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Salted Pistachio Latte

This Salted Pistachio Latte is easily made right at home but tastes like it’s from a cafe! With a homemade pistachio syrup and frothy oat milk, it’s a perfect pick-me-up during the week without the expense.

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Have you ever had a pistachio latte? I honestly never had never heard of it until a recent trip to Santa Barbara where I tried one at the Dawn Cafe. I actually very rarely drink anything but black coffee but life is for living so I’ve been branching out a little bit. This one was definitely worth it and I am glad we’re recreating it today.

Ingredient Details for Making a Vegan Salted Pistachio Latte

Roasted pistachios of course give this recipe most of its flavor. I prefer to buy them in-shell, as the flavor is fresher and color is brighter. Shelling is a bit arduous though and not accessible for some people! So feel free to use shelled, roasted pistachios. Side note: if you love pistachios, Baklava Nut Butter or Baked Pistachio Falafel next.

Organic cane sugar and water make our simple syrup base for flavoring. Nonorganic cane sugar is not always vegan – it is often processed with bone char! Something to keep in mind. You can also use brown sugar here if that’s what you have on hand.

Salt of course brings our all of the other flavors of this drink. I regular kosher salt from my grocery store. The two big brands are Morton and Diamond Crystal. Be warned that due to its crystal shape, Morton is the saltier tasting of the two brands (meaning you will need less of it). Always be sure to taste as you go to determine your personal preference. Sea salt also works here, but I would avoid iodized table salt.

Almond extract is a bit less conventional but really amps up the pistachio “nuttiness” present here. A little bit goes a long way. Vanilla extract does not have the same effect.

Espresso forms the base of caffeine for this latte. If you do not have a machine but really like to try espresso at home, I recommend something like a moka pot . It’s a simple way to make this on the stove! Strong coffee will also work in place of espresso.

Lastly, oat milk gives this drink its frothy texture. Oatly is my brand of choice mainly because it is so widely available. However, I’ve really been wanting to try one of the barista-specific brands, like Califia Farms. I will report back if I do this.

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure your pistachios are roasted but unsalted. This will give you the most depth of flavor but ensure your final product is not overly salty. If you only have salted nuts, I would dial back the added salt and add to taste.
  • Stir the pistachio syrup as it cooks, so that it does not burn. Keeping the heat low will also help avoid cooking off all of the liquid too quickly.
  • One you strain the nut pieces, do not throw them away! Once cooled, the pistachios will be little candied nut clusters – an excellent (and slightly addictive) snack.
  • Do not worry about perfecting your latte art – this is something I am definitely practicing but it certainly takes time. This instruction guide from La Marzocco has some great latte art information.

Pistachio Latte FAQ

How can I froth milk by hand?

To froth oat milk without a frothing machine, add it to a large, sealable jar with a tight lid. Fill about 1/3 of the way, screw on the cap, and shake for 45 seconds until increased in volume and foamy.

Is the Starbucks Pistachio Latte vegan?

No. The Starbucks Pistachio Latte recipe contains dairy milk and is not vegan-friendly.

How do I make an iced version of the pistachio latte?

Take two TBS of the pistachio syrup from this recipe and add to 2-4 ounces of cold brew concentrate. Top off with oat milk (no need to froth) and pour over ice.

hand pouring frothed oat milk into a mug

More Coffee Recipes to Try Next

Cinnamon Cold Brew

Iced Coffee Shake

Around the holidays, the Pumpkin Spice White Russian and Gingerbread White Russian are real winners.

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Salted Pistachio Latte

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Vegan Salted Pistachio Latte tastes like it’s from a cafe! With a homemade pistachio syrup and frothy oat milk, it’s a perfect pick-me-up during the week without the expense. 


Units Scale

For pistachio syrup:

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup shelled, roasted, unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

For latte base:

  • 2 oz espresso or very strong coffee (one double shot or 1/4 cup)
  • 8 oz oat milk (1 cup)


  1. Combine sugar and water in a small pan on the stove over medium heat. Finely chop pistachios. Once water is at a simmer, add in pistachios and swirl to coat. Mix a bit to allow sugar to fully dissolve.
  2. Over low heat, cook pistachios and water at a simmer for 10-15 minutes. This will really infuse the syrup with flavor. If the liquid is cooking off too quickly (and things are getting too thick/burning), add a bit more water. You want the consistency to be that of runny maple syrup, not tree sap. Add in salt and remove from heat. Stir in almond extract. Set aside to cool slightly. Then, use a fine mesh strainer to drain out pistachio pieces.*
  3. Prepare your espresso shot using a machine or moka pot (regular strong coffee works also). Pour into a mug. Add 2 TBS of your prepared pistachio syrup.
  4. To froth oat milk without a frothing machine, add to a large, sealable jar with a tight lid. Fill about 1/3 of the way, screw on the cap, and shake for 45 seconds until increased in volume and foamy.
  5. Pour oat milk on top of espresso and enjoy right away. The pistachio syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. It will thicken as it cools, so feel free to microwave for 15 seconds prior to using next time. 


*Do not throw these nut pieces away! Once cooled, the pistachios will be little candied nut clusters.

The nutrition information is an estimate (it is challenging to calculate given that the syrup’s concentration can vary). 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 latte
  • Calories: 200 calories
  • Sugar: 23.2 grams
  • Sodium: 339 milligrams
  • Fat: 6.1 grams
  • Saturated Fat: .7 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.4 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 33.2 grams
  • Fiber: 2.2 grams
  • Protein: 3.5 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

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About the Author

Emily (Frigon) Meyers is the founder of Garlic Head, a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets while saving time and money. She is a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan. Garlic Head does not focus on labels - it focuses on creating food that everyone can enjoy.

Emily earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University along with degrees in Economics, Spanish, and Global Sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and websites including The Food Institute, VegNews, Buzzfeed, and the Boston Globe.

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