A clean eating coffee house remake – this healthy Almond Latte is made with homemade vanilla almond milk creamer, and is naturally sweetened with dates! This paleo and vegan latte can be enjoyed hot or over ice.
Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer
I was so excited when I found out Starbucks was going to start carrying almond milk — and then so sorely disappointed to try it only to find it was way too sweet, and not very creamy.
A store bought carton of almond milk doesn’t make a good latte. Almond milk is mostly water, so mixed with coffee, the almond flavor is totally overpowered by strong coffee.
A good almond latte needs to be made with a thick homemade vanilla almond milk creamer.
While it sounds complicated, it literally takes minutes to make (once your almonds are soaked!).
After you have plump soaked almonds (you might want to soak a few extra — these make a surprisingly delicious snack all on their own!), add them to a blender with some water, a vanilla bean, and a date or two (or three). One large medjool date is enough to make a lightly sweet drink, 2 medjools makes it pretty sweet, and 3 will leave it as sweet as a coffee house flavored drink.
After the mixture is well incorporated (it will take 2-3 minutes in a high speed blender, or longer in a standard blender), pour over a cheesecloth or into a nut milk bag to strain out the almond pulp. A little messy, but believe me, it’s worth it!
Once you’ve tried this simple almond milk creamer, there’s no going back. Almond milk, while I love it, doesn’t really taste like almonds — this upholds the very essence of almonds in a luxuriously silky cream substitute.
How to Make an Almond Milk Latte
One you have your almond creamer made, you’re ready to make either a hot latte or an iced coffee.
I like to start both drinks with cold brew coffee. You can also use espresso, or even instant coffee made extra strong.
This vanilla almond milk creamer foams in the blender, with a whisk in a saucepan, or using my favorite technique- with a milk frother. Since you most likely already have your blender dirty, just let it run a few extra minutes, and you’ll have enough foam to make cappuccino like treats. Even if I am making them iced, I froth the almond creamer well so I have a frothy top to my drink.
Dates are a great sweetener for drinks, especially when you’re already blending up nuts for a vegan or paleo option. If you love the idea of a healthier coffee or tea beverage, check out my Hazelnut Hot Cocoa, Hazelnut Iced Chai Latte, or my Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee Concentrate.
Tips for the Best Almond Latte
- I use a nutmilk bag to make homemade almond milk. I’ve used coffee filters and cheesecloth also, but it’s so much faster and easier using the purpose made bag, it’s worth the small investment.
- I use my Vitamix to make nutmilks, but soaking nuts ahead of time makes them easy to blend in any blender.
- You can make the vanilla almond milk creamer frothy using a blender, a whisk in a saucepan (the hard way!), or my favorite method, using a handy milk frother ( <– really fun buy if you love homemade coffee drinks, or want a fun stocking stuffer idea.)
Vanilla Almond Latte
- 1 cup almonds soaked overnight
- 1 1/2 cups water + 1/2 cup more
- 1-3 medjool dates
- 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cold brew coffee or espresso*
- Add soaked and drained almonds to a blender with pitted dates and vanilla. Choose 1-3 dates depending on desired sweetness.
- Start by adding 1 1/2 cups of water, and blending into a fine puree, about 2-3 minutes in a high speed blender.
- Add 1/2 cup more water, and pulse to combine well.
- Strain almond pulp out of the cream by pouring into a jar with a nut milk bag or with cheesecloth. After the creamer has stopped dripping through, be sure to squeeze as much creamer out of the pulp first before discarding. Quite a bit of liquid will still in in the pulp.
- If making hot lattes, heat cold brew coffee or make espresso or strong French press coffee. I like these with slightly more than half being almond creamer.
- If making iced lattes, fill glassed with ice, and pour them about 1/2 way full with either cold brew coffee or espresso. Fill the rest of the glasses with vanilla almond milk creamer.
Other Healthy Make-at-Home Coffeehouse Treats:
- Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, by Cooktoria
- Skinny Dark Chocolate Peppermint Coffee Creamer, by Amy’s Healthy Baking
- Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee, by iFoodReal
- Hazelnut Hot Cocoa, by Sunkissed Kitchen
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