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Almond Milk Latte with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup

My husband and I are coffee addicts. We live in a neighbourhood that seems like it has a new coffee shop every week, and our weekends typically just consist of us wandering around the neighbourhood from coffee shop to coffee shop. I will start out by asking if we can stop by a coffee shop for “a treat”, and then that turns into another and another… There is really nothing better than a good latte. I tend to cycle through drink phases as well where I just order the same thing for months at a time and then eventually get bored of it and move on. I am currently experiencing the almond milk latte cycle, and I am quite pleased with it.

An almond milk latte tastes like almonds so if you aren’t a big fan, this probably isn’t for you. I have really been enjoying the nutty flavour that gets added to any latte that has almond milk in it. The problem is that they are a little bit hit or miss when you order them. Some places make great almond milk lattes, and some places do not. Starbucks, for instance, makes a terrible almond milk latte for some reason. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Bucks, but they haven’t quite mastered the almond milk latte. I think the best one that I have had is as a plPreviewace in downtown SD called Herb & Wood. 

I set out to create my own almond milk latte since I am now the proud owner of a very cute milk frother and no longer have to vigorously shake mason jars like a crazy person to froth milk for homemade lattes. That is still an option though if you don’t own a milk frother so don’t panic. I made this latte just using strong brewed coffee since we don’t have an espresso machine, and I am not a big fan of instant espresso. It turned out delicious, and you could have this latte unsweetened or make any kind of simple syrup you like to flavour it.

Vanilla Bean Maple Simple Syrup
1 vanilla bean
4 cardamom pods
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup

Cut the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape out the seeds.

Crush the cardamom pods slightly with the back of a spoon.

Combine the vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, cardamom pods, sugar, water and maple syrup in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure the sugar dissolves without burning.

Continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

Strain the simple syrup to remove the vanilla bean and cardamom pods. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Almond Milk Latte
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you could use regular almond milk or sweetened as well)
2 Tablespoons vanilla bean maple syrup (or other syrup)

Heat the almond milk in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Froth the milk with a milk frother. If you don’t have a milk frother, pour cold almond milk into a mason jar and seal. Shake as hard as you can for 30 seconds. Remove the lid and microwave for another 30 seconds.

Pour the frothed almond milk over hot coffee or espresso. Stir in the syrup.


Almond Milk Latte with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup
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Ingredients
  • Vanilla Bean Maple Simple Syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cup water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Almond Milk Latte
  • ¾ cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you could use regular almond milk or sweetened as well)
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla bean maple syrup (or other syrup)
Instructions
  1. Vanilla Bean Maple Simple Syrup:
  2. Cut the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape out the seeds.
  3. Crush the cardamom pods slightly with the back of a spoon.
  4. Combine the vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, cardamom pods, sugar, water and maple syrup in a medium saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure the sugar dissolves without burning.
  6. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Strain the simple syrup to remove the vanilla bean and cardamom pods. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  8. Almond milk latte:
  9. Heat the almond milk in the microwave for 1½ minutes.
  10. Froth the milk with a milk frother. If you don't have a milk frother, pour cold almond milk into a mason jar and seal. Shake as hard as you can for 30 seconds. Remove the lid and microwave for another 30 seconds.
  11. Pour the frothed almond milk over hot coffee or espresso. Stir in the syrup.

 

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