A clean eating coffee house remake – this healthy Almond Milk Latte is made with homemade vanilla almond milk creamer, and is naturally sweetened with dates! This paleo and vegan almond milk coffee can be enjoyed hot or over ice. The almonds need to soak overnight, so plan ahead!
- 0.1 Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer
- 0.2 What You’ll Need
- 0.3 Cold Brew Coffee
- 0.4 How to Make an Almond Milk Latte
- 0.5 Make this a Perfect Vegan Iced Latte
- 0.6 Tips for the Best Almond Latte
- 1 Other DIY Coffee Drinks
Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer
I was so excited when I found out Starbucks was going to start carrying almond milk — and then 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.
What You’ll Need
- Cold Brew or French Press Coffee
- Vanilla Beans (or vanilla extract)
- Dates (sub maple syrup or Monk Fruit Sweetener for a sugar free option)
A good almond latte needs to be made with a thick homemade vanilla almond milk creamer.
You’ll LOVE this Healthy Almond Milk Coffee Because:
- Homemade almond milk is richer and creamier than store bought, meaning this coffee is satisfying and full of almond flavor!
- It takes minutes to make – just add soaked almonds, water, a date, and a vanilla bean to a blender, process it, and then strain it through a nut milk bag. Keep the creamer on hand and enjoy these for days!
- Using homemade cold brew coffee or French press coffee is a great way to save money (and time in lines!) on your favorite coffee drinks all year round.
- It can be served over ice, or heated up and served hot.
Cold Brew Coffee
I make this most often with cold brew. I have a subscription to Riff Cold Brew, so it get’s delivered to my house monthly. It’s a luxury I don’t want to go without!
Hop on over to the Riff Website to see the savings you get with subscriptions!
How to Make an Almond Milk Latte
Step 1: Place almonds in a jar or bowl, and cover with water. Allow almonds to soak overnight (cool room temperature or refrigerated is fine).
Step 2: Drain the soaked almonds, and then put them in a blender along with fresh water, a date (1 or more, depending on desired sweetness), and vanilla bean. Process the almonds until they are broken down, which takes 2-3 minutes.
Step 3: Pour the almond mixture over a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain out the almond pulp.
Step 4: Combine cold brew coffee and almond milk creamer over ice. You can also use shots of espresso, or even instant coffee made extra strong. I give suggested amounts in the recipe, but use the coffee to almond milk ratio that you enjoy!
Optionally: Reheat both the cold brew and the almond milk creamer and enjoy a hot almond milk latte. This is easier if you just start with French Press Coffee and gently reheat the almond milk creamer to add to it.
Make this a Perfect Vegan Iced Latte
Make it Frothy: This vanilla almond milk creamer gets frothy in a 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.
Naturally Sweeten Your Latte: 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
- If you don’t have dates on hand, use 1-3 teaspoons of date syrup or maple syrup instead.
- 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.)
- If you make almond milk lattes at home often, invest in a Nescafe Aeroccino, which makes the perfect frothy milk for all your coffee needs. It also allows you to chill or heat the milk, so you can use this for a hot latte or an iced latte easiliy.
Other DIY Coffee Drinks
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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.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
O nothing beats homemade nut milk <3 SO fresh and this looks like a delicious latte for it!
Thanks Rebecca — I am having another one right now as I watch the snow fall 🙂 We are supposed to get over a foot in the next 24 hours! I have missed winter.
Sarah | Well and Full says
This latte looks delicious!! But I agree, I feel like Starbucks can be a little heavy-handed with the sugar. It’s so much better to make your favorite drinks at home! 🙂
Coffee Queen says
I was looking for a great non-dairy creamer and now it looks like I found one. I have not made homemade nut milk yet and now I will have to try. Great recipe!
A healthy non-dairy creamer is hard to find! I prefer my own homemade nut milk creams, but if you want convenience (which I do from time to time!), try Nutpods — you can buy it on Amazon, and it’s made from coconut milk and almond milk — and unsweetened.
Ashley Woodward says
Thank you so much for this recipe. I will definitely try this first thing tomorrow!
You’re so welcome Ashley! It makes such a difference to use homemade almond milk– much thicker and uh.. “almondy” – the store bought almond milk is mostly water and I really don’t like it in coffee.
BTW– checked out your blog- looks fantastic. I signed up for the Vegan Meal Plan but got a 404 message 🙁
Ashley Woodward says
Thank you for checking out my blog and I’m so sorry about the error. I’ve been having some issues, but I will definitely let you know about the meal plan as soon as I work out the kinks.
I understand Ashley! No worries — just didn’t want you to miss out on potential new subscribers 🙂 It’s hard being a one-man show, I know!
Kathryn Silk-Neilsen says
Is it possible to make it with something other than the dates? Say, prunes for example? Thanks so much:)
That’s a good question Kathryn! Do you not like dates? I am sure that using prunes would leave a very prune-y flavor and wouldn’t have the same sweetness. You can definitely just add honey, or leave the sweetener out!
Kathryn Silk-Neilsen says
It’s just that I can get pitted prunes and not have to deal with taking the pits out of dates 😉 but I wouldn’t mind trying it with agave syrup or honey… I’m loving this by the way. I’ve been making my own almond milk twice a week since I found your recipe. However, I’ve had to throw a few batches away because it kind of ‘jellified’.. I can only assume it has to do with bacteria. I’m not sure if this is coming from the nut bag. I’ve tried washing it in my washing machine but then the milk has a chemical flavor. I’ve resorted to boiling the bag two or three times and then drying it. It’s the only way I can think of to make sure it’s bacteria free, but it is quite time consuming, 5-10 mins each boil.. Do you have any other suggestions? Xxx
Hi Kathryn! So good to hear from you again. My mom has made my date recipes with prunes for the same reason — I don’t really like the taste, but she thinks it’s fine. You can now buy pitted dates at Costco – a giant bag for like $9 that will last a while! Do you have a Costco nearby? You can also buy them pitted at regular grocery stores but they get pretty expensive that way. I have never had my almond milk jellify, but it does go sour fast. I have read you can keep them around for 4 days, but in my experience, they only last 2 days. I have done research and experimented with things like sterilizing my storage containers (like you!), but nothing seems to prevent it. If I figure out the secret, I will definitely write a post about it! So glad to hear you’re enjoying this latte recipe — I am making it today for a special holiday breakfast with my family!
It’s called majdool, not medjool.
Can you make a bigger batch and refrigerate? How long do you think the cream will last?
Michelle Miller says
Homemade almost milk lasts about 3-4 days refrigerated — not as long as store bought! But you definitely could for a few days! Enjoy.