I'm the gal who needs caffeine every single morning no matter what. Whether I'm up with the sun or sleeping the morning away, my day hasn't started, not really, until I've had my morning (or afternoon; hey, it happens from time to time, I'm not proud of it) jolt.
Sometimes, I don't want just any boring old cup of coffee maker coffee. I want something that feels a little fancier, more special; something that feels like a treat, but still is a little more everyday than some extra whip, chocolate-filled, caramel-topped coffee milkshake (let's just go ahead and call a spade a spade). For me, these almond milk lattes are just the ticket. The hands-down best part of this recipe, in my mind, is that it's seemingly infinitely variable. Don't like pumpkin pie spices (though, really, it's just cinnamon and cloves and all that)? Fine! Swap that out for plain old cinnamon or gussy it up with a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg or a sprinkling of garam masala. Only drink hot coffee? No big! Brew some hot coffee and add your mix-ins. Prefer iced to frozen? Hey, that cuts out a step! Almond milk not your thing? Go ahead and sub in your milk of choice. I happen to really like the versatility of almond milk, so I keep it on hand, particularly for coffee and smoothies.
I drink these any and every way, usually for a sort of afternoon treat on particularly crazy workdays or on weekend mornings for a break from my everyday cup. If you do decide to mix it up and DIY your latte, let me know how on Instagram at @constantlycravingcake - maybe you'll give me some good ideas!
Frozen Almond Milk Lattes
(originally inspired by Jeanine @ Love & Lemons - check out her post for info on making your own hazelnut milk!)
Makes about 1-2, but easily scaled up (that picture of the blender above has enough for at least 2)
3/4 c almond milk
1-1 1/2 c coffee
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon agave, maple syrup, honey or simple syrup
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, garam masala or your seasoning of choice
1/2-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Ice (I usually use about 2 generous handfuls)
Add everything to your blender. Blend until icy, but smooth, or to your favorite consistency. You'll notice that mine isn't all that smooth - my blender isn't a fan of having to blend ice. Sip while reading the morning paper and slowly waking up.