Craving that Starbucks Caramel Macchiato but aiming for a healthier twist? You're in luck. Our homemade Starbucks-Inspired Caramel Macchiato strikes the perfect balance between indulgence and wellness. Crafted exclusively for the conscious coffee lover, this vegan-friendly version not only captures the signature richness of a classic Caramel Macchiato but also keeps the sugar in check, making it a better choice for your mornings.
Why You'll Love Our Copycat Caramel Macchiato
- Healthier Choice: Our version is designed with wellness in mind. By cutting down on sugar, you get the sweetness you crave without the unnecessary calories or the mid-morning sugar crash.
- Vegan-Friendly: While Starbucks offers vegan options, our recipe is inherently vegan. Every sip ensures you're in line with ethical and dietary choices, without compromising on flavor.
- Cost-Efficient: Making a Caramel Macchiato at home means saving those extra bucks you'd otherwise spend at Starbucks. Over time, these savings add up!
- Personalized: Love your drink a tad sweeter or prefer a stronger coffee kick? When you make it at home, you have full control over ingredients and proportions, ensuring every cup is made just the way you like it.
- Eco-Friendly: No more disposable cups or plastic straws. Enjoying your homemade Caramel Macchiato in a reusable mug contributes to reducing waste, making it a win for you and the planet.
- Convenience: Skip the queue! No more waiting in line or dealing with morning rush hour. With our recipe, your favorite drink is ready in the comfort of your home, any time you want it.
At-Home Caramel Macchiato Ingredients You'll Need
For the Perfect Caramel Macchiato Base:
- Freshly Brewed Espresso: Or substitute with ½ cup of warm dark roast coffee
- Oat Milk: Or choose whole milk for a non-vegan option
- Vanilla Extract
- Low-Sugar Caramel Syrup: For that Starbucks-like sweetness without the guilt!
- Vegan Whipped Cream: Or regular whipped cream if not vegan or dairy-free
Low Sugar Vegan Caramels We Love
- Lakanto Sugar Free Flavoring Syrup
- Pyure Organic Caramel Syrup
- ChocZero Chocolate and Caramel Syrups
How To Make A Caramel Macchiato
- Espresso: Kick things off by brewing your espresso or coffee – the core of any genuine Caramel Macchiato.
- Warm: Get that milk warm! This can be done easily in a microwave (about a minute does the trick) or if you're old-school, heat it gently in a saucepan for around 2-5 minutes. Just remember: warm, not boiling.
- Froth: Whisk in your vanilla extract with your milk. If you have a frother, great! If not, a good ol' whisk or even a fork can do the trick. If you're in a hurry, feel free to skip to the next step, but we love that frothy texture.
- Combine: Start with pouring your warm milk into your favorite cup. Follow up with the brewed espresso or coffee. For the final touch, option to add a little whipped cream on top and then give it a generous drizzle of caramel syrup. Dive into that Starbucks experience right in your home kitchen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! This homemade caramel macchiato has less calories and sugar than the one found at Starbucks! The reason is because we use a sugar-free or low sugar caramel sauce without compromising on that delicious flavor you're craving.
Unfortunately, the Starbucks Caramel Syrup Topping is not vegan friendly. Luckily, you can make yours vegan at home by following this recipe!
Absolutely! Use a larger cup, preferably 12 to 16 ounces and fill it with ice. Don't warm the milk, simply whisk it with the vanilla and pour it over the ice. Pour your espresso into the cup and top with caramel syrup. Enjoy!
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- espresso maker or coffee maker
- measuring spoons
- coffee cup
- milk frother
Homemade Caramel Macchiato Ingredients
- 2 shots espresso, freshly brewed or ½ a cup of warm dark roast coffee
- ¾ cup oat milk use whole milk if not vegan or dairy-free
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon low sugar caramel syrup
Caramel Macchiato Toppings
- regular or vegan whipped cream
Copy-Cat Caramel Macchiato Instructions
- Begin by brewing your espresso or coffee.
- While the espresso or coffee is brewing, warm your milk either on the stove or in the microwave. We like to microwave the milk for about a minute. If you don't have a microwave, warm it in a small saucepan on the stove for about 2-5 minutes or until the milk is warm but not boiling.
- Next, froth your milk with the vanilla extract using either a milk frother or a small whisk. You may also skip this step.
- Pour the warm milk into your cup. Add the espresso or coffee. To make this extra creamy, option to add a dollop of vegan whipped cream on top. Drizzle the top with caramel syrup and enjoy warm.