This almond milk latte is vegan, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It only requires two ingredients and it can be made hot or iced. It's super easy to make quickly on busy mornings and tastes so delicious! The options are endless with this latte.
This is my go-to latte recipe that I make nearly every day. I love iced lattes, but you can choose to make this hot if you prefer! It's such a simple latte recipe that leaves plenty of options for you to customize it exactly to your liking.
If you're looking for another delicious latte recipe, try this pumpkin spice iced latte!
I'm not kidding when I say this is the easiest latte recipe. It can't get much simpler than espresso and almond milk, can it? You might not have time for elaborate recipes before work or school, but you'll have time to make this latte!
- espresso: you can use espresso, freshly brewed coffee, or even instant coffee for this almond milk latte. Espresso is ideal to make this a true latte, but use what you prefer! I use blonde roast, but medium or dark roast works well too.
- unsweetened almond milk: be sure to use an unsweetened variety of almond milk or other dairy-free milk of your choosing.
- ice cubes: this recipe uses ice cubes to make an iced almond milk latte, but you can choose to make the latte hot if you prefer hot drinks.
- coconut sugar: coconut sugar is an unrefined sugar that is used as an optional sweetener in the recipe. Feel free to omit if you want a simple, sugar-free version.
The best part about this latte is how simple it is to make on those busy mornings!
How To Make An Iced Latte
You can have this almond milk latte made in less than 15 minutes. I'm serious! This recipe makes about a 20-ounce drink, but you can easily make it a 16-ounce drink if you use less ice.
STEP 1: Brew espresso. Brew your espresso or coffee and while it's still hot, stir in your coconut sugar or desired sweetener. Place it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill, or else it will melt your ice really quickly.
STEP 2: Fill glass with ice. While your espresso is in the fridge, add ice cubes to fill your glass about ¾ of the way full.
STEP 3: Pour chilled espresso over ice. Since the espresso has been chilled in the fridge, it shouldn't melt the ice very quickly.
STEP 4: Add almond milk. Pour the unsweetened almond milk over the iced espresso. Stir until well combined.
TIP: You can mix in your favorite dairy-free creamer or add dairy-free whipped cream on top for a sweeter latte. Enjoy!
How to Make A Hot Latte
Making a hot latte is just as easy as making an iced latte, except you don't have to chill the espresso.
STEP 1: Brew espresso or coffee. While it's hot, stir in the coconut sugar or your favorite sweetener (consider using maple syrup or adding vanilla extract).
STEP 2: Heat almond milk. You can heat your almond milk in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove. Once warm, froth the milk in a blender or use an electric whisk to make the milk light and foamy.
STEP 3: Pour espresso into a 16-ounce glass. Then add the almond milk. If desired, use a spoon to keep some of the foam aside to add on top of the latte after adding the milk.
TIP: Consider topping your latte with a dash of cinnamon for extra flavor!
This is a vegan, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free almond milk latte. But you don't have to make it vegan if you prefer using dairy. Here are some suggestions if you want to make substitutions:
- Milk - instead of using unsweetened almond milk, you can use unsweetened coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, or plant milk. You may also use dairy milk (such as whole milk) for a creamier and richer taste if you aren't vegan or dairy-free.
- Sugar - this recipe uses coconut sugar as an optional sweetener, which is a vegan, unrefined sugar. You may use cane sugar or granulated sugar instead, or use maple syrup, honey, or a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you prefer.
- Espresso - instead of espresso, you can brew fresh coffee or make instant coffee for this recipe. Blonde, medium, and dark roasts all work well. It depends on what your taste is!
When made as directed, this is a very simple, low-sugar latte that isn't very sweet by itself. If you want a sweeter latte, there are many ways you can customize the drink.
- Maple Cinnamon Latte - mix 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup with ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Add it to the hot espresso to make a maple cinnamon almond milk latte.
- Mocha Latte - mix 1 tablespoon coconut sugar with 1 teaspoon cocoa powder and mix it to the hot espresso to have some chocolatey, mocha undertones to the latte.
- Caramel Latte - add 1 tablespoon caramel to the latte for a richer, sweeter flavor.
- Vanilla Latte -- add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to the latte.
- Creamy Latte - consider adding a few tablespoons of your favorite coffee creamer to make the almond milk latte extra creamy and sweet. I love doing this!
- Frozen Latte - if you want to make a frozen latte, similar to a starbucks frappuccino, blend all the latte ingredients in a blender with ice to have a thick, indulgent drink!
For the perfect fall drink, try this pumpkin spice iced latte.
Coffee vs. Espresso
You can use espresso, brewed coffee, or instant coffee for this recipe and still get good results. Using espresso is what makes it a "true" latte, but there is no harm in adding almond milk to coffee and calling that a latte, too.
Storing The Latte
This almond milk latte is best enjoyed immediately, but you can store an iced latte in the fridge for a few days if necessary. If you do this, it's best to leave out the ice and add it to the drink right before you're ready to enjoy it.
It's a bit harder to store hot lattes. If you need to, you can keep a hot latte in the fridge and reheat it whenever you're ready to drink it. However, the frothy almond milk might not be creamy after staying in the fridge.
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Almond Milk Latte
- Espresso Machine (or coffee maker)
- ice cubes
- ¾ cup espresso or coffee
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar optional
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
- 2 tablespoons dairy-free creamer
- dairy-free whipped cream for topping
Iced Almond Milk Latte
- Brew espresso and stir in coconut sugar (or preferred sweetener) while still hot. Place the espresso in the fridge to cool for 10-15 minutes. This prevents it from melting the ice immediately.¾ cup espresso, 2 teaspoons coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
- Fill a 20-ounce glass with ice cubes. Pour the chilled espresso over the ice. Then add the unsweetened almond milk. Stir to combine.ice cubes, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Consider mixing in dairy-free creamer or topping the latte with dairy-free whipped cream. Enjoy!2 tablespoons dairy-free creamer, dairy-free whipped cream
Hot Almond MIlk Latte
- Brew the espresso and stir in the coconut sugar (or desired sweetener) while the espresso is hot.¾ cup espresso, 2 teaspoons coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
- Heat almond milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until warm. Froth the milk in a blender or with an electric whisk until it becomes foamy and light.1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Pour espresso into a 16-ounce glass. Then add the milk. Consider mixing in dairy-free creamer or topping the latte with dairy-free whipped cream. Enjoy!¾ cup espresso, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, dairy-free whipped cream, 2 tablespoons dairy-free creamer