How to Make a Chestnut Praline Latte: Easy Recipe

Sometimes we don’t want to wait for those Christmas bells to start ringing for us to get those seasonal favorite coffee drinks of us. So, let’s take matters into our own hands and make them ourselves.

In this post, I will be covering how to make a chestnut praline latte. It is an easy recipe that you can make in a matter of minutes.

What is a Chestnut Praline Latte?

Basically, it is a classic latte with praline syrup, whipped cream and some praline crumble on top. It is one of the Starbucks drinks that you will only find on the menu during the holiday season.

Because it is a seasonal drink, it is nice to be able to make it at home. Which is why this delicious recipe for a homemade chestnut praline latte is so amazing. No need to wait for the festive season to enjoy this delicious coffee drink. 

Ingredients for a Chestnut Praline Latte

  1. Ground coffee beans
  2. ¾ cup whole milk
  3. 1 tbsp praline syrup
  4. Whipped cream
  5. Praline Crumble (Recipe to follow)

Ingredients for Praline Crumble

  1. ¼ cup brown sugar
  2. ¼ cup water
  3. ¼ chopped up pecans

Some Notes on the Ingredients and Equipment

Do I Have to Use Brown Sugar?

I used brown sugar to make the praline crumbs, because I like the taste. However, you can use any sugar that you have at home or prefer.

What if I Don’t Have an Espresso Machine?

I totally get that not everyone has a fancy espresso machine. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this seasonal favorite from the comfort of your own home. You can opt for Moka pot coffee or even coffee made with an AeroPress.

Instant espresso will also do the job.

Moka Pot

I don’t recommend using coffee made with, for example, a French press or drip coffee machine. Although it is strong coffee, it is not as concentrated as espresso and won’t give the same effect.

How to Froth Milk Without a Steam Wand?

You can use a handheld milk frother, mason jar or French press to froth milk. The latter is my favorite because it is really easy and most coffee lovers already have one at home.

Type of Milk

Nope. You really don’t have to use whole milk. I just like the creamy taste, but 2% milk or skim milk will do the job just fine.

Dairy Alternatives

If you don’t want to use dairy it is also not a problem. You can go for your favorite non-dairy milk such as oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk.

Almond milk in a box on a wooden surface.

Praline Alternatives

If you don’t want to make pralines, you really don’t have to. You can actually buy any caramelized nuts, chop it up and use it instead of the praline topping.

Should I Make My Own Praline Syrup?

You are more than welcome to use homemade chestnut praline syrup. But it is not a simple syrup the make yourself, which is why I use store-bought syrup.

Chestnut praline latte

Chestnut Praline Latte

This seasonal coffee drink has found its way into the hearts of many a coffee lover. And waiting for it to come back each year might be to long for you. Here is how you can make your own year-round.
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 304 kcal


Praline Crumble

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup chopped up pecans

Chestnut Praline Latte

  • Ground coffee beans
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp praline syrup
  • Whipped cream (Optional)
  • Chopped up praline crumble


Praline Crumble

  • Lay the chopped pecans on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Add the water and sugar to a saucepan over low heat.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved increase to medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Watch the color carefully. Once it turns a deep amber color remove from heat and pour over the pecans.
  • Let it cool before breaking it into pieces.

Chestnut Praline Latte

  • Pull a shot of espresso.
  • Mix the syrup and espresso in a coffee mug.
  • Froth the milk.
  • Pour the milk over the espresso-syrup mixture.
  • Add some whipped cream.
  • Top with the praline crumble.
Keyword Christmas, Latte

Iced Chestnut Praline Latte

Making an iced latte of this beloved holiday favorite is a great idea. All you have to do is add some coffee ice cubes to the espresso and syrup mixture. Froth some cold milk instead of using steamed milk. And top it off with whipped cream and some sweet pralines and you are good to go.

Other Holiday Coffee drinks

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice is one of the class flavors of the holidays. Put it in a latte and every coffee lover is happy.

Learn how to make a pumpkin spice latte here.

Pumpkin spice latte in a white cup

2. Peppermint Mocha

When it comes to Christmas coffee beverages peppermint mochas are on the list of the best ones ever. And as a peppermint fan, I am quite fond of this drink. You should definitely try it out.

Here is how to make a peppermint mocha at home.

Peppermint mocha latte and a book.

3. Maple Pecan Latte

Maple pecan is another popular Christmas flavor. It also goes really well in the form of a latte. You really should try making one for yourself.

You can learn how to make a maple pecan latte here.

Maple pecan latte from above next to book.

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