It’s easy to make this cozy homemade Starbucks gingerbread latte recipe. Do you love the Starbuck's version gingerbread latte but hate all that extra sugar they put in it? Want to learn how to make a healthy version of a delicious gingerbread latte recipe right at home? Well continue reading to find out how.
This homemade latte is perfect to enjoy on a cozy fall or winter afternoon.
It was inspired by my other homemade Starbuck's recipe, on this site, Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS GINGERBREAD LATTE RECIPE
- Skin Loving Spices - Warming spices like ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Great Source of Collagen - Delicious way to add more collagen into your daily nutritional needs.
- Vitamin & Minerals - Molasses contains iron, calcium, and magnesium, bumping up the nutrition profile of a traditional latte.
- Fun, Cozy Holiday Drink - Perfect beverage during the holiday season, but made with good for you ingredients.
Is Gingerbread Good For You?
Gingerbread is a delicious treat that holds a special place in many people's hearts, especially during the festive season. While it's a delightful indulgence, it's important to consider its nutritional aspects.
Gingerbread typically contains key ingredients like ginger, molasses, and spices, which give it its distinctive flavor. Ginger is known for its potential health benefits, such as aiding digestion and reducing nausea.
It also contains antioxidants that may help with reducing inflammation in the body. Additionally, molasses, a common ingredient in gingerbread, is a natural sweetener that contains vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium.
However, it's worth noting that gingerbread is often higher in sugar and calories than some other baked goods. Moderation is key, as consuming excessive amounts of sugar can have negative effects on overall health.
It's always a good idea to balance indulgences with a well-rounded diet and to enjoy treats like gingerbread in moderation. That's why making a gingerbread latte is a delicious way to indulge without ditching your health goals for the season.
Ultimately, whether gingerbread is "good" for you depends on your overall dietary habits and individual health goals. Savoring a gingerbread latte is a delightful way to add to a balanced lifestyle and diet. Also try my Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Spice Smoothie.
Homemade Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe Ingredients
To make this healthy latte from Starbucks, you will simply need to gather a few key ingredients that create the best tasting gingerbread latte recipe.
MILK OF CHOICE
I prefer to keep this recipe vegan and dairy-free friendly. So, I used usweetened almond milk in this homemade gingerbread latte. However, any milk of choice will work just fine in this recipe.
The active compounds found in cinnamon, such as cinnamaldehyde, have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.
When it comes to gut health, cinnamon may help improve digestion, reduce bloating, and alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It may also have a positive impact on gut bacteria, aiding in the balance of the microbiome.
Cinnamon is also known for its potential benefits for skin health. Its antimicrobial properties can help combat acne-causing bacteria. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties may reduce redness, swelling, and inflammation associated with certain skin conditions.
Nutmeg is a delightful spice that can add a warm and aromatic touch to various dishes and beverages, including this homemade gingerbread latte. When incorporated into the recipe, nutmeg can enhance the flavor profile and provide a hint of earthiness and sweetness. The result will be a cozy and aromatic gingerbread latte with a subtle warmth from the nutmeg.
Ground ginger is another warming spice inside this gingerbread latte recipe. Ginger is a versatile herb with numerous potential health benefits, particularly when it comes to improving gut and skin health. So, let's learn more about the health benefits of ginger.
GINGER AND GUT HEALTH
When it comes to gut health, ginger has been used for centuries to alleviate various digestive issues. It contains potent compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These compounds can help soothe the digestive system and reduce symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, and nausea.
Ginger is also known to stimulate the production of digestive enzymes, which aids in the proper breakdown and absorption of nutrients.
GINGER AND SKIN HEALTH
Moreover, ginger has been found to have potential benefits for skin health. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, ginger can help fight against free radicals that contribute to skin aging and damage. It may help improve the appearance of scars, blemishes, and even out skin tone.
Additionally, ginger contains antimicrobial properties, which may be beneficial for certain skin conditions caused by bacteria or fungi.
The purpose of molasses in the recipe is as a healthier sweetener with additional vitamins and minerals. Blackstrap molasses is not just a sweet and delicious ingredient, it also offers a range of health benefits. Curious to learn more? Continue reading.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES
Derived from the processing of sugarcane or sugar beets, blackstrap molasses contains a concentrated amount of essential nutrients that can support your overall well-being.
One notable benefit of blackstrap molasses is its high iron content. Iron is crucial for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to all parts of our body. Consuming blackstrap molasses can provide a natural and easily absorbed source of iron, making it a great option for individuals who may be deficient in this important mineral.
Additionally, blackstrap molasses is rich in other essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals play vital roles in maintaining bone health, supporting nerve function, and regulating blood pressure.
MOLASSES HAS LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX
Moreover, blackstrap molasses has a low glycemic index, which means it releases sugar into the bloodstream slowly and prevents sudden blood sugar spikes. This makes it a suitable sweetener for individuals with diabetes or those who want to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Furthermore, blackstrap molasses contains antioxidants, which help protect our cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants, including polyphenols and vitamins, can contribute to a healthier immune system and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
MORE WAYS TO USE MOLASSES
Incorporating blackstrap molasses into your diet can be as simple as adding it to your morning oatmeal, smoothies, or baked goods. However, it's important to keep in mind that blackstrap molasses is still a sweetener and should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
So, whether you're looking to boost your iron intake, support bone health, regulate blood sugar levels, or benefit from its antioxidant properties, blackstrap molasses can be a valuable addition to your pantry. Give it a try and experience these health benefits firsthand! Enjoy incorporating this nutritious ingredient into your meals and reap the rewards of a healthier lifestyle!
This is best brewed a bit stronger than a typical cup of coffee or espresso coffee. You can use hot or cold brew coffee. I like the brand, Natural Force because it is organic, mold & mycotoxin free, with low acidity. It tastes delicious too.
Just a dash will work. I use ½ teaspoon for 2 servings and it works well.
You can control the level of sweetness with more or less maple syrup. If you prefer honey or stevia, adjust to your likeness.
You only need one scoop of my Radiant Beauty Multi Collagen Peptides. However, you can swap it out with one scoop of protein powder. The addition of collagen in this recipe helps to support healthy skin, hair, and joint health. It also bumps up the protein content in the latte too.
See recipe card for quantities.
Gingerbread Latte Instructions
Here's how easy it is to make a cozy holiday latte without all the excess sugars.
In a blender mix together milk,brewed coffee, spices, vanilla extract, molasses, and the maple syrup.
Blend until frothy, which should only take about a minute or two depending on what type of blender you have on hand. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Divide the mixture into your favorite holiday mug and enjoy this festive drink recipe. Top with any of the suggested optional toppings, like whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkling of the warming spices over top.
Health Note: While this latte recipe offers more vitamins and minerals than a typical coffee recipe, it's important to remember that maintaining a balanced diet and being mindful of excessive caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can have a significant impact on the quality of your sleep.
Homemade Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe
- 1 Blender
- Whipped Cream (Dairy-Free is what I used)
- In a blender mix together milk, brewed coffee, collagen powder, spices, vanilla extract, molasses, and the maple syrup.
- Blend until frothy, which should only take about a minute or two depending on what type of blender you have on hand.
- Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Divide the mixture into your favorite holiday mug and enjoy this festive drink recipe.
- Top with any of the suggested optional toppings, like whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkling of the warming spices over top.
Making a homemade Starbucks gingerbread latte recipe is a personal preference in terms of sweetness and dietary needs. Check out some easy substitutions and variations to customize this recipe to your liking.
- Maple Syrup - instead of maple syrup, swap it for honey or limit sugars, even more, try stevia.
- Molasses - great alternative to molasses is sorghum syrup. However, if you an unable to find either one, you can swap with more maple syrup or brown sugar.
- Collagen Powder - Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder instead.
You can store this gingerbread latte recipe in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Here are a few variations on my healthier version of a healthy gingerbread latte recipe.
- Iced Version: Don't heat up the mixture and pour it over ice.
- Toppings: Add your favorite store bought or homemade whipped cream. Add an extra dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg on top. Also, can top with your favorite marshmallows.
Enjoy This Homemade Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe!
So, were you surprised at how easy it was to make an healthier version of Starbucks gingerbread latte right at home? Will you be trying this healthy drink recipe to cut back on processed storebought lattes?
In addition, I would also love to hear what you think, or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva
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