December 4, 2020

The Best Homemade Gingerbread Latte

A delicious gingerbread latte made with plenty or warming and flavorful spices, creamy frothed milk, and just the right touch of sweetness from pure maple syrup and molasses. If you have been missing your coffee shop gingerbread latter, or want a healthier version of your favorite, this easy and delicious recipe is for you. 

Tis the season for all the warm, cozy, and delicious holiday drinks! Could we drink pumpkin spice lattes all year long? Sure! But what fun would that be. There’s something about sipping on your favorite seasonal latte that extra special this time of year and I won’t be trying to fight it anytime soon.

This homemade gingerbread latte is made with simple real food ingredients for a delicious and cozy spiced beverage that I know you will enjoy!

The Best Homemade Gingerbread Latte Recipe

latte ingredients

The Ingredients You Need for This Cozy Dairy-Free Latte

  • Espresso or Strong Coffee – If you have an espresso machine or Nespresso 2 shots of your favorite espresso will do the drink or you can make half a cup of strong coffee.
  • Maple syrup – to add a little extra sweetness. Fee free to adjust the amount based on your tastebuds.
  • Molasses – classic gingerbread always includes molasses so it is a must-have in this recipe that adds sweetness and flavor.
  • Spices – this latte uses a combination of spices used in classic gingerbread to give it that perfect gingerbread flavor. Warming spices like cinnamon, clove, and of course ginger are all used.
  • Oat milk – my milk of choice for lattes is always oat milk. It is such a creamy non-dairy milk that works really well in lattes. Of course, you can use whatever non-dairy milk you love.

coffee in small pot

How to Make a Gingerbread Latte

Making this homemade gingerbread latte is simple and easy. There are two ways you can whip up this drink. The first one involves small sauce pan, a whisk, and just a few minutes to heat everything up. If you have a milk frother, the second option will give you that more classic coffee shop look and feel. Both options will give you delicious results!

Option One: Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk together over medium heat. Once the mixture is heated through, pour it into your favorite mug, top with whipped cream and a little more cinnamon, and enjoy!

Option Two: Combine all of the ingredients, except the milk, in a small saucepan. Whisk everything together and heat over medium heat. While the coffee mixture is heating, add the milk to a milk frother and froth. Once hot, pour the coffee mixture into your mug and then pour the warmed frothed milk overtop. Top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and enjoy!

coffee being poured into cup

Tips and Tricks for the Best Latte

  • As always, feel free to adjust the level of sweetness in this latte to your liking. The great thing about making your favorite coffee shop drinks at home is that you can customize them.
  • If you do not have a milk frother but still want that frothy coffee shop vibe, feel free to follow option one and then transfer the warmed mixture to a high powered blender. Blend for thirty seconds and then transfer to a mug.
  • If you don’t need to keep this recipe dairy-free, feel free to use your favorite dairy milk of choice.

milk being poured into cup

More Seasonal Favorites to Love

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

Snickerdoodle Energy Bites

latte with whipped cream

I hope you give this Homemade Gingerbread Latte a try! It’s the perfect warm and cozy seasonal drink!

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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Casey Colodny / THE MINDFUL HAPA

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The Best Homemade Gingerbread Latte

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves*
  • ½ tablespoon molasses 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¾ cup oat milk 
  • 2 shots of espresso or ½ cup strongly brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream, for topping

Method

  1. Option One: Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk together over medium heat. Once the mixture is heated through, pour it into your favorite mug, top with whipped cream and a little more cinnamon, and enjoy!
  2. Option Two: Combine all of the ingredients, except the milk, in a small saucepan. Whisk everything together and heat over medium heat. While the coffee mixture is heating, add the milk to a milk frother and froth. Once hot, pour the coffee mixture into your mug and then pour the warmed frothed milk overtop. Top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and enjoy!

Notes

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The flavor of nutmeg and clove can be a little too strong for people, so feel free to just use a pinch of those spices if you prefer!

Keywords: gingerbread latte, homemade gingerbread latte, dairy free gingerbread latte, paleo gingerbread latte

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  1. I was blown away by this recipe and made it several days in a row over the holidays! Such a fun and easy way to make a latte at home! My only complaint is my last sips have been full of remaining spices but that might be my fault for blending in better. Thanks for bringing some joy to a strange holiday season with this reipe!

  2. This gingerbread latte is PERFECT for early mornings or cozy days! It’s become my new favorite and tastes so Christmas-y.

  3. Even better than the retired Starbucks version! I put in about half the amount of nutmeg and cloves and it was perfect. I used method 2 with my milk frother and didn’t miss the whipped cream because of the lovely layer of milk foam on top.

  4. Love this recipe so much, have made everyday for the last 10 days, even had company over and made these as a fun treat for breakfast. Have not went to Starbucks for their Christmas drinks so this is legit saving me money too. They are warm, creamy, and taste like Christmas!

  5. I loved this recipe! I am avoiding Starbucks due to covid and this was better than my Christmas time drink I would get. It was made in a latte maker to froth and heat the milk and as I can find cloves a little too strong for me so I just reduced thr amount in my drink. I am very happy with this drink and will definitely make it again. Thanks Ashlea!

    • So happy you loved the drink, Rachael and thank you for the tip to customize and make it your own. I know that will be helpful for so many!

  6. I have made a number of your recipes and loved them all, so when I saw this new drink recipe I was excited to give it a try. I doubled the recipe so I could make two mugs, one for my husband and one for myself. As the mixture was warming up on the stove, it made my kitchen smell wonderful. The initial taste was good, but unfortunately, it left a very bitter aftertaste. It was so bitter we didn’t finish them. I wonder if the amount of cloves is what threw it off? I know cloves in general are a strong spice. Either way, we have really enjoyed your other recipes and will keep trying other things.

    • Hi, Heather! I would try reducing the amount of clove and nutmeg in your latte. Some people can find the taste of those spices to be a bit overpowering so just using a very small pinch the next time may be your best option. I’ve updated the recipe notes to include that. Thank you for your feedback!

  7. So good! Perfect way to start a snowy morning! Used method 2 since I have a milk frothier and it came out great!

  8. This is incredible! I made it exactly as written sans whipped cream since I didn’t have it but I’m definitely adding it next time. This will probably be my go to weekend latte all winter.

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