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Maple Iced “Latte”

This recipe is for those of you who miss frou-frou coffee drinks, but would rather avoid drinking actual coffee.

SONY DSCI used to love coffee, but when I got pregnant last year, it was one of the first things to go from my diet. Sure, I could have enjoyed a cup of decaf coffee every now and then, but the flavor isn’t the same and even the decaf version may still have a negative impact on our overall health, so it wasn’t something I’d want to risk while pregnant!

Luckily, I’ve finally found a coffee alternative that is naturally caffeine-free and tastes nearly as indulgent as a latte from a coffee shop. The key to the coffee-like flavor is Teeccino, an herbal tea that has a roasted taste, similar to that of a light coffee. I had actually tried this tea in the past, after hearing that it tasted like coffee, and I have to admit– I didn’t like it. Mostly because it doesn’t taste like the dark-roast coffee I had come to enjoy.

However, now that my expectations are in line, I can enjoy this tea for the delicious blend that it is. I’m particularly fond of the Dandelion Caramel Nut flavor, which reminds me of a holiday drink that my husband became mildly obsessed with last year. When paired with homemade almond milk and a splash of pure maple syrup, it definitely fixes any cravings we have for a decadent coffee drink!

Maple Iced Latte (Vegan)
serves 1

Ingredients:

1 Dandelion Caramel Nut “tee-bag”
1/2 cup boiled water
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used homemade almond milk)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or to taste
handful of ice

Directions:

Pour the 1/2 cup of boiled water over the Dandelion Caramel Nut tee-bag, and allow to steep for 5 minutes.

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Gently squeeze the tee-bag before discarding, for a stronger flavor, then pour into a glass and place in the freezer to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the glass from the freezer, and add the milk and maple syrup, to taste. Stir well, then add a few ice cubes for an ice-cold treat!

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Maple Iced "Latte"
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A sweet coffee-like beverage, perfect for an afternoon treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 Dandelion Caramel Nut "tee-bag"
  • ½ cup boiled water
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (I used homemade almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Pour the ½ cup of boiled water over the Dandelion Caramel Nut tee-bag, and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Gently squeeze the tee-bag before discarding, for a stronger flavor, then pour into a glass and place in the freezer to cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the glass from the freezer, and add the milk and maple syrup, to taste. Stir well, then add a few ice cubes for an ice-cold treat!

Substitution Notes:

For a sugar-free version, feel free to use stevia or xylitol instead of the maple syrup. It won’t have the same maple flavor, but it will still be a tasty treat!


Hope you enjoy!

Reader Feedback: Are you a coffee fan? If so, what’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

24 comments to Maple Iced “Latte”

  • chelsea

    i literally make the exact same drink every day – except i don’t use maple, and instead use 1T maca and call it a “lata maca” aha. it’s cheesy, but i have found that maca really helps me regulate my energy throughout the day and having this in the afternoon is a perfect pick me up. :)

  • Raschel

    How is it hot? I’m not one for iced coffees, but I could drink hot coffee all day if I didn’t have any self control. =)

  • Rachael

    Oh my goodness, this is the kind of recipe I’ve been dying to find! Just curious, what drink would you compare this to at Starbucks flavor-wise? Thanks!

    • Megan

      It reminds me of an iced vanilla latte, but with more maple flavor. I was actually trying to replicate a maple-flavored latte that my husband loves from Peet’s coffee shop. It was such a popular flavor, they sold-out of it before Christmas!

  • Yum, I am so going to try this!! I gave up coffee creamer for new years so coffee just doesn’t taste the same for me. This may be my ticket to going – dare I say – coffee free? Who knows, but it is worth a shot :)

  • Rachael

    Oh, and do you know what it means by Natural Caramel Nut Flavor? How do they achieve the caramel flavor? Anytime I see those words “natural flavor” I worry…

    • joanna

      same here, rachel!! i always avoid “natural flavors” because the list of things that it can be is crazy!

    • Megan

      I worry about that, too, so I’ve emailed the company. I’ll let you know if I find out anything!

      • Rachael

        I actually got a response from them yesterday. First, before I post it, let me say that from what I understand you can’t assume something is healthy just because it’s natural. For example, if you take a natural substance and separate it from it’s other components your body may not recognize it or be able to extract nutrients from it properly. It’s best to consume things in their truly natural, preferably raw, and whole state. To me it kind of sounds like their flavors are so processed and tampered with that they’re basically just chemicals like in a lot of other packaged foods :(. I’m sure they’re still a little better than most but probably best in moderation. Anyway, I’m sure y’all have probably heard of all that already so here’s what they said: “Thanks so much for your question and your interest in Teeccino! Our flavors are organic compliant, so no artificial ingredients are allowed in them. We work with flavorists who use steam distillation or alcohol extraction for the aromatic compounds that go into the organic-compliant flavors in our products. They are also free of common allergens (soy, gluten, corn, dairy, shellfish, animal byproducts, etc.) because FDA requires ALL allergens to be listed on the label, even if they are included in flavorings. You can read more about “Natural Flavors” and some recent controversy on our Teeccino Blog here http://www.teeccinobuzz.com/natural-flavors-are-they-good-for-you/

        The caramel nut flavor you asked about is a complex mixture of flavor components. It includes aromatics distilled from fruits and nuts, including hazelnuts and pecans. The flavor houses that we work with are able to extract isolated flavor components without the other components that don’t contribute to flavor. For example, in the case of our “natural coffee flavor,” they are able to extract flavor components of coffee without extracting the acidity and caffeine with the coffee flavor! Other components used to achieve the coffee flavor include organic chicory and even garlic, which may give you an idea of how the flavors are compounded and layered to achieve the end result—a product that tastes like coffee, without any of the deleterious effects or constituents of coffee.

        Please see the below links as well as an excerpt from our website for more information about our natural flavors…and please let us know if you have any other questions.

        http://teeccino.com/faq.html#faq90

        http://teeccino.com/faq.html#faq91

        http://teeccino.com/faq.html#faq99

        http://teeccino.com/about/247/Natural-Flavors.html

        What makes Teeccino’s flavors natural?

        Teeccino uses only pure, natural flavors made from flavoring constituents that are extracted from natural ingredients like fruits, spices, herbs and even coffee. Teeccino flavors do not contain any constituents from meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, soy, soy derivatives or edible yeast. Teeccino does not allow any monosodium glutamate, propylene glycol, or preservatives in its flavors.

        All Teeccino flavors are ‘organic compliant’ which means that no ingredients are allowed in them that have been extracted using synthetic solvents or that are not permissible in organic products according to the USDA National Organic Program.”

    • TeaJae

      IDK if its true or not but I saw and read that beaver anal glands makes “natural flavoring”. That made me not a happy person so I read and when I see that phrase I go the other way. That is just nasty to me. Can’t wait to see what Megan finds out about this. I’d be willing to try it, looks yummy

      • Rachael

        Yeah, I’ve heard that as well! “Natural flavoring” doesn’t always mean that but you never know when it does. They put lots of things under that name… I really wish everyone was forced to list every ingredient and without calling it a different name! I guess they wouldn’t be able to though at least as far as fragrances/flavors because I’ve heard some of them have hundreds of ingredients.

  • Megan – Get the DARK ROAST flavor – that actually tastes STRONG like black coffee. The caramel nut flavor is much more mild and is slightly sweet.

    I can’t drink coffee, and just learned about Teechino this summer, and I bought both kinds. I prefer the dark roast (gluten free version of course). It’s really good with almond milk or halfnhalf. The longer it sits, the better.

    Just be really really careful when you squeeze the tea bag. I’m pretty gentle but I’ve had MANY explode on me!

  • Ceil

    I love the Teecino drinks, and this is a great way to make them even better! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • SusanC

    Hi, Megan! I am dying to try this. Had a question, though, about the homemade almond milk to put into it. When I’ve tried making your recipe for almond milk creamer before, it comes out slightly bitter tasting, which sort of ruins the experience. I’m using raw almonds from Trader Joe’s and organic coconut oil and doing it in a Vitamix. Is there a key to getting it to be smooth-tasting and not bitter? Thanks!

  • zosia

    how is teecino gluten-free?!?!??!?! it doesn’t make sense to me!

  • Mandi

    I’ve been drinking teeccino for a few years & have tried almost all of their flavors. the dandelion dark roast tea bags & maya herbal coffee french roast are the best & have the strongest flavors. the “coffee” is brewed like real coffee. I make all kinds of drinks- hot & cold, even my own “frappuccinos. for a very indulgent hot drink i mix half a cup of my homemade hot cocoa (w/almond or dairy milk) & half a cup brewed teeccino. yum. thanks for this recipe megan.

  • Diana Capen

    Can you drink real coffee with a food combining diet? How about coffee with cow’s milk? I’ve searched your site and couldn’t find an answer to this. I’m new to food combining and am trying to figure out where to start.

    • Megan

      I’m not sure how it fits into all food combining plans, but I think coffee is perfectly fine when enjoyed in moderation at least 30 minutes before a meal. Depending on how much milk you use (like in a latte), it would take longer to digest.

  • The java flavor is stronger and delicious iced! You can also use their ground coffee in an espresso machine for hot lattes!

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