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Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

August 3, 2021

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If you’re a Starbucks addict and your bank account is crying out for a cheaper alternative, then you’ll want to try this copycat recipe of the blonde vanilla bean coconut milk latte to help you recreate the Starbucks favorite right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

This rich, creamy recipe made with blonde roasted coffee beans will have your taste buds tingly and your wallet thanking you.

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No more are the weekly (we know it’s more like daily) Starbucks trips to get your coffee fix instead you’ll be able to make this quick and easy copycat recipe every day for yourself.

This coffee is very similar to our Iced Coconut Milk Latte but this drink is hot and has vanilla added.

If you’re someone who’s not too keen on the bitter taste of coffee, then this sweet and creamy recipe will begin your conversion to being a coffee lover.

The blonde roasted beans for this recipe over a lighter and more subtle flavor of coffee and when combined with the fresh coconut milk brings together a rich yet not overpowering combination in your mouth.

You can find blonde roasted coffee beans in your local grocery store, or if you’re willing to stay loyal, at your nearest Starbucks. They may not always be labeled as ‘blonde’ roasted coffee beans and can sometimes be listed as ‘light’ or ‘cinnamon’ roast. However, there’s no cinnamon in this bean, the name is just given because of the light brown color.

Blonde coffee beans don’t need as long in your roasting machine, normally half the time of regular coffee beans is sufficient enough, but it’s probably best to stick to whatever the instructions on the product say.

Don’t be put off by the vanilla in this recipe, there is no need to search the shops and markets high and low to find yourself some proper vanilla beans, as vanilla syrup or vanilla paste will give you that desired flavor without having to go through the effort of finding it.

If you do want to stick to the traditional recipe, then you can use vanilla beans, they are quite expensive to get hold of but they will give your latte the edge over using concentrated vanilla alternatives. To get out the good stuff from your vanilla pod, you’ll need to delicately slice it open and scrape out the insides with a teaspoon.

Not a fan of coconut milk? Then you can use any milk of your preference, the recipe will work just as well with any. Regular milk won’t take as long trying to create froth so if you are on a time crunch, then this could be a better alternative for you to try.

The key to achieving the true ‘Starbucks’ replicate aesthetic to this drink is pouring your blonde roasted espresso over the foamed milk and not doing it the other way around. The coffee will eventually seep down into the frothy foam or you can even choose to stir to make everything come together quicker.

Either way, all you have to do now is finish by adding your vanilla syrup and make sure you post it on your Instagram because if you didn’t gram it, did you even drink it?

How To Make a Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte

The first thing you’ll want to do is brew your Starbucks blonde espresso. This is very easy if you use a Nespresso or Keurig pod machine because you simply buy Starbucks blonde espresso pods.

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If you don’t have a Nespresso Machine or Keurig machine then you can use your own espresso machine. Just buy blonde, light, or Starbucks Veranda blend roasted coffee beans, grind fine, and prepare one or two shots for your latte.

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When your coffee is ready, you can put the vanilla in at this point or you can also choose to put it in with the milk in the next step.

Heat your coconut milk on the stove, in the microwave for a few minutes, making sure not to burn the milk and stirring every so often.

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When the milk is ready if you haven’t already put your vanilla in yet then do so. Then, using a handheld milk whisk, frother, or an electronic device, froth the milk until it’s foamy and resembles traditional latte milk.

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Pour your frothed vanilla coconut milk into a coffee glass or mug and then pour your espresso over the top.

Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte Recipe Card

  • Serves: 1 Person
  • Total Time: 5-10 mins
  • Calories: 110

Ingredients

  • 1oz light-roast or blonde-roasted espresso
  • 5oz coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla syrup

Instructions

  1. Brew 1 (or 2 if you need a buzz) shots of blonde espresso with the coffee machine of your choice
  2. Heat your coconut milk on the stove or in the microwave
  3. Add your vanilla extract, syrup, or paste to the coconut milk and stir if needed
  4. With a handheld milk frother, an electronic milk frother, or even a whisk, froth your coconut milk until it’s foamy. This process should take a couple of minutes depending on what method you’re using
  5. Pour your vanilla frothed coconut milk into your mug of choice and top with your blonde espresso
  6. If you’ve got a sweet tooth you can add extra sweetener or sugar to your coffee

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