Lattes are creamy and comforting, and they’re the best way to get a caffeine boost while still treating yourself to a coffee shop specialty.
Lattes, though, contain more than caffeine. They’re often packed with sugar, and all sugar adds up. If you’re looking to lose some pounds, are trying out the keto diet or just want to stay sugar free, then you need a Stevia café latte.
Making a latte at home is not that hard. The secret is using high-quality espresso and having the means to warm and froth milk. The rest is easy — pour everything into a cup and enjoy.
To make a keto latte, you must avoid carbs at all costs. Coffee is naturally sugar-free, so use your favorite kind. Keep in mind that instant coffee sometimes contains sugar, so brew espresso instead. You’ll also need a sweetener, and for that, there’s Stevia, an all-natural, calorie-free sweetener that’s basically as sweet as sugar.
Finally, you’ll need some milk. Latte means milk in Italian! Here’s where things get tricky. Regular milk contains natural sugar in the form of lactose, and one cup of milk contains 12 grams of carbs from those sugars alone. And although these are not enough to prevent you from entering a ketosis state, if you don’t want to risk it, use unsweetened almond milk.
A keto latte looks and tastes like a regular latte, and you can’t tell the difference if served side by side. Still, if you’re using almond milk, your latte will not be as frothy as regular milk. What’s a latte without foam?
Luckily, whisking, mixing or shaking milk, even almond milk, results in enough froth for a latte. Generally, you only need half an inch of foam topping your latte — that’s easy to achieve.
Sweetening your latte with Stevia, or any caffeinated drink, for that matter, is an easy decision, even if you’re not into the keto diet. Stevia doesn’t taste like anything — it’s just sweet!
Heat the milk in a small pot over medium flame until steaming but not boiling. Remove from heat and whisk to create a thin foam layer. Alternatively, use a hand mixer or a milk frother.
Brew the espresso and divide it into two cups. Top the cups with milk and a few tablespoons of milk froth.
Sweeten with Stevia, stir to mix and garnish with ground cinnamon. Enjoy!