Leche merengada (meringue milk) is a typical Spanish drink made with milk, egg whites, white sugar, cinnamon and the skin of a lemon. You can find it in many ice cream parlors here in Spain and is super refreshing, but it's not vegan.
This recipe is so simple and the ingredients really easy to get, besides, it's healthier and lighter than the traditional leche merengada and also cruelty-free!
To make vegan leche merengada you can use your favorite plant milk, although I prefer to use almond or cashew milk because they're very creamy and has less flavor than coconut milk.
I used maple syrup instead of the white sugar, but any natural sweetener is okay. I didn't use a substitute for the egg whites because I wanted a simple and refreshing drink, but you can use coconut whipped cream (or any other vegan whipped cream) to make your leche merengada thicker.
Serve this delicious drink very cold and add some ground cinnamon on top. It's the perfect way to beat the heat because vegan leche merengada is so healthy and tastes really awesome!
Vegan Spanish Leche Merengada
- 4 cups almond milk
- The skin of a lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 tablespoon maple syrup
- Ground cinnamon
- Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil and remove from the heat.
- Cover the saucepan and chill the leche merengada at room temperature.
- Remove the skin of the lemon and the cinnamon stick and transfer the leche merengada to a glass container.
- Store in the fridge for at least one hour or until it's really cold.
- Add some ground cinnamon and serve immediately.
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Hello Iosune! If we do decide to add the whipped cream option, when do we have to add it? Thank you!
Hi Saray! I would add it at the end, just before putting it in the fridge 🙂
Brooke of Passport Couture says
This recipe sounds like something similar to Horchata. I'll definitely give it a taste since it has some of my favorite flavors!
Hi Brooke! It's similar to Mexican horchata, Spanish horchata is different, but I prefer leche merengada, it tastes AMAZING!!!
It sounds delicious and I look forward to trying it out. Thanks for the awesome recipe that beats the heat and more importantly is cruelty free 🙂
You're welcome Jackie! I hope you like it 😀