You Only Need 2 Minutes To Make This Delicious Dairy-Free Cold Brew Coffee Affogato

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What’s better than a big ol’ cup of coffee? A big ol’ cup of coffee with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, of course.

We are indeed talking about affogato, a creamy Italian coffee-based dessert. In Italy, an affogato is typically prepared with three simple ingredients: ice cream, hot espresso, and amaretto, a sweet Italian liqueur with an almond-like flavor. Inspired by this deliciously refreshing drink (soup?), I dreamt up a non-alcoholic, vegan affogato for our plant-based-slash-sober-curious friends in the room.

Say hello to the best vegan cold brew affogato recipe under the sun—it’s rich, creamy, and brimming with buzz. Roman holiday from the couch, anyone?

How to make a vegan affogato recipe in two minutes or less

The second I got my hands on a can of the new Lavazza Double Shot Cold Brew with Oat Milk, I knew what needed to be done: Turn it into a vegan cold brew affogato. On the outside of a can of the Double Shot Cold Brew with Oat Milk, you’ll find the beautiful backdrop of the historic city of Milan. But like most things in life, it’s what is on the inside that counts—aka, chocolatey, sweet shots of espresso balanced by the smooth, creamy flavor of oat milk.

vegan affogato lavazza
Photo: Maki Yazawa

For layer upon layer of delicious vegan affogato, I called upon a few of my fave ingredients. Namely, dark chocolate syrup, vegan vanilla ice cream, the aforementioned cold brew, and dark chocolate shavings. To assemble, I added a generous amount of Torani Puremade Dark Chocolate Sauce in a small glass. Then, I plopped in a few scoops of So-Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert. Pro tip: Let it thaw for a few minutes before scooping, and clean your scooper with hot water in between to get the smoothest results.

vegan affogato final product
Photo: Maki Yazawa

Now, finally, the coffee. I cracked open a can of the Lavazza Double Shot Cold Brew with Oat Milk and poured it on top, which created a lava lamp effect as the creamy ice cream and coffee mixed together. (Feel free to add a second shot like I did.) Lastly, to garnish it, I added some more chocolate syrup (because why not?) and a few shavings of dark chocolate.

vegan affogato shredded chocolate
Photo: Maki Yazawa

Talk about a buzz. Your first bite will be an instant mood booster: the affogato is hot, creamy, strong, cold, and melty all at once. (Confusing—but in the best way.) The best part? You’ll get an instant zap of energy thanks to the (multiple) shots of espresso sneakily hidden in this tasty treat. Who isn't in.

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