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Normally, a cappuccino is one part steamed milk mixed with one part espresso, then topped with one part foamed milk. These recipes will let you enjoy your favorite drink at home without a cappuccino maker.

Recipe 1


  • 1 cup strong brewed hot coffee or instant espresso
  • 1/2 cup skim or low fat milk
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar


Prepare espresso or coffee. Pour half a cup skim or 1 percent milk into a medium-sized or small mason jar. The jar should be only half-full because you need the milk to have room to froth and puff up. Then, seal the jar tightly and shake well for about 30 seconds.

Take off the lid and place the opened jar in the microwave for another 30 seconds. You will have frothy, steamed milk.

Now, pour the coffee or espresso into a large mug and add sugar. Stir to mix. Add the frothy milk.

Recipe 2

Using the same ingredients, place the milk in a microwave-safe measuring cup of normal size. Microwave it until the milk is hot or on high for 45 seconds, uncovered. Small bubbles should start forming around the edge of the cup.

Using a metal whisk, stir the content of the cup, holding the whisk handle loosely between your palms and rubbing your hands back and forth. As the foam forms, remove it to a small measuring cup. Keep whisking until the foam measures about a third of the cup. Then, set aside.

Pour the coffee or espresso into a mug, then add the hot milk. Finally, spoon the foam over the top and serve. A portable mixer with whisk attachment can be used to froth the milk. 

This recipe contains 56 calories, 17 mg cholesterol, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 g sugars, 61 mg sodium, and 4 g protein.