A few months ago, you could not access Instagram and Tik Tok without seeing a whipped coffee recipe. Because people were stuck at home due to Covid, people were left to entertain themselves within the confines of their four walls. Once we saw a new food trend, everyone HAD to make it.
What stinks about food trends is that they come and go. The good food trends, although delicious, do not stick around for more than a few weeks. Whipped coffee is such a delicious treat, especially for major coffee enthusiasts always looking for new, exciting ways to drink their morning joe. It deserves to stay on the radar for a little bit longer than most food trends.
To change up the typical whipped coffee, this homemade recipe uses vanilla sugar to add an extra layer of flavor. Vanilla adds additional sweetness and a familiar element that many of us love in our coffee and lattes.
Instead of using a store-bought processed vanilla syrup, vanilla sugar is used in this recipe. Vanilla sugar is basically vanilla-scented white sugar. It can be purchased or made homemade very easily.
Any time you use fresh vanilla beans for a recipe, do not throw the pod away! Instead, add your empty vanilla pod to a closed container full of white sugar. As you use more vanilla pods, add them to the sugar after extracting the vanilla seeds. You can also keep adding more plain sugar to the container as you use vanilla sugar and it will keep taking on the flavor.
The vanilla pods infuse the white sugar full of natural vanilla flavor. Any time you add pods to your sugar, mix the sugar around to make sure all granules are soaking up that gorgeous vanilla flavor. This makes for less waste and a new, delicious ingredient to add to baking, coffee, or anything else. Using vanilla sugar in any recipe gives a light vanilla scent and aroma without the need for vanilla extract.
This recipe as written uses oat milk, but you can use your favorite milk for coffee. Whole milk is a delectable alternative, adding a dream-like quality to the beverage. Do not skimp on the milk quantities. The whipped coffee alone is very strong and bitter and is meant to be mixed to neutralize the flavor. You can use slightly less milk if you like strong coffee, but do not omit it altogether.
Unfortunately, you will not get the same whipped effect if you use fresh coffee over instant coffee. Liquid coffee will never allow for as much air to be worked in since it is already a runny liquid. Only instant coffee can be used for whipped coffee, but also keep it in the house for baking and adding to chocolate. Instant coffee in chocolatey things such as brownies helps intensify the chocolate flavor.
Another delicious variant of this whipped coffee would be a cocoa version with cocoa powder added before whipping. This will add richness and depth of color to the coffee for all the chocolate lovers out there. You could also add almond extract, matcha powder, or peppermint extract for a holiday-inspired whipped coffee.
Begin by whipping your coffee. In a bowl, add the instant coffee, vanilla sugar, and water. Using a whisk, beat the mixture vigorously for about 15 minutes or until the coffee resembles whipped cream. Alternatively, you can also use a hand mixer for the same effect. Do not use a blender or food processor.
Pour your milk into a glass. Spoon the coffee mixture on top of the milk. Serve immediately with a straw, folding in the whipped coffee to the milk. The coffee will be strong and bitter on its own, so mix it into the milk as you drink.