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Creamy Vegan Maple Pecan Latte
Is there a better flavor combination than a maple pecan latte?
The answer is no – and this latte has a homemade maple caramel, frothy pecan milk and strong freshly brewed coffee, it’s as good as it gets!
This latte is made for cold weather, there’s nothing better than a caramel-sweet hot latte on a cold night.
Simple Alternative Vegan Latte
This is a pretty well known latte at many coffee shops, the creamy and sweet drink is perfect for cold weather and for getting in the cozy spirit.
The only problem for those of us who are sensitive to dairy is that most pecan maple latte’s have milk in the actual sauce. So, even if we ask for dairy free milk, the drink itself still won’t work for us.
If this is you, I’m so excited to share this sweet and comforting latte with you! It has all the sweetness and delicious flavor, but without the additives and dairy. Even if you don’t have an issue with dairy, this is a great new drink to try!
I added some dairy free whipped cream to this latte, there are some you can buy in store made from almond or coconut milk, or you can use the whipped cream I make from scratch like in my Vegan Strawberry Shortcake recipe!
The best part of this recipe is that you can make the ingredients in bulk, and have them ready to make lattes all week long!
Both the homemade caramel and pecan milk last about 5 days in the fridge, so you can just mix them together with your coffee in the morning for a super delicious homemade latte!
How to Make a Healthy Maple Pecan Latte
Preparing the Homemade Pecan Milk
To make your homemade pecan milk, I suggest toasting the pecans at 350 degrees for 8 minutes before!
If you don’t want your milk to have a strong pecan taste, you can skip this part.
Then add all ingredients and half the amount of water called for – blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add remaining water and blend for 30 seconds. Strain with a cheesecloth or follow this link for other ways to strain the milk, and then pour it into a bottle.
Making a Simple Vegan Maple Caramel
Now onto the best part – the maple caramel!
Start by adding your brown sugar, salt and water to a pan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, let the brown sugar melt until it’s a smooth liquid – this may take 5-10 minutes.
Turn the heat to medium-high and stop stirring. Let this bubble for about 4 minutes to caramelize (if the bubbles start getting too high for the pan or are too rapid, reduce the heat a bit, just making sure it continues to bubble).
Then, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, maple syrup, vegan butter and coconut milk in increments. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan and then transfer to a serving dish.
Making a Sweet Maple Pecan Latte
Now it’s finally time to prepare your latte!
Add about 1-3 tablespoons of your maple caramel to your glass, then 1/3 cup of freshly brewed coffee. Stir well, then add in 1/3 cup of your pecan milk slightly heated up (in the microwave or over the stove). You can also add the pecan milk cold and warm up the entire drink.
You can simple enjoy the latte as is, or top it off with the works: vegan whipped cream, pecan bits and a drizzle more of the maple caramel!
A really great part of this recipe is that it’s also perfect for groups! I used the Mr. Coffee® 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Dishwashable Design from Target to make plenty of fresh coffee, which made plenty of lattes to share!
I also used this coffee pot because I don’t have to waste any time cleaning the pot afterwards, the parts of the pot that are in contact with the coffee and water are all easily removable and dishwashable. It also holds a lot of coffee in the brew basket, which makes for plenty of deliciously strong coffee, and the dishwasher feature gets rid of any bitter old coffee taste.
Entertaining is so effortless with this coffee pot and latte recipe so I can spend more time enjoying time with loved ones! It can also be used to make pumpkin lattes, mochas or café au lait’s! It’s also a great holiday gift for the holiday season.
This recipe is:
- Dairy Free
Check out these other sweet vegan recipes to pair with your latte!
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For the Maple Caramel
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Vegan Butter
- 1/2 Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
For the Pecan Milk
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 5 Cups Water
- 2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/8 Tsp Salt
- 2 Cups Freshly Brewed Coffee
- Dairy-Free Whipped Cream (optional)
- Bake pecans on a baking tray at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
- Once done, add pecans, salt, vanilla, syrup and half the water to a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth, add remaining water and blend for 30 seconds.
- Strain with a cheesecloth and pour into a bottle.*
- For the maple caramel, place brown sugar, salt and water into a pan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook for 5-10 minutes until sugar is melted and smooth.
- Turn heat to medium-high and allow sugar to bubble without stirring for about 4 minutes until golden brown.**
- Remove from heat and stir in vegan butter, coconut milk, vanilla and maple syrup in increments. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a serving dish.
- To your cup, add 1-3 tbsp caramel and 1/3 cup freshly brewed coffee. Stir well then pour in lightly heated pecan milk.***
- Top with whipped cream if you'd like, pecan bits and a drizzle more of caramel - Enjoy!
*If you don't want to make your own pecan milk, you can use store bought.
**If mixture starts getting too close to the top of the pan turn down the heat a bit, you just want the sugar to bubble in order to caramelize.
***Lightly heat pecan milk in the microwave or over the stove, or heat the whole drink after adding the milk.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218