Healthier Gingerbread Latte Recipe (with an Immune Boost!)
This latte is made "healthy" with the use of immune boosting coffee! The additional ingredients do nothing but give you a cup of wellness on top of the delicious medium, yet bold, roast. Delicious and healthy, there are many substitutes to fit this latte into your dietary needs!
There are few things cozier than a steaming hot beverage on a cold day! The gingerbread latte is the perfect bribe to get yourself out of bed on a chilly day or treat yourself after a brisk morning walk. Even better, making it at home means you can take some time off from ordering at Starbucks. (Their gingerbread latte has 38g of sugar!)
Eating sugary and heavy foods is just part of the holiday season. And that's totally okay because they're delicious and 'tis the season to treat yourself!
But, if you want to be mindful of how much excess sugar you're consuming, having healthier alternatives on hand doesn't hurt. Its really easy to make a healthy version of the gingerbread latte, so if you want to lower the amount of sugar in it, I've added some suggestions in this post.
Either way, the basic version of this latte uses ground coffee from Four Sigmatic that has natural and wholesome nutrients built right into it!
WHY FOUR SIGMATIC MUSHROOM GROUND COFFEE?
There are so many types of mushrooms in the world and a good chunk of them are great for you. Like really good, superfood-level good for you. And Four Sigmatic makes these mushrooms accessible and tasty through their products, including their ground coffee.
This medium roast coffee contains Chaga and Turkey Tail Mushrooms (300mg and 200mg, respectively) which are immune and gut supporting mushrooms. Blended together with sustainably grown coffee beans, you wouldn't even know that you're consuming mushrooms or probiotics. Yup, there's probiotics in there too to help support a healthy and happy gut.
The probiotics source in the ground mushroom coffee comes from Bacillus subtilis, which is a heat-resistant probiotic. Kind of essential since you have to brew coffee at high temperatures. Finally, organic yacon juice powder provides prebiotics to the coffee, rounding out the nutritional treat.
I love this brand because where else would I get responsibly sourced wild nutritional mushrooms? I actually don't even like cooking mushrooms like baby bellas, so I'm never searching for the fungi. But they incorporate them right into normal foods I'm already eating anyways, like coffee, protein powder, and pre-workout nutrition. Win win!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR A GINGERBREAD LATTE
3/4 cup of coffee or 3 shots of espresso
1- 1.5 cups of milk
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, nutmeg
1 tablespoon of molasses
Honestly, even though this combination of spices gives this latte the taste of gingerbread, most of these ingredients can be used to personal preference. If you don't have ground cloves, for example, you can easily still make this without it. Mix and match to make it delicious for you.
HOW TO MAKE A LATTE AT HOME
A latte is traditionally 1/3 coffee and 2/3 milk (frothy on the very top). A fancy barista machine might be ideal for making a latte, but that does not mean its impossible to make a pretty and delicious latte at home.
All you need to do is brew espresso (or strong coffee if you don't have an espresso machine) and heat and froth milk. To make different flavored lattes- like this cookie flavored latte- simply flavor the milk with desired sweeteners and spices.
For the steamed milk, a milk heater and/or frother might be the easiest way to go, but if you don't have this don't worry! I love to make a quick latte by heating the milk mixture in a mason jar in the microwave. Then I cover and shake it rigorously for 60 seconds and it froths right up.
You can also use a hand whisk (get your arm workout in) and I've even used my handheld mixer while heating the milk on the stove.
Pour the coffee, and then use a spoon or knife to block the froth while you pour in the milk. Spoon the froth on top and sprinkle with cinnamon or add whipped cream. Easy enough!
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR GINGERBREAD LATTE
These substitutions can help you make the latte match your dietary restrictions, lower the sugar amount or change up the taste based on your preferences.
Milk: Make this latte with the milk of your preference! Dairy alternatives if needed will work
Molasses and Brown Sugar: Sweeten the latte with honey, maple syrup, agave to decrease the amount of sugar in the beverage. It may effect the gingerbread vibe, but you can still make it yummy!
Spices: Use a gingerbread spice mix that is premade or omit one of the spices if you don't have it
Coffee: Any espresso or coffee will work! It just might not have immune and gut supporting mushrooms in it, though. :)
There's plenty of chilly days to perfect this wintery latte! Give yourself the perfect winter pick me up with this simple gingerbread latte loaded with extra nutrients from nature's mushrooms!