Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Double, sugar free caramel macchiato, wet and heavy, with whip. Caramel stevia drops, organic heavy cream and LFG toffee sauce make it possible. See how!
Caramel Macchiato! You know the drink. It's a barista-made coffee drink you take for granted until you can't have it anymore. I mean you can't just go to any coffee shop and say, "I'll have a caramel macchiato, but make it LECTIN FREE!"
If only it were that easy! But, it kind of is, if you become your own barista. Making a compliant, real caramel macchiato involves espresso, stretched milk (or in this case cream), and most importantly the "MACCHIATO" which means marking the foam with rich caramel sauce.
To get the caramel sauce just right, I use IMO syrup. It's a prebiotic sweetener made from the cassava plant. So, yeah, it's good for you. I like Fiber Yum brand and I found a great price on Amazon. Buy a 2.5 pound jug of Fiber Yum for a great price, and don't get caught without this amazing lectin free ingredient again.
In addition to Fiber Yum, you'll need a few more things. So let's take it step by step and get this right. To make this drink, you're going to need some special equipment. You'll need a way to make espresso. You can buy a very inexpensive espresso maker like Mr. Coffee brand for about $40 at Walmart. It has a milk steamer attached and is great for the money. I went through several before I bought a Nespresso machine. Now I just pop in a pod and voila! Espresso in seconds! If you don't want to invest in a new machine, brew espresso in a French press or just make very strong coffee in your regular coffee maker. It's not quite the same but it works.
You'll also want to use organic heavy cream, instead of milk. Trust me, it's keto friendly and way creamier. The cheapest, easiest way to get that frothy top, is to just buy a little milk whipper. You can pick one up for $3 - $5 at Walmart or IKEA. But if you end up buying the Mr. Coffee machine, it has a milk steamer. And there is a Nespresso machine model with a milk steaming unit attached. Weigh your options consider how much you'll be using it before you invest.
Before we make this, let's talk a little bit about polyphenols. Coffee is a great source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds found abundantly in plants. Polyphenols have wonderful antioxidant properties. Different polyphenols exist in different types of plants. For instance, coffee has a type of polyphenol called chlorogenic acids, which are esters of quinic and cinnamic acids. 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid is the most abundant polyphenol present in coffee. And yes, that's a good thing!
But, did you know that adding protein to your coffee can weaken its polyphenol superpowers? So in short, DON'T! Milk has about 8 grams of protein per cup, as opposed to heavy cream, which has 5 grams. Instead of milk, which would have more than 3 grams of protein for this recipe, use heavy cream, which maintains the polyphenol pow.
Now let's get to making this!
LFG Caramel Macchiato
2 Shots Espresso
5-6 Caramel Stevia Drops
2 T Heavy Whipping Cream (steamed or heated)
Plus 1/4 C for Whip
1 t LFG Butterscotch Sauce
LFG Butterscotch Sauce
5 T Heavy Cream from Pastured Grassfed Cows
1 T French Butter
1 T Fiber Yum or VitaFiber Syrup
1 T Swerve Granules
1 t Raw Local Honey
(makes a big batch that you can store in the fridge)
Step 1: Make the Toffee Sauce
In a medium saucepan, add butter, Fiber Yum, Swerve and honey. Cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is comes to a slow boil. Slowly add half the cream and continue simmering until the mixture turns a light caramel color. This takes about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the remaining cream. Add vanilla. Pour through a strainer into a small pourable pitcher or creamer. Set aside.
Step 2: Whip the Cream
In a medium bowl, whip one-quarter cup of heavy cream until you have stiff peaks. I always whip by hand because it's quicker than setting up the hand mixer.
Step 3: Make Caramel Espresso
For a double shot of espresso, make two fluid ounces. Add 5-6 caramel flavored stevia drops.
Step 4: Make it Wet
If you have a little milk whipper, heat two tablespoons of heavy whipping until it steams. Then whip it until it foams. Or just use your milk steamer attachment. Pour the steamed cream into your drink.
Step 5: Add Whip & Mark It
Dollop whipped cream on top and drizzle melted butterscotch sauce on top.
Keep extra caramel sauce in a Ball jar with lid in the fridge. Take out the amount you want each time and melt it to use.
You're welcome, and ENJOY!