Cooking & Learning Spanish with Kids: Easy Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Recipe

Every morning and I mean every morning, my three-year-old would look at me and say, “Mommy, did you buy my chocolate milk?” He meant to say chocolate syrup, but I knew what he was trying to ask.  I’d give him an oops look and say, “Oh no, I forgot again.”  He even got to the point of “scolding” me for forgetting after the first week. It’s been three weeks of me forgetting to buy chocolate syrup at the grocery store, so I decided to improvise with some cinnamon vanilla milk.

vanilla latte kids version. Cinnamon Vanilla Milk by Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make cinnamon vanilla milk for breakfast!

let’s make cinnamon vanilla milk recipe

One morning I heard his little steps coming down the stairs, I knew I had to come up with plan B. I made some Cinnamon Vanilla Milk for the kids.

My mom used to make warm milk for us in the morning. I hated it, mostly because she didn’t add anything to it and I couldn’t stand the smell. But Cinnamon Vanilla Milk is a whole different story.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Milk ingredients

  • 1 Cinnamon stick – Palo de canela (listen to the Spanish pronunciation)
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla – Vainilla (listen to the  Spanish  pronunciation)
  • 2.5 cups milk – Leche (listen to the Spanish pronunciation)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar – Azucar morena (listen to the Spanish pronunciation)
Kiddos can help in making this yummy drink too!  Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Recipe
Kiddos can help in making this yummy drink too!

directions to make cinnamon vanilla milk

Step 1

Place all of the above ingredients over low to medium heat in a small saucepan.

Step 2

Make sure to stir the entire time it’s over the heat (3 min or until it’s hot).

Step 3

Note that you may want to add more or less sugar.

Serve and enjoy!

how to serve vanilla milk recipe

The lovely thing about this drink is that it can be served warm or cold. If you want to make it a treat, add whipped cream on top and a dash of cinnamon for a kid’s version of Vanilla Latte.

our experience making vanilla milk recipe

My kids loved it!  It was easy, healthier than chocolate syrup, and delicious.  Also, since we’ve been trying to find ways to make Spanish fun, we turned this into a language learning lesson. There are only a few ingredients so I taught them the names in Spanish. When you say the words in Spanish you might want to hear them first online to make sure you’re pronouncing them correctly.

Yield: 3 cups

Easy Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Recipe

cinnamon vanilla latte

This cinnamon vanilla milk will be your kid's new favorite drink every morning! It's very easy and quick to make and your children can help you too.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Place all of the above ingredients over low to medium heat in a small saucepan.
  2. Make sure to stir the entire time it’s over the heat (3 min or until it’s hot).
  3. Note that you may want to add more or less sugar.

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