Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer – The Recipe ReDux

Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer |

Instead of hot chocolate, go for hot vanilla with this easy-to-make milk steamer~ 

I’m so over winter.

Like that isn’t an obvious statement.

As we’ve reached the third snowiest winter ever here in Philly and spring is still officially a month away, I’m trying (rather desperately) to keep sunny in the kitchen at least with recipes like this. And this.

So, with this month’s Recipe ReDux theme, I knew I was going hot beverage (with a tropical twist.)

Beverages Are Hot – That which is served in a mug, glass, or stein is becoming just as interesting as what’s on the plate. New cocktail-only blogs are emerging. Pinners are cooking with their Keurig K-cups. Hot beverages have gone way beyond hot cocoa. Beverages are in! Whether you’re serving something hot or cool, kid-friendly or happy hour worthy, show us your healthier drink.

I’ve always been a vanilla girl. While I do love me some dark chocolate (Dove Minis) and ANYTHING chocolate peanut butter (my pinterest board devoted to Peanut Butter Chocolate Love), vanilla was always my ice cream choice since I was a kid. I’ve made my own vanilla extract, vanilla sugar and even vanilla salt. I’m a sucker for any kind of vanilla lotion, soap or household product.

Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer |

So, why not hot vanilla instead of hot chocolate? Since my espresso maker/milk steamer died a few years back and I haven’t replaced it, I whipped this version up on the stove in 5 minutes using both cow’s milk and canned light coconut milk, topped with a small dollop of real whipped cream and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut.

And this milk frother (that I’ve used for 15 years now) made it coffee house presentation worthy (full disclosure: Serena & I are trying out this Amazon Associates thingy as we both utilize Amazon. Often.)

Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer

Makes 2 servings


  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar or granulated sugar, optional
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream
  • Unsweetened flaked coconut


  1. In a small pot, whisk together milk, coconut milk, vanilla pod and seeds, sugar (optional) and salt. Bring to a simmer (don't not boil) over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium low and heat for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from stove and remove vanilla pod.
  2. If you have a milk frother, pour into pitcher and froth. If not, whisk thoroughly then pour into 2 mugs.
  3. Top each mug with a small dollop whipped cream and a sprinkle of flaked coconut.

I’m thinking next time I make this, I need to add a shot of Kahlua or Amarula (an insanely good cream liqueur from South Africa.)

Check out all the healthy beverage concoctions from ReDux members below (and here’s the link to Day 2 of “Beverages are Hot” with even more yummy drinks!)

So, do you go vanilla or chocolate? Do you have a favorite beverage that gets you through the winter? Please share!

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  1. Yum!! I am a huge coconut fan so I will definitely have to try this (maybe even the version with a little Kahlua)! 😉
    Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes recently posted..Recipe Redux: Wintry Cranberry SangriaMy Profile

  2. I just got back from a run & am freeeeezing up in Boston. Would love this steamer right now. Looks so warm & cozy.
    Jenny Shea Rawn recently posted..Sparkling Cherry Spritzer {Recipe ReDux}My Profile

  3. This looks fantastic! What a delicious alternative to a hot cocoa or another hot drink, but still indulgent and exciting.
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted..Blackberry Drinking VinegarMy Profile

  4. You had me at vanilla bean. :) Looks delicious!

  5. I’m with you on this winter my fellow east coast friend! But this drink looks like the perfect remedy to a blistery winter day. I feel warm & toasty just thinking about it :)
    Kara Lydon, RD recently posted..Recipe Redux: Mandarin Champagne CocktailMy Profile

  6. Oh yum! This recipe looks perfect for a rainy day like it is here today. I think i’ll pop myself on the couch with a cup of this while I check out all the other recipe reduxes

  7. Ooooohh this sounds so yummy, will definitely have to try this one out! :)

  8. Look at those vanilla specks!,! I’m coconuts biggest fan. My world just got better.
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily recently posted..How To Make Kombucha Step by Step {Recipe Redux} #fermentationMy Profile

  9. Mmm…Simple, soothing, delicious! Although I tend to be more partial to chocolate, I would totally sip this yummy drink. Now confession time…I just popped over to say hi, and am now just realizing that it is FEBRUARY 21 already!!! Oh, my. I completely am missing this ReDux, but at least I can ogle all the other yummy beverages :-) Cheers!
    ea-the spicy rd recently posted..10 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Almonds + A Fabulous Almond Giveaway!My Profile

  10. I love vanilla. What a creative idea changing up hot chocolate. It is fun to think about spring being so close. I love the springtime. :) the earth wakes up love it being warmer and all the colors.

  11. I love this idea Deanna! We definitely thought the same when using coconut milk to make a yummy, creamy yet healthy drink! I heat milk all the time at night and put vanilla in it for a relaxing drink before bed, so this sounds right up my alley! Even though I do love chocolate, I like my vanilla just like you too!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.
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  12. I’m much more of a vanilla girl also and I would SO choose this steamer over hot chocolate!
    Joanne recently posted..Green Tea FinanciersMy Profile

  13. Such a clever idea! It looks like a super satisfying drink for after dinner (and it will totally make me want to fall asleep).

  14. I’ve never made a drink with coconut milk before, so it’s probably about time I did. I do like vanilla drinks though, as well as chocolate – it’s good to alternate :)
    Glenda @ Healthy Stories recently posted..A New Addition to Healthy Stories {Saturday Chat}My Profile

  15. Oh man, I used to drink steamers all the time (before I liked coffee). Haven’t had one in so long and this sounds wonderful!

  16. This looks great for the cold day I woke up to today! I love chocolate, but vanilla is a great way to change things up.

  17. These look so creamy! Reminds me of those milk steamers they sell at Starbucks…I think they’re for kids, but I always wanna order one for myself. And I agree with you, vanilla ice cream all the way. But chocolate+peanut butter combo is definitely high on my list of best things.
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  18. To answer your question I’m definitely a girl who loves chocolate. While your drink sound utterly delicious, I’ add a chunk if chocolate as a finishing touch. Great idea to post a beverage for thereciperedux.
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits recently posted..Homemade Chai TeaMy Profile

  19. This sounds delicious and perfect for the frigid weather we are having here!
    Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating recently posted..Spiced Lentil Pepper Rice in the Slow Cooker.My Profile

  20. As a Chicagoan, I can fully empathize with the awful winter thing. But I think a “hot vanilla” would definitely make it better!
    Dana recently posted..Drinks: Ginger Beer Refresher {Recipe ReDux}My Profile

  21. That looks so tasty! I’d like one right now.

  22. YUM! I love hot vanilla for a change from chocolate. I always thought I would have to have a milk steamer to make froth, but I’m happy to read that I don’t…I can’t wait to try this one, thanks for sharing!
    Dianna @ Chard in Charge recently posted..Recipe Redux :: Vanilla Chai SmoothieMy Profile

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