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Almond Milk Au Lait

Posted Sep 29 2011 1:42pm

Many of you may not know this, but I have Austin to thank for convincing me to give up cow’s dairy.

(When we started dating, Austin was a vegan!)

I was the one who couldn’t imagine giving up the gallon of skim milk in my fridge. At the time, I thought a glass of milk was the “perfect” snack!

I won’t go into the gory details of exactly why I eventually gave up my beloved milk, but after catching a few disgusted looks from Austin and reading a copy of Skinny Bitch , I never looked back. Sure, I missed milk at first. Especially since I didn’t care for the taste of soy milk (the most popular milk substitute at the time). Instead, I learned to love black coffee, over my former lattes and café au laits.

Little did I know, that one day I’d be able to enjoy a café au lait again–> this time, made with homemade almond milk!

Homemade almond milk > store-bought almond milk. Hands down.

Not only are there no unwanted fillers, sugars or thickeners in the homemade version, but when you make it from scratch, you get to enjoy a lovely FOAM!!

A thick, creamy foam that rivals any coffee-house creation.

And you, too, can enjoy this creamy, coffee treat!

Almond Milk Café Au Lait

serves 1 or more

Ingredients: (per serving)

1/2 cup brewed coffee
1/2 cup fresh almond milk
almond milk foam, as desired

Directions:

Prepare your brewed coffee, then make your almond milk.

For my almond milk, I use:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8-10 drops liquid stevia

Simply blend until creamy, then strain through a nut milk bag . This recipe works best with fresh almond milk, as the foam will eventually dissolve once you store it in the fridge. (however, if you don’t care for foam, you can use previously made almond milk!)

Pour yourself a 1/2 cup of brewed coffee, then fill the rest of your cup with the fresh almond milk!

The fresh almond milk should still be warm from the blender, but if you need a warmer drink, simply warm the combination over high heat on your stove for a minute or two.

Top with foam, and serve!

Deliciouso!

The best part of this drink is that you can go back for seconds, without a steep coffeehouse price tag! And since you’re only drinking 1/2 a cup of coffee with each serving, I don’t feel guilty about drinking a second cup. ;) This would also be a great drink for trying to cut-back on your caffeine consumption!

Hope you enjoy!

Reader Feedback: Do you enjoy coffee drinks? If so, do you make them at home or prefer to buy them at a coffeehouse? I still love getting coffee drinks when I’m out, but I wish more places would start offering almond milk as an option!

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