One of my guilty pleasures is pre-made vanilla lattes. It’s that hint of vanilla sweetness mixed with the tangy espresso that really reels me in. Of course the foam is also amazing. There is never enough foam.
When my son was in the NICU and my mom and I were driving back and forth to the hospital, we stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks almost every single day. Sometimes, we stopped twice a day! This is what I like to call a very delicious waste of hard earned money.
Not only are pre-made lattes hard on the wallet, they are also hard on the body. No matter the size, they are filled with unnecessary calories, sugars, additives and GMOs. Yikes! A much better option for the frugal and heath conscious is making your own lattes at home. It’s a lot easier than you might think and you don’t even need an espresso machine.
This recipe uses brewed coffee instead of espresso. Traditional lattes use 1 part espresso to 3 parts milk. Espresso is much stronger than traditional coffee, which is why this recipe uses less milk. For our purposes, we are using 2 parts brewed coffee to 1 part milk. So, you are getting the same great flavors without the expense of an espresso machine.
First, put your coffee on so it can brew while you’re completing the other steps.
Use the aerator to froth the warm milk. To effectively use the aerator, place it into the milk before turning it on and slowly raise it up and down inside the milk (bottom to top). Continue frothing until you have created your ideal amount of foam. If you don’t have an aerator, they are super inexpensive. Get one here for only $9.99, Stainless Steel Electric Milk Frother.
When it’s ready it will look something like this:
Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla to the frothed milk and briefly use the aerator to incorporate.
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