This maple whipped coffee is a great addition to your fall coffee lineup! It’s a fun Dalgona coffee twist that is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and a touch of vanilla. You’ll love this fun fall iced coffee recipe!
I know that whipped coffee was all the rage in 2020 but I’m still loving it all the way into 2021.
In fact, this maple whipped coffee is so tasty I find myself making it at least once a week.
It’s hard to stick to one coffee when you have recipes for so many delicious options!
This version of Dalgona coffee is lightly sweetened with dark brown sugar and maple syrup and just a splash of vanilla extract.
It’s packed with fall flavor and can be made vegan-friendly by swapping out the whole milk to whatever your favorite dairy alternative milk happens to be.
I really like oat milk or macadamia nut milk.
Make sure to read the headings in the post in case I answer some questions you might have about this maple whipped coffee.
Everything from the best non-dairy milk alternative, discussion about different types and brands of instant coffee, and how to sneak in even more maple flavor!
What is whipped coffee?
At the beginning of the 2020 pandemic quarantine, it was all about whipped coffee. In fact, it was all I saw all over TikTok.
I had actually heard of whipped coffee years ago from my friend Jenni. Several years ago she made a recipe for her blog called “beaten coffee” that I just knew I needed to try ASAP.
I first tried her recipe and then all of a sudden it was showing up EVERYWHERE.
In its most simple form, whipped coffee is just instant coffee, sugar, and hot water whipped up until soft peaks form.
Then you mix it with some milk and have yourself a fancy coffee house-looking drink all in the comfort of your own home and kitchen.
Is whipped coffee and Dalgona coffee the same thing?
There are actually a lot of different cultures that have their own version of whipped coffee.
Dalgona coffee just happens to be the Korean version. But you can also see this delicious whipped coffee pop up in other cultures. In Jenni’s post, she talks all about how this is popular in India and goes by the name Beaten Coffee or Indian Cappuccino.
If you visit Greece you’ll see it as Frappe Coffee.
How can I make whipped coffee if I don’t have a hand mixer?
If you don’t have a hand or stand mixer don’t worry – you can still make whipped coffee!
Try using a whisk and lots of arm stamina to whip it by hand. Yes, this method will take a bit longer but you can still get beautiful soft peaks by hand.
Also, if you happen to have a handheld milk frother you can also use that to whip together your coffee.
Can I make whipped coffee without granulated sugar?
Yes! In fact, I almost always make mine without sugar.
I’m not always in the mood for sweet coffee.
It will still whip up the same without sugar but just be warned the whipped portion is VERY concentrated in flavor.
Of course, this version combines a little sugar and maple syrup. This can result in a slightly sweeter than basic whipped coffee so you can adjust accordingly.
Can I use a sugar substitute instead of granulated sugar?
I have successfully used monk fruit granulated sweetener in whipped coffee.
But you can also use dark brown sugar, raw sugar, and coconut sugar. I really love the taste of dark brown sugar in my Dalgona coffee because it brings in that nice molasses flavor that goes perfectly with coffee.
It works even better in this maple whipped coffee!
What type of maple syrup should I use?
You’ll want to make sure to use real maple syrup and not maple syrup flavored syrup.
Grade A dark is my usual go-to and what I typically find in the grocery store.
You can find pure maple syrup in the store near where you find honey and other imitation syrups. This is usually near the breakfast cereals and oatmeal.
What if I want more maple flavor?
If you’re looking for a really heavy on flavor maple-flavored drink you’ll need to add more than just maple syrup.
You’ll want to add a little maple extract for a big burst of maple flavor. I leave it out of the original recipe only because I didn’t want to be a big-time maple flavor but more of a light maple syrup flavor.
However, if you’re looking for smack you in the face maple flavor make sure to add the extract!
Should I drink whipped coffee hot or iced?
It’s all about what you want!
I typically drink my coffee iced so I almost always go ahead and turn this into a silky smooth iced drink.
However, Art always wants his coffee hot so typically when I make a batch of whipped coffee mine goes into an iced glass and he makes his hot.
For a hot version of this recipe, you’ll want to just make sure you warm your milk before topping with the whipped coffee.
What brand of instant coffee is best for Dalgona coffee?
This is 100% personal.
If you like your coffee strong stick with a stronger instant coffee.
Do you only want decaff? Buy a decaff instant coffee.
So far I have tried:
Nescafe Tasters Choice Columbian Blend – fairly strong but worked well once blended with the milk.
Folgers Classic Roast – a really good middle-of-the-road instant coffee that blends with anything from whipped coffee to just a regular cup of coffee.
Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee – this is a great option for folks who want to keep their coffee organic. It’s more pricy than other brands of instant coffee but it tastes great.
The one thing you want to make sure to keep away from is using non-freeze dried types of instant coffee. Instant espresso coffee tends to be ground too fine to whip up correctly and Starbucks Via packets are also too fine to whip up correctly.
You also cannot do this with normal coffee grounds. It will not whip.
How do I make whipped coffee?
If you’re using a hand mixer you simply add in your instant coffee, hot water, sugar, and spices and blend until thick and creamy.
You’ll notice the mixture will go from dark brown/black to the light brown color you see in the photos. This on average takes about 2 minutes with a hand blender.
If you’re opting to whip by hand you’ll want to get a medium-sized mixing bowl and a whisk and start the whipping! You want to use a bowl so you can really whip in that air. I first tried this by hand and it took about 10 minutes to get it whipped up. It was a tiring arm workout but 100% worth it.
If you have a handheld frother you’ll do the same as you would with a mixer.
After you’re doing whipping you’ll divide the mixture into 2 servings and serve over iced milk or warmed milk.
Gently stir to combine and enjoy!
What type of milk should I use for Dalgona coffee?
Whatever type of milk you typically enjoy for your coffee!
I love using the Pacific Natural Barista Oat Milk Blend but this deliciously blends with whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk.
Seriously, whatever milk you like is the one you should use.
For the recipe photos, I used whole milk because that is what I had on hand.
Love this maple whipped coffee?
Why not try a few of my other delicious coffee house style drinks?
- Looking for another fall spiced whipped coffee? Try my Pumpkin Spice Whipped Coffee.
- Want a fun and colorful drink recipes? Try my copycate Starbucks Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink.
- What about an iced coffee that uses horchata? Try my Vanilla Bean Horchata Iced Coffee.
- Maybe you’re looking for another Starbucks copycat drink? Try my Apple Crisp Macchiato.
- Lastly, what about one more copycat drink? Try my Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Coffee.
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups ice
- 2 cups milk of choice
- In a medium bowl, combine instant coffee, dark brown sugar, boiling water, and vanilla extract.
- Mix with a hand mixer until light in color and soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
- Gently stream in the maple syrup and mix to combine, about 30 seconds longer.
- Place one cup of ice and one cup of milk in 2 coffee mugs.
- Divide the whipped coffee between the two mugs.
- Stir to combine the whipped coffee and milk.
- If you want a much stronger maple flavor add up to 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.
- You can swap out the dairy milk for non-dairy milk with no other changes needed.
- If you want a less sweet coffee you can cut the brown sugar in half or leave it out completely.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 8g
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