Kid’s ‘Latte’ – Steamed Milk Recipe

milk steamer drink in a clear mug with cinnamon sprinkled on top

This Honey Cinnamon Steamed Milk Recipe is warmed on the stovetop and made frothy using a glass jar, with flavors of honey, cinnamon, and vanilla your children with be asking for this kids ‘latte’ again and again.

Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer Drink

Today I am sharing with you a super fun drink I have been making for my kids for the past few years. A Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer or as my kids like to call it, a ‘latte‘.

There is indeed zero coffee in this drink but the foamy top gives it an appearance of a latte like mommy’s so that is what they call it.

This is a warm drink that is made up of steamed milk, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. It is essentially a Milk Steamer as the coffee shops like to call it.

I love making this drink for the kids after they play out in the snow or we are having a cozy evening as a family. Really I use it as an alternative to Hot Chocolate. Not that there is anything wrong with hot chocolate but this drink uses over half the amount of sugar and it is just as fun which makes it a win-win for me!

The other bonus of this drink its that it comes together super quick and without any fancy milk frothing equipment. You should have everything you need at home already, a small pot, whisk, glass jar with a lid, and a spoon!

So lets see how easy this Kid’s Latte is!

clear mug with cinnamon honey milk steamer and a blue towel

Steamed Milk Recipe

Add the milk, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla to a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

As the milk begins to warm whisk the ingredients together so the honey disovles. Continue to whisk as the milk gets warmer.

After a couple minutes you will see the milk begin to steam remove from the heat (do NOT let this boil). Pour half of the milk in your serving cup and half in the glass jar.

Place the lid tightly on the jar. (Carefully check temperature of the jar to make sure it is not to hot so you don’t hurt yourself.)

Now vigorously shake the jar fast for 30-60 seconds for the foam to build up. Once your are happy with the amount of foam carefully remove the lid.

shaking a glass jar full of milk to make the foam
foam and steamed milk in a jar

Using the spoon to keep the foam in the jar pour the milk remaining in the jar into the serving cup. Once all of the milk is out use the spoon to gently move the foam on top of the steamed milk. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.

milk foam on a spoon hovering over a mug filled to the brim with milk steamer and foam

Things to note:

  • Now if you are serving this to younger kids I think that this recipe is enough for 2 small ‘lattes’. For my 2 and 4 year olds I will just divide everything between to smaller glasses.
  • I will use this same method to make myself real lattes. I half the recipe and pour it over half a cup of strong hot coffee.
  • You can change to flavors up! Swap out the cinnamon and vanilla for peppermint extract or use maple syrup instead of honey. You can also adjust the sweetness level how you see fit!
  • As far as milk goes I find that whole milk works best, it makes the best foam. But use any cows milk you have!
overhead shot of kid friendly latte with toddler hands

You might like some of my other drink recipes:

Or make a batch of cookies to go with your Milk Steamer Drinks:

toddler hand grabbing a glass of steamed milk recipe
toddler going in for a sip of honey cinnamon milk steamer
toddler smiling with a steamer in his hand and milk foam all over his mouth and nose
Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer Drink

Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer Drink

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

This steamed milk recipe is warmed on the stovetop and made frothy using a glass jar, with flavors of honey, cinnamon, and vanilla your kids with be asking for this 'latte' again and again.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (whole works best)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon*

Instructions

  1. Add the milk, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla to a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. As the milk begins to warm whisk the ingredients together so the honey disovles. Continue to whisk as the milk gets warmer.
  3. After a couple minutes you will see the milk begin to steam** remove from the heat (do NOT let this boil). Pour half of the milk in your serving cup and half in the glass jar. Place the lid tightly on the jar. (Carefully check temperature of the jar to make sure it is not to hot so you don't hurt yourself.)
  4. Now vigorously shake the jar fast for 30-60 seconds for the foam to build up. Once your are happy with the amount of foam carefully remove the lid.
  5. Using the spoon to keep the foam in the jar pour the milk remaining in the jar into the serving cup. Once all of the milk is out use the spoon to gently move the foam on top of the steamed milk. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon if desired and serve immediatley.

Notes

*if you are really into measuring your amount I use about 1/16th of a teaspoon

**It is very important you don't let the milk over heat and boil. You will want to get the milk warm enough to just see steam coming off the top, for 2 reasons, first because boiling the milk with ruin it and it won't foam, second you don't want to give your child a boiling hot beverage. I like to very carefully test the temp of the milk with my finger to make sure it is warm but not too hot.

NOTE: Please check the temperature of the beverage before serving to children to prevent serving too hot. And honey should not be served to infants under the age of 1.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 128mg Carbohydrates: 30g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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