Vegan Vietnamese Iced Latte Recipe

When warm weather hits, is there anything better than the first iced coffee of the season?

A few years ago, I found myself working a particularly difficult job on Newbury Street in Boston. Beyond its famous shopping scene, Newbury is notable for it’s slew of incredible cafes, including Pavement Coffeehouse, where I practically lived off of bagels and their amazing Vietnamese lattes. Sweet and comforting on Boston mornings, this coffee drink was one that I always looked forward to. If you’re unfamiliar, a Vietnamese coffee is comprised of coarsely-ground coffee (typically flavored with chickory), that has been poured through a metal or mesh filter over sweetened condensed milk. Years later I still dream of those frothy-sweet drinks, though I had mostly written them off as a thing of the past, having eschewed dairy not long after moving away from Boston.

Turns out, though, that dairy-free sweetened condensed milk is a thing, and it’s an absolute game-changer. Today I’m sharing my version of this delicious drink — over ice — along with the recipe for a vegan/dairy-free version of condensed “milk”. Not only is this concoction incredible in your morning coffee, it can be used for any other recipe that calls for condensed milk, most notably pumpkin pie… and magic bars… and… well, can you tell I like to bake? Keep this in your back pocket for days when you need a sweet coffee treat, or when you’re whipping up dessert.

Vegan Vietnamese Iced Coffee with Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

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Cold-Brew Coffee

1 3/4 cups coarsely ground coffee (Try Cafe Du Monde for an authentic version, or just use your regular grounds)

3 1/2 cups cold filtered water

French press coffee maker

There are many different techniques to make cold brew coffee, but in my opinion the simplest way by far is with a French press. Add the coffee grounds to the French press and pour in the water, stirring to combine. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and allow to steep overnight at room temperature. In the morning, remove the covering and fit the press with the plunger. Press the coffee or pour it through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. You now have concentrated cold brew ready to be diluted perfectly with ice and/or the vegan milk below!

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Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 can organic full-fat coconut milk

1/3 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar – which is why the final product is brown – but you can also use pure cane)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

On the stovetop, heat the coconut milk and sugar in a small saucepot with the heat set on medium/medium-low. Whisk thoroughly and continuously as the mixture begins to thicken to ensure it doesn’t burn. After about 40 minutes to an hour, the liquid should be reduced to about 1 cup. Once it has reduced down, whisk in the vanilla and remove from the heat. Allow to cool and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Note: After making this I learned that it’s best to use this in iced coffee right away, before refrigerating :)

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Vietnamese Iced Latte

Cold brew coffee

Vegan sweetened condensed milk


Mason jar with lid

Fill a Mason jar with ice and add condensed milk to taste. Pour in the coffee and screw on the lid of the jar. Shake it! This can also be served hot.

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Megan b
7 years ago

This looks and sounds so delicious!! I can’t wait to try it!

7 years ago

As a Vietnamese, I approve! This type of coffee is a huge staple in my house. I would love to try this with coconut sugar!

7 years ago

Oh Man!
This looks so freaking delicious. Would be perfect to have one right now : )

Welcome to visit and check out some goodies.

7 years ago

This looks amazing – definitely sharing it with my vegan friends :)

Warm Regards,

7 years ago

It is so funny how every single time I think of something or hear about something new, you guys always end up coming out with a post about it on the blog! I’ve been obsessing over this lately, trying to find the perfect recipe. You guys seriously rule.

7 years ago

I love this so so much!! Please make more coffee recipes! Like a vegan iced mocha for summer :)

6 years ago

That looks great. I am a coffee lover. Would love to try one of these.

5 years ago

This looks amazing I just had a veitnamese coffee with my Thai food tonight, but dairy doesn’t sit well with me. I’m not big on using lactaid tabs, but I still occasionally cave in on one of my favorite cravings. I am delighted to have another option to try out, especially since I love coconut in general. Thank you for sharing.