This pandan cashew milk latte is a delicious and soothing drink that is naturally caffeine-free and vegan.
I usually gravitate towards coffee, especially on weekends, when I have more time to enjoy it. On weekdays I typically don't have time to linger over coffee. Somehow, my consumption of coffee has gradually been going up. I used to have no more than four cups in the morning, but now that's extended to espresso in the afternoon as well. As an alternative, I have wanted to branch out to another hot beverage on these chilly mornings. It's time to try something different. Enter, a Pandan cashew milk latte!
What is pandan?
Pandan is a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia and South Asia. Its leaves are long, upright, and spiky. It is sweet with a grassy aroma. It is typically used in both sweet and savory dishes in Southeast Asian and South Asian cooking. You can learn more about pandan here.
How to make the latte
The Pandan leaf powder is similar to the color of matcha, a pale emerald color. This recipe is adapted from the talented Crowded Kitchen. To make this coffee-free latte, I heated store-bought cashew milk on low to medium heat, until warmed. Then I sifted the Pandan leaf powder with the cinnamon, plus vanilla extract and maple syrup and whisked vigorously until warmed and no clumps remained.
How to froth the cashew milk
At this point, you may be wondering how to froth the latte, if you have never done it before. In the past, I used a small hand-held whisk. However, I haven't looked back since I got a battery operated milk frother to get the bubbles going on the top.
Be sure not to overfill your mug with your milk of choice to avoid spills. It's surprising how powerful that little milk frother can be!
Keep an eye on your saucepan because the mixture can suddenly foam up when overheated and overflow!
The rose petals that I put on top of the
If you think this is something you would like to try, take a look at my butterfly pea latte recipe. Let me know how you like it!
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Pandan Cashew Milk Latte
- Heat cashew milk until it starts to steam.
- Using a small mesh strainer, sift the Pandan powder and cinnamon into the plant milk. Whisk and add maple syrup and vanilla extract until gently heated through.
- Take off heat, and aerate with milk frother for 30 seconds if desired. Pour into cup.