How to Make Homemade Lattes + 4 Latte Recipes

Learn how to make lattes at home plus everything you need to know about latte flavors and latte ingredients. Bonus – 4 healthy latte recipes you can make whenever you crave a homemade latte!

How to Make Homemade Lattes + 4 Latte Recipes | Learn how to make lattes at home plus everything you need to know about latte flavors and latte ingredients | A Sweet Pea Chef

Before we’re getting into the details of how to make lattes at home and how to make them healthy, let’s talk about latte coffee for a minute, shall we?

In my experience, there are 3 types of coffee lovers – those who love black coffee or plain espresso, those who prefer lattes or sweet coffee drinks, and those who love all types of coffee.

I love a good old flavored latte here and there, especially when it’s cold outside. I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves to relax on the couch covered in a warm blanket with a latte in my favorite mug, am I right?

The problem is that most lattes are not healthy. Nor cheap, might I add. Unless… you make them yourself. I’m a huge fan of transforming delicious but not healthy recipes into clean, healthy, but still totes amazing ones.

Why wouldn’t I do that with latte recipes, right?

Right!

And the best thing about making homemade lattes is that you have full control over the latte flavorings and latte ingredients. That’s always great because you’re not only able to make healthy lattes but you can make them as sweet and flavored as you want. No more too sweet, too cinnamony or too mild lattes.

So, no matter if you’re the type of person who loves a good latte daily or the type of person who enjoys them occasionally, these latte recipes will make your caffeinated moments healthier.

A whisk, an immersion blender or a mason jar can be used to make a homemade latte without an espresso maker.

ARE LATTES HEALTHY?

Here’s the thing, some lattes are healthy, while others aren’t. Honestly, that’s the case with most drinks and foods. Drinking coffee moderately is actually not bad for you. Nor is drinking milk.

So it’s not about the coffee or the milk, it’s about the rest of the ingredients that are not healthy or good for you.  Ingredients like sugar, flavored syrups, and artificial sweeteners. Otherwise, yes, lattes are healthy.

Mixing the ingredients for a mocha latte including strongly-brewed coffee, cocoa powder, almond milk, coconut milk, and vanilla extract in a saucepan with a whisk.Pouring almond milk and coconut milk over brewed coffee in a saucepan.

WHAT IS IN A LATTE?

What do all latte recipes have in common?

Coffee and milk.

The coffee is usually a strongly-brewed coffee or espresso. And the milk is steamed to make foam. A latte without foam is known as a Flat White, BTW.

As I already mentioned, various latte flavorings can be added to create flavored latte recipes such as mocha latte, chai latte, eggnog latte, and vanilla latte – the lattes we’re discussing in this post – however, the latte world doesn’t end here. There are numerous latte ingredients you can experiment with especially if you learn how to make a homemade latte. But more about this later.

Top view of a saucepan that contains cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercons, and cloves - the spices needed for chai latte.

HOW TO MAKE A LATTE AT HOME

The first thing you need to know about how to make lattes at home is that homemade lattes can easily be made healthy. To make healthy lattes…

  1. start by choosing your favorite latte flavors;
  2. make strongly-brewed coffee or espresso;
  3. combine the coffee with the latte flavorings and the rest of the latte ingredients – since this is a healthy latte we’re talking about, the flavorings are usually spices and the ingredients can vary but most healthy latte recipes require milk (regular milk, skimmed milk or vegan milk) and maple syrup instead of sugar or sweeteners – in a saucepan over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes;
  4. use an immersion blender, a mason jar or a whisk to mix everything together.

Yes, it’s that simple. For realz.

Mixing the ingredients for the chai latte including chai tea, strongly brewed coffee, maple syrup, almond milk, and coconut mil in a saucepan.

HOW TO MAKE CHAI SPICE

If you want to make a chai latte, you have to know how to make chai spice and how to make chai tea.

For the chai tea, you need:

  • cinnamon sticks;
  • black peppercorns;
  • star anise;
  • cloves;
  • cardamom pods;
  • ginger;
  • water;
  • black tea leaves or black tea bags;
  • pure maple syrup;
  • almond milk.

To make the chai tea…

  1. place all the ingredients minus the black tea in a saucepan;
  2. bring to a boil;
  3. remove from the heat and add the tea;
  4. cover the saucepan with a lid;
  5. let steep for 10 minutes.

Now you just use the chai tea in your regular latte recipe and there you have it – delicious and healthy chai latte.

4 mason jars filled with homemade lattes.Pouring a homemade latte from a mason jar to a coffee mug.

HOW TO MAKE EGGNOG

One of my favorite latte flavors during this time of the year is, of course, eggnog. To make an eggnog latte, you have to start by making eggnog. How to make eggnog? Well…

  1. combine milk, raw honey, egg yolks, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender;
  2. pour the mixture into a saucepan;
  3. add cloves;
  4. cook for 10-15 minutes;
  5. add vanilla extract;
  6. use a fine mesh strainer to remove cloves;

For more, tips and recipe steps, head over to my light eggnog recipe.

1. EGGNOG LATTE

Homemade eggnog latte garnished with ground nutmeg in a mug.

Eggnog Latte
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Here's a tasty eggnog latte recipe that’s better and healthier than the Starbucks eggnog latte recipe. And it's so easy to make a latte at home even without an espresso maker!
Categories: Clean Eating. Gluten-Free, holiday, hot drinks
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 mugs
Calories: 391 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
For the Eggnog:
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for topping
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
For the Latte:
  • 2 cups strongly-brewed coffee or espresso
  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog
  • ground nutmeg, for garnish
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. Use an immersion blender in the sauce pan or transfer to a high speed blender
  3. Divide into four mugs and serve hot, topped with nutmeg.
Nutrition Facts
Eggnog Latte
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 349mg116%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 233mg7%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 485mg49%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2. MOCHA LATTE

Homemade Mocha Latte in a mug.

Get the full recipe here for my Mocha Latte!

3. CHAI LATTE

Homemade Chai Latte in a mug.

Get the full recipe here for my Chai Tea Latte!

4. VANILLA LATTE

Homemade Vanilla Latte in a mug.

Get my full vanilla latte recipe here!

4 mugs of lattes including eggnog latte, mocha latte, vanilla latte, and chai latte.

OTHER LATTE FLAVORS

In this post, we have 4 lattes – the eggnog and the chai latte and the classics vanilla and mocha lattes. But there are other amazing flavors you can add to your lattes. You can, of course, make a delicious and healthy pumpkin spice latte.

Or you can create your very own latte recipe by following the principles of the healthy latte recipe described here and switching up flavors. Other latte flavors you can try:

  • peppermint;
  • matcha;
  • cinnamon;
  • coconut;
  • earl grey;
  • lavender.

View from the top of 3 of the homemade lattes.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.

How to Make Homemade Lattes + 4 Latte Recipes

3 MORE HEALTHY DRINK RECIPES

After all this latte coffee talk, I think it’s only fair to inform you that there are other healthy drink recipes you can make at home. I’m talking about healthy iced tea, healthy soda, and healthy coffee creamer. How does these healthy drink recipes sound? I hope they sound exciting because they are yummy for sure.

HEALTHY ICED TEA RECIPES FOR SUMMER

First healthy drink recipes stop – 4 Healthy Iced Tea Recipes For Summer. These healthy iced teas are made without any refined ingredients. Woot!

Four quart sized mason jars, steeping with the iced tea and various flavors

My healthy iced teas are fresh, healthy, and with amazing summer flavors – lemon basil iced tea, blackberry mint iced tea, peach ginger iced tea, and coconut lime iced tea.

Get the recipe.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SODA + 5 EASY CAFFEINE-FREE HOMEMADE SODA RECIPES

The second stop of this quick healthy drink recipes journey is… How to Make Homemade Soda + 5 Easy Caffeine-Free Homemade Soda Recipes. No sugar, no artificial colors, and no preservatives involved!

A side image of five sealed glass bottles on a kitchen counter with Caffeine-free Homemade soda, including Strawberry Soda, Orange Soda, Lemon Lime Soda, Grape Soda and Blackberry Soda.

You’ll learn how to make fruity, caffeine-free and healthy homemade sodas with a few basic ingredients. And, if you’re wondering, the soda flavors I’ll be talking about in the post are strawberry, orange, lemon-lime, grape, and blackberry.

Get the recipes.

HOW TO MAKE COFFEE CREAMER + 5 EASY FLAVORS

Learn How to Make Coffee Creamer + 5 Easy Flavors to add more coffee recipes to your list of healthy coffee recipes. And yes, these are definitely healthy coffee creamers.

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.

Making coffee creamer at home is actually very easy. Plus you can try as many flavors as you want. My recommendations are chocolate, hazelnut, peppermint mocha, and French vanilla.

Get the recipes.

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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!

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