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Homemade caramel latte recipe

Homemade caramel latte recipe

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Whip up your own homemade caramel latte with milk, brown sugar, caramel sauce and vanilla extract.

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 120ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon caramel topping
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250ml brewed coffee

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:3min ›Ready in:8min

  1. Combine milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until frothy and close to simmering, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low; whisk in caramel sauce and vanilla extract. Mix in coffee.

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Iced Caramel Latte Recipe (Easy and So Delicious!)

Caramel and coffee are one of those classic flavor combinations that’s almost impossible to beat. But you don’t have to go to your neighborhood Starbucks to enjoy a refreshing iced caramel latte!

Keep reading to find our simple iced caramel latte recipe, complete with easy steps, pictures, and tips on customizing your drink. We know you’ll enjoy this tasty treat — and the brewing process, too!


How do you make a flavored latte?

You can make flavored lattes using syrups or powders. Syrups are a little easier to use — they don’t have to dissolve and won’t leave grit at the bottom of your mug — but powders can work well, too. You can buy coffee syrups in all kinds of flavors, including caramel, chocolate, mint, and even orange. On the powder side, you can use cocoa powder or a range of spices like turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice blends.

Ready to get started? Here’s our guide to the 13 most popular, delicious, and unusual latte flavors. You’ll find flavored latte recipes, ordering tips, and more!


Homemade Caramel Latte

Sure, you could go out into the cold, stand in a long line, and grossly overpay for somewhat decent coffee, OR, you could stay in your warm home and make something that is SO much better, and at a fraction of the cost! Two large caramel lattes from Starbucks would cost you around $10, this homemade caramel latte recipe makes the same amount (40 oz.) for just over $2. It’s also so easy to make with simple ingredients and in less than 15 minutes.

What You Need to Make this Homemade Caramel Latte:

  • Homemade caramel sauce: Please don’t use store-bought, trust me on this one! Homemade caramel sauce is the magic ingredient that makes this coffee recipe so amazing. It takes just 10 minutes and I can almost guarantee you already have everything you need to make it.
  • Milk: Preferably whole milk or 2%. Low, nonfat, or non-dairy milk can be used but doesn’t froth as well.
  • Brewed coffee: This recipe makes 5 cups of coffee total and uses 4 cups of freshly brewed coffee ( 32 oz.). Use 1 tbsp. of coffee grounds for every 8 oz. of water.

Ingredients for Homemade Caramel Sauce:

  • Sugar: Caramel is made from caramelizing sugar. When sugar is heated it melts and then thickens, the color becomes dark and the flavor intensifies.
  • Water: Caramel can be made with or without water ( Dry vs. Wet Caramel ). Dry caramel is made by simply heating sugar in a pot. The sugar turns into a liquid and then quickly darkens. This requires close attention because the sugar can burn easily. Wet caramel is made by dissolving the sugar in water and then bringing it to a boil. The water boils out and the sugar becomes thick and dark. The wet method cooks the sugar slower and more evenly. The slower cooking of using the wet method also allows more time for the flavors to develop and intensify.
  • Heavy Cream: The difference between caramel and caramel sauce is the addition of heavy cream.
  • Unsalted butter: Butter thickens the sauce and adds flavor and richness. If all you have is salted butter adjust the added salt to taste.
  • Salt: For regular caramel sauce add half a teaspoon of salt, or add a full teaspoon to make a salted caramel sauce. Both are delicious!

How to Make Homemade Caramel Latte:

Get your coffee brewing and start making the caramel sauce:

  1. Grease the sides of a large, clean pot, or spray with non-stick spray. Add the sugar and water and place over medium-low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stop stirring completely and bring the heat up to medium. Watch closely as the sugar syrup turns from clear, to pale yellow, to a dark amber color. Have your heavy cream ready.
  3. As soon as the sugar is dark amber in color, remove from heat and slowly drizzle in the heavy cream, whisking constantly. Do this carefully because the drastic temperature difference is going to cause the sauce to bubble violently at first, and then settle after a few seconds as the temperature evens out.
  4. Return to the stovetop over low heat and whisk in the butter and salt until the butter is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Make the steamed milk: Add the milk to a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from heat once it becomes foamy.

Add the brewed coffee, steamed milk, and ¾ cup of the homemade caramel sauce to a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour it back into the saucepan to keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with whipped cream plus more of the caramel sauce drizzled on top. Enjoy!


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces freshly-brewed espresso coffee (2 shots), or 1/3 cup of super strong coffee made with an Aeropress, pour over cone, French press, or drip machine (many machines have a &ldquostrong&rdquo or &ldquoespresso&rdquo setting)
  • 6 ounces 2% milk
  • 1/2 ounce caramel syrup (optional)

To make the milk foam without a frothing tool, fill a clean, empty mason jar with the milk, making sure not to fill the container more than halfway so you&rsquoll have room for the airy foam. Screw the lid on the jar and give it a vigorous shake for about a minute. The milk should look foamy and have doubled in volume.

Unscrew the lid from the jar and set it aside. Heat the milk jar uncovered in the microwave for 30 seconds. You&rsquoll see that the foam has now risen to the top of the jar and looks stabilized, which means it&rsquos ready to use.

Pour the warm milk over the hot, freshly-brewed espresso or strong coffee in your mug, then use a spoon to gently scoop the extra frothy milk foam over top. Make sure to use the foam right away, as it will dissolve if left sitting out for more than a few minutes.

Finish with a drizzle of caramel syrup on top. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder, if desired.


15 Keto Starbucks Recipes

#1 Pumpkin Spice Latte

PSLs are an Autumn classic. But there’s no need to limit your enjoyment of pumpkin spice lattes when the carb count is just over one net carb per drink. This delicious and creamy latte uses pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and ground cinnamon for a delightfully warming beverage with flavors coming from real food.

#2 Salted Caramel Frappuccino

Salted caramel frappuccinos are the ultimate dessert beverage. There’s just something about a rich caramel flavor with a hit of salt to magnify the taste. While the Starbucks version is a classic, this frappuccino recipe contains a fraction of the carbs and skips the low-quality syrups and hard to pronounce ingredients.

Each serving has only one gram of net carbs, so you can make it a double without any guilt. Top it with a drizzle with sugar-free chocolate syrup.

#3 Cinnamon Dolce Latte

With only six ingredients, this keto cinnamon dolce latte blows the Starbucks version out of the water in not only taste but quality as well. While the Starbucks version packs a whopping 43 grams of sugar (yes, that’s sugar net carbs), this version has only five net carbs per serving.

Enjoy this delicious beverage in the morning to wake you up, or as an afternoon treat to keep you alert.

#4 Mocha Frappuccino

Mocha frappuccinos are a classic, but I bet you haven’t spent much time digging into the ingredients and nutrition facts of the standard recipes out there. For instance, one mocha frappuccino at Starbucks comes with 52 grams of sugar, and 55 carbs — say goodbye to ketosis.

This copycat Starbucks recipe uses only four ingredients monk fruit sweetener, cocoa powder, heavy cream, and instant coffee. Top your frappuccino with some keto whipped cream, or add some sugar-free chocolate chips for a chocolate chip frappuccino.

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#5 Gingerbread Latte

It may be a seasonal treat, but gingerbread lattes are delicious nonetheless. This recipe calls for warming herbs like ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, making it the perfect beverage to snuggle up with on a Sunday morning.

Whether it’s the holidays or not, you can enjoy a low-carb gingerbread latte guilt-free with only 1.5 net carbs per serving.

#6 Hot Chocolate

If you’re not looking for a hit of caffeine, you may have stopped by Starbucks for some creamy hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate is one of the most popular dessert beverages out there, but of course, it comes packed with sugar. The Starbucks version has 400 calories and 43 grams of sugar per serving, while this low-carb version cuts the calories to 280 and the carbs all the way down to 3.

In addition, the use of Perfect Keto Chocolate Collagen Powder provides this hot chocolate with 13 grams of protein per serving.

#7 Passion Fruit Iced Tea

Do you remember when passion fruit iced tea hit the scene? Everyone was walking around with bright pink beverages and enjoying every fruity sip. Ice tea is an excellent alternative to coffee, especially when the weather is warm.

This iced tea latte adds heavy cream to make your traditional passion fruit tea creamy and smooth. Other than that, the recipe is pretty close to the original, with the primary exception being the use of stevia in place of sugar.

#8 Peppermint Mocha

Chocolate and mint were a match made in heaven, which is probably what made peppermint mochas so popular. This seasonal treat is a fan favorite for many, but alas, the carb count is through the roof.

This keto-friendly version has only five ingredients, including collagen powder, which provides some extra protein and only one gram of net carbs. What’s more, instead of using artificial flavoring, you’ll be adding a minty touch with peppermint essential oil that comes with benefits like enhancing cognitive health and supporting mood[ * ].

#9 Pink Drink Refresher

It’s all in the name — this pink drink is refreshing and satisfying. As a favorite in their “refresher” line of beverages, the pink drink is a strawberry-flavored treat that traditionally packs 24 grams of sugar per serving.

In this keto-friendly version, you’re cutting the carbs down to four net carbs per serving by omitting ingredients like sugar and juice concentrates. Instead, you’ll sweeten your pink drink with stevia and fresh strawberries, and add some healthy fats with coconut milk.

#10 Iced Caramel Macchiato

This keto caramel macchiato goes the bulletproof coffee route and adds in some butter for extra fat. You can use the suggested Torani sugar-free syrup, or if you want to stick to something a little healthier, go with monk fruit sweetener or stevia.

#11 White Chocolate Mocha

For those that like to try something a little different, white chocolate mochas are the way to go. The Starbucks version of this recipe contains 430 calories and over 50 grams of sugar. That pretty much makes it an entire meal of carbs. This keto version, however, comes with only 260 calories and just 1.5 net carbs.

You can also add optional collagen powder to make it extra creamy and smooth.

#12 Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha is loaded with health benefits coming primarily from the high antioxidant content of green tea. Specifically, green tea contains a polyphenol compound called EGCG that can help to fight oxidative stress in your body[ * ].

This matcha green tea latte takes the high-quality ingredients up another notch by including Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder and Perfect Keto Unflavored Collagen .

With only one gram of net carbs and six grams of protein, this matcha is more like a mini snack than merely a way to get a caffeine boost.

#13 Vanilla Chai Latte

Adding warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger to your coffee drink is an excellent way to warm up your system and enhance your digestion[ * ].

If you’re a fan of chai, this vanilla chai latte is sure to hit the spot with natural flavors coming straight from the herbs, spices, and vanilla extract, and a smooth consistency coming from coconut cream. Each cup is only one net carb, so you can sip away guilt-free as often as you like.

#14 Caramel Latte

This caramel latte recipe is an incredibly simple coffee recipe that’s packed with sweet caramel flavor. It calls for only four ingredients — one shot of espresso, Perfect Keto Caramel MCT Oil Powder , coconut milk, and monk fruit (or stevia).

You can throw it in the blender and serve it on ice, or enjoy it hot. It comes in at just over 100 calories and packs just three net carbs.

#15 Matcha Green Tea Lemonade

If you want all the benefits of matcha green tea but need a little lemonade twist, then this is the drink for you. Refreshing and light, this keto matcha green tea lemonade contains fresh lemon juice and matcha green tea MCT oil powder for a delicious and satisfying pick-me-up.


Homemade Caramel Latte

Many of us all love our morning coffee and especially those fancy lattes and cappuccinos, like caramel lattes. Since I work from home and do not live near a local coffee shop, many times I want to make mine at home. Luckily, I can make just about every coffee drink you would want so I can easily make my own!

Most people go into a coffee shop and think the drinks are complicated, but they aren’t! Each drink basically has the same base with just a few minor changes. My first job was at a coffee shop and I worked there for a long time, but on my first day I remember being completely overwhelmed. A co-worker made me flash cards to learn all the drinks, pretty soon though I had it down and could do them in my sleep. Now over 10 years later, I still remember them all!

Today, I thought I would share with you how to make a caramel latte. Now, keep in mind that although I’m showing you a caramel latte, this is how you would make any flavored latte. They are all the same just add your favorite flavor.

I’m going to show this using the espresso machine however, I’ll also let you know how to do this with your everyday coffee pot.

First, you want to fill your cup with the flavoring. I like to fill mine up about 1/4 inch high into the cup. This will vary based on how sweet you want your drink.

Next, we are going to make the espresso, you will want to do this as instructed on your espresso maker. For me, I typically go with 1-2 shots depending on how awake I am in the mornings, which usually I’m in the morning zombie fashion.

While my espresso is brewing, I typically start steaming the milk. I use a steaming pitcher and the steaming wand. It’s also wise to use a thermometer to monitor the temperature too. The majority of coffee shops will heat the milk to 140*. Here I am in this picture steaming the milk, I did not think that one through either. Taking a picture of yourself steaming hot milk isn’t a wise idea, I do not suggest trying that one at home!

Here is another helpful tip, when you are making a latte, there is very little foam. That is the difference between the latte and cappuccino.

The cappuccino can have 1/3 foam or more, the latte is more milk. Now, when you steam the milk for a latte keep the wand lower into the milk, do not scathe the top or you will create more foam.

Once the milk is heated and your espresso is done you are ready to make your drink. At this point you have your flavor, now pour in your espresso shots, and then use a spatula to hold back any foam and top the rest of the cup off with milk.

I like to let just a tiny topping of foam pour in on the top. Now, stir up the caramel or the flavor on the bottom and drink up.

For those of you who do not have an espresso machine, simply add in the flavoring, use regular coffee and heat some milk in the microwave. At this point, you will be making a latte similar to a Cafe au Lait, but it will still have the same great taste! The espresso is a stronger based coffee which is a major difference in using the espresso machine.


Ingredients

Coffee: Use whatever coffee you have on hand, brewed strong if you want to really boost that coffee flavor. If you’d like to use a shot of espresso instead of coffee, just increase the milk in the recipe to 3/4 cup.
Milk: Starbucks uses 2% milk in their coffee drinks, but you can use any milk you’d like including non-dairy milks. The higher fat your milk, the creamier your drink will be.
Cream: Cream is optional, but I love adding a little splash of it for extra richness. Feel free to substitute a splash of half and half if that’s what you keep on hand. And you’ll definitely have some leftover heavy cream, so check out my post What to Do With Leftover Whipping Cream for storage tips and recipe ideas for the leftovers.
Caramel sauce: Use your favorite caramel sauce here. If caramel sauce isn’t something you keep stocked, pick some up the next time you’re at the store or make my quick shortcut caramel sauce.


Ingredients

Back to the Caramel Brulee Latte recipe. If you don’t have any machinery, no problem. You can brew a concentrated cup of coffee using dark roast or espresso grinds to get your coffee base. A simple device that makes a decent cup of espresso is a Moka Pot. The Moka Pot sits right on your stove, and when heated, the steam passes through the pot forcing the espresso into the top chamber.

To froth your milk for your Caramel Brulee Latte, an electric milk frother like this is perfect. It also comes in handy to dissolve powders into liquids. If you are really in a pinch, simply adding milk to a mason jar and shaking for about 30-60 seconds until the volume doubles. This works well too. After you shake the milk, remove the lid and heat it in the microwave, checking the temperature every 30 seconds.

To make the Brulee caramel bits, heat granulated sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan until melted and amber in color. Then pour the caramel onto a silicone baking sheet and let cool until hardened. Break the caramel into desired sized pieces and store them in an airtight container at room temperature to top other desserts like ice cream.


  • 2 ounces freshly-brewed espresso coffee (2 shots), or 1/3 cup of super strong coffee made with an Aeropress, pour over cone, French press, or drip machine (many machines have a &ldquostrong&rdquo or &ldquoespresso&rdquo setting)
  • 6 ounces 2% milk
  • 1/2 ounce caramel syrup (optional)

To make the milk foam without a frothing tool, fill a clean, empty mason jar with the milk, making sure not to fill the container more than halfway so you&rsquoll have room for the airy foam. Screw the lid on the jar and give it a vigorous shake for about a minute. The milk should look foamy and have doubled in volume.

Unscrew the lid from the jar and set it aside. Heat the milk jar uncovered in the microwave for 30 seconds. You&rsquoll see that the foam has now risen to the top of the jar and looks stabilized, which means it&rsquos ready to use.

Pour the warm milk over the hot, freshly-brewed espresso or strong coffee in your mug, then use a spoon to gently scoop the extra frothy milk foam over top. Make sure to use the foam right away, as it will dissolve if left sitting out for more than a few minutes.

Finish with a drizzle of caramel syrup on top. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder, if desired.


I don’t like to drink my calories (I’d rather have them wrapped up in a brownie – thank you very much), but I love a good latte. I have tried having my coffee without sweetener, but it’s pure torture for me.

Enter Pure Via. I first discovered Pure Via from a girlfriend of mine, Audra, and I have been hooked every since! It has zero calories and is made with all-natural stevia (a natural plant). Plus, unlike some other stevia sweeteners, it is GMO free.

Pure Via has granules and liquid sweeteners — they even have a vanilla flavored one!