Gingerbread Latte Recipe: Starbucks Makeover

As the holiday season rolls around, there’s nothing quite like a hot and creamy latte from Starbucks to get you through these chilly days and nights. One of my favorite flavors is the gingerbread latte, a deliciously cream and spicy coffee drink that tastes like Christmas in a cup.

Unfortunately, having too many of these can really add up in the calorie department. So I’m going to tell you how to make a healthier version using real spices instead of sugary syrup and agave nectar instead of sugar.

Starbucks Recipe Makeover: Gingerbread Latte

Not only will you save money with this recipe, but you’ll also get a few antioxidants and slash some calories, all while still enjoying a sweet, spicy and creamy jolt of java.

Starbucks version is made with sugary gingerbread flavored syrup that while tasty is high in sugar and calories. We’re going to substitute a combination of agave nectar (better than regular sugar) and a few spices you probably already have in your pantry, which will provide you with some antioxidants. Instead of sweetened whipped cream, I make my own by whipping some heavy whipping cream and vanilla (no sugar), but you can skip this if you want. Honestly, when I get one of these at Starbucks I don’t necessarily need the whipped cream.


1/2 cup Espresso or real strong coffee
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of nutmeg
Skim or low fat milk
Agave nectar, to taste
Heavy Cream, for whipping if desired


Brew your coffee or espresso. Add a teaspoon of agave nectar (more or less to taste; it’s sweeter than sugar). Steam your milk either with a steamer or in a pot on the stove until it’s 140-160¼F, and add the vanilla and spices. Add enough espresso to fill your cup a third of the way. Add the milk and top with the whipped cream if desired.

Be sure to come back and see the next drink and who knows you may even find healthier versions of your favorite Starbucks treats!  What’s one of your favorite treat from Starbucks?

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