3 Seasonal (Non-Dairy) Lattes

How to make a vegan latteI drink hot coffee drinks all year long. It’s not that I don’t enjoy iced coffee or an iced latte from time to time. I do. I’m just a hot coffee kind of gal, which is good news this time of year because hot coffee drinks make even more sense than usual. It totally ups the cozy factor, am I right? 🙂

See our guide to making your own latte at home without an espresso machine.

Best homemade non dairy lattesLately I’ve been cutting out dairy during most of the week, just a random health challenge, and I’ve been enjoying it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still crave a weekday latte here and there. Luckily there are LOTS of options for this. Here are three non-dairy lattes that I’ve been enjoying lately.

How to make pumpkin spice syrupI make a half batch of my PSL latte syrup (see here for my original recipe). Then I fill a coffee mug with a few teaspoons of syrup, then a shot (or two—depending on my “needs” that day) of espresso (I have a home espresso machine, but I also sometimes use instant espresso), and then 1 1/2 cups of hot almond milk.

If you have an espresso machine, usually it has a milk frothing wand, but you can also buy a handheld milk frother and just heat your milk in a small pot, froth by hand, and add to your mug. You also could just skip the frothing all together and just heat up the milk on the stovetop or in the microwave. I like my milk frothed. Even though it isn’t exactly like a good coffee shop, it gives the drink just that little extra something that makes it feel special. But, that’s just me.

Chai tea recipeMy second favorite (at least this month) is a coconut milk chai. To make the tea, I simply combine 2 cups water with 3 cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ginger (powder), 1 cinnamon stick, and 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns. Once the water is hot, I add two black tea bags and steep for 3-5 minutes. If I want to add a little sweetness, I’ll stir in 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar at this point too.

Then I heat and froth my coconut milk (about 1 cup), strain the tea and combine both in a large coffee mug.

How to make a mochaLast is an almond milk mocha. Lately I’ve been making this the “lazy” way by combining a packet of hot cocoa mix with warmed and frothed almond milk and a shot of espresso. Some hot cocoa mixes have powdered milk in them, so if you want to keep this dairy-free, watch out for that. You could also use chocolate syrup, or cocoa and some sugar dissolved as an alternative if you can’t find a hot cocoa mix you like. That’s it. The end. Go make a cozy drink for yourself now. 🙂 xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Cannot wait to try this! Hot drinks are perfect for all year round and perfect to snuggle up to in fall/winter. 🙂

  • Needing dairy for calcium is becoming known as a marketing ploy. In fact, those with dairy intolerance (such as myself) are actually often low in calcium while they are consuming dairy (say before they realise) because the inabilty to digesf dairy stops their body from absorbing calcium. Dark green leafy vegetables have much high calcium levels not to mention the fact that really no one tolerats dairy well its just they don’t realise as they are used to not feel 100% because of our unhealthy western diet

  • Yess! Thank youu, I’ve been vegan for almost a month now so you’ve posted this just in time 😉

  • YUSS! Going to make some of these during this dreary weekend/hurricane watch! LOVE when blogs feature non-dairy options for vegs like me! 😀

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • The U.S. also has one of the highest rates of soda consumption… remember correlation does not necessarily equal causation, you need to look at all the variables.

  • These are amazing! I am become somewhat addicted to PSL’s and even though I do not regret this, my wallet is starting to see the difference! You’re syrup looks just as good and better on the purse strings! Thank you <3 xxx


  • Hi Kate, have you ever heard of the China Study? It’s pretty interesting. It was done over decades and basically explains that the U.S. has one of the highest dairy consumption rates in the world and also has the highest rates of osteoporosis. A lot of research is finding that our bodies don’t readily absorb the calcium found in cow’s milk like we used to think. Forks Over Knives is a great movie that explains this way better than I can!

  • These look so delicious! Happy National Coffee Day!


  • Having just begun the I Quit Sugar program, I am glad to see there is a sugar free option as these look to die for.

  • This looks so good, and perfect for fall season. I wish it was cold here in Malaysia.
    I wanted to thank you girls for a post you did on collage with photoshop. It was really easy to follow and finally I was able to make them for my blog. BIG THANKS!!!


  • I am totally making that chai tea when I get home from work today, and curling up under a blanket with my dog and a book. Fall bliss!

  • I heat my almond milk on a low heat and towards the end or temp I’m going for, I whisk it in the pan…it froths very easily and quickly…and you get a nice foam cap to top with as well….

  • I’m a hot coffee drinker too no matter what the weather! Can’t wait to try the PSL and almond milld mocha!

  • I’ll try these recipes for sure, non-dairy products is something part of my daily life 🙂



  • I cannot wait to try this recipe!! I am such a big fan of your blog and use it as inspiration for my own. Great job guys!
    Xoxo Steph

  • I’m vegetarian but am transitioning to veganism but coffee is never a problem because I just use soy milk. I love to make my own gingerbread lattes too- the Monin syrup is so good! 🙂

  • I do wish you guys would stop promoting non-dairy as being “healthy”. Cutting out dairy cuts out a major source of calcium, which is important for bone health, and especially in females! I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an increase in cases of osteoporosis in future years due to fads like this. I know some people (myself included) have intolerances, and avoiding dairy is perfectly understandable in those cases (although there are some great lactose-free cows milks available which are a) delicious and b) retain that all important source of calcium). However for the average person, cutting out dairy could in fact be quite detrimental. Just a thought!

  • That almond milk mocha has me licking my lips the most if I’m being completely honest! Great post, especially for those of us who try to stay away from dairy as much as possible 😉


  • This is great! I just learned that the syrup in the Starbucks pumpkin spice has dairy in it, so it’s a no-go for vegans or someone with an allergy/intolerance, even with soy or coconut milk! Your version is a great, and probably much more natural alternative!

  • Oh my goodness. The perfect blogpost. I, myself, am a bit of a coffee addict but I find it a bit too overindulgent to have it milky (cows milk) all the time! The pictures are currently making me hungry …


  • These all look incredible, I can’t wait to try them out!

    xo, Liz

  • Thanks for this post, I am always curious about changing the usual coffee routine and I always wanted to try almond milk! I especially love the flavours you use!


  • This recipe is going to be on top of my list. I’m a coffee lover to the core and I’ll go for anything coffee-related. Ha! I’ll make it first thing in the morning tomorrow! Or well maybe today, just after I type this comment in. LOL!


  • This is perfect for me! I have been restricting diary and am excited to try these!

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  • I love this! I’m not a coffee fan, but I can see myself trying the first one with a hot chocolate instead! Or maybe something completely else… I will have to think about that! Anyway, love this and love the blog, I’ve been following for more than 5 years now and I still love everything in here, even though I don’t comment a lot.

  • I can’t wait to try this!!
    Also, hello to both of you! I met you guys at the Urban Outfitters in Nashville last year, as I am a huge huge, longtime fan of the blog and was so excited to say hello!
    I sincerely doubt you are even in the realm of finding Nashville people to help out or collaborate, as you just moved, but I am a 20 year old student at Belmont University in our graphic design/photography program! I’ve called Nashville home for about 3 years and absolutely LOVE it.
    It has always been a huge dream to work for a blog/organization such as this, and more importantly, to learn from or just grab coffee with you guys and pick your brain!
    I’m sure you get requests like this all the time, but as someone who is about to launch a business very similar to this one (based on creativity and aesthetics) I figured I would go ahead and post anyways, because, who knows!

    I hope Nashville is everything and more than you thought it would be!!! It’s truly a magical city.
    Thanks for being so inspiring, always.

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