Lattes are expensive! Especially if you them made with non-dairy milk, sometimes being a vegan sucks. I hate being charged extra for non-dairy milk only to see them reach into the cooler and pull out a carton of Almond Breeze. Gross! Plus low-quality non-dairy milks, often contain an ingredient your body can’t digest: carrageenan.
For this recipe I used Forager cashew milk, which is made with ingredients your body can digest. I also like the unsweetened West Soy milk, which is made with just two ingredients: soy beans and water. Please note that the non-dairy milks that contain the least amount of emulsifiers and preservatives will ultimately cost more. I noticed a dramatic difference in how I felt after switching to higher-quality non-dairy milks, so I encourage you to do the same, despite the cost difference.
But how do you make it frothy? with a whisk of course! A fancy milk frother isn’t necessary, just briskly whisk the coffee as little bubbles form. So with just a few simple ingredients and a whisk, you can make your own affordable, vegan latte at home. Even better, by adding ingredients like maca powder, cinnamon, and ginger you can take your coffee routine to the next level.
What is Maca Powder?
Maca is a root vegetable that grows in the mountains of South America, mainly in Peru. After the vegetable is harvested, it is made into a powder and sold all around the world. Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body naturally adapt to stress. It also helps to balance hormones and increase fertility in both men and women. People who drink maca claim that it helps to make them feel more alive and energetic. Read more about maca here.
Why I Love Maca Powder!
I’ve been using maca powder for years. It adds an amazing caramel flavor to my coffee and smoothies. I have noticed an increase in overall energy when used on a regular basis, but mostly enjoy it for the flavor it offers my food. Maca pairs well with chocolate, which seems to take my smoothies to the next level.
If you don’t have an espresso maker, you could boil down already brewed coffee for a stronger, more espresso-like flavor. For each serving, boil 1 cup brewed coffee until it’s reduced by half (1/2 cup). I do not own an espresso maker, this is affordable vegan food, so I invented the boil down method.
A whisk works just as well as a coffee frother, just by quickly whisking your coffee you will see little air bubbles being created. Making your coffee taste just like a latte you’d get from a coffee shop, but for half the price.
- 1 shot espresso, or 1 cup coffee reduced to ½ cup
- ¾ cup Forager cashew milk, or milk of choice (carrageenan free)
- 1 tsp maca powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- sweetener of choice
- Place all ingredients in a small pot. Heat over medium heat while whisking briskly to create a foam.
- Pour into a mug and sprinkle cocoa powder or cinnamon on top.
I hope this post encourages you to make your own latte at home and use ingredients that will ultimately help you feel your best. : )