Monday, December 9, 2013

Red Velvet Latte Mix

It's been ages since I've had a real latte. I'm not talking about the syrupy sweet, cream-laden confections called lattes in the popular coffee shops, but the simple espresso + milk version you can find in Italy. To me, a coffee drink should taste like coffee first, with nuances of other elements as accents. 

I had been kicking around the idea of a red velvet latte drink ever since the "holiday coffees" started coming out in the cafes around here. I wanted it to be full of espresso flavour, but also have a touch of tang, a hint of sweet cocoa and (of course) the vibrant red hue of the popular dessert - and after testing, tweaking and more tasting I finally found the perfect combination of ingredients for an instant latte mix. It can't be easier - whisk in some boiling water (or water and hot milk if you prefer) for an instant cup of (sugar-free) "grown up" cake batter. If you must, a dollop of whipped cream transforms a brunch delight into a decadent afternoon or dessert treat. 

Red Velvet Latte Mix

Red Velvet Latte Mix
Makes about 3 cups mix, 16 servings
½ cup instant espresso powder
⅓ cup cup-for-cup stevia blend (like Pyure or PureVia)
1 cup instant non-fat dry milk powder
¼ cup powdered coffee creamer
2 tbsp custard powder (like Bird’s)
2 tbsp buttermilk powder
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla powder)
½ tbsp powdered red food colouring
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a jar.
  2. Seal and attach directions:
    • Combine 3/4 cup of boiling water (or 1/4 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup steamed milk) with 3 tablespoons of the mix. Stir to dissolve and serve.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 43.0
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 1.9 mg
Sodium: 33.8 mg
Total Carbs: 4.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 2.7 g