The caramel latte is a delicious and popular coffee drink. There is something about caramel and espresso that just tastes absolutely delicious together.
Today I’m going to show you how easy it can be to make your own caramel latte at home with three simple ingredients!
The best part?
You probably already have these ingredients lying around your kitchen right now, waiting to make this delicious recipe!
What is a caramel latte?
But before starting with this delicious recipe, let’s go over the basics; what exactly is a caramel latte?
A caramel latte is a coffee drink made from espresso, steamed and foamed milk topped with caramel sauce. The caramel adds sweetness to the drink while also complimenting the flavors of the espresso and milk.
There are many different caramel latte recipes and variations, which I’ll cover at the end of the article. For example, you can use dairy or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk or soy.
Depending on how sweet you like your coffees, you may also vary the amount of caramel sauce you want to add to your drink.
What ingredients are used in a caramel latte?
Today I’m going to show you how easy it can be to make your own caramel latte at home with three simple ingredients that you probably have at home already!
Here is the list of what you’ll need:
- Caramel sauce (more about that below)
- Espresso or strong coffee (you can make it stronger by, for example, adding an extra shot of espresso)
- Milk, dairy or non-dairy (I’ve used whole milk in this recipe)
- Whipped cream (optional)
I suggest using espresso coffee as the basis for this drink, but if you’d rather use brewed coffee, feel free to do so.
You can finish this drink with a topping of whipped cream, depending on how sweet you like your coffees, this will be a great add-in!
Sounds great so far, right?
If so, let’s start by making the caramel sauce. It only takes three ingredients to make your own delicious homemade caramel sauce:
Homemade caramel sauce recipe
Homemade caramel sauce is easy to make, and you can make as much as you need.
You can easily double or triple the ingredients used and make a bigger batch. This is perfect if you plan on making more caramel lattes in the near future!
You’ll need sugar, a touch of water, and optionally a splash of heavy cream to make it a bit creamier for this recipe. The caramel sauce will look this when it’s finished:
If you want to learn how to make it from scratch, you can find the full recipe here.
Now that you know how to make your own caramel sauce, it’s time to jump into the recipe so that you can make your caramel latte from scratch:
This caramel latte is made with just three ingredients and you can make it in less than five minutes!
- 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of whole milk
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) caramel sauce
- Espresso shot
Now let’s get started on actually making the caramel latte!
- To make a caramel latte at home, start by brewing your espresso coffee. You can use a single or double shot in this recipe.
- While the espresso is brewing, start foaming your milk.
- Next, drizzle some caramel sauce into the glass. You can coat the sides of the glass with caramel sauce for a nice-looking caramel latte.
- Pour the freshly foamed milk into the glass.
- Finally, add the brewed espresso to the glass.
- You may want to top it off with some more caramel.
And there you have it, your caramel latte in all its delicious glory!
You can garnish with a dash of cinnamon or another spice if desired.
For this caramel latte recipe, I've used whole milk. You can also substitute dairy or non-dairy milk such as almond or soy instead of regular milk if you prefer, so feel free to experiment with different types of non-dairy and plant-based milk!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 3.4gUnsaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 31.2gSugar: 32.6gProtein: 5.9g
The nutritional information is based on the recipe; if you change the recipe to your liking, you might also change the number of calories.
The best thing about making your own caramel latte at home
Look, the best thing is that you can add caramel sauce as much or as little of it as you like!
Plus, caramel lattes are a great option for anyone who loves coffee but isn’t crazy about the bitterness and is looking for something sweeter to satisfy their sweet tooth.
And best of all, caramel lattes only take three ingredients and just minutes to make, so they’re simple enough to whip up any time! They also taste delicious no matter how you choose to drink them – hot or cold!
Tip: If you prefer to have this drink iced, you can check the full recipe for an iced caramel latte here.
They’re perfect for someone who doesn’t have the luxury of heading out to their favorite coffee shop every morning but still needs an energy boost or pick-me-up during the day!
So what are you waiting for? Start making your own caramel latte recipe today at home with these few easy steps…and enjoy while cuddling on the couch in your favorite sweater!
Tips and tricks to make the perfect caramel lattes at home
To make caramel latte even sweeter, add more caramel sauce! You can also drizzle caramel on top as a garnish if desired.
The best way to get rid of any bitterness in the coffee is by adding lots of caramel and milk into it – this will balance out the taste and make your caramel lattes delicious!
I suggest using a single shot of espresso and a bit more milk and caramel sauce if you prefer a sweeter caramel latte.
How many calories are in a caramel latte?
Alright, so caramel lattes are pretty delicious, but how many calories do they have?
A caramel latte made with whole milk has around 199 calories per serving, while a caramel latte made with non-dairy milk only has about 109 calories.
However, you can cut the calorie count in half by using skim or low-fat dairy – which is great news if you’re trying to watch your waistline and drink more lattes!
Of course, when you make your own caramel lattes at home, you can skip the caramel sauce and opt for a healthier version by using cocoa powder instead, or just stick with steamed milk and coffee!
It’s up to you, so feel free to make any changes that match your own preferences, which I’ll go over now:
Five recipe variations tips to make your own unique caramel latte
Now that you know how to make caramel lattes at home, it’s time for a cup of hot caramel goodness!
These drinks may not be super healthy, but they sure are delicious and perfect for the season.
Whether you want to add some additional flavorings or keep them simple with just caramel sauce and milk, these five recipe variations tips will help you create your own unique caramel latte experience, so feel free to experiment:
- Try adding in some caramel extract for a more intense caramel flavor! You can also use a combination of both caramel and vanilla extract to give your latte an even richer taste.
- For a nuttier, creamier version, try using almond milk or soy milk as well as regular dairy – whichever you prefer! Just remember that if you go with non-dairy milk, the calorie count will be less, so enjoy these lattes guilt-free!
- Try adding some spices like cinnamon to add even more depth to this recipe! Just be careful not to put too much because that may make it taste bitter!
- Want a caramel latte that’s even more creamy? Use your blender to mix all of the ingredients together in one and blend until smooth!
- Want to make caramel macchiato instead? Use caramel sauce, vanilla syrup, and a bit of milk for the base, and then pour in an espresso shot! You can check out this delicious recipe here.
Sounds great, right?
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below if you have any other great variations!
That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this caramel latte recipe, and it will come in handy to make your own caramel lattes at home for years to come!
And don’t wait any longer; try making one today because I promise that once you taste how delicious they are, you’ll never want another store-bought caramel latte again.
I’ve listed a few more coffee recipes below that are worth checking out. All coffee recipes are easy to make and will be a great start to any day!
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