20 tasty latte recipes to warm you this winter

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Particularly in the mornings when you have to wake up despite the lack of sunshine. I frequently refer to coffee as “Life Juice” because some mornings all I can do is caffeinate and hope for the best. But after a nice latte, I feel perked up enough to get through my long day. I’m sure I’m not alone in this! So if starting your morning with coffee of some sort is how you do things, too, then this list should prove pretty helpful.

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Coconut Latte

I have to admit, lattes are a weakness. Decaf or fully leaded, I just love the flavor.Since I gave up dairy (and boy has that been a bumpy ride!), I have relied more and more on the use of light coconut milk in cooking. So I figured, why not try it in my coffee, too. Holy moly!! I didn’t know coffee could be that creamy without real cream! I have to admit, however, that this recipe falls into the “not-really-sure-you-can-call-this-a-recipe” category simply because it’s so adjustable. Which is why I won’t be giving you any measurements. Hence, the not-really-sure-it’s-a-recipe thingy.

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Chai Latte

What I love about this recipe (and about all clean eating) is that I know exactly what ingredients are in my cup. And I know that each and every one of them has a wonderful nutritious benefit. Something about that knowledge makes this cup of tea taste even better. Originally known as a Masala Chai, this is an Indian, heavily spiced tea with plenty of milk added. A 12-ounce chai latte has approximately 70 mg of caffeine and is often enjoyed in place of coffee. It has a sweet, earthy and heavily spiced flavor that comes from a blend of spices and typically black tea. The spice combination can vary depending on where you get it or who makes it. But generally speaking, it’s a mix of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and even peppercorns. Typically made from scratch, it would be a blend of black tea, spices, milk and sweetener. But these days, you can buy Chai already blended with the spices.

How to make it.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

I remember the day I took my first sip of a friend’s PSL from Starbucks and just about fell over at the amount of sugar. It made my teeth ache! But I did like the flavor, so I decided to go home and try making it myself. What I came up with is, in my humble opinion, leaps and bounds better than the sip I took that day from my friend’s drink. In the fact, I have to be careful not to let Mini Chef get ahold of this because it’s almost like candy. Hot or cold, this is seriously good stuff! I would even be willing to bet that you too could kick the Starbucks habit completely with this little recipe. My friend sure did! The price, flavor and nutrition of this homemade version is just so much better! That’s quite a difference, don’t you think? The ingredient list alone is a major upgrade for your health when you make this at home!

Here’s the recipe.

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Apple Pie Spice Latte

So usually, I’m all about the pumpkin spice lattes this time of year. But this season, I tried something a little different. Something a little bit more “holiday” than “autumn”. And you know what? It turned out FABULOUS!!! I’m seriously raving about this apple pie spice latte now. Not that I don’t love my pumpkin spice lattes, but it’s nice to “mix it up” a little every now and again, and this is certainly a delicious way to do just that!

Let’s drink!

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte

This type of drink takes a process. A process where each step lends itself to the full and wonderful flavors that chai and spice can impart. It’s warm, spicy and perfect for warming up from the inside. If you live in snow country or just generally tend to run cold, this is a wonderful winter drink. Especially during the holidays! All those warm spices brewing on your stove will make your house smell wonderful! The main difference between a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin spice chai latte is that the first uses coffee and only pumpkin pie spice. The latter uses chai and several more spices. The process for making this type of latte is a little different than making the coffee version. You first have to make it in steps. Not complicated steps, just a couple more than making coffee. But the effort is worth it for sure if you’re a chai lover!

Here’s your recipe.

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Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte

My new favorite drink is here! A Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte, made iced for the Spring/Summer or hot for the Fall/Winter! It is flavorful, sweetened just right, refreshing, nutrient-dense, and made totally dairy-free! Confession: I’ve never been a huge matcha person until recently, and I am now fully obsessed! I cut out coffee and added matcha to my life and I am loving it. It’s packed with antioxidants, boosts memory, has detoxifying properties, and so much more.

Have a drink.

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Gingerbread Latte

There’s nothing cozier than sipping a warm gingerbread latte on a chilly day! This Healthy Gingerbread Latte is super easy to make and uses minimal ingredients. Naturally free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten – it’s a festive treat than anyone can enjoy if they’re looking for some fancier coffee!

How to make it.

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Vanilla Almond Latte

I was so excited when I found out Starbucks was going to start carrying almond milk — and then sorely disappointed to try it only to find it was way too sweet, and not very creamy. A store-bought carton of almond milk doesn’t make a good latte. Almond milk is mostly water, so mixed with coffee, the almond flavor is totally overpowered by strong coffee. A good almond latte needs to be made with a thick homemade vanilla almond milk creamer.

Get to it!

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Mocha Latte

I was never really into straight coffee, even when it was the trendy thing to do on the way into class or on a first date or because you stayed up all night cramming for a test… but I’ve always been a sucker for a good mocha latte. It’s the lure of chocolate, I suppose. I’d eat just about anything if chocolate was involved and I know I’m not the only one. (Case in point: chocolate-covered insects. And raisins.) Coffee and cocoa make a heck of a duo and I love starting a cool winter day curled up with one of these bad boys.

Here’s your recipe.

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Iced Maple Latte

The first time I had a maple latte was when I was on my trip to Vermont in July.  I got home and couldn’t stop thinking about the amazing maple latte I had….ok, really, all of the delicious maple treats I enjoyed. I knew I had to recreate the iced maple latte at home. I have always preferred iced coffee – even in the dead of the winter – so naturally, that is how I enjoy this drink, but you can enjoy it hot too.  That’s the best part – it’s so flexible and SO tasty.  This latte has the perfect amount of sweetness; nothing too overpowering.

Drink it now!

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Vanilla Soy Matcha Latte

This vanilla soy matcha latte is dreamy and creamy with perfect sweetness! Plus it is also quick and easy to assemble. While my favorite way to prepare matcha is the traditional method simply whisked with hot water, my husband and I have been enjoying these lattes lately.

Get the recipe here.

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Sweet Potato Latte

A sweet potato latte? It may sound strange, but once you take a sip of this delicious and warming drink, which is a mixture of milk, sweet potato and maple syrup, you may change your mind. This drink is popular in Korea, where it is called Goguma latte. Even better is that it is easy to make and you can make a version using coconut milk!

 

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Turmeric Vanilla Latte

Today’s Turmeric Vanilla Latte recipe is perfect if you’re trying to kick coffee to the curb. It has just the right amount of turmeric and vanilla to taste exactly like a dream. It’s also super frothy.

To the recipe!

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Cinnamon Coconut Latte

If you’re missing that frothy coffee house latte, this ultra-creamy Cinnamon Coconut Latte will fill that void for a fraction of the cost! Plus it leaves you satisfied longer thanks to the addition of blood sugar-stabilizing fats.

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Choco-Banana Chai Latte

While the version of the Choco-Banana Chai Latte I posted last year was made with milk, I knew that I had to veganize it this year. And while attempting to make it vegan, I also decided to tweak it just a tinge. It’s easy and delicious to make, and we promise you’ll enjoy it.

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Peanut Butter Honey Latte

I’ve been straight-up obsessed with this peanut butter and honey latte. It all started with a trip to Stumbeanos, one of my favorite Fargo coffee shops. The shop had just opened, and I was the first customer, having come early to meet a friend. I recognized the barista as the owner, and I asked him what seasonal drinks they had come up with. He began describing a peanut butter and honey latte, and I ordered it immediately. One sip, and I was in love. I knew I had to recreate it at home.

Here is the recipe.

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Iced Honey Vanilla Latte

There’s not much to say here — this is one of the simplest recipes ever. And it’s so much healthier, not to mention cheaper, than buying a “fancy” latte from your favorite coffee shop. The key here is a honey vanilla simple syrup, made in advance with honey, hot water, and vanilla extract. Just add some of the syrup to brewed coffee and top with ice and whole milk.

How to make it.

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Salted Caramel Latte

To turn a regular latte into a salted caramel latte, you’re going to need something sweet with the flavors of caramel, and just a dash of salt. I like to avoid the refined sugars and artificial flavors and sweeteners of the commercial version so I turn to more wholesome ingredients I already have in my kitchen. My normal version: I don’t like my coffee super sweet, so I just mix in a little vanilla extract, drizzle a little raw honey over the top, and sprinkle it with a little Himalayan salt. My “treat” version: If I really want something a little more decadent, I’ll top the latte with a dollop of whipped cream.

Whip it up!

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Hazelnut Mocha Coconut Latte

To make this latte all you need to do is add some cold brew and mix in the toasted Hazelnut coconut milk until it’s the strength you like it. For me it’s 1/4 cold brew to 3/4 nondairy milk. Then add a squirt or two of chocolate syrup. Want a frappuccino instead? Add the latte mixture plus a pinch of xanthin gum or 1/2 teaspoon ground chia seeds to your blender and blend well. Add crushed ice and blend until it’s as thick as you like it. I like mine very thick so I do about 1 cup ice to 1 cup latte blend.

Here’s the recipe.

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White Chocolate Coconut Latte

This healthy white chocolate mocha recipe is made with organic cocoa butter, vanilla, cream, maple syrup and coconut milk powder.

Get the recipe here.

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