If you love Lattes, then you will love this oat milk vanilla latte. Completely homemade, sweetened with maple syrup, and topped with frothy oat milk, it is sure to put a smile on your face. This is the perfect treat to warm your hands on a cold winter’s day!
Why Make Your Own Lattes?
I love love love a good cup of coffee. But even better than a good cup of coffee… is a GREAT Latte. Because I live in a rural area, it is a commitment to get in my car and head to the local cafe, and covid has made that even harder.
So I was determined to learn how to make a good homemade latte without investing in an expensive espresso machine. I wanted a healthier version of the lattes sold by the local chain coffee places. I also really love the idea of a homemade version having simple ingredients, no artificial sweeteners or additives, AND bonus, it saves money!
I can’t really tolerate dairy very well and always use a milk substitute, like coconut or almond milk. Having the same issue, my sister Barb told me to try oat milk, one of her favorite milk alternatives. I was a bit skeptical, but now it is a staple in my refrigerator. So when I learned that oat milk makes a great froth for lattes, my heart skipped a beat! And I don’t think it was from the caffeine, just excitement 😉. I made it my mission to learn how to make a great homemade vanilla latte using oat milk and here is what I have learned.
- A mug of Fresh Brewed Coffee (French press coffee works great too!)
- 3/4 cup of oat milk (the thicker the better)
- 2 tsp of maple syrup (more if you like your lattes sweet)
- 1/4 tsp of Vanilla extract
- A sprinkle of Cinnamon (optional)
- Brew a pot of coffee.
- pour hot coffee into your mug filling it 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. (I fill my mug 1/2 full because I love oat milk froth.)
- In a medium saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of oat milk over medium heat. Stir in vanilla extract and maple syrup to the oat milk. Remove from heat as soon as the oat milk begins to steam. *if I am in a hurry, I will microwave the oat milk with vanilla and maple syrup for around 60 seconds – microwave times will depend on your specific microwave. However, I have found the froth always turns out better when steamed on the stove.
- Froth your oat milk and pour it into your cup of coffee. (See below on ways to froth oat milk.)
- Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).
I try to limit my daily caffeine intake to no more than two cups a day, so I have made these oat milk vanilla lattes with decaf, and they are just as tasty.
Frothing Oat Milk
Frothing oat milk can be done in several ways. If you don’t own a fancy espresso machine with an attached frother, then like me, you can purchase a frother. There are many types out there for sale so do a little research. Or, if you aren’t sure you want to invest in any equipment, you can simply place the heated oat milk into a jar with a lid and shake the milk until a froth forms. I did this when I first started making my lattes at home. It doesn’t make quite as much froth as a frother, but it does the trick.
Because froth is one of my favorite parts of a latte, I did a little research and saw that one blog writer and chef, Denisse, from Lepetiteats.com (link in the paragraph below) recommended the Manual Bodum Milk Frother. This frother only costs around $20. I requested one for Christmas, and thanks to my husband, I have been making some amazingly frothy lattes ever since! Totally worth the investment if you plan on making your own delicious lattes.
Other Great Latte Ideas
While searching for great homemade oat milk lattes, I found this awesome blog post by Denisse at Le petit eats. As mentioned above, Denisse suggested the Bodum milk frother. She is a private chef, a caterer of her own business, and a blogger. Her recipes are healthy and look so amazing! In this post HERE, she shows you how to make a lavender latte with oat milk. It sounds so divine I have to try it! She even teaches you how to make a lavender simple syrup and oat milk from scratch!
Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite recipe blogs, and Lindsey has a post HERE on an awesome Oatmilk Honey Latte. I have tried it, and it is so good!
Let me know if you are a fellow lover of Lattes, and leave a comment below. If you have tried one of these mentioned homemade oat milk lattes, I would love to know your thoughts.
Wishing you a latte warmth and happiness today 😁 !
Wondering why you would want to choose healthier food options like Oatmilk Lattes? Check out this post, Find Your Why and Get Healthy. Your Dream May Depend On It!
Need a little more inspiration? HERE is a previous post from Breaking Average Blog, about how this amazing couple is changing the world with coffee! So inspiring it will make you want to support their dream!