How to Make a "Good Enough" Homemade Latte
If you were to ask anyone that knows me, they would tell you that I have a serious problem. According to my husband, it's really more of an addiction. I just can't go without it! Now, good on me, I have cut back, primarily due to the fact that it can become a pretty expensive habit. Now, since I know you read the title of this Hub before reading what I wrote, you probably know what I'm talking about. Yes, I am talking about COFFEE!
Lately I've been looking for a way to make coffeehouse style drinks at home because, let's face it, being on a single person income with a baby to buy diapers and formula for doesn't leave a lot of room in the budget for regular trips to the coffee shop. I'll admit that most of the solutions I found were... well... awful. Simply and terribly awful! I seriously wonder how some of these people thought their creation tasted ANYTHING like the real thing.
So, I too, have joined the ranks of those that have come up with their own recipes for coffeehouse style drinks, simply because I just was not satisfied with what was already out there. I'm not going to claim that my style latte drink is anywhere near as good as anything you would get at the coffee shop, but it works pretty good for when your broke and need a fix.
"Good Enough" Homemade Latte
- 1 Cup (8 oz) Brewed Coffee
- 1/2 Cup 2% or Skim Milk
- 2 Packets Splenda or other artificial sweetener
- 1-3 Tbsp Flavored Coffee Syrup, (Optional)
- Heat your milk. I truthfully just use a microwave. If you want to use this method, I recommend whisking your milk with a fork first (to get at least a wee bit of frothiness), and, in a microwave safe cup or mug, heat it for 30-45 seconds depending on your microwave. If you want genuinely frothy milk and don't want to buy a milk frother of any kind, I recommend checking out this link. I haven't personally tried it myself, but I'd love to hear the results you may have had! http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-froth-milk-for-cappuccinos-in-the-microwave-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-100716
- Add your sweetener. Just mix your sweetener straight into your milk. I tend to find it blends better if you add it at this stage in the process as opposed to adding it after your coffee. You can also use sugar, but considering sweeteners are usually sweeter than sugar, you may need to use more sugar.
- Brew your coffee. Firstly, you want your coffee nice and hot. So, if you're using a Keurig, you want to brew your coffee straight into your milk using the 8 ounce option. If using a traditional coffee maker, just make sure you at least begin brewing your coffee first, so your milk doesn't get cold. Most other tutorials I have read have recommended using a strong coffee as opposed to a medium blend. To a point I would agree. However, lately I have been using Starbucks Pike Place, which is one of their medium blends. It really does depend on brand which is better. A Starbucks medium blend is definitely not the same as a Gevalia medium blend. It's really to your own taste.
- If you like, feel free to mix in some flavored coffee syrup. Depending on brand, it will take you about 1-3 tablespoons. You really will have to go by taste on this one. Put in enough to your preference.
- Sit back, sip and enjoy!
One of the great things about this recipe is that it's low-fat, low-cal, and low-sugar. Most coffee drinks are so high in calories, fat, and sugar, that it's as much, sometimes more than a meal. Just look at the comparison chart below!
Starbucks Caffe Latte (Tall)
Dunkin' Donuts Latte (Small)
"Good Enough" Latte
Again, I'm not going to say that this is anywhere near as good as the coffee shop stuff, but if the craving strikes you suddenly, or the money for the coffee shop just isn't there, it's at least enough to quench the incessant need for a time. I genuinely hope you enjoy this, and be sure to comment and let me know if you made adjustments, what worked for you and what didn't. I'm always willing to try new ideas!
♥♥ Stay caffeinated! ♥♥
|Serving size: 1 Latte|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Carbohydrates 6 g||2%|
|Sugar 6 g|
|Protein 9 g||18%|
|Sodium 50 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|