I am not a big coffee drink. Every time I go to Starbucks, my usual drinks are the Caramel Apple Spice (no whip) when it is chilly outside, or any one of the Shaken Tea Lemonades. Before becoming dairy free, I would get the occasional Vanilla Bean Frappuccino or Caramel Frappuccino. But now, I cannot have those dairy drinks. Yes I am aware that Starbucks offers soy milk as a substitution but soy milk makes my mouth feel funny and I just don’t like that taste. So, how do I get the occasional Starbucks quality drink without the barista? AND with the dairy free milk I like? Become an at home barista and make something myself!
Vanilla Coconut Cream Latte
First, we must have the Coconut Milk Whipped Creme!
Coconut Milk Whipped Cream
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled in fridge overnight
- 2 tablespoons powdered/confectioners sugar
- 1 beater OR whipping cream dispenser
- Open coconut milk. Scoop the firmed top of the coconut milk into a bowl. Try to avoid the light watery liquid and just scoop the thick white stuff.
- Fold the confectioners sugar into the coconut milk. Smoothing out the clumps.
- With a beater, beat the mixture until fluffy enough for spooning. OR if you have a whipping cream dispenser – use this mixture as you would heavy cream.
Now that we’ve got our coconut milk whipped cream, lets get our drink together. (this recipe makes 2 lattes)
- 2 shots espresso
- 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
- coconut whipped cream (see above)
- 4 drops pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- a few dashes cinnamon
- 1 dash cayenne
- sweeten further with sugar to taste
- garnish: coconut flakes and crushed vanilla bean
- Heat your non-dairy milk and brew your espresso shots. Combine. 1 1/4 cups of milk and 1 espresso shot per mug. Add more espresso if you’d like!
- Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon and cayenne – split between two mugs.
- Stir briskly. Add whipped coconut milk topping and garnish.
Here are some variations!
- Coffee Free: Replace the shot of espresso with 1 heaping spoonful of Hershey’s or Toll House cocoa mix and a few more spoonfuls dairy free milk.
- Chai Latte: sub chai tea mix for espresso
- Coffee Lovers Latte: 2 espresso shots
- Pumpkin Coconut Vanilla Latte: 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
- Coconut Vanilla Mocha: 1 tablespoon cocoa mix into espresso version
This latte is perfect for the extra kick you need with breakfast or a speciality coffee beverage at a great dinner party.