This warm cinnamon milk is perfect for a caffeine-free drink or a cozy drink before bed. It’s been my favorite substitute for coffee in the morning!
Heading into my 35th week of pregnancy, I’ve unfortunately been experiencing intense acid reflux. I’m convinced this baby is going to come out looking like Chewbacca based on the old wives tale that acid reflux = a hairy baby. That being said, I’ve had to shift from my morning Swiss water processed decaf coffee to something that is not so acidic.
This is essentially a concoction of steamed milk with a pumpkin spice blend, sometimes called a “steamer” if you go Starbucks and just order warm, steamed milk. Normally I think these recipes are just too easy to post, but it’s been one of my absolute favorites. There’s something so comforting and cozy about a mixture of warm milk with cinnamon. It’s wonderful for a morning substitute for coffee or tea, or as a way to calm down before bed.
Types of Milk
Obviously you can use any that suit you best, but my favorites are whole milk and oat milk because of how frothy they get when you steam or blend them. They also have a more creamy texture over milk substitutes like nut milk or hemp milk, which always seem more watered down. With real full fat milk and oat milk, it will retain the same froth for far longer after steaming.
If you use oat milk, this recipe would fit a vegan diet. A few of my favorite brands of oat milk ranked in order of preference:
- Oatly (my favorite) because it also doesn’t contain any gums or additives
- Califia Farms Barista
- Elmhurst also doesn’t contain gums, but it’s a lot more expensive and I don’t think it tastes as good as Oatly
- Planet Oat contains gellan gum
How to Froth Milk
There are a few ways you can froth your milk for this recipe. If you have an espresso machine, this is probably the easiest way to do it. I start by placing about a cup of milk in a stainless steel cup and turning on my machine, allowing it to heat up the steam, and placing the milk under the spout. Then gently move your hand in circles gradually shifting the cup up and down to get the milk to froth up. You may also need to tilt your cup to a 45 degree angle while steaming the milk.
If you don’t have an espresso maker, not to worry, there are so many gadgets out there that will froth milk for you, and some easy makeshift ones you probably have already in your home.
- A detachable milk frother
- A giant foamer for making multiple batches
- A cheap handheld frother (but this won’t heat the milk for you)
- Warm the milk on the stove and then blend in a blender
- Warm the milk and then place into a mason jar and shake vigorously
Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon
Pumpkin spice doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin, it’s just a blend of cinnamon-forward spices that are typically found in pumpkin pie. I like to use a blend as a shortcut here, but you can certainly make your own. Usually pumpkin spice is about 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg and ginger, and a pinch of ground cloves.
Some of my favorite blends are from Primal Palate and Simple Organic. If you’re follow a migraine diet, just double check the ingredients. The one at Trader Joe’s contains lemon peel.
Or if you want you can keep this strictly as just cinnamon milk. Either way you’re getting wonderful anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon which can also help unstable blood sugar levels, always a good thing.
More Warm Drinks
For other cozy drinks like this warm cinnamon milk, give these posts a read.
Homemade Winter Wassail
Decaf Coffee Alternatives
Ginger Turmeric Tea
Warm Cinnamon Milk
- 8oz milk of choice - I recommend whole milk or oat milk
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sweeten to taste
- Prepare your milk by using one of the recommended methods in the post - either in a stainless steel steamer cup or steamer appliance. If using a blender, a handheld frother, or shaking in a jar, warm the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat till just beginning to bubble.
- If using a latte machine/steamer - swirl the stainless steel cup at an angle for about 1-2 minutes until milk is fully heated through. Continuously moving the cup in a steady, circular motion at this angle will help to get the milk nice and frothy.
- Pour into a mug and top with cinnamon or pumpkin spice blend and vanilla extract. Stir with a spoon to incorporate both and add sweetener as needed (I personally don't think it needs any).
- See post recommendations for preferred pumpkin spice blends. Both that and cinnamon will work. I tend to prefer ½ teaspoon in my milk, but start with ¼ and see what you think.
- Maple syrup is a great way to sweeten this, if desired.
- I like to use a good vanilla extract for this. Trader Joe's has a good alcohol free one, and Nielsen Massey is my other favorite.
Mmmm....This is so good! I am a reader and I whas looking for some cozy warm drinks to drink with my book, this is so perfect and I love the scent. I used vanilla sugar instead of extract. Thank you for the recipe :o)
Thank you, Tanja!!
Thank you so much for this website and all your dedicated work to help others .. This drink was so comforting to wake up to. I had to revisit The Dizzy Cook today after waking up feeling horrible. I was feeling great avoiding all tyramine foods so I thought I could start eating them again. I gradually starting getting worse and I noted my symptoms were gradually coming back. This morning they came back full force with vertigo and some new symptoms. I woke up with vertigo, migraine, ashiness, and muscles twitching. I went to my kitchen and threw everything with tyramine out which was a lot.... pickles, bananas, nuts (all kinds), parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, yogurt, avocado (eating a whole one at a meal), pineapple, and many other foods with tyramine. I'm getting back on track and not going back again. I am one of those people highly sensitive to tyramine. Thank you again for your recipes. I am going to make your chicken pot pie today. I was eating a store bought chicken pot pie with ingredients in it I wasn't suppose to be eating!
Sorry for the misspell. That was achiness not ashiness.
Absolutely loved this drink! I did add a couple of drops of maple syrup to add just a hint of sweetness. This will be my new "hot chocolate" drink. Love finding replacements for coffee and hot mocha drinks.
Thank you, Cindy!! That's awesome.
The perfect way to start my morning. Love this for fall. I don’t miss my morning coffee now at all!
Delicious and exactly what I needed today! I see many of these in my future! I do feel the ¼ teaspoon cinnamon/pumpkin spice should be a ½ teaspoon, as you mentioned in your notes, just a great migraine friendly latte for a fall day.
Exactly what I needed! Just yesterday I was wishing for a yummy alternative to tea or cocoa. Then during the night I was awoken by the ol' spinning vertigo headache, etc. This morning everything is hard, I can't do much, and just want comfort. This was easy, delicious and comforting. Thank you!!! ...but don't try a giant immersion blender in a mostly full mug. It turns into a mostly empty mug.🤦♀️
Thanks so much, Karen. Glad this hit the spot this morning.
This is my new favorite fall drink. I tried it with cinnamon first and then pumpkin spice. Both versions are yummy and even my 8 year old loves it.
I’m cutting back on coffee. I like how this resembles a frothy coffee and can be unsweetened. Thank you!
Jennifer Type 1 diabetic says
Great for type 1 diabetics as well! Next to no sugar on Halloween 🎃😂! Very nice!
Good to know!! Thank you!!
OMG so good!
I just tried this and I’m hooked! I used to love making a matcha latte and when I gave up caffeine, it had to go. Now I can have a delicious frothy warm drink again!!
Yay! So happy to hear that Lori!
Sounds wonderful - thank you!
On day 2 of the migraine diet and was craving tea so badly ( I previously had at least 2 large mugs full of tea for breakfast!) So I decided to try warm cinnamon milk and was pleasantly surprised at how good it tastes! I think I'm going to need more milk!
Very tasty caffeine free latte!! Thank you !
This is so delicious! I love really simple recipes like this. Something I can make even when I'm feeling unwell. Thank you!
Jennifer M. says
Just made this and it was delicious!! New favorite!