Recent years have shown an increase in popularity of the non-dairy alternative. One of the most popular dairy milk substitutes is almond milk. It is a healthy way to get your dairy fix without all the downsides of traditional milk.
One of the best ways to drink this substitute is in coffee, and an almond milk latte is a great place to start. Not only is it simple to make, but there are several variations of the beverage making it easy to find the perfect one.
If you want to skip cow’s milk in your next latte, keep reading below. We have outlined how to make an almond milk latte without having to do anything complicated. If you are new to alternative dairy, we also shared some of the benefits of giving up regular milk. Plus, we threw in some extra tips, as well!
Benefits of Almond Milk
For centuries, milk has been a staple in many people’s diets. Whether it is the more traditional cow’s milk or variations like goat’s milk, it was the dairy beverage of choice. In fact, at some points in history milk was considered a luxury. It was also considered to be quite healthy.
Although there is no arguing that a glass of milk is better for you than a glass of soda, milk has many drawbacks that people are anxious to avoid. Beyond the calorie and fat content, the recent focus on climate change has people making the switch to beverages that don’t produce as many greenhouse gases.
Those are not the only upsides of almond milk, however. It has a lot of nutrients among a long list of other things making it the healthier choice. Take a look at some of the more prominent pros:
While all of the points above are important, the last two are what we want to concentrate on today. Nut-based milk, and similar alternatives, are considered better for your health, but almond milk is one of the best matches for your coffee. That being said, preparing it correctly can make the difference between a great latte and a bad morning!
To make a basic almond milk latte, all you need is milk and espresso or strong coffee. Let’s start with the basics.
A traditional latte is made with a double shot of espresso, though you can go with a single if you prefer a milder coffee. Many people don’t have an espresso machine, however. If that is the case, you can use a French press, drip coffee maker, or any brewer you have to make a small cup of strong coffee. You also want to use a light roast as it goes best with almond milk.
There are a few recipes that use tea instead of (or along with) coffee, as well. Spiced chai is best, but you can use vanilla chai if so desired (though you should use two tea bags). If you don’t have chai tea bags on hand, you can easily make some with a few spices from your cabinet. You will need:
Add the teabag and spices to a mug. Fill halfway with water, so the tea will be strong. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to let the spices fully dissolve.
After you have chosen your coffee, you also need to choose which almond milk you prefer. There are three main options; sweetened, unsweetened, and vanilla. Depending on your taste, any of them will work.
That being said, almond milk can be slightly bitter, so many people prefer sweetened especially if you like sugar in your coffee. Vanilla works well in many recipes, as well. It also gives the milk a little extra sweetness. Regardless of which you choose, they will all be prepared in the same way.
You can get quite creative with your almond milk latte recipe as easily as you can with a traditional one. Here are some of our favorite optional ingredients to give your brew an extra special touch.
How to Make a Hot Almond Milk Latte
To get started, we want to share how to make the traditional hot latte with almond milk. The first step is to choose your milk and style of brewing.
1. Make the coffee.
If you have an espresso machine, use a light roast to brew two shots of espresso. If not, you can use a French press, Keurig, drip coffee maker, etc. The trick is to brew a strong yet small (about half a standard cup) coffee. Add sugar or sweetener as desired and place to the side.
2. Steam the almond milk.
The next step is to warm your milk. Almond milk and dairy milk are similar to work with. The easiest way to heat it is with a steaming tool. Otherwise, you can do so on the stove. In a small saucepan, heat about 1 ½ cups of almond milk on medium heat. You don’t want to bring it to a boil. Instead, whisk consistently in a rapid motion until the milk is hot and slightly frothy. Remove from heat.
Optional: Once removed from the heat, you can add a small portion of the milk to a separate bowl and continue to whisk to create a thicker foam.
3. Combine the coffee and milk.
A latte should have one part coffee and three parts milk. Within the milk, the majority of it should be steamed with only a small portion on top being foam. Many people prefer to eliminate the frothed portion, however; especially if they are making their latte at home.
Add your milk to the coffee and enjoy!
How to Make an Iced Almond Milk Latte
Making an iced almond milk latte is even easier than making a hot one. To start, brew your espresso or coffee as shown above. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cool, transfer the coffee to a tall glass. Add ice and cold milk. Viola.
Alternatively, you can make an almond milk iced latte by making it hot first then pouring it over ice. In this case, though, you will have a more diluted version as the ice will melt quicker. It is important to heat almond milk before mixing it with hot coffee to keep it from separating.
As we mentioned above, there are a lot of extras you add to your almond milk latte to give it an extra kick. What’s more, a lot of people enjoy coffee with a little sweetness. Next to adding sugar or other sweeteners, latte-lovers have found healthy and interesting ways of adding flavor.
Sugars & Sweeteners
If you are looking for a calorie-friendly alternative to regular sugar, artificial sweeteners can reduce fat content while still balancing the bitter and bold taste. To give your latte some sweetness, you want to add the sugar to your coffee before adding milk. Allow it to completely dissolve by giving it a quick stir.
To add sugar/sweetener to an iced latte, however, you have two options. First, you can add the sugar to your coffee before it cools. Second, you can make liquid sugar (known as “simple sugar” in the food and beverage industry). This is a quick recipe you can make by adding a couple of teaspoons of boiling water to your desired sugar. The hot water melts the sugar/sweetener, making it easier to dissolve in a cold latte. You can also make a larger portion of liquid sugar that can be kept in the refrigerator for a week.
Spices & Syrups
If you are not a fan of sugar but still want to add a little something extra to your latte, we suggest going with natural coffee syrup, honey, spices, or even maple syrup. All of these options are not only delicious but open up many unique and fun recipes.
Here are some of our favorites:
Almond Milk Tips
Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk especially when it comes to coffee drinks such as lattes. Before you set off to find your favorite version of this healthy beverage, we wanted to point out a few helpful tips you should keep in mind.
Once you find a good alternative for dairy milk, the coffee options you once forwent to stay healthy open back up. Making an iced or hot latte with this ingredient will add a lot of benefits to your coffee. We hope you enjoyed this article and have found a tasty almond milk latte recipe to try out.
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