Indulge in the warm and comforting embrace of the season with a Keto Gingerbread Latte. Rich espresso meets a spiced almond milk blend, creating a velvety and aromatic drink that's perfect for those cozy moments. The combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves brings the beloved gingerbread flavor to your low-carb lifestyle. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, this keto-friendly latte is a festive treat that warms both your hands and your heart.
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For a silky, creamy, warm addition to your day this winter, look no further than a keto gingerbread latte. Fragrant spices and delicate vanilla make this latte an indulgent but cozy drink that promises to warm you up from the inside out. Ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves create the classic gingerbread taste, while erythritol keeps things sweet and mellow.
The warming blend of chai-style spices and almond milk results in a velvety smooth latte that’s finished perfectly with a dollop of whipped cream and a flurry of ground cinnamon. Keeping this gingerbread latte suitable for the keto lifestyle is easy thanks to erythritol and vanilla, which create enough sweetness that the lack of sugar in the coffee is unnoticeable.
Our keto gingerbread latte recipe takes 10 minutes to make on the stove and is quick and simple, so you can whip up a tasty beverage whenever you want to feel warm, festive spices united with creamy milk. A gingerbread latte wouldn’t deserve such a name without the addition of coffee, and our recipe calls for brewed coffee or espresso to bring a caffeinated kick.
- Brewed Coffee Or Espresso: Coffee is an essential component of a keto gingerbread latte, bringing more than just an energetic buzz. The staggering variations of coffee available mean you can pick and choose which kind to add to the latte. Coffee with deep chocolate caramel notes works well with the other ingredients in our recipe, but coffee with fruity, earthy undertones would work perfectly, too.
- Unsweetened Almond Or Coconut Milk: Almond and coconut milk work wonders in a gingerbread latte, as both milks have a thick and creamy texture that erythritol and ground spices seem to melt into. Using dairy-free milk and omitting heavy cream makes this latte suitable for vegans, though the texture may not be quite as luscious.
- Heavy Cream: Heavy cream has the power to thicken a gingerbread latte and enhance the flavors by adding a rich density that makes the latte unbelievably creamy. The high-fat content of heavy cream is what gives it such a deliciously thick texture and is also what keeps it from separating when heated in a saucepan with almond milk.
- Erythritol: As the name suggests, a gingerbread latte is a sweet, spice-infused coffee, but erythritol is a key ingredient in keeping the latte low in carbs and suitable for the keto diet. Only a couple of tablespoons of erythritol are needed, which is enough to keep things sweet but not enough to produce an undesirable aftertaste.
- Ginger: Ginger in every form is a warm, fiery, pungent spice that, when used in small amounts, adds a hint of background heat and earthy flavor. It’s an essential component of traditional gingerbread and something our keto latte would be incomplete without. Ground ginger is best to use for this recipe as its fine texture melts effortlessly into the warm milk.
- Cinnamon: The familiar taste of cinnamon is a popular one over the holiday season, and with such sweet, light, almost citrusy flavor notes, it’s easy to see why. Cinnamon has a slightly smoky undertone that blends dreamily with the other spices in the latte, creating a deeply flavored drink guests will keep returning to enjoy!
- Nutmeg: Ground nutmeg has a robust flavor that’s arguably more pungent than cinnamon. Only a small amount of nutmeg is needed to bring light woodiness to recipes, and that’s exactly what the spice brings to our keto latte. Whole nutmeg has a more potent flavor, so to keep things sweet and earthy, ground nutmeg is best to use for the latte.
- Cloves: With such a bold flavor, it’s best to use cloves in a small amount to avoid overpowering the rest of the spices and other latte ingredients. Like cinnamon and ginger, cloves are a warm spice, but when used in greater volumes, they can become bitter, so starting with a light sprinkling of ground cloves is a wise move.
- Vanilla Extract: High-quality vanilla extract should only contain a limited number of ingredients and a strong vanilla scent and flavor. In a gingerbread latte, the undertone of vanilla brings a light sweetness to balance each of the pungent spices.
- Whipped Cream For Topping (Optional): Enjoying a cup full of keto gingerbread latte with a big dollop of whipped cream on the top is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face over the cold season. A topping of whipped cream is optional, but it adds more creamy lusciousness to the latte and makes the coffee feel even more like a festive treat.
- Ground Cinnamon For Garnish (Optional): A gentle garnish of ground cinnamon, like whipped cream, is an optional garnish for the gingerbread latte. A soft sprinkling over the whipped cream highlights the cloud-like peaks of the cream and echoes the warm cinnamon flavors within the latte.
Making our keto gingerbread latte is the work of minutes, and all that’s required is a saucepan to heat the ingredients and a blender or frother to make the milk aerated and as creamy as possible. Made from pantry staples, this gingerbread latte is sure to be a favorite with the whole family, blending classic festive spices with indulgent cream and vanilla.
Step one: Place a saucepan on medium heat and gently warm the almond or coconut milk with the heavy cream. The milk and cream need to be warmed slowly and not boiled so the mixture is hot but still comfortable to touch.
Step two: Add the Erythritol and ground spices into the pan, stirring gently before removing the pan from the heat and adding vanilla extract.
Step three: Pour the mixture into a blender or use a milk frother to make the milk light and foamy.
Step four: With the brewed coffee or espresso in two cups, slowly pour the spiced milk mixture over the coffee.
Step five: Top the cups of coffee with whipped cream and a dusting of ground cinnamon for a fragrant and aesthetic garnish.
Dairy-free Gingerbread Latte: Making this gingerbread latte dairy-free is a breeze by simply omitting the heavy cream from the recipe and not garnishing the coffee with a dollop of whipped cream. A spoonful of coconut cream can be used in place of heavy cream, though it may not be quite as luscious as using heavy cream.
Keto Gingerbread Latte With Gingerbread Syrup: For an added boost of sweet ginger flavor, a drizzle of keto gingerbread syrup is hard to beat. It’s possible to find keto syrups online or in stores, but if you have a little extra time in your day, it may be worth whipping up some homemade keto gingerbread syrup to use for a multitude of recipes, including our festive latte.
Keto Gingerbread Chai Latte: Chai is typically a blend of warm spices and black tea, which creates a deliciously infused drink, but it’s also possible to recreate a chai into a latte. Our keto gingerbread latte recipe already contains many spices of traditional masala chai. All that’s needed is some ground cardamom and ground allspice to ignite even more depth of warm flavor in the latte.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Carbs In A Gingerbread Latte?
Our keto gingerbread latte recipe contains 1.7g of carbohydrates per serving, which is a fraction of the carbs included in coffee-shop gingerbread lattes. Erythritol is a key ingredient in keeping the carbs of this latte to a minimum whilst bringing balanced, delicate sweetness.
Can You Make Iced Gingerbread Latte?
Gingerbread lattes are delicious when enjoyed warm, but they can also be a refreshing, crisp beverage when served over ice. To make an iced gingerbread latte, simply follow all of the steps above, including infusing the milk with spices, but allow the mixture to completely cool before adding it to a cup and serving over ice.
What Is Gingerbread Latte Made Of?
Store-bought or coffee shop gingerbread lattes are generally made from milk, sugar, syrup, cream, and spices. Our recipe omits the sugar and syrup, so the focus is on the flavorful spices and creamy milk instead.
Gingerbread Latte (Starbucks Copycat)
- 2 cups Brewed Coffee or Espresso
- 1 cup Almond Milk or Coconut Milk unsweetened
- 2 tablespoon Heavy Cream
- 2 tablespoon Erythritol
- ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Whipped Cream for topping, optional
- Ground Cinnamon for garnish, optional
- In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the almond milk (or coconut milk) and heavy cream. Do not boil; heat until it's hot but still comfortable to touch.
- Stir in the Erythritol, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves.
- Remove the mixture from heat and add vanilla extract.
- Use a blender or a frother to blend the milk mixture until frothy.
- Pour the brewed coffee or espresso into two cups.
- Slowly pour the spiced milk mixture over the coffee.
- Top with whipped cream and sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon on top for garnish.
Nutritional information for the recipe is calculated based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe we provide. Erythritol and other sugar-free sweetener carbs are not included in the carb counts. Net carbohydrates are the total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber.
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