I’m listening to: Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
I still remember the first sip I ever took of a caramel macchiato. It was years ago. The whip cream combined with the caramel sauce made the coffee so sweet and incredibly rich and creamy. It was heaven, and I became an addict for life; although that addiction took a bit of a hiatus when I went dairy free.
Coffee is just one of those things that runs in my blood. I started drinking it early. When I was in middle school I wanted to be a coffee drinker like my dad, so he’d pour me an inch of coffee in a mug and then top the rest off with milk.
In high school I discovered the world of flavored coffees and mochas. I had the reputation of being a “good girl,” so I used to talk one of my teachers into letting me skip her class so I could go get us coffee. Often times she would give me the keys to her car to go do it.
In my 20′s I was a latte or coffee with cream girl. But when I went dairy free, I went through a really rough time with my coffee. I couldn’t find a creamer or dairy free milk that met my expectations. One day I finally made myself try drinking my coffee black, and to this day, that’s how I prefer it. Just black, although I still enjoy an occasional Dairy Free Caramel Macchiato as a treat!
Coffee just isn’t a caffeine addiction for me. It’s a lifeline. I depend on it. My pain depends on it. Mornings generally are my worst times for pain. I don’t take painkillers. I’ve tried a few and either they don’t touch my pain, or I don’t feel comfortable taking them while I’m alone at home with the girls. Coffee is my drug of choice. There is something incredibly healing for me in sitting down with a hot cup of black bold coffee. The girls watch cartoons while I drink it and “come to.” The heat from the coffee touches my achy bones, while the aroma plays with my senses. It’s the only thing I’ve every experienced “relief” from… although I do recognize it’s a mental form of “relief.”
I find my sanity in coffee, and I’m sure many of you can relate to that.
This Dairy Free Carmel Macchiato recipe won’t disappoint. It’s everything I remember the dairy-filled version being. Silky smooth and creamy… and I bet it will go down faster than you anticipate.
Dairy Free Caramel Macchiato Recipe:
Yields 1 serving
2 drops of vanilla extract (please note: that’s *drops* not splash)
2 tablespoons coconut cream (see recipe notes)
2-4 tablespoons “Liquid Gold” a.k.a. Dairy Free Caramel Sauce
8-10 ounces hot coffee
- In a large mug, stir together the vanilla extract, coconut cream, and “Liquid Gold.” Pour in the hot coffee and stir again.
- Sit back, put your feet up, relax, and enjoy your creamy Dairy Free Caramel Macchiato!
For an iced variation of this drink:
- Fill a tall glass with ice and then pour in 8-10 ounces of room temperature coffee. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the vanilla, coconut cream, and “Liquid Gold.” If the mixture is lumpy, heat it up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and then stir until smooth. Pour into the tall glass of iced coffee and stir gently with a spoon or straw until blended.
Megan’s Recipe Notes:
Coconut cream is the thick cream that separates and floats to the top of an undisturbed can of full fat canned coconut milk. If you aren’t able to get just the cream, it’s okay. Coconut milk will do just fine.
All my love,
Megan (with a long E)