Lattes are one of the popular coffee beverages in most coffee shops. It is probably because we enjoy drinking creamy, milky coffee beverages more than americanos or espresso, which can be a bit bitter.
You may be one of those people who enjoys having a latte from your favorite coffee shop every day. These foamy, milky beverages are addictive.
They are made with steamed milk and espresso, creating a robustly flavored drink with a velvety texture.
Some people top up their lattes with microfoam or cream and sweeten them with flavored syrups such as chocolate, caramel, vanilla, or hazelnut syrup.
These added ingredients make lattes sweeter and creamier, making them more pleasant to drink. Unfortunately, they also add a lot of calories to this milky beverage which is why some lattes can contain up to 120 calories.
It’s the reason coffee drinkers are becoming more health conscious and gravitating towards low-calorie milky beverages such as skinny lattes.
What are Skinny Lattes?
Skinny latte coffee is a coffee beverage similar to a regular latte that is made with espresso and low-fat milk options such as skimmed milk.
Other examples of low-calorie ingredients used to make skinny lattes are;
- Plant-based milk alternatives such as oat/ almond/coconut milk
- Sugar-free flavored syrup
- Natural unrefined sugar options such as maple syrup
- Low-calorie sweeteners such as stevia.
While a regular latte contains 100 calories, a skinny latte contains only 70 calories. The low-calorie ingredients used to make skinny lattes help to cut down the calories.
Skinny lattes make a great addition to a low-calorie diet plan. The calories you reduce by taking a skinny latte instead of a regular latte will add up to a lot in a month. It’s a great trick to use when you are trying to lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Here is a recipe for making skinny latte coffee that you can try at home
Skinny Latte Coffee Recipe
1 cup of skimmed milk
3 cups of water
1 tbsp sugar-free flavored syrup
2 Tbsp of ground espresso coffee beans
- Make espresso-style coffee in a Moka pot using the espresso coffee beans. Make sure it’s rich and flavorful to balance out the milk in this latte recipe.
- Heat the skimmed milk in a saucepan until it bubbles on the side. You can substitute a plant-based milk alternative, such as almond or soy milk, for skimmed milk.
- The temperature of the milk you use to make a skinny latte should be between 130 – 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a frothing thermometer to ensure you get the temperature of the milk just right.
- Mix the hot milk, espresso, and sugar-free syrup in a jug and stir. Maple or caramel syrup are good options.
- Using a hand-held milk frother, foam the latte by turning it on low and slightly submerging it into the jug to froth it for 5 minutes.
- You may then move the wand just beneath the latte surface and froth the milk some more until it creates a nice layer of foam.
- Tilt the jug and pour the frothy latte into a mug, ensuring the foam pours out last.
- Sweeten your skinny latte with stevia, top it up with some cinnamon or nutmeg and enjoy your low-calorie latte.
Choosing low-calorie ingredients to make a latte means you must contend with a less creamy or frothy beverage.
You may learn a few tricks to make your skinny latte as frothy or creamy as you like. A great idea is to thicken the milk you use in your latte.
It’s easy to thicken oat or almond milk by heating it up for a few minutes on medium heat. Another trick you can use is adding cornstarch to skim milk as a thickening agent.
Using these tips to thicken plant or low-fat milk when making lattes will ensure you enjoy skinny lattes without sacrificing the thickness that whole milk usually gives it.
Skinny lattes are intensely flavored espresso-based drinks that you can enjoy without worrying about your calorie intake.
They are easy to make and will save you a lot of money that you would otherwise spend at the coffee shop.
Our skinny latte recipe is a great option if you’ve been looking for a low-calorie and nutrient-dense coffee recipe to try.
Using nutritious alternative milk options such as oat or almond milk will add lots of minerals and vitamins to your coffee while lowering your calorie intake.
Low-calorie sweeteners further reduce the calories in skinny lattes, making these beverages a perfect choice for people with diabetes.
So, the next time you want a low-calorie milky beverage, enjoy a guilt-free skinny latte!