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Plant-based Vanilla Iced Coffee

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Indulge in the perfect morning pick-me-up: a tantalizing, easy-to-make vanilla iced coffee recipe that blends homemade vanilla milk, strong coffee, and refreshing cubed ice into a symphony of flavors. No vanilla ice cream is needed! Get ready to awaken your taste buds and elevate your mornings to a whole new level of bliss.

Prepare to brighten up your morning, afternoon, or evening with a decadent treat: vanilla iced coffee that’s as easy to make as it is delicious. Picture this – the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingling with the sweet scent of vanilla, all poured over a mountain of ice. It makes you want more!

Ingredients you need

Vanilla iced coffee ingredients - homemade plant-based vanilla milk, strong coffee, cubed ice.
  • Strong Coffee: Freshly brewed coffee forms the essence of this delicious drink. Choose your favorite beans, selecting a blend with rich notes like cocoa, wood, and spice to complement the vanilla perfectly.
  • Homemade Vanilla Milk: Homemade vanilla milk offers a delicious plant-based alternative with exceptional flavor. Remember to prepare the milk a day ahead.
  • Cubed Ice: for chilling this delicious coffee!

How To Make Vanilla Iced Coffee From Scratch

Step One: Fill the serving glass with cubed ice.

Fill the glass with cubed ice.

Step Two: Brew coffee and let it cool.

Step Three: Fill half of the glass with vanilla milk.

Pour in the plant-based vanilla milk.

Step Four: Top up with coffee.

Top off with cold coffee.
Top off with cold coffee.
Gorgeous glass filled with ice cold plant based vanilla iced coffee. Placed on black slate plate.

Barista Tips

  • Filtered water does not calcify the coffee equipment, giving the coffee a much better taste.
  • This creamy vanilla milk can be used in all your favorite recipes for cafe con lechelattes, cappuccinos, teas, and more. Or try it on its own as a delicious alternative to hot chocolate!


  • Coffee Brewer: Prepare fresh coffee for this recipe using your favorite brewing tools. I love to make a cold brew with my French press for this vanilla iced coffee.
  • Serving Glass: I love gorgeous glassware for this drink, but you can choose any coffee mug you like!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Homemade Vanilla Iced Coffee

Do I Need to Make Fresh Vanilla Milk for This Recipe?

The trick to making the best vanilla iced coffee is my recipe for homemade vanilla milk. It only takes a short time to prepare, and stays fresh for a few days in the fridge. That means you can opt to make it right before preparing your coffee or a couple days before. This means this recipe always fits into your schedule!

Can I Make This Decaf?

Yes! This amazing coffee can be made with any coffee beans you like, including half-caf or decaf coffee.

Can I Drink Vanilla Iced Coffee Hot?

Yes, simply heat up the vanilla milk, and don’t let the coffee cool down on purpose.

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Gorgeous glass filled with ice cold plant based vanilla iced coffee. Placed on black slate plate.

Recipe for Vanilla Iced Coffee

This scrumptious vanilla iced coffee is easy to make with natural ingredients and without any syrup. Homemade vanilla milk offers a delicious plant-based alternative with exceptional flavor. Remember to prepare the milk a day ahead.
5 from 26 votes
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Course: Coffee, Cold Beverage
Cuisine: Global cuisine
Keyword: almond vanilla milk, coffee with vanilla milk, iced vanilla coffee, vanilla coffee, vanilla iced coffee, vanilla milk
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 33kcal


  • Coffee maker
  • Serving glass



  • Brew ½ cup Strong coffee (Aeropress press, French press, or pour over) and set aside to cool. Alternatively, use cold brew coffee.
    ½ cup Strong coffee
  • Fill the serving glass with cubed ice.
  • Fill half of the glass with ½ cup Homemade vanilla milk.
  • Top up with cold coffee.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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Food Safety

  • Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • Never leave cooking food and beverages unattended
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

By on April 16th, 2024
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