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Blonde Flat White with Coconut Milk (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

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Blonde Flat White with Coconut Milk

The Starbucks Blond Flat White with Coconut Milk is one of the best ways of using your coconut milk. The plant-based milk is quite creamy and thick, and texturally, it’s the closest thing to milk compared to other vegan alternatives.

The flat white is in perfect balance between warm milk and milk foam. It is, though, a bit tricky to make at home, mainly because we don’t have an espresso machine to foam our milk — and milk foam is critical here.

There are several ways for foaming milk at home. You can use a foam maker if you have one, but most of us don’t. So, you can either blend your warm milk (really!), or you can use an electric hand mixer. The aim is the same: getting as many air bubbles in the milk as you can, and while coconut milk is similar to regular milk, it doesn’t foam as well.

Once you foam your coconut milk, you’ll still get lots of un-foamed milk on the layer below and a hefty layer of foam above. We’re pouring both over our coffee for a nice Blonde Flat White. 


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The only other ingredient in today’s recipe is coffee, but this is no regular coffee. We need two ristretto shots. What’s a ristretto, anyway? A ristretto is a short espresso shot, but it’s not only less coffee; it’s more concentrated.

The easiest way of getting a decent ristretto shot at home is with a ristretto pod. I’ve also noticed a proper moka pot Italian espresso, which you make in minutes on a stovetop, is super concentrated and could pass for a ristretto with ease. 

I like the second method because you get to choose what coffee to use. Coffee pods don’t have that versatility. Go for a medium roast coffee; beautiful, golden beans roasted just above the first crack to get some caramel flavors and a few hints of coffee berries; it’s the best type of coffee for creamy drinks.

For today’s Blonde Flat White with Coconut Milk, we’re using 1.5 ounces of concentrated espresso, so this creamy and frothy drink packs a caffeine punch. Other than that, if you’ve selected your frothing method, you’re ready to go. Who said blondes weren’t interesting?

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time11 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy392 cal




Heat your coconut milk in the microwave until steamy.


Blend the milk at medium speed or froth it with an electric hand mixer until foam forms.


Pour your coffee in a glass and top it with your milk, including the milk foam. Stir gently.


Sweeten to taste with sugar or any low-carb sweetener.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories392
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat40.6 g78 g52.05%
  • Saturated Fat36 g20 g180%
  • Sodium32 mg2300 mg1.39%
  • Total Carbohydrate9.4 g275 g3.42%
  • Dietary Fiber3.7 g28 g13.21%
  • Total Sugars5.7 g
  • Protein4 g50 g8%
  • Calcium28 mg1300 mg2.15%
  • Iron3 mg18 mg16.67%
  • Potassium499 mg4700 mg10.62%
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