Steamed Milk with Cinnamon and Dates

As a college student, local coffee houses (that were not national chains) drew me in as an evening hangout spot.  It wasn’t about the coffee; my friends and I came for the ambiance.  To justify occupying a table, I would order a cup of hot chocolate or steamed milk.

However, unlike those artificially tinted cups of warm, frothy sweetness, this homemade version of steamed milk is all natural.  And I love it for its five-ingredient simplicity.  A touch of coconut milk makes it rich and creamy.  You could certainly stir in other favourite spices into this steamed milk if you wish.  Nevertheless, cinnamon does an admirable job of spicing on its own.  Sip a mug of it and see what you think.

Steamed Milk with Cinnamon and Dates

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or dairy cream), optional
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped
  • ground cinnamon, to taste
  • pure honey, to taste

Directions:

  1. Into a saucepan, combine almond milk and dates and bring to a simmer.  Stir frequently.  When dates have softened, remove mixture from heat and allow it to cool until lukewarm.
  2. Carefully pour the liquid and transfer all of the softened dates into a blender.  Blend or pulse until frothy.  Add spices and reheat milk mixture until very warm, but not boiling.  Pour steamed milk into mugs, swirl in coconut milk, and serve warm.

I’m sharing this recipe at Smoothie OTW,  Allergy Free Wednesdays and here.

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7 thoughts on “Steamed Milk with Cinnamon and Dates

  1. This is the perfect alternative to hot chocolate on a cool night and you’re right about the coconut milk, it would make this so rich and comforting 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this at Smoothie OTW, hope you’ll link up your fabulous recipes again soon!

  2. This sounds like an excellent warm and comforting treat. I bet the cinnamon makes it taste fantastic.
    Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes. Hope to see you again next week.

  3. This sounds divine. I’ll try it with coconut milk and share it with my kiddos. And I share your love of local coffeehouses; it’s where I met my hubby! 🙂

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