“Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.”
– Aunt Bee Taylor
Warmed hazelnut vanilla milk came from our love of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s steamed hazelnut milk.
I had to give up my passionate love affair with coffee (for health reasons), a few months ago and found myself desperate for something other that hot chocolate or tea to drink while I read the newspaper in the morning.
It just isn’t frugal to roll my crew of five or six plus people, out for steamed milk and hot chocolate.
Sometimes I’d stop and get a guilty cup of steamed hazelnut goodness after dropping everyone off at school. An occasional splurge but a nice alternative to coffee.
As I trolled the isles of the store, I saw an inexpensive hazelnut syrup.
We played around with it until we found a mixture that tasted like the steamed milk we wait in line for.
Super easy and I can make a batch for the whole family for the cost of one large steamed milk out.
To make warmed hazelnut vanilla milk, you will need:
One larger pot capable of holding 6 cups
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Hazelnut Syrup
1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional but if you like things sweeter you might want it)
4 1/2 Cups Milk
Fat Free turns out thin. It tastes best using full fat but I usually use half, 2% milk and half whole milk to balance it.
Place the milk in the pot over LOW heat.
We don’t want to boil this or it will scald and taste burnt. Slow and low is the best way to warm milk.
Add the vanilla, hazelnut and sugar while stirring gently.
Let the milk gradually warm over the next five minutes while stirring occasionally.
When it is warmed to the desired temperature, pour into mugs and share!
(Yes, that’s a Harry Potter Mug. Would you expect any less from around here?)
Makes four small cups or two big ole cups.
When I make it for the whole family, I double the recipe since we’re all crazy for it. Even doubling the recipe it is still less money than two at the store.
I like being able to stay in my pajamas on the weekends and still treat my family to a fun warm treat.
Oh how I miss my beloved coffee.
*Sheds a tears*
With warmed hazelnut vanilla milk as a substitute, the day is already looking a little sweeter.