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Vegan Hazelnut Lattes

vegan hazelnut lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #hazelnutlattes #recipe

vegan hazelnut lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #hazelnutlattes #recipe

I’m writing this on Wednesday, which means we’ve made it halfway through the work week. Have you hit a mid-week slump yet? I know I have, but Friday is just around the corner and I have a nice, take-it-easy recipe for you today: vegan hazelnut lattes.

A few years ago, my sister went through a hazelnut latte phase. Every time we walked pass a certain coffee chain (you know, the one with a green logo and infamous for misspelling names…) we’d walk in so she could have her hazelnut latte fix. When Toronto’s first Nutella café opened last week, I couldn’t help but think of her. That, and cycling past a café with a giant sign advertising Nutella lattés in Kensington Market. These darlings are just ordinary hazelnut lattes, but you could always get fancy by using Nutella instead – I’ve included my vegan nutella/chocolate hazelnut spread below. This recipe is also inspired by an Italian café I visited in Cambridge. On their coffee menu was a pistachio latte, which came highly recommended by the Italian barista behind the counter. The latte was made by incorporating pistachio nut butter into their coffee, and it was everything I thought nut butter in its hot, caffeinated form would taste like: thick, dreamy, melty. I can only hope to deliver the same experience to you with these vegan hazelnut latttes – no gross syrup, just real hazelnut butter and hazelnut milk.

Of course, I enjoyed these lattes with a slice of toast spread with vegan nutella and bananas. YUM.

vegan hazelnut lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #hazelnutlattes #recipe

vegan hazelnut lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #hazelnutlattes #recipe

To make your own hazelnut butter, simply roast hazelnuts at 325ºF/162ºC for 10-15 minutes until they are fragrant and their skins begin to shed. Remove the skins by rubbing the hazelnuts together in a linen or towel. Place the hazelnuts in a food processor and process until you reach your desired consistency.  

VEGAN HAZELNUT LATTES
Serves 2.
If you don’t have an espresso maker but still want to enjoy a hazelnut latte, just make your coffee as you normally would. Whisk the hazelnut butter into your coffee and top with 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup frothed hazelnut milk. That is how I  made these the first time and they were delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 shots espresso
  • 2 1/2 cups hazelnut milk
  • 3 tablespoons homemade or store-bought hazelnut butter or nutella
  • maple syrup, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the espresso. Heat 1 1/2 cups of the hazelnut milk on the stove top, and whisk the hazelnut butter into the milk until well incorporated. Pour the espresso into two mugs and pour 3/4 cup of the hazelnut milk mixture into each cup. Sweeten to taste and enjoy with toast, a biscuit, or a slice of cake.

HOMEMADE VEGAN NUTELLA
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 2/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • nut milk or oil, as needed
  • pinch of salt- just to bring the flavour out ;)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF/162ºC. Roast the hazelnuts for 10-15 minutes until fragrant and their skins begin to shed. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. Remove the skins by rubbing the hazelnuts together in a linen or towel.
  2. Place the hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse. Add the cacao, maple syrup, and salt, and process for a few minutes. Add nut milk or oil if necessary.

Your edible plant enthusiast,
Gen.

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25 Comments

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 19, 2015

    Beautiful! I love hazelnut, it’s such a lovely flavor! (I like to use my hazelnut stevia in my coffee! Haha!)

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 22, 2015

      Ooh I’ve never heard of hazelnut stevia! I don’t use stevia but that just sounds so cool! xo

      Reply
  2. Amanda Paa
    November 19, 2015

    there’s a Nutella cafe where you live… and i’m so jealous. but thankful you’ve created this caffeinated dream for us! i can’t think of a better way to kick off the colder temps. xo

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    • genevieve y
      November 22, 2015

      Yes there is! I haven’t been or even walked by but I have a feeling it is quite popular. You should start one where you live! Or make your kitchen one ;) xo

      Reply
  3. Amanda Paa
    November 19, 2015

    there’s a nutella cafe where you live…. and i’m so jealous! but thankful you recreated this caffeinated dream for us. seems like the perfect way to kick off the cooler temps. xo

    Reply
  4. Christine
    November 20, 2015

    I must try these lattes! This sounds incredibly delicious, Gen. I bet using the vegan Nutella would make it a fancied-up mocha situation too, which also would be delicious… As soon as I get home, I need to check if I have hazelnuts on hand so I can make this! xo

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    • genevieve y
      November 22, 2015

      Thank you Christine! And ooooh yes, I do love treating myself to a mocha every now and then. I hope you like it! xo

      Reply
  5. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
    November 20, 2015

    i have been eyeing this latte since yesterday because nutella! i have been exploring cafes in my neighborhood recently but havent seen anything with nut butter yet. maybe i should direct them to this post?

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    • genevieve y
      November 22, 2015

      Nutty lattes seem to be becoming a thing! You could definitely point them my way, although pistachio and hazelnut are the only ones I’ve tried so far! xo

      Reply
  6. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    November 20, 2015

    These sound incredible. I loved how you described nut butter in hot caffeinated form…so enticing! I am going to have to try this soon because I have some freshly made hazelnut butter to use up <3

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  7. Farrah
    November 20, 2015

    Ahhh! These look so perfect! (Your food photography is always so gorgeous! <3 )

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    • genevieve y
      November 22, 2015

      Aw, thank you so much Farrah! I try, haha. You are too sweet! xoxo

      Reply
  8. sue|theviewfromgreatisland
    November 20, 2015

    You had me at frothed hazelnut milk — these sound insanely delicious :)

    Reply
  9. Natalia
    November 20, 2015

    This sounds incredibly delicious! Thank you for the recipe and these beautiful pics, Gen!

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  10. danielle is rooting the sun
    November 20, 2015

    oh genevieve i’m so incredibly glad for friday, it’s finally here! and what a brilliant way to celebrate! hazelnut has always been a delicious treat for me – especially with coffee or espresso. i love the absence of syrup and the presence of homemade nutella – i can only imagine how luxurious, rich, and delicious this latte is in the face of cold. love love to your weekend. ♥

    Reply
  11. cynthia
    November 21, 2015

    This looks and sounds so so good, Genevieve!! I could use one right about now!

    Reply
  12. Jodi
    November 22, 2015

    PIstachio lattes? My goodness! In France I worked in a coffee shop where I made countless shots of espresso. I think I’m a bit of a purest when it comes to coffee, I like it black and strong. So when I was making all these fancy lattes for people with syrups and milks and sprinkles it kind of turned me off. But Gen, you’ve just open me up to a whole new world of possibility here with nut butter coffees! I love it! BUT – you have to tell me – how to you get your milk so frothy at home!? Skills, lady.

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    • genevieve y
      November 22, 2015

      I wish those frothing skills were mine, but they actually belong to a handy little contraption I have called the Aerolatte! It cost me something like $25 but I use it almost every day to froth the milk for my coffee. It’s just so handy! I’m not a fan of all the syrups and flavourings, but nut butter I can most definitely make an exception for ;) Nut butter coffees seem to be having a moment right now, I was blown away by the fact that I could get a pistachio latte made with real pistachio butter! Can’t wait to try it with all the other nut butters… I’ll report back to you with my findings, haha!! xo

      Reply
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