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Easy Almond Vanilla Milk

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I love getting cozy on cold nights with a hot drink. When I need a delicious warmup without the caffeine, there is nothing quite like this Almond Vanilla Milk!

I love trying new things with my drinks; it’s an easy way to experiment and have fun! That is why I adore this deliciously simple update on a classic hot drink.

It’s an incredibly delicious infused dairy with a silky, smooth vanilla flavor. You will love this easy and versatile recipe, whether you’re enjoying it on its own or mixing it with your favorite tea or coffee.

Ingredients you need

  • Almond Milk: Almond milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk, especially for those with coeliac disease, as it is cholesterol and gluten-free. However, it is important to note that almond milk contains very little protein, and virtually no calcium or minerals due to production processes.
  • Vanilla Bean: The key to this luscious vanilla-flavored drink is whole vanilla bean. Vanilla pods hide a wonderful pulpy inside that can be scraped and used as needed. Using authentic vanilla is the only way to create a true, creamy, and sweet vanilla flavor.
  • Brown Sugar: A hint of brown sugar sweetens the warm drink while also adding an intriguing molasses note to complement the vanilla.

Step-by-step Vanilla Milk

Step One: Slice both vanilla pods and scrape out the seeds of one. Add the pulp and halved pod to the pan.

Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise.
Scrape out the vanilla pulp.

Step Two: Pour in the milk and heat on low. Do not boil!

Step Three: Once the milk is warm, stir in the brown sugar.

Add the milk to the saucepan.
Add the brown sugar to the vanilla milk.

Step Four: Strain the vanilla milk and then use or chill.

Strain the vanilla almond milk into a jug to remove the vanilla bean.
Glass jug filled with almond vanilla milk, placed on marble plate.

Substitutions

The original recipe calls for almond milk, but it also works very well with lactose-free milk or whole milk.

If you like a sweeter taste, you can add a couple of extra scoops of brown sugar.

Barista Tips

  • The longer you leave the vanilla in the milk to infuse, the more intense the flavor will be. You can even opt to refrigerate the mixture overnight and then strain for a super intense and delicious vanilla taste.
  • If you want a little extra texture in your vanilla milk, try frothing it. Use a handheld frother or French press to create a nice foamy texture, but remember that the milk should be between 131°F and 149°F to create the ideal foam.
  • Remember to choose barista-quality alternative milk. It has a nice thick texture, thanks to the added plant fat, which makes it sensational to sip.
  • You can use this creamy vanilla milk in all your favorite recipes for cafe con leche, lattes, cappuccinos, teas, and more. Or try it on its own as a delicious alternative to hot chocolate!

Products

  • Measuring Tools
  • Saucepan and Spoon: I like to use a wooden spoon.
  • Cutting Board and Sharp Knife: The back of a nice paring knife is the perfect tool to scrape out the innards of a vanilla bean.
  • Fine-Mesh Sieve/Strainer
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Frequently Asked Questions About Vanilla Milk

Can I Store Vanilla Milk?

This delicious vanilla milk tastes great fresh or after it’s been cooled. You can store the homemade vanilla milk covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. It can be reheated or enjoyed cold.

How Should I Use Vanilla Milk?

Use the fresh vanilla milk (with or without frothing) right away as a 1:1 substitute for traditional milk in your favorite latte recipe. It can be used in a regular or flavored latte to bring a delicious note of vanilla. It is also wonderful with black tea or just a little whipped cream!

How Much Vanilla Milk Does This Make?

This awesome recipe makes about 2 cups of creamy fresh vanilla milk.

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Glass jug filled with almond vanilla milk, placed on marble plate.

Vanilla Milk made with Almond Milk

This awesome dairy free vanilla milk alternative is super easy to make and adds an amazing flavor to your coffee!
5 from 17 votes
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Course: Coffee Additive
Cuisine: Global cuisine
Keyword: almond vanilla milk, vanilla milk
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 64kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cup
  • Saucepan
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Stove
  • Tablespoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Narrow-meshed sieve

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 2 cups Almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar

Instructions

  • Slice 1 Vanilla beanlengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Halve the remaining vanilla bean and place it in a saucepan with the vanilla pulp.
    1 Vanilla bean
  • Pour in 2 cups Almond milk and gently heat the mixture on the stove, but do not boil.
    2 cups Almond milk
  • As soon as the milk is warm, add 1 tbsp Brown sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
    1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • Strain the vanilla milk through a fine sieve before consuming it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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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 March 5th, 2024
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