This Iced Caramel Latte [with Coffee Ice Cubes] is the epitome of never having boring lattes that are quick and tasty to kick start your day again! Make these little coffee ice cubes to go with your favorite coffee drink (whether hot or cold) without watering it down. Ice cubes made with cold brew and caramel sauce, topped with your favorite plant-based milk, freshly-brewed coffee, and more caramel, this latte is the perfect thing to add to your mornings! Dairy-Free + Vegan options.
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I recently came across the newest wave of turning your coffee into ice cubes and I must say that I'm hooked! This Iced Caramel Latte [with Coffee Ice Cubes] is super easy to make and with this large batch of 28 ice cubes within the recipe, they make for a great meal prep + make ahead option for the week. When thinking about how much a latte has been a major part of my mornings, I'm definitely sold on doing these little ice cubs more often and the great part------you can totally change the flavors to keep things interesting.
Since last year, I've been super adamant on reducing my takeout spending, especially when it comes to a cup of coffee, therefore, I've been making my own lattes at home, which has been rather fun! If you're into homemade lattes like I am, then I suggest making this Sugar Cookie Latte (Starbucks Copycat) for starters. SO good! I'll definitely be sharing more amazing latte recipes further below.
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However, if you’re cutting out coffee or want a lower-caffeine drink to sip in the morning, you’ll want to try my Iced Chai Tea Latte recipe ASAP. And while you’re at it, make a big batch and keep it in the fridge to pour over ice all week long.
Basically, Iced Caramel Lattes are made using a handful of ingredients which include espresso (or strong coffee), milk, and caramel syrup or sauce. That's it. Of course, in this recipe, I always love to switch things up with a bit of whipped cream on top, additional drizzle, and even coffee ice cubes for an added touch!
OK, so while both names almost look and sound alike, they actually are different drinks. For one, iced coffee is usually made of cooled brewed coffee and is served with just a splash of milk. However, iced lattes are usually made with strong espresso shots and contains a lot more milk than iced coffees.
Making coffee throughout the week can sometimes mean that you won't always use up your coffee, especially when making coffee from ground coffee beans. Yes---you can add leftover coffee in other ways (i.e. baking, making a mocktail, etc.), why not just freeze them and re-create a new latte each day? Haha.
Plus, it's really simple to make, so there's that.
As I've mentioned, making these coffee ice cubes are for sure the easiest and fastest way to keep your latte/coffee runs smooth during the week. Simply make a large batch of these, add them to a glass in the mornings, pour your milk, and add an additional sweetener (if you please), and wallah. DONE!
Believe it or not, lattes are actually considered "weaker" than coffee in the caffeine department because lattes usually also contain milk and sugar. So, although espresso is greater in caffeine levels, the added steam milk and cream lowers it's potency, which works for those who aren't strong coffee drinkers.
Usually, I love using these little ice cubes in my lattes, however, there are a few other ways to utilize them, especially when you want to switch things up. Elevate your next smoothie by making it coffee-infused or perhaps a nice mocktail like this Dairy-Free Espresso Martini with No Kahluaor this Dirty Chai Espresso Martini [Mocktail].
First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and easy Iced Caramel Latte [with Coffee Ice Cubes] is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you'll love this recipe:
The three components in this simple homemade iced caramel latte are the homemade caramel sauce, the coffee ice cubes, and the actual latte. Here’s what you need to make the caramel sauce:
To make your coffee ice cubes, you’ll use:
To make your latte, you’ll use:
Absolutely! Everything in this Iced Caramel Latte is completely delish as is, but if you'd like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use-----that's totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding, it's hard to keep up! From the classics like cashew milk, sesame milk, soy milk, and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk and even potato and quinoa milk.
Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Iced Caramel Latte [with Coffee Ice Cubes]. Everything from my fave baking sheet, dutch ovens, high-powered blender, mixing bowls, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
This creamy and sweet dairy-free caramel sauce is an all-purpose recipe to use on anything from baked desserts to smoothies to mocktails to your lattes.
Here’s what you need to make it:
If you aren't familiar with one of Starbuck's latest phenomenons, then I highly suggest trying sweet cream atop your latte.
For the sweet cream itself, it's so easy to make! Simply make the vanilla syrup, mix it together with milk (best to use 2% milk like Starbucks does, but I use plant-based milk) and cream and wallah!
There are several options to switching things up slightly with your homemade Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream that include:
Honestly, I'm a big believer in using whichever type of ice cube tray molds you'd prefer. I chose to use these "crescent moon" shaped molds (which are standard ice trays), however, I also love using square cubes and any fun shapes for a more festive feel.
Personally, Amazon has some amazing options and you can also purchase ice cube molds as large retailers such as Target, Walmart, etc. Of course, depending on the size and shape, you'll get a different amount of ice cubes per batch, so keep that in mind!
Yes! This yummy sweet, dairy-free Iced Caramel Latte is just as tasty hot or ice cold! You can definitely switch things up by serving this latte hot or cold whenever you choose to.
To serve hot, simply warm your plant-based milk with all the latte ingredients together in a small saucepan until heated through. If you have a milk frother, all the better, but it's not totally necessary! Pour in a mug and top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, because why not?
This latte is for one serving. To make additional lattes, simply double or triple ingredients, depending on need. The ice cubes makes about 28 mini sized cubes or a standard 12-16 when using regular-sized ice cube trays.
Yes and yes! To make this Iced Caramel Latte [with Coffee Ice Cubes] entirely dairy-free and/or vegan, simply substitute the heavy cream with a high-quality dairy-free half & half like Ripple Foods if making the sweet cream as your topping. You can also use a creamer from So Delicious Dairy-free or Califia Farms. In addition, you can use full-fat canned coconut cream/milk that has been chilled for the coconut whipped cream. Lastly, ensure that you use plant-based milk as well as vegan caramel sauce.
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Iced Caramel Latte [with Coffee Ice Cubes].