My Go-To Vanilla Latte Recipe (Ready in Less Than 10 Minutes!)

Tired of paying too much in cash and calories for coffee shop lattes?  Learn how to make a vanilla flavored latte at home that is refined sugar-free, healthy, and delicious in less than 10 minutes.

Healthy Vanilla Latte Recipe To Make at Home | Sugar-free and healthy vanilla latte recipe | A Sweet Pea Chef

Friends, today I want to have a conversation about coffee with you. Well, another one considering I already talked to you about coffee when I shared my how to make homemade lattes post or when I showed you how to make healthy coffee creamer.

But, if you are a coffee lover, I know you don’t mind another coffee conversation. And another latte recipe. This time a vanilla latte recipe that makes a healthy and yummy vanilla latte.

Since you’re here, I’m going to assume you’ll take a latte over plain coffee any day. I completely understand. Lattes, especially flavored ones, taste better than black coffee for many people. They are also better for relaxing moments. Most people, including me, associate plain coffee with busy mornings when everything is rushed and not enjoyed properly. A latte, on the other hand, is the type of coffee you drink when you meet your friends or family for conversation and a good time. Am I right?

Either way, a vanilla latte tastes good. It’s such a classic.

If you’re wondering what is a vanilla latte, well, it’s basically a latte with vanilla flavors. You can probably get it at any coffee shop, however, I would love for you to learn how to make a vanilla latte at home.

Why?

Because…

  1. a homemade latte is healthier;
  2. a homemade latte is cheaper;
  3. you can adjust the flavors to fit your taste.

Sound good so far?

Good!

Top view of the ingredients used to make healthy vanilla latte including espresso and a measuring cup filled with almond milk.

HOW TO MAKE A HEALTHY VANILLA LATTE AT HOME

Let’s get straight to the point and talk about how to make vanilla lattes because I want to show you how easy it actually is.

  1. the first thing you need to do is to prep the vanilla latte ingredients;
  2. the second thing – make espresso or strongly-brewed coffee;
  3. the third step – combine the coffee with vanilla and the rest of the vanilla latte ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes;
  4. transfer the liquid to a blender and blend until foamy;
  5. the last step – pour the vanilla latte into mugs and enjoy!

What do you think? Learning how to make a vanilla latte is quite simple, right?

Pouring vanilla latte ingredients over the espresso to make healthy vanilla latte.

WHAT’S IN A VANILLA LATTE?

Ok, ok, it’s easy to make a vanilla latte but… what’s in a vanilla latte? You might wonder…

Happy to answer this question you might have. Let’s start with the what’s in a vanilla latte you can buy at a coffee shop, shall we? A regular vanilla latte contains:

  • milk;
  • espresso;
  • vanilla syrup <— refined sugar (probably high fructose corn syrup) and artificial vanilla flavors. boo.

The milk and espresso are totally fine. The vanilla syrup, however… that’s not very good for you. I’ll explain why later but for now, let’s take a look at the vanilla latte ingredients required by my vanilla latte recipe.

To make this French vanilla latte, I use:

  • espresso or strongly-brewed coffee;
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • full-fat coconut milk
  • pure maple syrup
  • pure vanilla extract

Combining the vanilla latte ingredients including espresso, vanilla extract, almond milk, coconut milk, and pure maple syrup in a saucepan over medium high-heat.

MAKING A SKINNY VANILLA LATTE WITHOUT REFINED SUGAR

As you can see from the list of vanilla latte ingredients, there’s no white sugar in my skinny vanilla latte.

Would it be easier if I use sugar-free vanilla syrup?

It would be just a little easier. But not healthier. Sugar-free does not mean healthy. Actually, more often than not, sugar-free means bad ingredients and artificial flavors.

Pure maple syrup is definitely better than sugar-free vanilla syrup. Also way better than refined sugar.  Here’s way more info on sugar, if you’re interested!

Healthy homemade vanilla latte in a mason jar.

ALMOND MILK VS COW MILK

As for why I use almond milk, it’s just a preference. I like the taste of almond milk better in lattes. However, you can use cow milk if you want. If you’re not sure which milk to use, here’s a quick look at almond milk vs cow milk.

One cup of cow milk has…

  • 12 g of carbs;
  • 8 g of fat;
  • 8 g of protein;
  • 150 calories.

One cup of almond milk has…

  • 1 g of carbs;
  • 3 g of fat;
  • 1 gram of protein;
  • ~ 30 calories.

Almond milk is also a great cow milk substitute for people who are vegan or lactose-intolerant.

Aside from almond milk, I also use coconut milk. Coconut milk adds a great flavor to the vanilla latte and it’s also pretty healthy. Take a look at the coconut milk vs cow milk now.

One cup of coconut milk has…

  • 2 g of carbs;
  • 5 g of fat;
  • 0 g protein;
  • ~50 calories.

Pouring vanilla latte from a mason jar to a coffee mug.

WHY I DON’T USE VANILLA SYRUP

I already touched on this before when I mentioned that, even when it is sugar-free, vanilla syrup is not healthy. It really isn’t. That’s why I don’t use it.

Vanilla syrup, and any other coffee syrup, is high in sugar or unhealthy sugar alternatives and artificial colors and flavors. That’s pretty much what you get when you add vanilla syrup to your latte. No nutritional benefits whatsoever. Just bad ingredients.

You can learn how to make vanilla syrup at home or you can do what I do in this vanilla latte recipe – use pure vanilla extract. It’s easy and you’ll get what you want – a totes amazing vanilla latte.

Side view of a glass mug filled with healthy vanilla latte.

CAN I MAKE ICED VANILLA LATTES AT HOME?

To turn this vanilla latte recipe into an iced vanilla latte recipe, all you have to do is serve the drink on ice.

      Basically, all you have to do is…

  1. add ice to a tall glass;
  2. pour the vanilla latte over;
  3. enjoy your iced vanilla latte.

Top view of a healthy vanilla latte in a mug.

MORE HEALTHY COFFEE DRINKS

If you love my vanilla latte recipe and you want to try other healthy coffee drinks, good news – I have more healthy coffee drinks for you! 3 more lattes, healthy coffee creamers for healthy coffee drinks, and a coffee smoothie recipe.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LATTES + 4 LATTE RECIPES

Let’s start with more lattes. You can learn How to Make Homemade Lattes and try 4 Latte Recipes.

Top view of the 4 homemade lattes including eggnog latte, chai latte, vanilla latte, and mocha latte in mugs, garnishes and ready to be served.

Aside from the Vanilla Latte, you will learn how to make Eggnog Latte, Mocha Latte, and Chai Latte. Get the recipes.

HOW TO MAKE COFFEE CREAMER + 5 EASY FLAVORS

If you don’t always have time for making a homemade latte from scratch but you still want flavored coffee, learn How to Make Coffee Creamer. It’ healthy, you can store it in the fridge, and you can add it to your coffee guilt-free.

A side image of 5 glass bottles lined up on the kitchen counter, each filled with one Healthy Homemade Coffee Creamer including Homemade Cinnamon Creamer, Homemade Chocolate Creamer, Homemade Hazelnut Creamer, Homemade Peppermint Mocha Creamer and Homemade French Vanilla Creamer.

The 5 Easy Flavors for the healthy homemade coffee creamer are Cinnamon, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Peppermint Mocha, and French Vanilla. Get the recipes.

HEALTHY COFFEE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Last healthy coffee drink for today – Healthy Coffee Smoothie Recipe. Perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to eat breakfast and drink your coffee.

Side view of 2 glasses of Healthy Coffee Smoothie.

Ready in 5 minutes, the Healthy Coffee Smoothie is breakfast + coffee combined. It’s also yummy and very easy to make. Get the recipe.

Vanilla Latte
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Make a vanilla flavored latte that is refined sugar-free, healthy, and delicious in less than 10 minutes.
Categories: Clean Eating, hot drinks
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 mugs
Calories: 188 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strongly-brewed coffee or espresso
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally, until heated through and slightly frothy on top.
  2. Carefully transfer the liquid to a blender and cover the top with a towel. Blend on high for 30 seconds until foamy. Alternatively, use an immersion blender in the pot. 
  3. Divide among four mugs and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Latte
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

My Vanilla Latte Recipe (Ready in Less Than 10 Minutes!)

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

7 thoughts on “My Go-To Vanilla Latte Recipe (Ready in Less Than 10 Minutes!)

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe and super easy!!

    Can you please explain how using maple syrup is different than using refined sugar? All sugars regardless of what type are metabolized exactly the same once they enter the body. There is no such thing as “healthy sugar” even if they are natural so wouldn’t you need to eliminate the maple syrup?

  2. 5 stars
    So so so good! New favorite at home coffee recipe. I used 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup coffee, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and it was perfect!

  3. 4 stars
    Would it be possible you could list the amount of ingredients for one serving, for the vanilla latte. I general just use unsweetened coconut milk do you think that will change the flavor too much ?

    1. 5 stars
      Robin,

      I used roughly a 1/4 cup of almond, 1/4 of coconut milk, and a 1/4 of strong coffee combined with vanilla and maple syrup to takes. Yields about a small coffee cup worth. Sooo good.

      Shouldn’t change it too much me thinks. Try it and see what happens!

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