There are many reasons why you would want to say bye-bye to cow’s milk and go for almond milk instead.
For starters, milk comes from cows, and some people don’t appreciate the lifestyle they’re given. Then there are the health benefits. Cow’s milk might not be as healthy as you think. On the other hand, almond milk is just almonds and water, and that’s healthy right there.
Almond milk is also a fantastic source of proteins, healthy fat and nutrients, and some people consider it an authentic superfood.
The reason for choosing almond milk over regular cow’s milk is not that important. The critical thing here is using almond milk in our favorite coffee drinks, starting with the iced coffee — an all-time classic that’s loved by all, especially when the weather is sweltering hot.
To make a refreshing and energizing iced coffee with almond milk, you’ll need almond milk, obviously. What’s not that obvious is that you can make your own and save some money. The only thing you need to do is blend a fistful of almonds, a few cups of water and letting the mixture sit overnight in the fridge. Use a cheesecloth to remove the solids or leave them for chunky milk that’s even more nutritious.
We’ll also need an espresso. I look for a medium ‘city’ roast Arabica coffee for this drink, and I ground it myself for the best flavor. Cocoa powder, vanilla and brown sugar will add a lovely display of flavor and aromas that are so heartwarming they’ll undoubtedly bring a smile to your face.
Use fresh ice as well and top your coffee with whipped cream. You can even find vegan whipped cream online in case you want to keep your drink entirely plant-based.
Making iced coffee at home is incredibly easy. Making blended iced coffee, or frozen coffee as it is often called, is a bit more complicated, but you can try it. The only difference is choosing if you’ll blend your ingredients with the ice or without it. Try both and see which one you like the most!
Brew your espresso and cool it down at room temperature or on an ice bath.
In a blender, add the coffee, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and brown sugar. Blend until combined and frothy.
Fill two glasses with fresh ice and pour in the almond milk iced coffee.
Top with whipped cream.