Happy December! It seems unreal to think that christmas is only a few weeks away and 2017 is almost over. One month to enjoy this holiday season with music, movies, parties, and of course festive food and beverages.
Tis’ the season for coffeehouses to feature their seasonal specialty drinks. While these drinks always look and smell amazing, any time I drink a sugary flavored coffee I end up with a sick stomach and at least $5 less in my pocket.
The better option? Save some money and make a delicious holiday treat at home!
There are endless holiday flavors to choose from: Eggnog, Toffee, Peppermint Mocha.. I could keep going if you would like. What flavor screams the Holidays to me? Gingerbread!
While I am all about treating ourselves with whatever we are craving, I know myself and that drinking a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte will leave me with a stomachache for half of the day.
Let’s compare apples to apples here (or rather latte to latte)
Starbucks Grande Gingerbread Latte made with almond milk and no whip.
Gingerbread Latte (made from this recipe- using unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
For 25g of sugar, I can drink a Starbucks latte, OR I can enjoy the homemade version PLUS a gingerbread cookie. And if you know me, I am all about the cookies.
This gingerbread latte is seriously easy to whip up and you get to control the sweetness and spiciness of your own drink. The results are better than a coffee house, I promise!
For the gingerbread flavor, I slightly modified this Gingerbread Spice Recipe found over at How to Have it All
Once the spice mix is made, it can be stored in an airtight container and used for several lattes or in any other gingerbread goodie you may be making this holiday season.
I enjoy the creaminess and flavor of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but feel free to use any milk you would like. The milk can be heated on the stovetop, or if you want to wash one less dish, in the microwave. Heat the milk to your preference, stirring every 45 seconds or so. Once heated, add the molasses, maple syrup and gingerbread mix. It is important to mix well to froth the milk and to dissolve the spices. Unless you like gritty coffee, don’t skip this step. You can either add the mixture to a blender or use an immersion blender. I LOVE my cuisinart smart stick immersion blender for quick use and minimal clean up. It can be used right in your mug and there is only one small piece to wash instead of a blender, blade, lid, etc. I want to enjoy my drink after making it, not do a load of dishes.
Once everything is combined and the milk is frothy, (only about a minute or so of blending) add fresh brewed coffee to fill up your mug.
Now sit down, take a sip, and enjoy this beautiful December!
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