Homemade Coconut Lattes.

I don’t know who I think I am right now.

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A pretend barista or something?

Most of my caffeinated orders are things that would make a true barista cry, like extra caramel this and lots of mocha that and one pump of vanilla in absolutely everything I order always and forever.

No really, forever.

Plus, this all started at home with the nutella lattes. Not my fault. Those are my number one favorite, by the way. Doooo it.

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These pretty little lattes are a surefire way to start a huge fight between Eddie and me. Yes, you might remember that there was a very long period of time of when I wrote this blog and hated coffee.

I mean, really hated it. But I wanted to like it! I wanted to be cool!

So now I like it. Am I cool? So not even close.

However, I have always loved coffee ice cream and coffee sugar bomb drinks and stuff. I’ve also always loved the scent of coffee brewing, I think because it’s a nostalgic scent from my childhood. Like when my parents would be brewing coffee in the morning before school or something.

Such a feel good scent.

WELL.

When I say that Eddie despises coffee, I mean he D.E.S.P.I.S.E.S. coffee. Like off the chart loathes. I really think he was banking on me leaving coffee in the dust after all those attempts at loving it.

But then I started to enjoy it. And then I had a baby who (still) nevereverevereverevereverever sleeps everever and actually found myself needing it. I hate that, but it’s true. I need the caffeine! I never wanted to be that person and now I’m totally that person.

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So Eddie just begs me not to make a cup of coffee when he’s standing in the kitchen. That’s how much he dislikes the scent. This past summer when we went on vacation, I thought he was going to have an absolute meltdown in the car when my mom and I both grabbed coffees and trapped him in the car oven.

And I determined that he has such a horrible distaste for it (and the scent!) because he’s worked in a corporate office setting for twenty years now and that just screams bottom burnt coffee pots. Am I right?

I feel his pain. That exact terrible scent is theeee worst.

But anyhoo.

Coconut lattes. Not with coconut milk (though you totally can use coconut milk!) but with some homemade coconut syrup. Oooooh eeeeeh ahhhhh.

This coconut syrup is my new dreamboat lover.

Almost two years ago (how?!) I shared four of my favorite coffee syrups but coconut didn’t make the cut. Now that I have a solid flavor recipe that I enjoy, it’s at the top of my list. You just have to be careful because with one tablespoon you can go from coconut coffee to what tastes like you maybe poured half a cup of Malibu rum into your coffee.

Which isn’t always a terrible thing, but you know what I mean.

That tropical coconutty flavor? You want JUST enough so it’s light coconut with a hint of vanilla and coffee.

Plus steamed milk and foam and then toasted coconut and coconut sugar annnnnd maybe some of these chocolate covered coconut flakes I found.

I’m calling it my winter drink of choice and you should too!

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Homemade Coconut Lattes

Ingredients:

coconut syrup

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

to make one coconut latte

  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut syrup
  • 4 to 6 ounces steamed milk with foam
  • coconut sugar for sprinkling
  • toasted coconut for topping

Directions:

To make the coconut syrup, combine the water, coconut milk and coconut sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and bring the mixture to a bubble. Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge.

 

To make the latte, brew one (or two!) shots of espresso. Whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the coconut syrup (totally depends on how sweet you'd like it, how much coconut flavor you want) and pour in the steamed milk. Cover with a sprinkling of coconut sugar and toasted coconut.

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Seriously the biggest faceplant.