I’m so excited to show you my EASY method for how to make an iced caramel macchiato at home. An iced macchiato is the perfect way to start a hot summer day… or let’s be real, any day! Even though the winters are cold here in Minnesota, there is never a bad time for this skinny iced caramel macchiato recipe. That’s how good it is!
I’ve always love iced coffee. And then when we add caramel and almond milk to the mix? Yeah, that’s what I call heaven on earth. It’s creamy, rich, sweet, and overall perfection. Starbucks has nothing on this skinny iced caramel macchiato!
What is the difference between my version and one that you might find at a coffee shop? There are two big differences (and benefits):
1. No artificial ingredients.
I was so excited when Starbucks announced that they were starting to serve coconut milk. Then someone leaked a picture of the coconut milk ingredient list and my excitement quickly disappeared. The ingredients were:
filtered water, coconut cream, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, carageenan, gellan gum, sea salt, natural flavor, vitamin A, palmitate, vitamin D2, vitamin B12
No, thank you. I’ll take my iced macchiato at home where I know what the ingredients are. And really, I think my version tastes much better anyway so it’s a win-win.
But, it turns out that there’s another benefit of my at-home caramel macchiato recipe:
2. Less expensive.
My caramel macchiato recipe is SO much cheaper than getting it at a coffee shop. And by my logic, this means I can have one every morning. Right?
Coffee drinks out are so expensive and if you have a daily habit? The cost adds up quickly. Try this simple swap of making it yourself. It’s healthier and will help you save money!
How To Make A Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato
You won’t believe how easy it is to make a skinny iced caramel macchiato at home. The name may sound a bit fancy, but we’re keeping it really easy and you don’t even need an espresso maker. Instead of the traditional espresso route, we’re going to use cold brew which I think is a great option and alternative.
Of course, if you have an espresso machine at home you can use that but since a lot of us don’t, cold brew works really well. It has a delicious, smooth flavor and it’s already chilled so it works well in this iced macchiato.
Okay, let’s make this skinny iced caramel macchiato with almond milk! First, you’ll want to make a batch of my paleo caramel sauce.
Then, it’s as easy as mixing the cold brew coffee with a little almond milk, and a spoonful of the caramel sauce. Pour it over ice and give it a stir. Sip away and you might be able to momentarily forget about the to-do list ahead of you!
You can also buy cold brew from the store, it’s usually available in the refrigerated coffee/juice section or in the coffee aisle. I’m also sharing instructions below for how to make it yourself below.
TIP: The cold brew does need to be made ahead of time (it soaks for 12-24 hours), so make sure you give yourself enough time to make your coffee so that it’s ready for you!
And the leftover caramel sauce? Feel free to eat with a spoon. I would never judge.
What Is An Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato?
An iced skinny caramel macchiato with almond milk is a creamy and caramel-y sweet cold coffee drink. In this recipe, we’re combining cold brew coffee, almond milk, and paleo caramel sauce for an easy at-home version – with NO REFINED SUGAR. It’s fantastic and crave-worthy.
Traditionally though, a macchiato is an espresso-based coffee drink with a small amount of milk that is usually foamed. In Italian, macchiato means “marked” so it essentially means that it’s “marked” with milk, but it’s a small amount and much less than what you would find in a latte or cappuccino.
How Many Calories Are In A Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato?
At Starbucks, iced caramel macchiato calories clock in at 250 and 33 grams of sugar for a grande size.
But, if you want a better, healthier version made without chemicals and unnecessary ingredients, then you’ve got to make my iced skinny caramel macchiato with almond milk.
This paleo caramel macchiato recipe has 202 calories and 18 grams of sugar, so it’s still lower in calories than most coffee drinks. And, you can feel good knowing that the NATURAL sugar comes from pure maple syrup and not artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Of course the skinny iced caramel macchiato calories will also depend on what kind of milk you use. I suggest using unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk. Since I used my coconut caramel, I usually opt for almond milk (unsweetened vanilla is my favorite!) but if you’re wanting a stronger coconut flavor, totally go with coconut milk. You really can’t go wrong.
What To Serve With a Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato
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Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato Recipe
This Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato Recipe is creamy and naturally sweetened! Learn my EASY method for how to make an iced caramel macchiato at home in 2 minutes!
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- 8 oz Cold brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons Paleo caramel sauce
- 2 oz Unsweetened almond milk
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
If you don't have caramel sauce yet, make the paleo caramel sauce according to the instructions here.
- Fill a glass with ice. Pour in coffee until it's a little less than 3/4 of the way full.
- Pour in almond milk leaving about an inch at the top.
- Stir in caramel...enjoy!
Serving Size: 1 glass with ice
How To Make Cold Brew: To make your own cold brew coffee simply mix together 1/2 lb finely ground coffee beans and 12 cups of filtered water. Let soak for 12 hours or more. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator up to two weeks.
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I just attempted the caramel sauce AND the caramel macchiato from this recipe. I am so excited because the caramel sauce and the caramel macchiato are both delicious!! I have tried other recipes and I wasn’t satisfied enough to skip Starbucks every morning. That has now changed!!! Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! I will be using every single day!
Where do I get the carmel caramel?
Just attempted the caramel macchiato. The caramel sauce is delish, but I’m getting an icky residue in the coffee after adding the caramel last. As another posted earlier, I think it may be due to the coconut oil from the caramel. What am I doing incorrectly? Thanks!
Great recipe! I have an espresso machine and would like to make this with espresso instead. Any tips on doing it this way?
This is so good! I love iced coffee drinks, I will be making this again soon!
I LOVE caramel macchiatos, and this makes me love them even more!! Thanks for indulging my sweet tooth while not killing me with carbs 🙂
Thanks for this! I crave something exactly like this some mornings in the summer!
What a delicious pick me up! Homemade is so much better!
Love this over ice! So good. 🙂
This sounds dreamy on a hot day!
I made it for friends and they so love it. Thanks for this recipe.
What a great summer drink. Need to make a big batch of these!
That caramel sauce is ahhhmazing! I’m a sucker for iced coffee drinks!
My boyfriend absolutely adored this recipe! He’s a bit of a caffeine addict and this definitely hit the spot for him! 🙂 We love how easy this recipe is, he’s now motivated to make his own coffee in the morning instead of stopping at Starbucks!
Homemade is always better, I love how easy this recipe is!
Now this was a special drink. I know a lot of people who are going to be fast fans!
This was fab! My girls go nuts over these coffee drinks. Love that it’s healthier!
I mean, when you make a caramel sauce that looks like THAT, you have to use it every which way you can. This is such a great idea, especially now that it’s getting warmer out.
Amazing! I had this on a warm spring day as I really felt like an iced coffee. Totally worth making your own paleo caramel sauce too, I used the rest on pancakes over the weekend.
This was my favorite drink at starbucks until I realized the amount of crappy ingredients in it! Love this clean version, and it’s even tastier!
My daughter and I are practically drooling over this. haha. We can’t wait to make it! 🙂
Omg this beverage was so good! Very addicting for sure!
Thanks for sharing!! This looks amazing. Spring is around the corner and I’ll definitely be trying this when the weather warms up. YUM!
This is my absolute favorite!
Such an awesome idea! Would love to be able to make my own coffee drinks at home. Thanks for the inspiration!
Oooh this is absolutely amazing! I love that it’s a healthier version.
Woah, those are some crazy ingredients in coconut milk! I’d much prefer your version. Looks so tasty.
We try to make our own iced coffee as much as possible – it saves us SO much money.
I love this iced coffee drink! Here in Italy, we don’t pay that much for normal coffee like espresso or macchiato (about 1-2 euros) but it’s hard to find good long coffee drinks!
This is my staple drink in the summer! LOVE it!
Can you post the nutrition facts for this?
Hi Julie, The nutrition info is on the recipe card above. Hope this helps!
What is coconut caramel??
Hi Marie, the link for the recipe is in the recipe card. Just click on coconut caramel to find it.
Tried out this recipe this morning and it was amaaaaazing 🙂
I used Chameleon Cold Brew coffee to keep things simple. Topped it with almond milk. And exchanged the coconut caramel for unsweetened organic cocoa powder. Added about a cup of ice and then blended in my Nutribullet.
The result was what tasted like a Mocha Frappuccino. Delish!
My body doesn’t handle dairy well at all. So this was a perfect coffee fix. Cheers!
Hi Kim, thanks so much! I normally just buy whatever organic/fair trade coffee is on sale. Ha!
When you are soaking the coffee for 12+ hours, does it need to be in the fridge or will the counter be fine?
Hi Autumn! You can refrigerate it but I leave it on the counter and just cover it with a lid or tea towel.
This looks divine! I can’t drink coffee at the moment, I’m following the AIP for a while….but I am going to have to try this with my chai tea!
The caramel turned out great! But once I added it the cold coffee the fat separated and made it kind of icky to drink…
I’m so glad you loved the caramel! Did you add the caramel after adding the ice or before?
Does the caramel end up tasting like coconut? I LOVE caramel, but I don’t like coconut. Thanks, Heather
Hi Heather! It does have a slight coconut taste but it’s not overwhelming.
Delicious — thanks so much for sharing! I added a little whipped coconut cream topping too. Everyone is right about the caramel. It’s crazy good! 🙂
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! The addition of whipped coconut cream sounds fantastic! I’ll have to try that for sure.
Just curious, the coconut caramel, will that hold in the fridge for a while? I work full time so having this on hand would be awesome.
Hi Erica! I’ve kept it in the fridge for about a week. The texture thickens up of course so you’ll want to warm it a bit before using.
I’m so glad I made this! It was amazing! Coconut caramel… yum…
I have to admit, I am not much of a coffee drinker. Well a black coffee drinker anyway. It’s way too bitter for me. Adding caramel and almond milk though? I’m in!
Yuck on those ingredients before your makeover! I like your list for quality and length much better. I love iced coffee but have not made it at home. I’m inspired now!
This is going to be so great for breakfast going into summer!
Just what I needed when I woke up – so yum!
Your macchiato looks absolutely delicious. I have always loved the Starbucks drink but it is a treat and now that I’ve seen what goes into it, I think I will give your version a try. Yum and thanks.
This was the perfect afternoon pick me up!
I don’t do Paleo but I could do this! I just made some bourbon caramel. Hmm… for breakfast? Sure. No judging. 🙂
Gosh, what a beauty! I just had 2 cups for my morning coffee!
This was fantastic!
Due to an operator error, I just started my morning with a coffee disaster – the coffee leaked all over the floor and down the sides of my coffeemaker. I already have the french press out to try again, and I think I’ll try your caramel macchiato instead of a plain cup of coffee. A little caramel will make it all better, I’m sure.
I like my coffee hot, but that coconut caramel sound perfect for hot or cold coffee!!
I gave up on Starbucks long ago. I haven’t seen ingredient lists, but they just taste chemical.
I’m happy experimenting at home and gave this a try: SO DELICIOUS! Especially the syrup – I think I ate half of it before anything ended up in a coffee *oops* (It reminds me of Thai deserts we used to have..) Definitely saving the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!
This was even better than Starbucks!
OH this was awesome! I am not a coffee drinker, but my hubby is and he loved all these ingredients. Just what he needed today!
This is exactly what I needed on this beautiful Friday.
Oh heck yeah! I’m an iced coffee girl all the way once the weather turns even the slightest bit warm. 😉 I will definitely be making this!!
I love iced coffee too! The addition of coconut caramel sounds yummy!
I am in the midst of trying out some vegan options since I will be going at minimum dairy free once my daughter is born. Since I live out on the country and don’t always have time (or well let’s be honest the effort) to drive into the city, this looks absolutely fantastic as a summer treat! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!!
This sounds like the perfect summer drink! And I love the gif 🙂