Bring your favorite coffee house to your own kitchen with this homemade oat milk salted caramel latte! It's light and creamy and made dairy-free and nut-free. With an easy caramel sauce that comes together in under 30 minutes, this latte is sure to be a coffee lover's dream!
This Salted Caramel Latte recipe is sponsored by SunButter. All thoughts are my own. Thank you so much for supporting brands that make The Fit Peach possible!
Like my copycat Starbucks iced shaken oat milk espresso and skinny peppermint mocha, I felt it was time to create a version of their caramel latte too. As a hard core Starbucks lover, I can confidently say this oat milk latte tops theirs any day of the week. Here are just a few reasons why I love it:
- It's made with creamy oat milk. This isn't your typical latte. It's made with frothed oat milk making it super creamy with a slightly nutty flavor without the nuts!
- The easy and simple caramel sauce is to. die. for. Yes, I just called caramel sauce easy. That's because this one is! It's made with just a few ingredients and can be whipped up in under 30 minutes! Store the extra caramel in a jar and use it on top of my dairy free vanilla ice cream, with my healthy baked cinnamon apples, or drizzled over top another caramel latte!
- It's made at home. I love my coffee shops, don't get me wrong. But I don't love the $6 price tags. This caramel latte is not only something you'd find at your favorite coffee shop, it's also half the price.
- Coconut cream - This is the base of the caramel sauce. Make sure to use coconut cream and not milk. If you only have coconut milk, just measure out the thick cream from the top of the can.
- Maple syrup - Blended with the coconut cream, the maple syrup functions as the thickening agent to this caramel sauce. Use pure maple syrup for best results.
- SunButter's Sunflower Butter - The secret ingredients to the caramel. The 'nutty' hints create a caramel-like flavor when combined with the maple syrup and coconut cream mixture. Make sure to use the creamy style and not crunchy as you want the caramel to be silky smooth in texture!
- Oat milk - Unsweetened oat milk works best in this recipe.
- Espresso - A double shot provides the perfect coffee taste (with a little caffeine too). You can use an espresso machine if you have one or a Keurig or just really strong coffee.
Step by step instructions
This oat milk latte may become your new morning bff. All you need to make it is a sauce pot and a coffee mug.
Step 1 : Heat the coconut cream and maple syrup
Combine the coconut cream and maple syrup in a pot. Heat it on the stove over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes. The color will turn a dark brown over time.
Step 2 : Stir in the vanilla and sunflower butter
Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the vanilla and SunButter's Sunflower Butter. Stir with a rubber spatula until the sunflower butter is well mixed. The sauce should be slightly thick. As it cools down, it will thicken up even more to resemble traditional caramel.
After a few minutes, it should look like this!
Now, it's time to make the latte!
Step 3 : Add caramel to the bottom of a mug
This is what sweetens the latte. Spoon about two teaspoons of the caramel sauce into the bottom of your coffee mug. Once the espresso and milk are also in the mug, you'll mix it up a little to incorporate it into the latte.
Step 4 : Add espresso and steamed oat milk
Pour a hot double shot of espresso into the bottom of the mug, on top of the caramel sauce.
Froth the oat milk with a milk frother (like this one) or simply heat it up on the stove. If heating it up on the stove, use a whisk to whip a little bit of air into it. This will help make it thick and airy. Pour over top of the espresso.
Use a spoon to mix it up a bit, making sure to grab some of the caramel sauce at the bottom.
Step 5 : Top with caramel drizzle
Finally, top it off with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt. This is the "icing on top of the cake" so add as much or as little as you like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although the word "healthy" can mean a variety of things, oat milk is a great alternative to dairy milk and nut milks for those with allergies. I personally prefer oat milk in a latte as it has a thicker consistency than nut milks and have more protein and fiber.
To froth oat milk, use the steam wand on an espresso maker or use a hand-held milk frother. To use a hand-held frother, place the oat milk in a mug and move the wand of the milk frother up and down. Leave the tip of the wand just below the surface of the milk to whip air into the milk. This can take 2 - 3 minutes until you get a thick and creamy consistency.
This depends on where you buy the latte or if yo make it yourself. In this recipe, the caramel is used to sweeten the latte slightly so it's not too sweet. You can always add another teaspoon of caramel sauce to the bottom of the mug before adding the espresso and frothed milk to up the sweetness.
If you order an oat milk latte at a cafe, it will probably come with extra sweetener so be sure to ask for it without if that is something you're concerned about.
A caramel latte has frothed milk, espresso, and caramel in the drink. Some sweeter versions of the latte will also add an additional sweetener too which I find unnecessary.
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Salted Caramel Oat Milk Latte
- ½ cup coconut cream
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp SunButter's Natural Sunflower Butter
- 2 shot espresso
- 1 cup oat milk
- sea salt - to garnish
- First, make the caramel by heating the coconut cream and maple syrup in a pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly as it can boil over. The color will begin to turn a dark orange.
- Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the vanilla and sunflower butter. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. It still may be a tad thin but that's okay, it will thicken up a good bit after a few minutes. Set aside and while you prepare the rest of the latte.
- Spoon a teaspoon of caramel sauce into the bottom of a coffee mug. Froth the oat milk with a frother or heat it up on the stove. Pour the double shot of espresso into the mug followed by the frothed oat milk. Give the latte a little swirl with a spoon - make sure to grab the caramel sauce at the bottom.
- Drizzle caramel sauce over top of the latte and sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! Store the extra caramel sauce in the fridge or use it for more lattes!