7 Vegan Coffee Recipes

No Dairy Needed

A mug of black coffee
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Regular old black coffee is vegan, but cafe au lait, cappuccino, and other coffee drinks are decidedly not vegan—or at least, they aren't usually. While you can now find milk alternatives used at many coffee shops, you often pay a premium. By making them at home, you will save money and you can control exactly what goes into your mug.

Learn to make dairy-free, vegan versions of typically milky coffee drinks. Also, explore drinks that don't include any milk or milk alternatives to learn how to enjoy your coffee black but flavored. You'll be able to spice up your coffee breaks while maintaining your vegan lifestyle.

  • 01 of 07

    Café Noir

    High Angle View Of Black Coffee On Wooden Table

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    New Orleans coffee, also known as café noir, is coffee spiked with chicory, a bitter perennial herb that adds a chocolate-caramel flavor without dairy, sugar, or calories. It's naturally vegan and it's a wonderful way to shake up your usual black coffee routine. It has lower caffeine naturally as well. You need your drip coffee maker for a milder result or a french press for a spicier flavor.

  • 02 of 07

    Vegan Gingerbread Latte

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    This festive latte has a beautiful flavor thanks to the grated ginger and the blackstrap molasses. Use instant espresso powder or 2 shots of real espresso for a strong beverage that will be your new favorite pick-me-up in the middle of your work afternoon. Cinnamon adds another layer to the already perfumed coffee while creamy almond milk makes it smooth. Use a different creamy non-dairy alternative like oat milk or cashew milk, or try a splash of full-fat coconut milk for a shorter beverage. Top with vegan whipped cream and enjoy!

  • 03 of 07

    Cold Brewed Coffee

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    Use this cold-brewed coffee tutorial as the basis for all kinds of vegan coffee drinks. With cold brewing, you steep coffee grounds at room temperature for up to 24 hours. The concentrated coffee can then be diluted with water and used for cold coffee drinks. Add spices, vegan sweeteners, dairy alternatives, and other ingredients for extra flavor. Pour it over ice and add oat milk with coconut sugar; drink it black with vanilla syrup; use it to bake a coffee-flavored cake; or add ice and any liquor for a mid-afternoon summer party beverage.

  • 04 of 07

    Vegan Irish Coffee Recipe

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    Enjoy your coffee dairy-free with this vegan variation on the classic Irish coffee cocktail. Made with optional vegan whipped topping instead of whipped cream, it still uses Irish whiskey to flavor the beverage. Ideal for cold nights, this coffee is ready in 5 minutes and is the perfect ending to any celebratory meal.

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  • 05 of 07

    Coffee Liqueur

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    To make your own coffee liqueur, you need instant coffee, vanilla bean, water, sugar, and rum if you are imitating Tia Maria or vodka if you are imitating Kahlua. After 10 days of steeping, the liqueur has developed its full flavor. Drink it over ice or use it in baking recipes or cocktails.

    Buy glass bottles with air-tight caps and offer your liqueur as a holiday gift.

  • 06 of 07

    Vegan Spiced Turkish Coffee Recipe

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    Turkish coffee is typically served sweet or “bitter” (unsweetened) with no milk, so it's naturally vegan. It bursts with flavor from cardamom. It​ may include ingredients like almond extract, cloves, and vanilla. This spiced Turkish coffee recipe riffs on the tradition with an assortment of warming spices. It can make a great treat that has no extra calories from milk. You may grow to like it without any sweetener, simply enjoying the spices.

  • 07 of 07

    Vegan Coffee Syrup Recipe

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    You can make a vegan coffee simple syrup to use as the base for other vegan drinks, such as instant sparkling coffee sodas. You can add it to vegan smoothies, vegan "milkshakes," or vegan hot chocolate, as well as vegan coffee cocktails.