During my time as a barista at a local coffee shop, I became familiar with LOTS of specialty coffee drinks.
Espresso con panna.
Shot in the dark.
Double-tall, skinny, half-caf caramel macchiato, extra hot, hold the whip cream, but add caramel drizzle…
…you get the idea.
But one of my FAVORITE drinks to make didn’t even involve coffee.
It was called a “steamer,” and it was simply steamed milk sweetened with a flavored syrup. The two most popular flavors requested were almond and vanilla–> both of which are delicious. Granted, these were more often than not ordered for children… but I think it’s just because the adults didn’t know what they were missing!
In case you’re one of those adults, here’s my dairy-free twist on the traditional steamer. I recommend you try it ASAP.
Homemade coconut milk.
Did you know you can make coconut milk at home just by blending organic shredded coconut with pure water? I use the same ratio I do for making almond milk–> 1 cup shredded coconut + 4 cups filtered water.
Blend until creamy, then strain through a nut milk bag or mesh strainer, discarding or saving the leftover coconut pulp for another use.
Store your milk in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Now that you’ve got your coconut milk ready, it’s time to make a steamer!
Creamy Coconut Steamer
1 cup coconut milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or liquid stevia to taste
Combine the coconut milk, vanilla and almond extracts, and sweetener in a saucepan over high heat.
Stir often until piping hot, then pour into a mug to serve!
Sweet and creamy, this warm, dairy-free beverage makes the perfect nightcap!
- 1 cup coconut milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup , or 10 drops liquid stevia
- Combine the coconut milk, vanilla and almond extracts in a saucepan over high heat. Stir constantly until piping hot, then pour into a mug and sweeten with liquid stevia, to taste.
- Serve warm, and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!