Simple Vanilla Latte From Scratch

This simple vanilla latte from scratch has the perfect balance between coffee, vanilla, and cream. Each sip is full of creamy sweetness that’s too hard to resist. You’ll find yourself making this recipe time and time again, especially when the weather’s chilly!

mug of coffee with foam on top of it with a towel behind it
Source: Plum Branch Home

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Vanilla Latte Recipe Inspiration

One of my favorite things in this world is grabbing a special coffee at a cafe or local coffee shop. The drinks are always so flavorful and creamy. The only bad thing is they each cost $6+. So after a recent trip to the coffee shop, I decided to whip up a classic right in our kitchen.

I use my stainless steel Italian coffee/espresso maker on the stovetop and it always turns out perfect.

mug of coffee on a wooden marble coaster and  a towel behind
Source: Plum Branch Home

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • You can use an espresso machine, French press, Italian coffee/espresso maker, drip coffee, or instant coffee. Just be sure it’s extra strong if it’s not real espresso.
  • It’s only a few cents to make compared to $6+ at coffee shops.
  • It tastes amazing just like you’d hope.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee (hot)
  • 2/3 cup cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Make strong coffee; if not using an espresso machine or Italian coffee maker, double the amount of beans/grounds.
  2. In a small pot, combine cream, vanilla, and honey.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until warm. Froth with an electric mini whisk if desired or stir with spoon.
  4. Pour the coffee into a mug, followed by the warm vanilla cream.
  5. Mix together and enjoy!

Reheating Tips

If you wish to reheat this latte, add what’s leftover into a pot on the stovetop. Warm over medium heat for 2-5 minutes until it reaches the temperature you prefer.

Scones To Serve With It

Variations

  • swap maple syrup for honey for a vanilla maple flavor
  • add a dash of cinnamon to your mug for warmth
  • use coconut milk or dairy-free cashew cream for a delicious plant-based option
mug of coffee with foamy milk and coffee beans beside it
Source: Plum Branch Home

Recipe FAQ

What’s the difference between a latte and a vanilla latte?

A latte is a little bit of strong coffee or espresso and a lot of steamed milk or cream. A vanilla latte is the same thing but with the addition of vanilla syrup or extract.

What is a latte?

A latte consists of 1 or 2 espresso shots, steamed milk, and a thin layer of frothed milk.

Is this vanilla latte super sweet?

No, this vanilla latte only has 1 Tbsp of honey in it making the sweetness perfect without being overbearing.

Are vanilla lattes healthy?

This vanilla latte recipe is healthy! Usually they’re not due to high levels of sugar which is why I wanted to create a wholesome version.

How can I make this a French vanilla latte?

French vanilla is usually vanilla with a little bit of hazelnut so if you want you can add a dash of hazelnut extract to this drink.

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mug of coffee with foam on top of it with a towel behind it

Simple Vanilla Latte From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine
This simple vanilla latte from scratch has the perfect balance between coffee, vanilla, and cream. Each sip is full of creamy sweetness that's too hard to resist. You'll find yourself making this recipe time and time again, especially when the weather's chilly!
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee hot
  • 2/3 cup cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Instructions
 

  • Make strong coffee; if not using an espresso machine or Italian coffee maker, double the amount of beans/grounds.
  • In a small pot, combine cream, vanilla, and honey.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until warm. Froth with an electric mini whisk if desired or stir with spoon.
  • Pour the coffee into a mug, followed by the warm vanilla cream.
  • Mix together and enjoy!
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious vanilla latte! Love the flavor.
    Was what I needed on a cold drizzling rainy day.
    Iโ€™ll be making this latte any time of the year.