Warm gently spiced gingerbread latte topped with cream. You don't need to go to a coffee shop to enjoy one of these!

Colder days and coming up to Christmas we see many coffee shops offering gingerbread latte as a festive warming treat. But did you know you can make this at home using just a couple of cheap ingredients?

Here’s my sugar-free gingerbread latte recipe which goes perfectly with my mini gingerbread cookies.

You can use whichever coffee you like for this: filtered, a coffee pod from a coffee machine, or even just plain old jarred instant coffee granules!

Be mindful that coffee contains caffeine.  Current guidelines recommend consuming no more than 200mg of caffeine per day during pregnancy. You could, of course, use decaffeinated coffee.

How much caffeine?

The amount of caffeine found in some drinks is as follows:

  • one mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • one mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • one mug of tea: 75mg
  • one can of cola: 40mg
  • one can of energy drink: up to 80mg

Gingerbread Latte

Warm gently spiced gingerbread latte topped with cream. You don't need to go to a coffee shop to enjoy one of these!
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Course: Drinks, Snacks
Cuisine: American, British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: drinks, ginger, gingerbread, latte
Free or Subscription Recipe: Free Recipe
Free from: coconut, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 1 mug whole milk (or unsweetened almond, or coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for dusting on top
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • xylitol or erythritol sweetener optional
  • cream optional


  • Measure a mug of milk and pour into a saucepan (*or if in a hurry, microwave in the mug). Heat until just bubbling *if making in a mug in the microwave, use less than a mugful of milk, leaving room for the milk to rise when heating or you will end up with milk spilling everywhere!
  • Add spices and vanilla into the milk and stir well
  • Pour hot gingerbread milk into a mug and add coffee of choice (e.g. a shot of espresso, a good glug of strong filtered coffee, or instant coffee granules) and stir. Add sweetener if desired
  • Top with M&S squirty cream, whipped double cream or a glug of single or double pouring cream. Dust with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon


The natural sugars in this drink come from the lactose in the milk. If you are unsure of the impact milk has on your blood sugar levels, then it is worth trying this as a ‘milk test’. This is where you have this to drink (with no other food or drink) and then test your blood sugar levels one hour after drinking it. Many tolerate milk well, but if you find this causes a spike in your blood sugar levels too high, you may need to enjoy this as a snack or part of your meal rather than drinking it freely.
If coffee isn’t your thing, you could make this as a gingerbread hot milk drink or try adding some dark cocoa powder instead. If you use spices with a hot chocolate such as Highlights or Options, remember that these have more carbs (sugar) in them than having this as a latte, so it would need to be drunk as a snack or part of your meal to avoid causing any spikes in levels between food.
In this recipe, I recommend using M&S own brand spray cream as it does not have additional sugars added to it. If you use another squirty cream, it will have added sugar in it so you are better off using double cream whipped by hand/whisk.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | of which saturates: 5g | Fibre: 1g | of which sugars: 13g