Vegan Caramel Macchiato – A Dairy-Free Delight!

As you read this recipe article, you may be wondering why on earth I would attempt to create a vegan version of a Caramel Macchiato. After all, isn’t the traditional recipe already perfect? But let’s face it, not everyone can enjoy dairy milk, and even if we can, there’s something special about being able to create our favorite drinks at home with non-dairy options.

This Vegan Caramel Macchiato recipe is perfect for those who follow a plant-based diet or who simply want to try something new. It has all the indulgent flavors of the classic Starbucks drink, but without any animal products. I know there are some skeptics out there who think that vegan drinks can’t possibly taste as good as their traditional counterparts – but trust me when I say that this recipe will leave you pleasantly surprised.

So, whether you’re already a fan of non-dairy milk or just starting to experiment with plant-based alternatives, this Vegan Caramel Macchiato is definitely worth trying!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Macchiato(Vegan Style)
Caramel Macchiato(Vegan Style)

Are you a fan of creamy, rich and satisfying caramel macchiato but having trouble finding a vegan version? Look no further. This vegan caramel macchiato recipe is the perfect solution for your cravings!

Not only is this recipe dairy-free, but it’s also made with naturally sweetened caramel sauce and non-dairy milk options such as soy, almond, coconut or oat milk. You don’t need to sacrifice flavor (or ethics) to enjoy a delicious cup of caramel macchiato.

With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can have a homemade version of your favorite Starbucks drink in the comfort of your own home. Plus, this recipe can be customized to suit your preferences with different non-dairy milk choices or adding more syrup and caramel drizzle to make it extra sweet.

Whether you’re looking for a hot or iced caffeinated treat, this recipe has got you covered. You can also try making an apple crisp macchiato or an iced white chocolate caramel macchiato using this recipe as a base.

Overall, this vegan caramel macchiato recipe will be sure to satisfy your taste buds without any compromise. It’s a guilt-free, cruelty-free and delicious drink that everyone can enjoy!

Ingredient List

 A rich and creamy Caramel Macchiato made with all plant-based ingredients!
A rich and creamy Caramel Macchiato made with all plant-based ingredients!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious vegan caramel macchiato:

For the vanilla syrup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

For the caramel sauce:

-1 cup of granulated sugar
-½ cup water
-½ cup non-dairy milk of your choice (soy, almond, or coconut milk all work well)

Other ingredients:

  • 2 shots of espresso (or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee)
  • Your choice of non-dairy milk for the foam and to fill the cup (soy, almond, oat, or coconut milk will work well)
  • Caramel drizzle for topping
  • Ice

Note: If you prefer your drinks naturally sweetened, you can substitute the granulated sugar in the vanilla syrup and caramel sauce with a natural sweetener like agave nectar or maple syrup.

The Recipe How-To

 Your morning cup of coffee just got a vegan makeover with this delicious recipe!
Your morning cup of coffee just got a vegan makeover with this delicious recipe!

Now comes the most exciting part – making our delicious Vegan Caramel Macchiato! Here’s how to do it:


  • 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 cup of your choice non-dairy milk (such as soy, almond, or coconut)
  • 1 shot (1 oz) of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Ice (optional)

Step 1: Make the Caramel Syrup

In a small saucepan, melt granulated sugar and water over medium-high heat until it turns a deep amber color. Be sure to stir occasionally. Don’t let it turn too dark or else it will taste burnt.

Step 2: Add the Non-Dairy Milk

Add your desired non-dairy milk to the caramel saucepan, and whisk until combined. Continue heating until you are satisfied with the temperature.

Step 3: Add Espresso and Vanilla Extract

Add a shot of espresso or strong coffee, along with vanilla extract to the milk-caramel mixture in your cup, and stir gently.

Step 4: Top with Caramel Sauce and Ice (Optional)

To make things extra sweet, drizzle some caramel sauce on top before enjoying! If you prefer a chilled drink, add some ice cubes.

And voila! A delightful Vegan Caramel Macchiato that rivals any café. Enjoy sipping on this tasty treat while feeling good about indulging in a cruelty-free, plant-based beverage.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with different non-dairy milks, such as oat or homemade almond-coconut milk. And if caffeine isn’t your thing, try making an apple crisp macchiato by adding a squirt of caramel-flavored creamer and topping with whipped cream and apple pie spice. The options are endless!

Now that you know how to make this recipe how about trying out some substitutions and variations? Head to (5) Substitutions and Variations section for more ideas.

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings with this indulgent drink!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings with this indulgent drink!

Looking for some ways to customize your Caramel Macchiato (Vegan Style) recipe? Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations to try out:

– Non-dairy milk alternatives: While the recipe calls for unsweetened almond milk, you can easily swap this out for other non-dairy options like soy, coconut, or oat milk. Each milk alternative will bring a unique flavor and texture to your drink.

– Homemade caramel sauce: If you don’t have store-bought caramel sauce on hand or prefer to make things from scratch, consider whipping up a batch of homemade caramel using sugar, water, and vanilla extract. You can find plenty of vegan-friendly recipes online.

– Flavored syrup: In addition to vanilla syrup, you can experiment with other flavored syrups like hazelnut, cinnamon, or even pumpkin spice (if you’re feeling festive). This can be a fun way to add a seasonal twist to your drink.

– Iced caramel macchiato: If you prefer your coffee cold, simply follow the recipe as written but make sure to add ice cubes at the end. This will turn your Caramel Macchiato (Vegan Style) into an iced drink that’s perfect for warm weather.

– Apple crisp macchiato: For a fun and unique twist on the classic Caramel Macchiato (Vegan Style), try adding some apple crisp topping on top of your drink. This can include chopped apples, cinnamon, oats, and a bit of brown sugar.

No matter how you choose to mix it up, there are plenty of ways to make this recipe your own. Get creative and see what tasty variations you can come up with!

Serving and Pairing

 You won't believe this caramel goodness is vegan-friendly!
You won’t believe this caramel goodness is vegan-friendly!

A perfect Caramel Macchiato(Vegan Style) recipe deserves a great accompaniment. This delicious beverage goes well with a variety of vegan desserts, snacks, and full meals.

For a decadent pairing, serve your caramel macchiato with an apple crisp or caramel cream pie. The rich and creamy goodness of this beverage complements the sweet apples and crispy topping of the apple crisp. Moreover, the sweet, vanilla-and-caramel flavor balances perfectly with the rich and smooth mixture of the caramel cream pie.

If you want to enjoy a light snack with your macchiato, go for some iced white chocolate caramel or salted caramel popcorn. These sweet treats are easy to prepare and make great alternatives.

For those who love a good breakfast meal or brunch item, serve your caramel macchiato with some overnight oats. A perfect combination of flavors that will fill you up on any day.

To complement this vegan caramel recipe, pair it with plant-based food items to keep up with non-dairy requirements. Choose oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk as they work best in terms of texture and taste.

Overall, this veganized caramel latte is great to enjoy anytime you need something comfortable yet delightful that pairs well with sweets and snacks!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This Caramel Macchiato is the perfect pick-me-up for a slow and cozy morning.
This Caramel Macchiato is the perfect pick-me-up for a slow and cozy morning.

We all know that life can get busy, and sometimes we just don’t have time to make our favorite drink. Well, fear not my fellow coffee lovers! This Vegan Caramel Macchiato recipe is perfect for making ahead of time, storing and reheating whenever you need a pick-me-up.

To make ahead of time, simply prepare the caramel sauce and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also make the vanilla syrup and store it in a separate container for up to a month.

When you’re ready to enjoy your drink, simply brew your espresso shot and heat your non-dairy milk of choice. Pour the heated milk into your cup with the espresso shot and add your desired amount of vanilla syrup and caramel sauce. Give it a good stir and top it off with some foam if you like. Voila! Your delicious Vegan Caramel Macchiato is ready to go.

If you have any leftover caramel sauce or vanilla syrup, you can store them in the refrigerator for later use, but be sure to use them within their designated time frames.

When it comes to reheating, you can choose to do so on the stove or in the microwave. If using the stove, heat your milk over low heat while stirring constantly until warmed through. If using the microwave, heat your milk in 15 second intervals until warmed through. Once heated, simply add your espresso shot and syrup as usual, sprinkle with some cinnamon or nutmeg if desired, and enjoy!

With these make-ahead and reheating tips, you’ll never have to miss out on the sweet, rich taste of a Vegan Caramel Macchiato again.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect treat for coffee lovers who care about their health and the environment.
A perfect treat for coffee lovers who care about their health and the environment.

As a vegan chef, I know that perfecting plant-based versions of popular beverages can be a challenge. However, with the right ingredients and techniques, making a delicious caramel macchiato vegan style is possible. Here are some tips to ensure perfect results:

1. Choose Your Non-Dairy Milk Wisely: The type of non-dairy milk you choose can greatly affect the taste and texture of your caramel macchiato. Soy milk or almond coconut milk work best for this recipe as they are creamy and naturally sweetened.

2. Make Your Own Caramel Sauce: Making your own caramel sauce is not only cost-effective but also allows you to control the sweetness level. Instead of store-bought dairy caramel sauce, use a homemade plant-based version using granulated sugar, water and coconut milk.

3. Incorporate Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds both flavor and aroma to your caramel macchiato vegan style.

4.Use Syrup Sparingly: While it may be tempting to add more syrup for extra sweetness, it can easily make the drink too sweet. Use vanilla syrup cautiously, and taste the drink as you go.

5. Don’t Overheat the Milk: Overheating non-dairy milk can cause it to separate and curdle, leading to an unpleasant taste and texture. Heat your non-dairy milk on low heat until it’s gently warm.

6. Opt for Strong Espresso or Coffee: Strong espresso or coffee is essential for bringing out the rich caramel flavors in this drink.

By following these tips, you can create a velvety smooth and naturally sweetened caramel macchiato vegan style that any coffee shop would be proud of!


As we come towards the end of this recipe article, I want to address some of the most commonly asked questions about the vegan caramel macchiato recipe. From ingredient substitutions to preparation techniques, these FAQs will help you achieve the perfect caramel macchiato every time. So let’s dive in!

How to make a Starbucks caramel macchiato vegan?

To transform a classic Caramel Macchiato into a vegan-friendly version, it’s just a matter of making a few minor adjustments to the recipe. All you have to do is request a non-dairy milk substitute such as soy, almond, or coconut milk and ensure that it’s made without the caramel drizzle.

Is the caramel macchiato at Starbucks vegan?

Indulging in a delicious caramel macchiato doesn’t have to involve animal products. All it takes is a simple substitution of dairy milk for a plant-based option and avoiding the whipped cream and caramel topping. The good news is that Starbucks’ caramel syrup is already vegan, so there’s no need to miss out on this sweet treat.

Can a caramel macchiato be made dairy free?

There are certain coffee beverages that cannot be made without dairy, for instance, iced caramel macchiatos and iced white chocolate mochas. Similarly, caramel-based drinks such as the popular caramel frappuccinos require dairy as an ingredient. Another example is non-dairy java chip frappuccinos, as they cannot be made without dairy.

What non dairy milk is best in caramel macchiato?

The traditional recipe for a caramel macchiato includes dairy, as it calls for milk to create the drink’s creamy texture and rich taste. However, it is entirely possible to make a vegan-friendly version of this beverage by substituting the milk with a non-dairy alternative, such as soy, almond, or coconut milk. Additionally, the caramel drizzle, a common ingredient in the original recipe, can be omitted.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this vegan caramel macchiato recipe is the perfect drink for anyone looking to indulge in a rich and flavorful coffee beverage without the use of dairy products. By using non-dairy milk and naturally sweetened caramel syrup and sauce, you can make a delicious drink that not only tastes great but also respects your dietary choices.

With the help of some simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can enjoy the taste of a classic Starbucks caramel macchiato in the comfort of your own home. Plus, with the substitutions and variations provided, you can customize this drink to your liking and try new flavor combinations.

So go ahead, treat yourself to a delicious and guilt-free caramel macchiato today!

Caramel Macchiato(Vegan Style)

Caramel Macchiato(Vegan Style) Recipe

Hate the calories and the high price tag of your favorite Macchiato? Well, you can make it in the comfort of your own home! I use almond milk but you can use the milk of your choice. From Babble.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 3 cups
Calories 406.4 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup fresh espresso (I use decaf)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, steamed and frothy with foam (or non dairy milk of choice)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons caramel sauce (I used the same jarred caramel sauce that is sold as an ice cream topping)

For the Vanilla syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • To make the vanilla syrup, combine sugar and water in a sauce pan. Bring to boil over high heat and boil for 5 minutes. Let cool and add vanilla extract. Stir well and keep in a sealed container, refrigerated.
  • To make coffee, either use an espresso machine to make coffee and steam milk, or heat milk until hot, but not boiling on stove-top and transfer to a blender. Blend until frothy. For espresso, if you don’t have a machine, just make double strength coffee.
  • The proper way to make a caramel macchiato is vanilla in the bottom, steamed milk, leaving 1/2 inch from the top, topped with foam, then your shot or shots of espresso, finally topped with a caramel cross hatch which is 7 lines one way 7 lines the other way and 2 full circles all the way around the outer cup.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 999gCalories: 406.4kcalCarbohydrates: 104.3gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 80.3mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 88.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beverages, Brunch, Easy, Nuts, Vegan, Weeknight
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