Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Delicious homemade hazelnut milk flavored with maple, cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla is perfect with coffee or espresso! Great for lazy weekends. Vegan.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Happy Friday! I have a fun little weekend project for you – take a few extra moments to make your own hazelnut milk! It’s so delicious, I promise it’s worth the effort.

Actually, it requires very little effort, it just takes some planning ahead for the proper amount of soaking and chilling. The result is a delightfully lightly sweet & nutty milk that’s so yummy mixed with espresso or coffee. This time I made lattes with Nespresso’s Solelio & Giornio coffees which are light and medium in roast with red fruity & white floral notes respectively.

These are absolutely perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

The hazelnut milk is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and gently spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s quick to make – blend your (soaked and rinsed) hazelnuts with filtered water (and the rest of the ingredients), strain the liquid through a nut milk bag, and voila – “milk.” Bottle and chill it overnight for the best flavor.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Jack and I have this ritual where whenever we stay at a hotel, the first thing we do is look for the Nespresso. We love that the coffee is really high quality and Jack always loves the selection. So we’re really excited to be partnering with them on their “See Mornings in a New Light” campaign. Making coffee and espresso (the same machine does both!) with the VerutoLine Evoluo machine made our weekend coffee ritual feel like we were back on vacation.

Because the days are getting warmer, I poured my coffee over ice before mixing it with the hazelnut milk. (Tip, brew some extra coffee capsules ahead of time and freeze your coffee into ice cubes to retain the full flavor of the coffee)

I also used the Aeroccino4 to make froth (you can make hot or cold froth), which made my Sunday coffee all that much fancier.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Jack and I usually spend our weekend mornings on the couch. This time, Jack snapped photos while Annie, our crazy little dog (who by the way is not allowed on the couch), told me all about her morning while she tried to get a lick of my coffee.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

One last thing I just found out about that I want to mention is that the coffee capsules are totally recyclable. They have a bunch of ways to do it (you can drop bags off at various stores or UPS locations, click here to search by zip code) and it makes me feel good that they thought of this.

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Homemade Hazelnut Milk Latte

Serves: just over 4 cups
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, soaked overnight
  • 3 ½ cups filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 vanilla bean* (see note)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Handful of ice
  • Coffee or espresso, 1 capsule per serving
  1. Soak your hazelnuts overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the hazelnuts and add them to a blender with fresh filtered water, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Blend until smooth, and then blend some more. About 1 minute, depending on your blender.
  3. Place a nut milk bag in a large bowl and pour the liquid from the blender into the bag. Twist and squeeze the bag to strain as much liquid through as you can.
  4. Pour the strained hazelnut milk into a 33 oz. jar and chill overnight. (I find that it’s flavor is much much better chilled vs. warm).
  5. Froth ¼ cup hazelnut milk, if desired.
  6. Pour over iced coffee and top with froth.
*I use this vanilla, which has a wonderful mellow sweet flavor. I suggesting using good quality vanilla extract (or scrape the inside of a vanilla bean), because you will really taste it in this recipe. If you don’t have amazing vanilla, use 1 teaspoon instead of 2.

Items used in this post: Nespresso VerutoLine EvoloSolelio & Giornio coffee,
Nut Milk Bag, 33 oz. Milk BottleAeroccino4 Milk Frother

This post is in partnership with Nespresso, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep us cooking.


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  1. This looks super delish! I’ve never attempted to make my own nut milk before, but this recipe makes me want to try it out. What’s the different between using a nut milk bag and using a cheesecloth?

  2. OMG I have to save this on Keeprecipe ! This is going to be a summer fav ;D

  3. James

    As a person who loves Vegan foods this looks so amazingly tasty

  4. I’ve only ever made almond milk before, but vanilla hazelnut sounds mind blowing! This latte would be oh so good!

  5. Jenn Beard from jennstravelogueblog.blogspot.com

    This sounds delicious! Also, your pink plaid shirt is so cute – any chance it’s still in a store somewhere and you could share the brand? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jenn – it’s the Joie brand which you can find at Nordstrom or shopbop.com…

  6. phyllis

    I have read your blogs for a very long time and loved every single recipe and probably downloaded them all. I am not a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free person; however, I love your way of cooking. SOOOOO I went to Barnes & Nobles today and purchased your book Love & Lemons: OMG this is the best cookbook I ever had. Every recipe is healthy and easy to duplicate.. Thank you so much for your time and effort for all of us.!!!!!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Phyllis,

      Thank you!! This makes my day to hear :). I hope you continue to enjoy the book!

  7. Making this recipe is now on my weekend to-do list! I’ve never tried hazelnut milk, but it sounds delicious in coffee. 🙂

  8. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com

    This sounds absolutely divine. Off to make some right now! xo

  9. I am super excited to try this!
    I was just posting on Twitter this morning how much of a coffee day it is today. And then this pops up on my feed and I’m like, yup, the coffee god’s want me to have this! 😛
    Although, I probably wouldn’t use a Nesspreso, since I don’t have one. But I have my Aeropress, which makes fine fine coffee. 😛
    And your puppy is soooo cute!

  10. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try making hazelnut milk for my coffee. My favorite coffee shop uses it for their cold brew and it tastes amazing.

  11. Angela

    How long will this last in the refrigerator after making? I’ve never made nut milk, and this is the recipe I am going to start with! Also, any thoughts on making nut milk withOUT a Vitamix? I have a good blender, but it’s no Vitamix.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Angela, I would just blend it longer until it’s as smooth as your blender will make it. If you get the nut milk bag that will strain out what doesn’t blend. Hope that helps!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I forgot to answer your other question – I keep it in the fridge around 1 week.

  12. This sounds SO GOOD. I’ve been meaning to make a homemade hazelnut milk, and I don’t know why I never realized how easy it actually is. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. chris

    How does the hazelnut milk turn out so white, when it includes the skins of the nuts, the maple syrup, the cinnamon and vanilla? It seems much too white to be real.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Chris – I thought the same thing at first (I was surprised it became so white) – but after it strains through the nut milk bag it turns really does white (b/c the skins mostly get strained out). The cinnamon and maple aren’t enough to affect the color.

      • Chris

        Is a nut milk bag necessary? Would cheesecloth accomplish the same thing?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          The nut milk bag has a lot finer mesh than cheesecloth so it’ll be smoother for sure. (and it’s relatively inexpensive)

        • mandy mertens

          You know what I use? A French coffee press.Its what we had on hand when I wanted to try a homemade nut milk,but turns out it works just fine!!

          • Jeanine Donofrio

            that’s so clever!

  14. OMG this is perfect. For one thing, I’m a coffee nut, and hazelnut is my favorite. And it just turned hot here, so hot coffee isn’t as appealing. And in my corner of very rural France anyway, hazelnut coffee is unheard of. You have just solved several of my dilemmas in one swoop! I’ve never made hazelnut milk but I’m going to try now.

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