2.11.2014

Homemade vegan almond milk foam, from a jar

I'm telling you right now, your morning just got infinitely better by reading this blog post.

I'm not one to brag really, but this almond milk foam is basically going to rock your world. Remember those days of warm lattes with that fluffy, delicious foam on top and some kind of delicious syrup?

Well, for the last two weeks I've been foaming up my own coffees (saving my wallet!) using just an old jar, Almond Breeze and my microwave.

After having an amazingly frothy beverage from Peets coffee (they do almond milk foam and they rock at it), I decided I just had to figure out how to do it at home or I would basically never allow myself to drink coffee again.

So I started scouring the internet looking for a way to make almond milk foam. Turns out it's super achievable, if you have a fancy schmancy espresso machine or wanna fork over some cash for other trinkets and utensils that give air to almond milk.

I didn't want to do that, however. It was a Sunday, I was feeling lazy and cheap and I wanted instant gratification. It didn't matter that I could order some nifty tool off Amazon, I wanted my almond milk foam and I wanted it then.

So I found a blog about how someone had luck taking regular cows milk and shaking it in a small jar. Then they put it in the microwave and voila, foamy deliciousness.

 So I decided to try that with almond milk ... and well, at first I was disappointed, it wasn't frothy or fluffy at all like the dairy milk. But I decided to try, try again and sure enough, after a good 30-second shake, 30 seconds in the microwave and then more 30-second shakes, I had enough foam to legit cover my coffee and strong enough to last a good 10 minutes.


Fabulously fluffy almond milk foam
(makes foam for one medium-to-large cup of coffee)
Ingredients:
1/4 -1/3 cup vanilla almond milk (I used Almond Breeze because it contains carrageenan, or edible seaweed, which is used as a thickener. I can't guarantee results with other brands or types yet)

Directions:
Pour milk into small jar with lid. Shake for 30 seconds (then you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself about ...). Remove lid and place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Once you take this out of the microwave you should notice a decent foam forming at the top of the milk. Use a spoon and scoop the foam onto your coffee (leave the liquidy milk at the bottom). Replace lid and shake for 30 more seconds (I literally shake up and down and left and right and all over the place). Remove lid and use the spoon to scoop foamy bubbles onto your coffee. Repeat as many times as you'd like to achieve the foaminess you desire. I usually do about three to four times. Top with some homemade vegan caramel syrup if you want to get wild.

You can add the liquidy part that's leftover to sweeten your coffee!

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5 comments:

  1. Coffee and a workout! Sweet. I may just try it to make my little one laugh.
    Kim

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    1. I'm telling you, it's been totally worth the effort. And heck, maybe it'll tone my biceps ;)

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  2. I haven't tried it w/ almond, just soy, but if you warm it up in the microwave for at least a minute (I do 8 oz for 2 minutes) in a large pyrex glass measuring cup, when it's done throw your whisk in there and kinda roll the handle back and forth between your hands very quickly. It makes the BEST foam!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! It's awesome to hear soy works too! I'll have to give the whisk method a try!

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  3. I appreciate the tip, and I do plan on trying it!

    However found your comment about using Almond Breeze surprising.... I'm not sure carrageenan is actually a good ingredient.... you can read some scary stuff if you Google it.

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