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Pumpkin Spice Latte

vegan pumpkin spice latte

Makes one drink | Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat milk or coconut milk
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Add milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and ground cinnamon to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until warm. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  2. Froth with a hand frother or immersion blender for 10-15 seconds, or until desired foam forms. (Alternatively, use a milk steamer to heat and foam the mixture before stirring in the vanilla extract.)
  3. Pour espresso or coffee into a large mug. Top with the frothed milk mixture and an additional pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Iced Sugar Cookie Latte

iced sugar latte

Makes one drink | Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil or butter
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 tbs. raw cane sugar, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Pour a shot of espresso over the coconut oil or butter to melt. (Alternatively, melt coconut oil or butter in the microwave for 5 to 8 seconds and combine with 1/4 cup of strong coffee.)
  2. In a serving glass, add the oat milk, sugar, extracts, and salt, and stir well to combine.
  3. Add ice to the glass, and top with the butter-espresso mixture.

Chai-Spiced Hot Cider

homemade cider

Makes one drink | Prep time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Add cider, cinnamon stick, and orange zest to a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the chai tea bag. Allow to steep for three to four minutes.
  2. Remove the cinnamon stick and tea bag and pour liquid into a large mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latte

Makes one drink | Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee

Directions

  1. Add coconut milk, maple syrup, molasses, cinnamon, and fresh ginger to a small saucepan over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and lower the heat to simmer until the spices are very aromatic, about two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Froth with a hand frother or immersion blender for 10 to 15 seconds, or until desired foam forms. (Alternatively, use a milk steamer to heat and foam the mixture before stirring in the vanilla extract.)
  3. Pour espresso or coffee into a large mug and top with frothed milk mixture.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

vegan peppermint mocha

Makes one drink | Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 tbs. raw cane sugar, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee

Directions

  1. Add milk, sugar, and chocolate to a small pot over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate melts and the mixture becomes smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in peppermint extract.
  2. Froth with a hand frother or immersion blender for 10 to 15 seconds, or until desired foam forms. (Alternatively, use a milk steamer to heat and foam the mixture before stirring in the peppermint extract.)
  3. Pour espresso or coffee into a large mug and top with the frothed milk mixture.

Vegan Eggnog Latte

vegan eggnog

Makes one drink | Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup store-bought vegan eggnog
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Add eggnog and oat milk to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Froth with a hand frother or immersion blender for 10 to 15 seconds, or until desired foam forms. (Alternatively, use a milk steamer to heat and foam the mixture.)
  3. Pour espresso or coffee into a large mug and top with the frothed eggnog mixture. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg if desired.
Photography by: Maddie Augustin
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Maddie Augustin

Maddie Augustin is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer.

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