Homemade Almond Spiced Latte

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Ohhhhhh my lord it is so cold here in Minnesota. I’m pretty sure we are going on a couple of consecutive weeks of below-zero temperatures with no sign of it stopping soon. Tomorrow the weather forecast boasts a sexy -25 degrees; schools are closed, businesses are closing. I am actually kind of scared.

Late last night I was craving a warm, spicy cup of tea but when I looked in my tea cupboard, the only flavors I had left were fruity or floral or something else that I totally wasn’t in the mood for. There was absolutely nothing that would pull me away from my space heater to a local coffee shop to purchase such a drank, so folks, this is when you get inventive using what spices you’ve got in the cupboard. Using a little creativity and a lot of desperation, I made this Homemade Almond Spiced Latte that warmed my entire being.

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There are a number of different homemade warm drinks you can use with nut milks, spices and extracts.  For this one in particular, I used almond milk and flavored it with ground nutmeg, whole cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract.  Even if it isn’t too cold to expose an inch of bare skin where you live, it still might be fun to learn how to make a homemade latte!  They are not only delicious, but a good money-saving technique, too.

What will you need? (makes 1 large latte)

1 cup unweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

2 whole cinnamon sticks

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon + an extra sprinkle for the top

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 drop vanilla extract

How do you make it?

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.  Turn on medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring with a whisk the whole time to prevent the bottom from burning.  Once it gets warm, turn up the intensity of your whisking so that the milk gets a little frothy.

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Once the mixture is frothy and steamy, remove from the heat and pour into a nice, big mug.  Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon just for good measure.

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Sip slowly.  Enjoy every body-warming, spicy gulp. Snuggle up, get a great book and stay safe from this cold weather!

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Comments

  1. Yum! This sounds amazing and perfect for the weather we’re having (similar to you down here in Chicago). I’ve spent the morning under a big blanket. Work was canceled. Needless to say, I’m ready for winter to be over. This latte will help ease things a bit though.

    • Allie says:

      DANA! Omg, of course you can relate to the midwestern body freeze that is currently happening. Since when do we live in the North Pole? That’s nice that you didn’t have to go into work! Schools and daycare centers and various businesses are closed here, too. Lots of working from home going on for sure. I hope you stayed warm today!!

  2. Kindra says:

    I made this and it was wonderful! Plus I didn’t feel any guilt while drinking it :)

    • Allie says:

      Kindie!!! Hey gorgeous lady! I’m so flattered that you not only read my blog, but that you made something from it! THANK YOU! Btw, I’ve been meaning to tell you that your wedding pictures are absolutely stunning. I wish you two the longest lifetime of love and happiness :)

  3. Wait a second, you are saying we can make coffee without nondairy synthetic creamer? Sacrilege! Seriously, though, I like the concept a lot, and the recipe is simple and quick, perfect for when the weather gets so cold it numbs your brain :)

  4. We’re having a big storm, and this looks perfect to warm me up! Celeste :)

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