Vegan Cold Foam

Craving that creamy, foamy topping on your iced drinks? This vegan cold foam recipe delivers just that – airy, luxurious, and completely dairy-free. Perfect for leveling up your iced coffee, tea, or any drink that deserves a decadent touch.

Vegan cold foam is being poured into an iced coffee drink.

Y’all, I’m obsessed with foamed milk on my hot tea. This dairy-free cold foam is the summer version I always wanted. Now my iced teas get a creamy makeover too!

If you love a cup of iced coffee, why not add some dairy-free cold foam on top? Because who doesn’t like a cream cup of joe with some filling, and milky foam mixed in for good measure?


Is Starbucks cold foam vegan? The answer might surprise you! (scroll for the answer)

Ingredients & Substitutions

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Plant-Based Milk: Any plant-based milk you love will work! My favorites are soy, oat, and almond.
  • Syrup: Maple syrup has such a lovely flavor, but agave or simple syrup work too.

Ingredient Spotlight — Dairy-Free Milk: You’ll find plant-based milk in different sections of your grocery store. Check the refrigerated section near the dairy, the baking aisle, or with shelf-stable boxed milk.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Magically Creamy: Rich texture that’s surprisingly light!
  • Ultimate Crowd-Pleaser: The perfect “wow” topping for iced coffees and desserts.
  • So Easy, It’s Yum-Tastic: Even kitchen newbies can master this!

How to Make Vegan Cold Foam

  1. Chill It: Make sure your plant-based milk is cold from the fridge.
  2. Sweeten: Mix in the maple syrup for a hint of sweetness.
  3. Whisk Like You Mean It: Whisk vigorously for about 1-2 minutes until you get a beautiful, airy foam.
A frother is frothing plant-based milk into a cold foam to pour over beverages.

Marly’s Tips

  • Start Cold: Use chilled plant-based milk to create a thick, stable foam.
  • Sweeten to Taste: Add a touch of syrup or use a sprinkle of stevia for a healthy zero calorie option. Experiment to find your desired level.
  • Whip it Good: Aim for a thick, airy foam with a pourable consistency.
  • Timing is Key: Make your cold foam right before serving for the fluffiest results. If you make it too far ahead of time, the foam will start to deflate.
Dairy-free cold foam is being poured over an iced coffee beverage.

Trivia Answer

Cold foam at Starbucks is not vegan, but you can ask for a custom cold foam using their oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk.

Level Up Your Drinks with Cold Foam

Forget plain iced coffee! Vegan cold foam is the perfect way to add creamy luxury to all sorts of drinks. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Iced Lattes and Beyond: Try it with unique flavors like lavender, vanilla, or even a hint of spice.
  • Smoothie Upgrade: Add a dollop for an extra-indulgent treat.
  • Mocktail Magic: Elevate sparkling water or fruit-based drinks for a special occasion.

Storage Tips

The foam will deflate quickly, so make this just before serving.

Two glasses of iced coffee is topped with vegan cold foam. The front glass has a red paper straw.

More Iced Beverages

If you love refreshing iced beverages, you can add some dairy-free cold foam to any of the these tasty drinks:

Vegan cold foam is being poured into an iced coffee drink.

Dairy-Free Cold Foam

Indulge in the magic of our Vegan Cold Foam to take your iced coffee experience to new heights. This fluffy, rich, and indulgent dairy-free cold foam is the easiest way to level up your summer drinks.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2 serving
Calories: 63kcal


  • 1 cup soy milk (see notes for substitution ideas)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  • Pour prepared coffee over ice in a glass.
    Coffee is being poured over ice in a glass.
  • Combine the soy milk and maple syrup in the frother. Froth for up to 1 to 2 minutes, until a foam develops.
    A frother is frothing plant-based milk into a cold foam to pour over beverages.
  • Pour frothed milk over iced beverages for the best results.
    Dairy-free cold foam is being poured over an iced coffee beverage.

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You can substitute almond milk or oat milk for this frothed milk beverage.
Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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