Our iced coffee recipe is a definite pick-me-up on a Monday morning. Plus, if you’re a big fan of the Vanilla Latte from Starbucks, then this iced coffee recipe is the perfect copycat.
Vanilla Latte from Starbucks Copycat
From a Caramel Machiatto to a simple shot of Italian espresso, if you were to head to your local Starbucks to conduct a coffee poll you would quickly learn almost every coffee drinker has a favorite coffee drink.
The classic Vanilla Latte from Starbucks is made with full-bodied espresso, steamed milk and classic vanilla syrup full of sugar. Then, topped with more foamy milk. If you prefer your Vanilla Latte cold, just add ice.
In fact, my iced coffee recipe tastes basically just like a Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte. Minus the sugar, dairy and cost.
How to Make Ice Coffee Recipe
My coffee of choice almost always involves ice cubes. I don’t enjoy black coffee and so my favorite iced coffee recipe is rich and creamy.
Pure Vanilla Extract
This “Clean Cuisine” Vanilla Latte iced coffee recipe is made with pure vanilla extract instead of empty calorie and artificially flavored vanilla syrup.
Here are the three main ingredients in my ice coffee recipe:
Sweetness from Dates and Coconut
Then, we use pureed dates for “whole food” sweetness and pureed coconut (also known as coconut butter) for a dairy-free plant-based creamer.
Note: pureed coconut/ coconut butter is not the same as coconut oil and does not contribute any unwanted “tropical” flavor undertones to your coffee.
Organic Coffee Please!
So, the only ingredient in my Vanilla Late iced coffee recipe that is most similar to the Starbucks version is the coffee. And even that is not the same.
Although I could certainly brew my own Starbucks at home, I’m actually not the biggest fan of Starbucks coffee. Besides, these days I really do prefer my coffee to be organic if at all possible. Not only is organic coffee a lot healthier for the environment, it’s also grown without using toxic pesticides that kill birds and harm workers.
If at all possible, I really do think organic is definitely the way to go with your coffee.
The Best Organic Coffee / Espresso for Your Iced Coffee Recipe
First of all, you can use either strong coffee or diluted espresso to make my iced coffee recipe. See notes in recipe below for how to dilute espresso.
Artizan Coffee Nespresso
As for which coffee/ espresso brand to choose… mugs down, my absolute favorite organic coffee is slow-roasted Artizan Coffee (White Rhino Espresso Signature Blend) Nespresso-Compatible coffee capsules.
Made from FairTrade Specialty Grade Arabic Beans, sipping an iced coffee made from Artizan is a delightful escape. Of course you need to have a Nespresso machine to make this specialty coffee, but once you try Artizan you will never want Starbucks again.
If you have a Nespresso machine you can order Artizan capsules on Amazon HERE. (Note: Artizan capsules are compatible with all Nespresso® OriginalLine machines and capsules are BPA-free.)
Favorite Tools for Quick Ice Coffee Recipe Making
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#1: Favorite “Whole Food” Plant-Based Coffee Creamer
Since this Coconut Manna is made from “whole” food, pureed coconut has a number of different health-promoting advantages over coconut oil, including phytonutrients and fiber.
Coconut Manna as a Non-Dairy Creamer
Not only does it make an amazing non-dairy creamer for your organic iced coffee recipe, it is also delicious in smoothies, sauces, dressings, desserts and even vegan icing! And no, coconut puree/ coconut butter does not make your coffee taste like coconut. When you add it to your cup, you’ll notice that it has a very neutral/ creamy flavor that is the closest thing to dairy cream I have ever tasted.
1 Downside to Coconut Manna as Creamer
The only downside to using coconut puree/ coconut butter as a coffee creamer is that you can’t just stir it in your coffee the way you would cream. If you want to use coconut puree as a creamer you need to put the brewed coffee plus a teaspoon of coconut puree/ coconut butter per 8 ounces of coffee in a high speed blender and process for about 30 seconds to emulsify the coconut butter.
Organic Nutiva brand Coconut Manna is the brand of coconut puree I use. It can be purchased online at Amazon or at any natural foods store in the culinary oil section.
#2: Ice Finishing Tray
We love this Samuel Finishing Tray — it’s perfect for other clean cocktails, but definitely great for adding coffee ice cubes to this iced coffee recipe.
Ok, on with the recipe…Print
Iced Coffee Recipe: Dairy Free Vanilla Latte
This organic Vanilla Latte Iced Coffee Recipe is made without dairy or sugar. Suggested organic coffee brands: Artizan or Equal Exchange.
- Yield: 2 1x
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process for one full minute, until smooth, creamy and frothy. Pour your coffee in a glass, add ice cubes and transfer to the freezer for 5 minutes. Drink cold.
To dilute espresso, add cold water in a 1:1 ratio. If starting with 3 shots (4 ounces) of espresso, then you will want to add 1/2 cup (4 ounces) water to make diluted espresso.
P.S. This Iced Coffee Recipe Just Might Help You Live Longer
Did you know coffee consumption has been associated with a decreased risk of death from ALL causes? (1) And that’s not all…
If you start digging around in medical journals such as JAMA , the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of Epidemiology, you’ll find some pretty amazing research linking coffee to a wide number of health benefits. Even the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee finally gave the green light on coffee. Not only does the official report declare caffeinated coffee to be OK—it even goes so far as to say coffee is good for you. This was the same conclusion my husband and I made almost fifteen years ago after pouring through coffee research in countless medical journals (Click HERE to learn more about the health benefits of coffee.)
So yes, clean eating and coffee absolutely can go hand in hand. Of course this assumes you are sipping on black coffee or a “clean” coffee concoction (such as our dairy-free, no-sugar Iced Coffee Recipe). I wouldn’t count on a Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte contributing to a longer life span anytime soon!
1. Iwai N, et al. “Relationship between coffee and green tea consumption and all-cause mortality in a cohort of a rural Japanese population.” J Epidemiology. 2002 May; 12(3): 191-8.