Spanish Latte: A Flavorful Dairy-Free Riff on Cafe con Leche


A Spanish Latte, or Café con Leche, is Spain’s version of strong coffee with hot milk. This recipe kicks things up with a rich chocolate infusion, zesty orange, and warm cinnamon. And it’s dairy free! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick the week off.

In terms of Spanish origins, the flavors are a bit more reminiscent of Mexico. And some might even call this coffee drink mocha-worthy. But it still beckons to the smooth, flavorful richness of a good strong latte.

This recipe was shared with us by Blue Diamond Growers, so naturally they recommend using almond milk. But if nut allergies are a concern, you can substitute a nut-free chocolate milk beverage. We’ve also added a couple more options to the recipe. And you can enjoy a beautiful sweet topper, like the one pictured below, with our complete Dairy-Free Whipped Topping Guide.

Spanish Latte Recipe - A dairy-free riff on Cafe con Leche with a Mexican Mocha twist!

Special Diet Notes: Spanish Latte

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

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This mocha-style latte is a flavorful dairy-free riff on Cafe con Leche. The chocolate, orange, and cinnamon give it a Mexican-style twist that's rich, warm, a little earthy, and comforting any time of year.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 1 serving
  1. In a large mug, whisk together the coffee, chocolate syrup, orange zest, and cinnamon.
  2. Heat and froth the milk beverage until hot and foamy.
  3. Pour the milk beverage over the coffee.
  4. Top with whipped topping, if desired.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I can drink coffee any time of day and this sounds amazing! It’s a bonus that I have all these ingredients at home (but I’ll be using Ripple chocolate milk). Can’t wait to make this.

  2. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but every once in a while I’ll treat myself to a hot, chocolatey cup of joe on a weekend. This looks so perfect for me. I think it’s going to be part of my brunch this Sunday!

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