Vanilla Almond Milk Latte (Sugar-Free)

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Enjoy this delicious vegan almond milk latte hot or cold in the morning! You’ll love this sugar-free plant-based beverage made from only healthy ingredients.

If there’s one thing that makes every morning a bit brighter for us, it’s a freshly brewed, creamy, and silky vanilla almond milk latte.

No matter if it’s hot or iced, sugar-free, or slightly sweetened, this delicious vegan beverage is a must in our kitchen!

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Our healthified coffee house remake is dairy-free and sugar-free, made within 10 minutes, and uses common staple ingredients. Instead of using store-bought vegan creamer, we’ll make a simple vanilla almond milk creamer from scratch!

Whenever you need something a bit stronger than a turmeric latte but fancier than black coffee, this recipe is perfect. Find more cozy drinks, brunch ideas, and easy breakfasts on our website!

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Why you’ll love it

  • Creamy and frothy
  • Made from wholesome ingredients
  • Easily customizable
  • Just sweet enough to take off the bitter edge
  • No special equipment needed

Try this delicious barista-quality beverage for an afternoon pick-me-up or cozy morning cup of coffee!

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Ingredients needed

  • Espresso — the base of any good latte.
  • Almonds — the main ingredient for our homemade creamer.
  • Dates — our wholesome sweetener of choice; feel free to use maple syrup or sugar instead.
  • Vanilla — whole vanilla bean or extract.
  • Cinnamon — optional, for some added coziness.

In terms of kitchen tools, you need something to make your espresso, a blender for the almond milk creamer, a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to separate the pulp from the liquid, and mugs or serving glasses.

Iced almond milk latte

If you want to make iced almond milk latte, you’ll need 5-6 ice cubes!

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dark mug on a table with frothed almond milk in which a hand is pouring freshly brewed coffee

How to make almond milk latte

  1. Soak blanched almonds in water for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Make the almond creamer by adding soaked almonds, dates, water, and vanilla to a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy!
  4. Separate the pulp from the liquid using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
  5. Warm your almond milk creamer on the stove or in a microwave.
  6. Make two shots of espresso. Filter coffee will also work.
  7. Froth your almond milk creamer in your blender or use your frother.
  8. Pour creamer into mugs or glasses and add the espresso.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cardamom for a cozy touch. Enjoy!
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Tips & FAQs

  • A general rule of thumb: the better your blender, the shorter you can soak your almonds.
  • It’s best to use a nut milk bag to separate the pulp from the liquid when making your own almond milk creamer, but a cheesecloth may also work.
  • Instead of espresso, you can also make this vanilla almond latte using filter coffee! We recommend using fairtrade when possible.
  • If you want a sweeter version, you can use sugar-free syrups or stevia!
  • Feel free to omit the added spices if you’re not a fan.
  • For a more convenient and higher-fat version, you can use a teaspoon of almond butter, 1-2 dates, and one cup of coffee. Blend until smooth, and enjoy immediately!
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How to make an iced almond milk latte

If you’re looking to make an iced almond milk latte, it’s best to use espresso that’s been chilled — or use some cold brew to make an iced almond milk coffee.

For best results, you may want to chill the glass you’re going to be using for about half an hour. We like to blend our cold brew or espresso with some ice cubes and almond milk creamer to create a frappe, but if you don’t have a high-speed blender, here’s what you can do.

Fill your glass with some ice cubes, pour the espresso and sugar-free almond milk creamer over them, give it a stir and enjoy right away! 

What does almond milk latte taste like?

Almond milk lattes taste different than dairy milk lattes. Depending on the exact milk you choose, it can have a nuttier taste and won’t seem as “neutral” to you if you’re used to dairy milk.

If you cannot stand soy milk, we might be able to convince you that almond milk is actually pretty good in coffee. Try different brands, sweetened and unsweetened varieties, or even make your own at home!

Can you froth almond milk?

Yes, almond milk has some excellent frothing properties! For best results, we recommend using a good amount of almonds to make frothy and rich almond milk at home.

The more fat and protein in your non-dairy milk, the easier it will be to froth! But temperature is also an important factor.

According to the Perfect Daily Grind, your almond milk should ideally be heated to around 150-160 °F (65-70° C). The temperature of your milk can be your best friend in adjusting your final foam level!

To froth almond milk in your blender, you need to pour the warm milk into the jar, then blend on medium speed until frothy. Make sure to cover the lid properly! Depending on the quality of your blender, you end up with fairly nice and uniform foam.

If you want to see how you can froth almond milk using an immersion blender, pump frother, electric mixer, and a couple of more kitchen tools, check out this helpful guide by The Pioneer Woman.

two cups of frothy vegan latte topped with cinnamon next to a linen towel

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Vanilla Almond Milk Latte

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Enjoy this delicious vegan almond milk latte hot or cold in the morning! You'll love this sugar-free, plant-based beverage made from only healthy ingredients.
Serves 2

Ingredients

Almond Milk Creamer

  • 1 cup almonds soaked (140 g)
  • 2 cups water 480 ml
  • 2-3 dry pitted dates chopped
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds only
  • Pinch of salt

Hot Almond Latte

  • 2 cups almond milk creamer 480 ml
  • 2 espresso shots
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional
  • ¼ tsp cardamom optional

Iced Almond Milk Coffee

  • 2 cups almond milk creamer 480 ml
  • 2 espresso shots chilled
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Instructions

Homemade Almond Milk Creamer

  • Add the almonds, dates and water into a lidded jar and soak overnight. Choose either 2 or 3 dates, depending on the desired sweetness.
  • When you’re ready to make your almond milk creamer, drain the soaked almonds and dates. Then transfer them into the blender and add the vanilla, water and salt. Process to obtain a creamy, dense mixture.
  • Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to separate the pulp from the liquid – don’t throw away the almond pulp as you can use it for cookies or vegan cheesecake.

Hot Almond Vanilla Latte

  • Pour the almond milk creamer into a small pot and warm it up over low heat. Alternatively, you can use your microwave.
  • Now, place the warm almond milk into your blender and blend on medium speed for around 15 seconds to obtain a frothy, creamy consistency.
  • Pour into glasses or cups, add the espresso shots and sprinkle with ground cinnamon and cardamom for a cozy touch.

Iced Almond Milk Coffee

  • Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend for at least 10 seconds to obtain an ice-cold creamy liquid.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately!

Notes

  • Use blanched almonds for the best texture of your dairy-free creamer.
  • For a stronger almond latte, use 4 shots of espresso instead of 2.
  • If you don’t have a high-speed blender to make your iced almond milk coffee, simply pour your almond creamer and chilled espresso over some ice cubes in a glass and call it a day.
  • If you cannot find vanilla beans, you can use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract instead.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Almond Milk Latte
Amount per Serving
Calories
121
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
19
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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