Make a delicious and creamy oat milk latte at home with just 3 ingredients in 10 minutes!
Oat milk is having a moment and for good reason–as far as dairy free milks go, it’s definitely the creamiest and the closest to regular milk you can get. I’ve been loving all the oat milk offerings at Starbucks, especially the shaken espresso with oat milk and the honey oat milk latte, but I think we all know frequent Starbucks trips can add up quickly so let’s learn how to make our own oat milk lattes at home! I’m making an iced version but you could easily adapt this to make a hot latte.
How to make an oat milk latte
Ingredients you’ll need
- Oat milk: I found several brands that I really enjoy. Oatly and Chobani are my favorite and I talk a bit more about each one later in this post.
- Strongly brewed coffee: I just used my favorite decaf ground coffee to make an extra strong cup. You could also use instant coffee or brew espresso if you have the ability to do so.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup goes swimmingly with the nutty oat flavor!
- Ice: Lots of ice! I like my iced drinks extra cold and I really hate when the ice melts too fast and waters down the drink so I always use as much ice as will fit in the glass!
- Optional add ins: when I’m feeling extra fancy, I like to add a tiny blob (about 1/8 tsp) of vanilla bean paste and a pinch of sea salt.
How to brew strong coffee for an iced latte at home
To make extra strong coffee for my oat milk latte, I used 4 tablespoons of ground coffee for 1/2 cup of water, steeped for 4 minutes in a french press. I find that using a french press results in a stronger, more rich coffee in general. This is especially important when making iced coffee drinks!
Making the latte
After you’ve brewed your extra strong coffee, add to a glass. Whisk in the maple syrup. I found that 2 tablespoons was the perfect amount for me, but you can adjust to your taste.
Then add your oat milk. Adding the milk before the ice helps cool it down to avoid a watered down latte.
Now just add your ice and enjoy!
Feeling a little extra fancy?
Add a 1/8 tsp of vanilla bean paste and a pinch of sea salt when you whisk in the maple syrup and sea salt!
Make it a hot oat milk latte!
To make a hot oat milk latte, use the same measurements, but heat the milk up before adding it to your strongly brewed coffee. Use a hand held frother to make foamy milk.
What does oat milk taste like?
Perhaps not surprisingly, oat milk does taste like oats! It is very creamy and the closest to regular milk in consistency and in taste. I know regular milk doesn’t taste like oats but it’s still the closest match. Oat milk has the creamy thickness of whole milk and is lower in fat. It still has protein and it actually has some fiber so oat milk is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet!
In this oat milk latte, I find that the oat milk flavor combined with the maple syrup gives off a toasty marshmallow flavor that is just delightful.
What’s the best kind of oat milk to use?
I’ve tried many different oat milks and I definitely prefer Chobani or Oatly. I find these two to be the creamiest and also have the least strong oat flavor. Trader Joe’s brand is good but definitely has a more oat-y flavor. The only brand I’ve actively disliked was Pacific foods brand. It had a strange flavor to me and is different in consistency than the above mentioned brands.
Can I make this ahead of time?
While this homemade latte recipe is super easy, sometimes we just have no time. I get it! Good news is, you can make this ahead. I wouldn’t go any longer than making it the night before to enjoy in the morning or making it in the morning to enjoy on a work break in the afternoon. Any longer than that and the coffee will start to get a stale taste.
Made this recipe?
I hope you try this recipe! You will discover that making a homemade oat milk latte is easy and absolutely delicious. Let me know how it goes in the comments below! You can also find me on Instagram @thefigjar.Print