6 Vegan Coffee Drinks You Will Surely Love

For some people, the hardest part of going vegan is giving up your favorite dairy-based coffee drinks like vanilla lattes and caramel macchiatos. However, it doesn’t need to be like that – nowadays, there are plenty of vegan-friendly choices to tempt you.

Here are some of our favorite vegan coffee recipes – plus one non-coffee drink we thought was worthy of making our list.

1. Soy café au lait

Soy café au lait

Let’s start with a super easy one – easy, but totally delicious too. To make this drink, you just need soy milk, good quality instant coffee, and some vegan-friendly sugar or other sweeteners.

You can replace the soy milk with any non-dairy milk substitute of your choosing, including almond milk, coco milk etc. Of course, if you don’t like your coffee too sweet, you can skip the sweetener entirely.

Ingredients: Soy milk (or other non-dairy milk substitutes), good quality instant coffee, vegan-friendly sweetener (if required).

Instructions: Heat the soy milk (or other milk substitutes). Add the other ingredients and stir in well. Serve and enjoy!

2. Vegan iced coffee

Vegan-iced-coffee

When the weather is too hot for regular coffee and you need a refreshing brew to cool you down, iced coffee is an ideal option. As a vegan, however, there’s nothing to say you need to stick to black coffee – here’s a recipe using vegan condensed milk that is sure to hit the spot.

This recipe uses store-bought vegan-friendly condensed milk – but if you have a recipe for making your own, so much the better!

Ingredients: Water, good quality instant coffee, vegan-friendly condensed milk, ice.

Instructions: Boil enough water for one cup of coffee (or more if you want to make more) and pour it into a mixing jug. Add the vegan-friendly condensed milk and stir well (the amount of condensed milk depends on how sweet you like it – but one to three teaspoons should be about right).

Next, you have two options. You can either pour it directly over ice into a glass. The ice will cool the hot coffee but will also melt, diluting the drink.

The other choice, if you’re not in a rush and can plan ahead, is to leave the coffee mix to cool first – you can even leave it in the fridge. When you’re ready to drink it, pour the cold drink over the ice and enjoy a more concentrated, intense version of the drink.

3. Vegan Irish coffee

Vegan-Irish-coffee

Sometimes we need something a little bit stronger than just a coffee, and as a vegan, you don’t need to pass up on the pleasure of a delicious, creamy – and alcoholic – Irish coffee. The key is finding a non-dairy vegan-friendly cream. Here’s how to make the drink.

Ingredients: Coffee, Irish whiskey, raw sugar, non-dairy cream.

Instructions: Brew the coffee as usual (using drip machine, French press or whichever method you prefer) and pour into a glass.

Add one shot of whiskey and add sugar according to your taste; mix well. Slowly pour the cream over the back of a teaspoon so that it floats on top of the coffee. Your vegan Irish coffee is ready to drink!

4. Vegan hot chocolate

Vegan-hot-chocolate

Ok, so this is not a coffee – but we wanted to include a hot chocolate option too for those times when you feel like something a little more indulgent. So here goes, luxurious vegan-friendly hot chocolate.

Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa, 1½ tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips, coconut whipped cream, sugar or sweetener to taste. Option: vanilla or peppermint extract.

Instructions: Heat the almond milk in a saucepan (or in a cup in the microwave). Stir in the cocoa, chocolate chips, and sugar or sweetener and mix well. Add the vanilla or peppermint for extra flavor if desired. Pour into a cup (if made in a saucepan), top with coconut whipped cream to serve. If you want convenient, an auto cocoa machine can be a good choice.

5. Vegan cold brew caramel Frappuccino

Vegan cold brew caramel Frappuccino

Here’s a delicious recipe for another coffee drink that’s ideal for the summer months. To do it properly, you need to brew up a batch of cold brew coffee in advance – which can take up to 24 hours or longer.

If you’re in a hurry, make regular coffee and chill it in the fridge – but the result won’t be quite the same.

You’ll also need to plan ahead and make the almond milk ice cubes – but the result will be worth all the prep time.

Ingredients: Cold brew coffee, almond milk ice cubes, caramel.

Instructions: Pour half a cup of cold brew coffee into a blender and throw in some almond milk ice cubes – about another half a cup in volume. Add the caramel to taste and blend. When the mixture reaches a slushy, icy texture, it’s ready to serve. Pour out and enjoy.

6. Coconut mocha

Another luxurious coffee drink, this time made with coconut and chocolate – what a heavenly combination!

Ingredients: 5oz brewed coffee, half cup coconut milk, 3 tbsp of chocolate syrup. Toasted coconut powder and vegan-friendly hot chocolate powder to garnish.

Instructions: Set the coffee brewing in an electric drip machine (or prepare using your usual brewing method). While the coffee is brewing, heat the coconut milk in a saucepan and stir in the chocolate syrup. When the coffee is brewed, remove the coconut milk from the heat and stir in the coffee.

Serve in a glass and sprinkle the coconut powder and hot chocolate powder on top to serve. Sit back in your most comfortable chair and enjoy a decadent vegan mocha!

So many other options – time to get creative

As you can see – and as we hope these six recipes have shown – vegans can enjoy a lot more than just plain black coffee. As delicious as an espresso or a high-quality drip coffee can be, sometimes there’s no replacing something a bit more elaborate.

These recipes are just a start. Using all-vegan ingredients, you are free to create your own equally delicious coffee drinks that you and your family are sure to love.

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