Make a delicious homemade Salted Cashew Caramel Latte with a homemade vegan caramel sauce, cashew milk, and cold brew coffee for a creamy and satisfying morning drink. Added chopped raw cashews create a beautiful crunch for the final round of sips.
For the new year, one of my goals is to make more of my coffee-based drinks at home as opposed to a retailer like Starbucks. To be honest, I’ve gotten frustrated with ordering a venti cup of coffee and always having to adjust it myself at home because it wasn’t made perfect. So, why not just make the entire thing yourself—right? Right.
You’re going to love this creamy cashew milk drink. It’s made with a cold brew for an extra caffeine kick and has a sweet homemade caramel sauce you can use to flavor your morning brew all week long without any need for an additional sweetener.
So without any further ado, let’s get started!
I love creating foods and sweets with a healthy twist. If you’ve tried some of my other work, you’ll know that I’m always rooting for real, organic stuff as ingredients. I’m also always trying to come up with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan versions of your favorite recipes! This Salted Caramel Cashew Latte is no different.
Simply make the vegan caramel sauce and let it cool. Then mix together your latte ingredients, top everything generously with garnish ingredients, and wallah!
The two components in this simple homemade latte are the homemade caramel sauce and the coffee. Here’s what you need to make the sauce:
To make your lattes, you’ll use:
Here’s a step-by-step guide to preparing your vegan caramel sauce:
If you like the regular Caramel Latte from Starbucks, you can just purchase their instant sachet and follow the instructions on the packet. Did you not know it was a thing? Well, it is! You could just buy the sachet, make it as they do it (which is usually just adding hot water and stirring), or make your own adjustments as we talked about earlier.
So if you’re looking for a hot cup of caramel latte, you can go down that road. Doesn’t get any easier, right?
On the contrary, if you’d rather try an iced caramel latte with a twist of salt and cashew toppings, let’s just call you Mr./Ms. Right place at the right time.
Jokes apart, I find my version to be a super refreshing morning brew, especially in the summer. Excuse me if I don’t feel like pouring hot lava down my throat as soon as I wake up. Haha!
So you could say that it serves me well for my caffeine for the day and delivers enough of a kick to start my daily grind!
You don’t want your latte with crushed ice—the sugar crystals will make it taste like a coffee shake. Instead, you want to drizzle your ingredients on a couple of ice cubes.
Start by pouring the milk, followed by the cold brew, vanilla, and caramel sauce. The thin stream of liquids pouring over the ice cubes will chill your latte for you. No need for ground ice cubes or to leave your latte to chill in the refrigerator. Keep it simple!
If you want to drink this chilled salted caramel latte every morning, it’s helpful to have the caramel sauce prepped and ready to go. Once you make and cool the sauce fully, you can store it in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.
When you’re ready to serve, stir the homemade salted caramel sauce into your cashew milk and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
When it comes to using this vegan caramel sauce (or any leftovers), I've gathered a list of ways that you can best use it:
Before I move on to the ingredient notes and detailed preparation instructions, I’d like to answer this very frequently asked question.
The next time you’re in a coffee shop, order a latte, dry cappuccino, and wet cappuccino side by side so you can figure out the difference by yourself. Here’s how you can differentiate between the three:
A traditional cappuccino will have an equal distribution of steamed milk, foamed milk, and espresso. The dry one will have less steamed milk and more foam. The wet cappuccino will have more steamed milk and less foam.
A latte, on the other hand, has steamed milk, espresso, and far less foamed milk—none at all in most cases.
In my salted caramel cashew latte, you’ll find no foam except for the whipped cream topping.
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