French Vanilla Cappuccino Recipe

By Robert Parsons January 14, 2022

A french vanilla cappuccino is one of the most well-known coffee drinks. It’s sold in every cafe whether you’re at a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. You can also get one from fast food drive-throughs like McDonald’s. While taste varies depending on where you order your cappuccino from, the ingredients used are usually the same. 

If your go-to drink is a cappuccino, but you want to cut back on spending or just start making it at home, keep reading. We’ll share with you how to make a delicious french vanilla cappuccino right in the comfort of your home while saving a few bucks at your local cafe. All you need are a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a milk frother! 

Or, if you’re asking yourself: what is a french vanilla cappuccino, we’ll cover this as well. Let’s dive in.

French Vanilla Cappuccino Recipe

What is a French Vanilla Cappuccino?

The cappuccino first came around in Italy in the 1900s. It’s made with espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. It can be served hot or cold, with flavors like vanilla or caramel. 

You can expect to receive a rich coffee flavor with a sweet, milky, vanilla aftertaste with every sip. It’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. If this doesn’t sound like you and you enjoy strong coffee, we suggest you try an Americano instead!

 Nutrition Facts 

Watching your figure? Here’s what you can expect from ¼ cup of cappuccino:

  • – 186 calories
  • – 22g sugars
  • – 3g protein
  • – 1mg cholesterol 
  • –  4g saturated fat
  • – 190mg sodium
  • – 32g carbohydrate 
  • – 1g fiber
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What about caffeine? If you’re comparing the amount of caffeine in an 8 oz serving cup of coffee and cappuccino, you can expect around 95 to 200 mg of caffeine in a normal cup of joe and around 60 mg of caffeine in a french vanilla cappuccino. 

French Vanilla Cappuccino Recipe 

What you will need:

  • – ¾ cup of milk 
  • – ½ cup of brewed coffee
  • – ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • – ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • – A saucepan
  • – Milk frother
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1. Mix Liquid Ingredients

The first thing you will need to do is pour the milk and vanilla extract into the saucepan. Stir frequently while your mixture heats up to prevent it from burning. You can use whatever kind of milk you prefer, 2%, whole, or even dairy-free.

2. Add Sugar

Remove the mixture of vanilla and milk from the stove and add your sugar. You can add what’s recommended for this recipe or add more or less depending on your personal taste. 

3. Froth your Milk

You can use a blender or whisk if you don’t have a milk frother. Blend or froth your milk mixture until it becomes foamy. Carefully scoop off the top layer of foam and set it in a cup. This will be the last thing you add to your cup, so set it aside for now. 

4. Create and Enjoy

Pour your coffee into your mug, or if you prefer, replace it with a shot of espresso. Add in the frothed hot milk. Lastly, grab that foaming milk you just made and place it over your drink with a spoon. 

In just four steps, you’ll be well on your way to mixing a delicious french vanilla cappuccino! 

Ways to Sweeten Your Cappuccino

You can easily enhance the flavor of your drink by adding flavored syrups for a more tasty drink. Besides french vanilla, you could add flavors such as caramel or hazelnut. We sometimes like to sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon to sweeten it up. You can either mix it in or sprinkle it on top.

Many people have also been known to add some cocoa to their cappuccino recipes. If you’re a chocolate lover, this is a great addition. All you have to do is add a teaspoon or more of cocoa powder when mixing the milk and coffee/espresso. Just make sure to stir it in, so the mix blends and has a more consistent flavor. 

Final Thoughts

You now know how to make a french vanilla cappuccino right in the comfort of your pajamas. Use this simple recipe to treat yourself or impress family and friends. The nice thing about making this drink is it uses few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.  It’s ideal for those days where you don’t feel like driving over to your local cafe. Plus, making it yourself means you can add whatever extra ingredients and however much of them!