract
- Prepare: Gather and prepare your ingredients.
- Heat Almond Milk: Add the almond milk, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract to a saucepan and gently heat until it is hot but not boiling.
- Froth Milk: Once you can see steam rising from the surface of the milk, use an electric milk frother and carefully froth the almond milk until it's foamy ~ about 2 minutes.
- Pour Coffee: Divide the strong coffee between two coffee mugs.
- Pour Milk: Slowly pour the frothed almond milk into the coffee mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Stir to combine.
- Add Froth: Using the same spoon, scoop out the foamy milk over the top of the latte.
Almond Milk Latte ~ FAQs
No! You can experiment with other non-dairy milk, like coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, or even homemade almond milk. Any of these different options is a great alternative, but remember, you will get different flavors with all of them. If you prefer to use dairy products, then regular whole milk (cow’s milk) works well too.
There are several different ways to make frothy coffee drinks. You could use a milk steamer, a regular blender, an immersion blender, or whisk by hand (although this will take quite some time). You can even pour the warm milk into a jar with a lid and shake it vigorously until foam forms.
Make the latte per recipe instructions, then chill in the refrigerator. Once cold, pour the latte into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. And there you have it, a refreshing iced latte.
No! You can make espresso at home with a French Press, a Moka Pot, or an AeroPress. Failing that, you can use a strong coffee for this recipe, which will taste just as good.
Yes! If you prefer instant coffee, you will like its flavor in your homemade almond latte. Just remember to make it very strong, so the flavor holds up against the almond milk and other flavors in the drink.
Did you enjoy this almond milk latte? I’d love to know how it turned out. Get in touch via the comments section, and let me know!
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