Superfood Vanilla Latte Recipe

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Coffee is a controversial topic in health circles and I could write equally supported posts about why coffee is great for you and why it is horrible. The bottom line is that when sourced correctly, coffee can have some health benefits, but there are also people who should avoid it. Like most aspects of health, the answer is personalized to who asked the question.

The Problem With Regular Vanilla Lattes

In college, I used to subsist on vanilla lattes from the coffee shop on campus, and I still love the taste of them. Now that I’m not consuming pasteurized milk or sugars, I don’t drink coffee shop lattes and I definitely don’t drink pre-made coffee creamers (seriously… check the ingredients if you still consume these). I wanted to find a real food alternative that tasted just as good.

If you are a latte fan and usually spend $3-5 on a sugar-laden one at a coffee shop, try this real food recipe instead!

Brain-Fuel Coffee: A Latte Better for You

I’ve written before about my favorite way to drink coffee with added nutrient-dense foods like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and sometimes spices. I still love drinking coffee this way and often add liquid stevia or spices like cinnamon for extra flavor.

As an experiment, I took my original favorite coffee recipe and added collagen peptides, an easily digested form of gelatin. I love that this recipe combines some of my favorite nutrient-rich foods and is a good combination of fats and protein. I often drink this in the morning and have tons of energy and mental focus all day.

If you can tolerate stevia, adding a few drops of English toffee or vanilla stevia makes this taste better than a coffee shop. If not, a splash of vanilla creates almost the same flavor.

But why is the recipe a “superfood” vanilla latte? A few extra touches:

Vanilla Latte Super Ingredients

  • Grass-fed butter is a great source of vitamin K2 which helps decalcify arteries and is important for proper blood clotting. There is also research that it can lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Coconut oil (or MCT oil) is a great source of lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids, which are an excellent easy fuel source for the body and brain.
  • Collagen hydrolysate is an easily digestible form of gelatin that supports skin, hair, nails, and digestion and is a good source of protein. (This is the collagen hydrolysate I use – the blue lid)
  • Chicory and dandelion root are naturally supportive of the liver. I order both dandelion root and chicory root in bulk and make them like coffee in a French press.
  • Another superfood option is using this mushroom coffee blend instead of regular coffee. I know it sounds a little weird, but you won’t even know there’s mushrooms in it, and the lasting energy and nutritional benefits seriously trump regular coffee. They have both regular and caffeine-free versions too.

Caffeine-Free Coffee Alternatives

When I was working to intensively support my body to get my autoimmune disease into remission, I wasn’t drinking coffee, but found that I could create the same flavors by making a strong tea of dandelion root and chicory root. I fell in love with the flavor of chicory when I visited New Orleans and sometimes prefer an herbal coffee or tea recipe like this one even when I can have caffeine.

This vanilla latte recipe offers several stand-ins if you need to avoid coffee as well.

Vanilla Latte recipe

Superfood Vanilla Latte Recipe

A delicious latte with a coffee-free option. Superfoods like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and collagen for protein make this a beneficial fat-rich morning drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 259kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Brew coffee in a French press for best results, but any coffee will work.
  • Place brewed coffee, butter, coconut oil/MCT, collagen, and vanilla in a blender. Do not use a Magic Bullet or other closed-in blender as it can crack or explode.
  • Blend on high for 10-15 seconds until froth forms.
  • Drink and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Superfood Vanilla Latte Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 230
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.6g39%
Saturated Fat 20.8g130%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 100mg4%
Carbohydrates 0.3g0%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 6.4g13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Use dandelion tea and/or chicory if you’re avoiding caffeine.

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Superfood Vanilla Latte Recipe

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


71 responses to “Superfood Vanilla Latte Recipe”

  1. Lisa Beaulieu Avatar
    Lisa Beaulieu

    Dear Katie!
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I am curious though about the flavoured stevia being used. The ingredients of that one has “natural flavours/natural aromatics ” or something to that effect but I am worried how natural that actually is, since it’s not a regulated term. Can you clarify why that one is acceptable? I am sure I will just use pure vanilla, but I would like to know if that brand of flavoured stevia could be another option for me to use if you think it’s acceptable.

  2. Amanda Avatar

    I have the regular beef gelatin in the orange container. Would that work in place of the green container or would it not dissolve properly?

  3. Donna Avatar

    I have dark hair and when the solution dried, there was salt visible all through my hair and also dropping down to cover my shirt. I looked like I had a serious case of dandruff. I didn’t use an excessive amount and mixed it well with the exact ingredients. Is 2 Tablespoons of Epsom salt correct?

  4. Lucy Avatar

    5 stars
    I have done some research on the Kalona and Kerrygold butters. Kalona is not from 100% grass-fed cows – it’s from a variety of local farms, but they can’t guarantee the cows are not fed corn. The Kerrygold butter is from 100% grass-fed cows, and is also delicious!

  5. Carol Avatar

    You mention MCT oil, and link to an online store: What IS MCT oil? The website didn’t say, either. I’d like to KNOW what something is before I buy it!!!

    Thanks for the great blog and this recipe. I plan to try it soon, as coffee really isn’t my thing, but occasionally, I like some.
    I usually have a ‘blended’, using cream, (or half and half) espresso (organic, of course!), ice, and ganache made with organic heavy cream and organic chocolate.

  6. Dharmaja Avatar

    Raja’s Cup antioxident tea is a great coffee substitute. I can’t wait to try it with your morning “latte” recipe!

    Question: Do you think this is an appropriate morning drink for kids, using the herbal tea and not coffee?

  7. candy tutt Avatar
    candy tutt

    5 stars
    Tried the latte, had everything on hand except butter – it was FANTASTIC! I <3 coffee and had been in the throes of IBS for a long time which meant I couldn't tolerate it. Yay! I know there is an Aztec god of Chocolate, wonder if there is one for Coffee? 😉

  8. Cathy Avatar

    Can I use an immersion blender? I am new to this site. I have immune issues that were made worse by Lyme. I appreciate your sharing this info. I am trying to implement paleo. I love my am coffee. Have been using coconut creamer but look forward to trying this.

  9. Melissa Avatar


    I have been told that I can consume coffe while trying to heal from an overgrowth of candida in my stomach. I usually use coconut oil in mine do I appreciate this recipe! Did you ever struggle with candida and if so did you also consume grass feed butter through that process? I eliminated dairy a few years ago but perhaps this option would be ok. Any advice on that?

    1. Kaitlin Avatar

      I am curious about the dandelion/chicory as well. I am 25 weeks. I just brewed a large batch of dandelion/chicory tea. I am wondering if it is safe during pregnancy?

  10. Diana Cummings Avatar
    Diana Cummings

    I am new to your blog and really enjoy reading about your home made substitutions to otherwise generally unhealthy everyday products. The dry shampoo for brown hair has become a favorite! I will definitely try your recipe for the vanilla latte – it sounds very interesting.

    Our family has found a wonderful low acid coffee that we love. PUROAST LOW ACID COFFEE, made in California. The scientific proof of drastically reduced acid levels is available on their website. It is truly delicious, and offers organic whole bean, ground or k-cup. If you are interested in giving it a try the website is http://www.puroast.com.


  11. Kara Avatar

    How did get your coffee (in the photo) to turn that creamy color without any milk or cream?

      1. Karas Avatar

        I tried it and I loved it! I used unflavored stevia drops, a splash of homemade vanilla and about a teaspoon of raw honey to make it a little sweeter. Perfect! I used to drink my coffee with international delight creamer (nasty ingredients) and I hated that I did that but I just couldn’t give it up. Finally I did it. I quit drinking coffee cold turkey because I could never find a way to enjoy coffee without the nasty creamer. That was about a month ago and I am so happy to have coffee back in my life in a tasty and healthy way! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Kayti Avatar

    Hi! Do you use kerrygold butter often? It’s grass fed butter? How about for cooking?

  13. Karri Avatar

    Thank you for your knowledgable and encouraging posts!! I can not tolerate coconut oil or MCT at this time. Is the above recipe still acceptable without the MCT or will it affect the finished product?

  14. jake Avatar

    I drink two beverages each morning:

    — bone broth, 8 oz.
    — coffee from a roaster that goes around the world, working with small estates and buying directly from them for a higher price than the farmer would get through so-called “fair trade” programs.

  15. Maryea Avatar

    I mostly prefer my coffee black, but once in a while I’m in the mood for a sweet coffee drink. This one looks great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  16. Courtney Avatar

    This recipe sounds delicious. i would love to try it with dandelion and chicory root. How do you brew that tea?

    This is also a lot of fat and calories for one drink. Do you count this as your breakfast?

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      This does often count as my breakfast but I don’t ever count (or limit) fat or calories. I brew both by adding a tablespoon of each to a french press and adding boiling water.

  17. katie Avatar

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I cannot wait to try it: I love the taste of chicory root as well.

  18. Elle Avatar

    Mmm…I can’t wait to try this!

    Can you recommend another good brand of coffee? Bulletproof is a little too pricy for us.

    Thanks Katie for all that you do!!


      1. Elle Avatar

        Thanks! 🙂

        I am a little concerned about the Vanilla Sweet Leaf because of the “Natural Flavors” ingredient because sometimes “Natural Flavors” can mean sugar, gluten, etc. I’m trying to find what they use as their natural flavoring, but I can’t seem to find anything. Do you know anything about this?

        1. Daniel Swanger Avatar
          Daniel Swanger

          5 stars
          Hey Elle! If you want the bulletproof one for a cheaper price, order the 5 pound bag of the bulletproof coffee and it is way cheaper that way 🙂

          You can also vacuum seal bags of it and put it in the freezer so when you need more you just take out one of the bags, let it warm to room temp, and then its good to go!

          1. Ruth Avatar

            5 stars
            I’ve read it’s a bad idea to freeze your coffee. You should only buy what you will use within a few weeks. We are lucky enough to have a local coffee shop that roasts their beans in house and provides several fair trade, organic versions!

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