I’ve been an allergy mom long enough to remember when soy was the only dairy-free option at coffee drive throughs.
It was totally my idea to make mochas with almond or coconut milk.
Because desperate times called for desperate measures, and you better bet I figured out how to make my own dairy-free coffees at home. Here’s how!
I was a frazzled mama of two toddlers desperately needing an afternoon pick-me-up.
Allergy-friendly, tasty, easy.
And on the cheap was welcome, too.
With two in diapers, I losing sleep and my mind and all my money, ha ha.
No money for the coffee drive-through.
Plus, it was super hard to drag two babies out.
Securing two squirmy little boys into two car seats took even longer than the Starbucks line.
So I had to figure out how to make my favorite coffee at home for money and time’s sake.
Plus, I needed a dairy-free option and soy was not my favorite.
I could make my own mochas with almond or coconut milk, woohoo!
The trickiest part to making DIY lattes was making espresso.
I didn’t have space for fancy espresso machines.
Luckily, I found a quick and easy go-around…
making strong coffee concentrate with instant coffee.
And my dairy-free mocha lattes turned out amazing!
I craved them daily for a season, so thankfully I could control the calories.
A decade later, almond and coconut milk can be found at local coffee shops, and it’s easier for me to leave the house with big kids.
But I still opt for my simple instant coffee mocha latte on some days.
After all, this is an allergy-friendly, money-saving, and convenient little treat that’s still a gem.
The very best instant coffee?
Starbucks Via (affiliate)
And it’s a reasonable price in bulk on Amazon.
I’m excited to share this instant coffee latte recipe with you below.
Hope it saves you money and pleases your taste buds!
MORE COFFEE RECIPES
INSTANT COFFEE ICED MOCHA
Heat 1/4 cup water.
Add 1 teaspoon instant coffee (affiliate) to the hot water.
Add a splash of preferred sweetener to the hot water (optional).
Throw in a handful of ice cubes.
Add 6-8 ounces of dairy-free milk or milk of choice.
Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup.
Enjoy your dairy-free mocha latte! Cheers!