Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte Copycat

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Skip the trip to Starbucks and make their Blonde Vanilla Latte at home with just 3 ingredients using a Nespresso or espresso machine.

Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte copycat drink in a clear, glass mug.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte is a hot drink made with light roast blonde espresso, milk, and vanilla syrup.
  • Blonde espresso is smoother and slightly sweeter than Starbucks signature espresso, a dark roast that’s used to make their Vanilla Latte.
  • A Nespresso or an espresso machine is essential in making this drink at home. A drink can’t be called a latte unless it’s made with espresso.
  • This Starbucks copycat recipe makes a grande size (16 ounces) Blonde Vanilla Latte.

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Blonde Vanilla Latte at Starbucks

The only difference between a Blonde Vanilla Latte and a Vanilla Latte is the type of espresso that’s in the drink. Blonde Vanilla Latte contains blonde espresso, a light roast, and Vanilla Latte has dark roasted espresso.

With 170 mg of caffeine in a grande, Blonde Vanilla Latte has a little bit more caffeine than a Vanilla Latte, which has 150 mg.

Blonde Vanilla Latte comes in 4 sizes at Starbucks.

Short
Blonde espresso: 1 shot
Vanilla syrup: 2 pumps

Tall
Blonde espresso: 1 shot
Vanilla syrup: 3 pumps

Grande
Blonde espresso: 2 shots
Vanilla syrup: 4 pumps

Venti
Blonde espresso: 2 shots
Vanilla syrup: 5 pumps

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Using a Nespresso

Espresso is the base of all lattes and the easiest way to make espresso at home is with a Nespresso machine.

In a 16 ounce Blonde Vanilla Latte (a grande size at Starbucks), 2 Starbucks Blonde Espresso pods are needed since the drink contains 2 espresso shots.

All Starbucks pods for Nespresso machines are made by Nespresso and they sell blonde espresso for both Original and Vertuo Nespresso machines.

Use 2 espresso pods instead of running a single pod, twice. Trying to make 2 shots from one single espresso pod will water down the drink.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte copycat drink ingredients in measuring cups on a table.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte copycat recipe's two step directions in photos.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Put vanilla syrup and blonde espresso into a cup.
    Pull 2 shots of blonde espresso from an espresso machine or use 2 Starbucks Nespresso Blonde Espresso pods.
  2. Add steamed or frothed milk.
    Use an electric milk frother or a steam wand from an espresso machine to steam or froth milk with a thin layer of foam.
Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte copycat drink with the last of the steamed milk poured into the cup.

Expert Tips

  • Milk will increase in volume when steamed or frothed, so to get 1 ½ cups of steamed milk for this recipe, use 1 cup of cold milk (dairy or non-dairy).
  • An easy way to froth milk is by using an electric milk frother that can make at least 2 cups of steamed milk at one time.
  • A Nespresso Aeroccino isn’t as good for making lattes since you’ll need to make frothed milk twice to get enough milk which will result in too much foam.
  • Both lattes and cappuccinos have foam but the difference is in how much. A latte just has a small layer of foam while a cappuccino has a thicker layer.
  • Make a dairy-free, vegan-friendly latte, by replacing the dairy milk with any plant-based milk. If possible, use a barista blend of the milk like they have for oat milk, which creates better froth.
  • Make a batch of homemade vanilla syrup in 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make and it’ll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Starbucks sells vanilla syrup in their stores. The only catch is, they can only sell it to you if they have extra in stock. It’ll be about $14 for the bottle. Just ask the barista if they have any vanilla syrup available for purchase.
  • To make the drink like Starbucks, put the ingredients into the cup in this order: vanilla syrup, espresso shots, then steamed milk.

Questions You May Have

What is blonde espresso?

Blonde espresso is Starbucks’ lightly roasted coffee that have a little more caffeine than their signature blend. Blonde espresso has a smoother, mellower, and slightly sweeter taste.

How much more caffeine does blonde espresso have than dark roast?

A single shot of Signature Dark Roast espresso has about 75 mg of caffeine while the same amount of Blonde Espresso has 85 mg.

Can I get blonde espresso in other lattes at Starbucks?

Yes. A Blonde Vanilla Latte is on the Starbucks regular menu, but you can request blonde espresso in any latte (or any espresso-based drink) you order from Starbucks, either in person or using their app.

Can I make a Blonde Vanilla Latte vegan?

Yes, you can replace the 2% dairy milk that’s usually used in a Starbucks latte for any plant-based milk like soymilk, almondmilk, oatmilk, or coconutmilk.

Can I get a Skinny Blonde Vanilla Latte?

Yes! At Starbucks, ask for sugar-free vanilla syrup and nonfat milk, or just order a Skinny Blonde Vanilla Latte since they’ll know how to make the substitutions. At home, make the recipe using sugar-free vanilla syrup and steam or froth nonfat milk instead of 2% milk.

Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte copycat drink in a glass mug.

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Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
Make a smoother tasting latte at home in no time with just 3 ingredients using this Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte copycat recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put vanilla syrup and blonde espresso into a cup.
    Pull 2 shots of blonde espresso from an espresso machine or use 2 Starbucks Nespresso Blonde Espresso pods.
    Use a glass, cup, or mug that can hold at least 16 ounces (2 cups) since this recipe is for a grande size
  • Add steamed or frothed milk.
    Use an electric milk frother or a steam wand from an espresso machine to steam or froth milk with a thin layer of foam.

NOTES

  • Milk will increase in volume when steamed or frothed, so to get 1 ½ cups of steamed milk for this recipe, use 1 cup of cold milk (dairy or non-dairy).
  • An easy way to froth milk is by using an electric milk frother that can make at least 2 cups of steamed milk at one time.
  • A Nespresso Aeroccino isn’t as good for making lattes since you’ll need to make frothed milk twice to get enough milk which will result in too much foam.
  • Both lattes and cappuccinos have foam but the difference is in how much. A latte just has a small layer of foam while a cappuccino has a thicker layer.
  • Make a dairy-free, vegan-friendly latte, by replacing the dairy milk with any plant-based milk. If possible, use a barista blend of the milk like they have for oat milk, which creates better froth.
  • Make a batch of homemade vanilla syrup in 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make and it’ll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Starbucks sells vanilla syrup in their stores. The only catch is, they can only sell it to you if they have extra in stock. It’ll be about $14 for the bottle. Just ask the barista if they have any vanilla syrup available for purchase.
  • To make the drink like Starbucks, put the ingredients into the cup in this order: vanilla syrup, espresso shots, then steamed milk.

NUTRITION

Calories: 310 | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 645mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 478mg | Iron: 2mg
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