This easy almond milk cappuccino is dairy-free, free from sugary syrups, vegan and paleo friendly. It’s ready in a matter of minutes and made in the comfort of your own kitchen. It’s so delicious and super easy to make! No more trips to the coffee shop. You’ll save so much money!
I must admit that my trip to Italy a year and a half ago ruined American coffee for me forever! They had the best little cups of coffee I think I’ve ever had. I say little because they truly looked like something from my daughter’s play tea set. Their coffee is definitely about quality over quantity. A couple good shots of espresso and some foamed milk trumps 20oz. of weak coffee any day. Sure, there are many shops that know how to make a great cup of coffee, but around here, the average cup of no-brand coffee leaves much to be desired.
After we got back from our trip, my mom gave us an espresso machine for Christmas. She was probably tired of hearing us complain how we hadn’t had a good cup of coffee since our trip;) Although it’s not exactly the same, (just like drinking coconut water in your kitchen is not the same as drinking fresh water out of a coconut on a beach in Hawaii) we can at least make cappuccinos at anytime, in just a matter of minutes!
The machine we have does have a steam wand on the side, which for me is a hit and miss, and at any rate seems to work best with dairy milk. I get major migraines when I eat too much dairy, so non-dairy milk it must be for me.
My favorite non-dairy milk to drink everyday and to use in coffee is almond milk, although I’ve used coconut and soy too, with success. I got this inexpensive little milk frother (like this one) and it was the best few bucks I’ve ever spent! I use it daily and it does a great job with minimal effort…I love gadgets like that!
If you don’t happen to have a milk frother, you can totally just heat up the milk and skip the frothing step or follow this nifty tutorial from thekitchn.com.
I first start by heating the milk. You can heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds or in a small saucepan on the stove. You just need it to be very warm. I also like to add a bit of sweetness to my milk so before I begin to froth I add a spoon (or three) of sugar. Some say it can make your milk not froth as well, but that’s just the chance I take. To me taste>appearance. Always.
Also, the milk you use matters. Some brands don’t froth up very well. Homemade almond milk works well for me. You can find my easy recipe here. The tip to froth homemade almond milk is to not add too much water. 1:2 or 1:3 nuts to water ratio is what I recommend for frothing. For store bought almond milk, I’ve found that Blue Diamond, 365 brand Organic Almond Milk from Whole Foods, and Califia Farms almond milk all work well.
Mmm, it’s a fluffy milk cloud:) It took all of 3 minutes to make this droolworthy cup of coffee! Just think of all the money you’ll save by not having to frequent the coffee shops so often! That savings totally justifies buying a little milk frother. Trust me, your tastebuds will thank you later!
If you’ve ever seen my instagram, you totally know that I enjoy this coffee very regularly 🙂 I hope you like this cup of dairy-free yumminess as much as I do!
- Heat almond milk in a microwave safe mug for 30 seconds or in a small saucepan on the stove just until very warm. Meanwhile, begin to brew your coffee or espresso. Pour hot coffee/espresso into an 8 oz. mug and sweeten, to taste.
- When the milk is heated, it's time to froth. At this point you can mix in a bit of sugar/sweetener to your warmed milk, if you'd like. Submerge whisk part of the milk frother into the warmed milk and power on. Froth the milk for 20-30 seconds or until it begins to foam up and double in size.
- Use a spoon to hold back the foam part of the milk and pour the rest of the warm milk into your coffee. Spoon the thick foam on top and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick. Makes 1 cappuccino.
- *Not all brands of almond milk froth well. Blue Diamond, 365 brand Organic Almond Milk from Whole Foods, and Califia Farms Almondmilk work well for me.
Enjoy your cappuccino with these treats:
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