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Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer | The Recipe ReDux

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~ 

EQUIPMENT (affiliate links) –My favorite kitchen tools to froth milk:
Nespresso Aeroccino

Ninja East Frother

Handheld Milk Frother


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.

Instead of hot chocolate, go for a Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer (easily made at home!) @tspbasil #thereciperedux Click To Tweet

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.

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Vanilla Coconut Milk Steamer

  • Author: Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


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


  • 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.)

Dianna @ Chard in Charge

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

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!

Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

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


Tuesday 25th of February 2014

As a Chicagoan, I can fully empathize with the awful winter thing. But I think a "hot vanilla" would definitely make it better!

Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

This sounds delicious and perfect for the frigid weather we are having here!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

I like the way you think, Mireya :)

Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

Monday 24th of February 2014

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.

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