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Try these Easy Homemade Vanilla Almond Lattes instead of hitting up your favorite café!

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As of late, I have come to terms with the following regarding myself and coffee:

  1. As an adult, it turns out I actually am a coffee drinker.
  2. I don’t like my coffee super strong and straight-up the way I drank it in law school (basically for rocket fuel); instead, I much prefer a medium roast brewed in a French press with a splash of whole milk or if I’m feeling indulgent, half and half.
  3. And a little flavor can be fun.

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Inspiration for recipes comes in many forms. Sometimes a favorite drink triggers food (like my Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream!), and then comes full circle, inciting a craving for the drink (hello, Pumpkin Spice Syrup) that inspired the food in the first place. It can get even more convoluted, sort of like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but with food instead of Kevin. (And yes, the irony that his last name is food is not lost on me.)

But anyway. Long story short, these delicious lattes that will add a little fun to your morning coffee ritual, were inspired by Sahale Snacks® Vanilla Almond Latte Layered Nut Bars that I talked about in this post (along with a few other fab desserts that just happen to be nourishing).

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Now, I can’t say for sure, but I’m just taking a wild guess with the assumption that the Vanilla Almond Latte bar was inspired by a drink. I enjoyed the bar so much, it had me daydreaming about this latte. Vanilla/almond is a subtle combo that pulls out the existing flavor notes in a good cup of coffee.

Also, how fun would it be to bake the flavor profile of Salted Caramel Apple Pecan Layered Nut Bars that I mentioned in this post into a pie? And while I’m on a roll, I think the Honey Almonds Glazed Mix that I incorporated into a sweet breakfast Dutch baby would also be great in a savory dish…I’m dreaming up a cashew chicken-type dish, but with honey almond mix instead of cashews. See? Never-ending inspiration.

Speaking of inspiring, Sahale’s commitment to community is just that. From their website:

Whether it’s in our local Seattle market or the many places around the world where we purchase the nuts, fruit, and spices to make our snacks, we aspire to make a positive impact on the communities we touch.  From small acts such as donating snacks to a local food drive or contributing to larger initiatives to drastically improve our supplier community in Vietnam, we aspire to use our scale to do good in the world.

What inspires you in the kitchen?

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Easy Homemade Vanilla Almond Lattes
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Yield: 2 servings
Vanilla/almond is a subtle combo that pulls out the existing flavor notes in a good cup of coffee, and making milk foam at home for your latte is easier than you might think!
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) very strong hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 cups (475 ml) milk, heated to steaming (see Note)
  • A pinch of nutmeg, for garnish (optional)
  1. Stir together the coffee, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a glass measuring cup with a pour spout and set aside.
  2. Froth ⅔ cup of the hot milk in one of the methods listed below.
  3. Get out 2 latte mugs; pour ⅔ cup of hot milk into each, and then ⅓ cup of the hot coffee mixture.
  4. Divide the milk foam between the 2 cups; sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on each, if desired.
  5. Serve immediately.
What Kind of Milk to Use: I use whole milk, as that’s what I prefer in my lattes. That being said, skim milk (aka nonfat milk) is reputed to froth better (if interested, you can read more about it in this article), but not create better microfoam. I guess it’s a matter of personal preference.

How to Froth Milk/Make Milk Foam at Home Without a Fancy Machine:

The Microwave/Mason Jar Method

The Manual Milk Frother Method

The French Press Method

The Battery-Operated Wire Whisk Method

The Immersion Blender Method (this is the method I used)

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. David @ MilkFrotherJudge says:

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try making almond and vanilla for my coffee , you’ve inspired me. My favorite coffee shop uses it for their cold brew and it tastes amazing .Thanks for sharing your delicious vanilla almond milk latte.

  2. This looks perfect right now as the rain downpour continues here in San Diego. As I sip my espresso the maple syrup and almond extract in these make me think of the breakfast I soon will be making. The rendered fat from the mornings bacon that will accompany them will be used later today on the brussels sprouts and so on it goes.
    I feel and get your thinking Faith, as it is a constant evolution and “Six Degrees” type deal that is always going on in my head, too.

  3. I am VERY into the idea of making lattes at home these days, primarily for cost but also because the SUGAR. Definitely going to get my latte groove on with this!

  4. You’ll laugh but I have been trying to drink my coffee black this year.. I survived January (just barely!) and all I want is one of these lattes :).

  5. I still sometimes drink my coffee black like I used to (oh the rocket fuel! :)) but I definitely like it more on the slightly lighter side nowadays. I wonder if dairy-free milk froths up? I’ve never tried it. This sounds like such a soothing, lovely drink!

  6. I am there with you – I don’t like a super strong coffee either so I am a total latte girl! Love the flavors you added here and surely brings regular latte to a higher level!

  7. I’ve never tried syrup in my coffee. Sounds like something I would like.

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