At this point, Starbucks’ off-the-menu items aren’t much of a secret. That’s because the drinks tend to quickly go viral on social media, thanks to their crazy colors or strange flavor combinations. And while we’re sometimes skeptical of the mash-ups, the latest one intrigues us: it’s an oatmeal latte, made by spiking Starbucks’ oatmeal (made with steamed milk, by request) with two shots of espresso, according to PopSugar.
While we don’t love what this new item would do to our wallets (after all, the coffee chain recently announced a price hike), we’re into the idea of combining a hearty, healthy breakfast with our morning cuppa joe. It’s the perfect recipe to celebrate the beginning of fall, and we’ll likely be sipping (and scooping) it long into winter. To make it yourself, start by preparing quick-cooking, old-fashioned, or even steel-cut oats according to package instructions, being sure to cook the oats in milk, not water. Whole milk will make for the creamiest latte, though lactose-intolerant coffee drinkers can substitute almond or soy milk. At this point, you’ll also want to add a generous pinch of salt, as well as the spices of your choosing (think cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, etc). While the oats are cooking, froth another cup of milk. If you don’t have a milk frother, you can steam the milk on the stovetop by warming it over low heat, whisking constantly until frothy.
Add the frothed milk to the pot of simmering oats—reserving a bit of foam, if possible—and stir constantly until the oats are creamy and smoothie-like in consistency (it should be more liquid-y than a typical bowl of oats). Pour the mixture into a mug, add some brown sugar to sweeten, then top the latte with a shot or two of espresso (or very strong coffee). Finish the latte off with the last bit of foam, and then top with a crunchy element—be it granola, or toasted pecans or walnuts. Take it on the go (breakfast and coffee in one!) or leisurely enjoy on a lazy Saturday morning.
Now, to sip it or to eat it? Do whatever feels right—likely a combination of both.