Easy At Home Latte Recipe
The approach of fall weather always makes me crave warm drinks, even if it’s still summer hot outside here in the south!
Apple cider, tea, and of course coffee are all on my list of favorites.
But let’s face it,
if you’re being intentional with your spending as well as your health, then making a trip to the local coffee shop everyday for your favorite drink gets expensive in a couple of different ways, amiright?
Hence the birth of the NotaLatte™!
A couple of years ago, I realized I was spending waaaay too much on coffee shops in the form of money, time, and sugar and chemical laden calories. So I got to work trying to replicate one of my favorites, the vanilla latte, at home. I also decided I wanted it to be healthier than the normal sugary versions of this drink, so I made some modifications to the types of ingredients used as well.
Oh, and the name? I call it a NotaLatte because I use coffee in this drink, not espresso. Also, there is no foam on top. So while it resembles a latte closely, it’s not a latte. See what I did there?
This Notalatte is simple, and takes just 15 minutes or so to make.
Easy, healthier, at home version of a vanilla latte
- 1 cup milk
- 6 oz coffee (regular or decaf)
- 1-2 tsp vanilla extract (non sugar kind)
- 1-2 tsp sugar or sugar substitute (white, brown, stevia, maple syrup, etc.)
Make your coffee as you normally would, pouring 6 oz into your favorite coffee mug.
Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat, watching closely so it doesn't burn. And don't let it boil!
Once the milk is steaming, add the vanilla extract to the saucepan and stir. Add milk and vanilla mixture to the coffee already in your coffee mug.
Next, add your choice of sugar/sweetener.
Mix well and voila! Your NotaLatte is ready to enjoy!
There are so many variations and options you can add to your NotaLatte! Try almond extract instead of vanilla. Add a shake or two of cinnamon. Try it out with light roast, medium roast, and dark roast coffees to see which one you like better. So many possibilities!
And if you try this NotaLatte recipe, let me know what you think!