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!

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 no more than 200mg of caffeine per day to be consumed 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!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks, Snacks
Cuisine: American, British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: drinks, ginger, gingerbread, latte
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Nut Free
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Jo Paterson

Ingredients

  • 1 mug whole milk (or non dairy milk eg. 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

Instructions

  • 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 Anchor Extra Thick squirty cream, whipped double cream or a glug of single or double pouring cream. Dust with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon

Notes

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 women tolerate milk well, but if you find this causes to spike 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 the 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 and so it would need to drunk as a snack or part of your meal to avoid causing any spikes in levels between food.
In this recipe I recommend using Anchor Extra Thick squirty cream or M&S own brand spray cream. The reason I recommend these 2 particular brands is because they are the only squirty creams I have found in stores that do not have additional sugars added to it. The Anchor Extra Thick cream is hard to find, but it does become available in many more larger supermarkets at Christmas time. If you use another squirty cream it will have added sugar in it and so you are better off using double cream whipped by hand/whisk.

Nutrition

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