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  • Has anyone successfully made a paleo vanilla latte?

    So I'm trying to get my mom to switch to paleo eating as she has a ton of migraines and fatigue. She can't live without her vanilla latte though. I realize she needs better willpower, but for the time being, does anyone have a good recipe for a vanilla latte with one of the alternative milks (coconut milk, almond, hemp, etc)?

    I have tried with store bought almond milk and it was not good. Have tried with coconut milk and it had a very watery taste to it..and of course the coconut overpowered it.

    I am going to try to make my own almond milk and see how that tastes after it gets steamed and has a shot of espresso in it. Not holding out hope though.

    I'm just curious if anyone has successfully found a good milk replacement in lattes. I've googled a few recipes and they didn't taste well. I'm not expecting it to taste exactly like a latte but close would be nice.
    Thanks for any tips guys!

  • #2
    I'd probably give in and just find some good quality full fat milk - unless you think that's what's causing her problems. She can wean off of it later. It can be her 20%

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    • #3
      I really don't like almond milk with coffee (tastes really bad to me), but good fatty coconut makes coffee scrumptious. But if you don't like that either...perhaps try raw cream with vanilla extract?
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      • #4
        Make it with heavy whipping cream.
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        • #5
          Bulletproof coffee, maybe? Perhaps yours will turn out better than mine. *shudder*
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          • #6
            I use a good quality full fat coconut milk from a can. (Note, if it tastes bad, throw it out and try a different brand, there are some nasty tasting products on the market--Do NOT settle for any that isn't delicious.) The stuff from a carton is usually too thin.

            I have also had some success thinning out smooth almond butter with hot water (incorporated slowly a little at a time) to make a thick-ish almond milk that isn't bad in coffee. I'm hoping to try it with hazelnut butter in the future...I love a good hazelnut latte.

            I think the previous suggestion of full fat dairy cream might be the best if she isn't allergic to it. I'm sensitive to casein--milk protein, but there isn't much of that in cream so I indulge once in awhile. There is nothing more awesome than real cream in your coffee.

            I have also found, in addition to vanilla, that sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are great in lattes and helpful when I'm cutting back on the sugar.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alg2435 View Post
              I really don't like almond milk with coffee (tastes really bad to me), but good fatty coconut makes coffee scrumptious. But if you don't like that either...perhaps try raw cream with vanilla extract?
              I'd be curious to know if making my own almond milk would make the latte taste better. I might try that...and raw cream might need a go too. Probably will have to water it down a little though.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ms Whatsit View Post
                I use a good quality full fat coconut milk from a can. (Note, if it tastes bad, throw it out and try a different brand, there are some nasty tasting products on the market--Do NOT settle for any that isn't delicious.) The stuff from a carton is usually too thin.

                I have also had some success thinning out smooth almond butter with hot water (incorporated slowly a little at a time) to make a thick-ish almond milk that isn't bad in coffee. I'm hoping to try it with hazelnut butter in the future...I love a good hazelnut latte.

                I think the previous suggestion of full fat dairy cream might be the best if she isn't allergic to it. I'm sensitive to casein--milk protein, but there isn't much of that in cream so I indulge once in awhile. There is nothing more awesome than real cream in your coffee.

                I have also found, in addition to vanilla, that sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are great in lattes and helpful when I'm cutting back on the sugar.
                What is your favorite brand of full fat coconut milk? I've tried a few, but only one in a latte. Also, any brands of heavy cream you prefer? I buy some heavy cream (only about 6 oz. or so from my natural market. It is organic, grass fed, but almost $4. I'd rather not spend that much.

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                • #9
                  I would recommend a modified Bulletproof Coffee:

                  - Coffee
                  - ~1 tbsp of Kerrigold butter
                  - Heavy whipping cream (as much as you prefer) or coconut milk if there are dairy issues.
                  - Vanilla extract
                  - PB friendly sweetener if you need it

                  Whip in a blender until frothy...

                  Yummy. I think i'll be making some tomorrow morning.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MFSUNSHINE View Post
                    I would recommend a modified Bulletproof Coffee:

                    - Coffee
                    - ~1 tbsp of Kerrigold butter
                    - Heavy whipping cream (as much as you prefer) or coconut milk if there are dairy issues.
                    - Vanilla extract
                    - PB friendly sweetener if you need it

                    Whip in a blender until frothy...

                    Yummy. I think i'll be making some tomorrow morning.
                    I've never heard of adding butter to a latte. Seems strange. Why is this necessary?

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                    • #11
                      It's in the original Bulletproof Coffee recipe. Its not necessarily for a "latte".

                      Recipe: How to Make Your Coffee Bulletproof...And Your Morning Too | The Bulletproof Executive

                      It gives it a richness and adds to the frothiness (is that a word?). I also like it because it adds some fat/calories and keeps me full...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brent* View Post
                        I've never heard of adding butter to a latte. Seems strange. Why is this necessary?
                        It's not necessary. It just tastes good. What's butter made out of?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SeanM View Post
                          It's not necessary. It just tastes good. What's butter made out of?
                          true, true. I will give it a whirl. Thanks seanM!

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                          • #14
                            Stumbled on this thread this morning while trying to refine my own latte addiction. I've known about this site since I went Paleo over a year ago. Still learning and not an expert by any means. But....Here are a few thoughts for you.

                            I lived in a very corporate world and loved my Starbucks lattes, bought my own espresso machine and even made them at home everyday. So when I made the transition to Paleo I had to pick and choose my battles.

                            I tried hemp, almond, hazelnut and coconut milk. Since this was a daily addiction and my last 10% or so of non-Paleo-ness I had to find a fast and easy way to make it, no complicated recipes. (meaning I had to be able to just pour it into the steamer and make a latte quickly)

                            Okay.....short story long Here are my two tips! 1.Experiment 2. Drink that experiment for a week or so before deciding it's bad!(unless it's REALLY BAD)

                            I found that some of the milk alternatives simply tasted funny to me *at first* but a week later I actually preferred them over whatever I had been doing before. My favorite at this point is a 1/2 Hazelnut milk 1/2 Coconut milk. Put a dab of cinnamon in and on days I'm not fearing sugar a touch of honey.

                            I found that as long as I could have my latte it made the rest of the Paleo change very easy. Now, after more than a year I am trying to refine the latte into a heathier or non-existent state. Anyone have a tip on how to make me like hat tea more?
                            Last edited by Xtremjeepn; 02-29-2012, 08:43 AM.

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                            • #15
                              this thread might give you some ideas/options

                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread18090.html

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