My favorite thing in the whole world is coffee. It gets me through good days and bad days, and it helps me stay productive throughout the day. When people tell me they’re quitting coffee, I give them props, but why purposely take a good thing out of your life???? I will never understand. To make sure my bank account doesn’t feel the consequences of my coffee addiction, I had to make sure I could create a Starbucks-esque latte right in my own kitchen. It’s SO easy too – all you need is a way to brew coffee, milk, and some yummy flavors (if you prefer). I’ve also included my recipe for matcha lattes, which speaks for itself. I’m obsessed with all things matcha, not just because the lattes look so pretty, but because it’s actually healthy caffeine.
Fun fact about me: I used to HATE coffee. I know, it’s pretty shocking considering 90% of my Instagram posts have more to do with coffee than clothes, but growing up, I thought it was just a bitter substance that adults drank every day at work just to get through the day. LOL. Fast forward 10 years…. I am one of those adults. #noshame
What you’ll need:
Hot/Iced Brewed Coffee (I use K-cups & my Keurig)
1 cup milk of your choice (I use nonfat)
Syrup or creamer of your choice – I usually use the Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer from International Delight but you can also use syrups!
Toppings of your choice: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cocoa Powder, Whipped Cream
If you’re not using a milk frother, make sure to have a blender or some container that you can cover and shake up!
Brew your coffee however you like it – both hot and iced work for this recipe!
If you have a milk frother (Recommended), pour your milk into the frother and adjust the settings to create the amount of foam you want – I always go for medium!
Add in your preferred creamer/syrup to your coffee and then pour in the freshly frothed milk!
Top with cinnamon and make swirls on the froth with a toothpick or fork!
**If you don’t have a frother, you can use a blender to make the milk frothy, or you can put it in a mason jar and shake it up. It’ll have the same results!
VANILLA CHAI LATTE
What you’ll need:
1-2 black tea bags
2 cups water
1 cup milk of your choice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of clove powder
Sweetener of your choice (optional, but I like adding organic natural maple syrup. Brown sugar works too)
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, add the tea bags AND spices in. Let boil for 3-5 minutes so that the water can really retain the flavor of the spices.
While the tea is boiling, froth your milk (either with the frother or the method I described above)
Pour your tea into a mug and add your sweetener.
Pour the frothed milk on top and add some cinnamon powder to finish it off!
ICED MATCHA LATTE
What you’ll need:
2 teaspoons organic matcha powder
1 teaspoon water
Sweetener of your choice
1.5 cups milk of your choice (Unsweetened vanilla almond milk works great for this recipe)
Mix the matcha powder and 1 teaspoon of water in a mug until it turns to a paste.
Add the sweetener and mix it up even more.
Froth your milk and pour over the matcha mixture – make sure to mix it up so the matcha can disperse throughout the latte really well!
Add the ice on top and drink up!
*If you want to make the matcha latte hot, just follow the same steps but make sure you heat up the milk before you froth it.
I hope you LOVE these recipes if you decide to make them, because I know I couldn’t live without them! Pro tip: If you’re super into lattes like I am, definitely try to invest in the milk frother I linked above. It’s been my go-to for a couple years now, and it’s versatile enough to make both hot and iced lattes – what else do you need?!