When I think of a vegan Christmas latte I think of a vegan peppermint mocha latte! It's low cal, festive AF, ready in 8 min, and did we mention delicious!?
The vegan Christmas latte recipe combines three of my favourite things; Christmas, caffeine & chocolate.
If you're wondering where we got the mug from it's one of our exclusive mugs on our merch store where 50% of profits go to local dog shelters! They are sustainably made and eco-friendly! Our Pawliday Cards would also go great with this Christmas latte just saying 😉
How To Make A Christmas Latte
We tried to make this Christmas latte as easy as possible, so even if don't have all the fancy gadgets you can still make it!
Most coffee shop lattes use simple syrup, but if you want to make a sugar-free simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup monk fruit sweetener to a boil. You could also do this with regular sugar, but we decided to use monk fruit sugar because it is better for you (more on this in the nutrition section).
If you read my post on making homemade cold brew coffee you'll know the importance of selecting good quality beans not only for the recipe but for the farmers involved (so don't use folgers!). Just remember every good coffee recipe starts with good beans 🙂
If you're using pre-ground coffee (please don't) but if you do skip step 1.
- Grind your espresso beans.
- Brew your coffee/espresso (you want your cup about one third filled)
- Stir in ½ tbsp cocoa powder, ¼ tsp peppermint extract & 2 tbsp simple syrup (or 2 tablespoon sugar).
- Froth plant milk of choice (oat milk usually works best) and pour over the latte.
- Top latte with cocoa powder and crushed candy canes.
It really is as simple as that! Enjoy this vegan Christmas latte!
Kitchen Equipment I used for recipe:
- Coffee Grinder, I have – I do like this one because it’s cheap but I wish I would have spent a bit more and got a better one. If you’re on a budget this is a good budget buy and it’ll last forever!
- Coffee Grinder, I wish I got – this grinder is $67 (so close) but it has precise settings and it's easier to extract. So I’d recommend this one if you can afford it! I’m still learning too and I’ll admit when I made a mistake!
- Cheapo Breville Espresso Machine – this is my favorite purchase actually! It makes unreal espresso and it goes on sale all the time!
- Monk Fruit Sweetener - this stuff can be hard to find even in a big city. Sometimes Winnipeg runs out, this is a good price for a 1 pound bag. Also, 1 pound will last you a really long time!
Vegan Christmas Latte
- espresso machine/coffee maker
- Milk Frother
- 2 tablespoon Ground Espresso Beans
- ¼ teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- ½ tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 2 tablespoon Simple Syrup
- 1 Candy Cane
- ¾ cup Oat Milk barista blend
- Grind espresso beans and brew espresso until ⅓ of the cup is filled with espresso. (or 2 double shots)
- Stir in cocoa powder, peppermint extract & simple syrup.
- Froth oat milk. Add to the latte.
- Top with cocoa and crushed candy cane.
- If you want to make a sugar-free simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup monk fruit sweetener to a boil. You could also do this with regular sugar! We decided to use monk fruit sugar instead because it's better for you (more on this in the nutrition section). Alternatively, add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
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The nutrition information presented here is for all of the ingredients. I take all of the nutritional information from Cronometer a nutritional tracker website that provides you with a lot of great information, especially regarding micronutrients!
1 servings per container
Serving Size1 g
- Amount Per ServingCalories125
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Sodium 92mg 4%
- Potassium 469mg 14%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
- Sugars 5.3g
- Protein 2.9g 6%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Not even going to lie, I was planning on making these nutrition facts really short and condensed because it's a latte, how much nutrition can we really talk about here? Well, apparently a lot lol. So here goes!
With just a quick cursory search I found that the Starbucks large peppermint mocha latte has 440 calories. I mean there are literally thousands of reasons not to support Starbucks, but for a purely selfish reason, their drinks are terrible for you. For some people, that's literally 25% of their daily calories in one drink! Okay you know I don't like counting calories but this is insane, especially when you compare it to our recipe that only has 125 calories. The moral of the story don't go to Starbucks, just make your own drinks! (or at least support a local coffee shop)
Glad I got that out of my system lol
Now on to the good stuff! I was actually pretty surprised typing all of this into Cronometer and seeing the nutritional value. I guess this is a true testament to using natural and whole foods in your diet. This latte recipe contains:
51% of your Riboflavin (B2)
37% of your B12
26% of your Calcium
2.9 g of protein to top it off.
Along with a whole list of other nutrients.
We chose to use monk fruit simple syrup as the way to sweeten our latte for a couple of reasons. Monk fruit is a 100% natural and 0 calorie sweetener. It can be hard to find though (this is the one we use). Most health food stores or the natural section at your local grocery store might carry it! Since monk fruit is 0 calories you don't have to feel bad about making your drink a little sweeter and there are no chemicals so it's not bad for you like Splenda.
Monk fruit also won't mess with your blood sugar levels, has been shown to aid in weight loss and to have anti-inflammatory properties. Also, any chance you can get to replace sugar with something that's natural is a good idea. I feel like I don't need to go into all the reasons why white sugar is bad for us, but if I do let me know in the comments and I can do an updated post on it!
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