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Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato (vegan)

Heaven is a place on earth. It’s inside the caramel macchiato.

Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato (vegan and cane sugar-free)

Part of me wonders if the majority of the plight in our nation is due to under-caffeinated decisions. I say this because I know what happens in my own life when I haven’t sufficiently Joe-d. Bad things happen to good contact lenses, hours of work gets erased, lotion becomes conditioner, ceramic things get broken, all the bads. All the bad things happen.

If I had it my way, the second I wake up in the morning, caffeine would be injected into my veins through an IV. Start a central line of 400 milligrams of caffeine and make it snappy, son!

Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato (vegan and cane sugar-free)

So it just makes me think: would the world be in a better place if we could all just do our part to ensure we’ve had enough coffee. I’ve heard faint whisperings about this rare breed of person who functions extraordinarily well without a lick of caffeine in the morning. Who are these people, and why can’t I be more like them? Because the things I do while under-caffeinated typically can’t be un-done. And the things I say nine times out of ten require forgiveness. Thankfully, there’s this entire industry revolving around coffee, which does its part in keeping my life as caffeinated and plight-free as possible.

A few months ago, I posted a recipe for Healthy Frappuccinos and told you all about Remington’s iCoffee maker, which uses patented SteamBrew technology to make an otherworldly pot of Joe. Well, the folks at Remington went ahead and outdid themselves and just released a single-serve brewer, which uses SpinBrew technology to make the perfect single cup of coffee. The coffee comes out similar to french press coffee; it has a creaminess about it and has no bitter or acidic aftertaste.

Remington iCoffee Single Serve Brewer

One of the major benefits to this machine is you don’t need to purchase extra special coffee pods. It is compatible with all coffee pods, Keuirg 2.0 and all K-Cups alike. My personal favorite part about the maker is the dial that allows you to select the exact amount of ounces of coffee you want brewed, which determines the strength of the coffee. For a stronger cup, simply dial down the amount of ounces brewed, and for a weaker cup, turn up the dial on the ounces. I find the 6-ounce makes for the perfect strength and still leaves room in the mug for frothy milk and delicious coffee drink add-ins.

iCoffee Single Serve Brewer

Which brings me to my next point: all the fancy coffee drinks. What’s your favorite coffee treat?  Are you all about the PSL? How about the CDL, the WM, PM, or the CM? I recently began making caramel macchiatos using homemade caramel, and let me tell you, people: best idea I ever did have. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the CM, it includes caramel, espresso, frothy milk, and more caramel. There is just no way that’s not good.

Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato (vegan and cane-sugar free)

For my milk selection, I froth up unsweetened almond milk using my milk frother (if you don’t have a milk frother, whisk milk on the stove top to heat and froth), but you can also use cow’s milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, and the beat goes on. I use the same homemade salted caramel I showed you in my recipe for Cheddar Cheese Crepes with Spiced Apples and Salted Caramel. The caramel is made with coconut milk, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and salt. BOOM! Naturally sweetened caramel = naturally sweetened caramel macchiato.

For your macchiato-ing convenience, the iCoffee’s Single Serve Brewer comes with six complimentary coffee and espresso pods. You can use an espresso pod for this recipe, or use one of the coffee pods, and dial the ounces setting to 6 or less.

Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato (vegan and cane sugar-free)

Oh hey, you know what would be a great gift for the holidays? This here machine. If you or someone you love is obsessed with coffee, this Single Serve Brewer should definitely be on the gifting list. For more information on iCoffee, visit the iCoffee website or follow iCoffee on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato | cane sugar-free and vegan @icoffeeusa

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Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato | cane sugar-free and vegan @icoffeeusa

Naturally Sweetened Caramel Macchiato (vegan)

Yield: 1 Latte
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This naturally sweetened caramel macchiato recipe incorporates delicious homemade caramel sauce with frothy almond milk for an updated take on the classic coffee drink.

Ingredients

For the Salted Coconut Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

For the Caramel Macchiato:

  • 6 ounces strong-brewed coffee or 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon salted caramel sauce + more for serving

Instructions

Make the Salted Coconut Caramel:

  1. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, and coconut sugar to a medium-sized sauce pan and bring it to a full boil. Allow mixture to boil, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and salt to the caramel mixture. Stir until combined, then remove caramel from the heat. You can use caramel right away or pour it into an air-tight container to use later (the longer it sits, the thicker it will get). Caramel lasts in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Make the Caramel Macchiato:

  1. Heat the milk using a milk frother or heat it in the microwave or stove top until hot, but not scalding.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of prepared caramel to the bottom of a mug. Add 6 ounces of strong coffee (or 1 to 2 shots of espresso) and stir until well-combined.
  3. Add the frothed milk.
  4. Drizzle a fancy caramel design on top of the foam and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

This post is sponsored by iCoffee. I was compensated for my efforts, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Sarah B

Thursday 18th of October 2018

I realize that I am 3 years late to this post but felt the need to express my OBSESSION with this caramel drizzle!!! As a former Starbucks drizzle addict and a current vegan, this has become a game-changer! Thank you!

Sarah

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

I LOVE that machine! Good stuff going on here :-)

Melanie @ Carmel Moments

Monday 24th of November 2014

This looks so delicious Julia! I've got to give this one a try. Never made a macchiato at home yet!

Julia

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

Yes yes yes! You must do! So easy, so delicious, so RIGHT up your alley!

Joanne

Friday 21st of November 2014

Whenever I hit up Starbucks, the caramel macchiato is FOR REAL my drink of choice. How do you know me so well?! I'm about to save so much money by making it at home.

Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

Monday 17th of November 2014

I would like one of those first thing tomorrow morning (minus the caffeine while I am pregnant). That looks AMAZING!

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