Homemade Gingerbread Latte

This homemade gingerbread latte is a copycat version of the famous Starbucks drink! No refined sugar and no dairy needed, it’s a healthier version that tastes MUCH better! 

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Healthy Gingerbread Latte

When it comes to cozy and festive recipes, I love making a hot chocolate mug cake, hot fudge pudding cake, and this homemade gingerbread latte. 

If you are anything like me, the holiday season is the perfect time to try out all the limited edition flavors. It’s that special time of the year where many stores bring out the holiday flavors that are ONLY available for a specific time period. One of my favorite places to indulge in the holiday goodies is Starbucks.

My usual Starbucks order is the Americano, but that goes out the window when they first advertise the pumpkin spice latte. Next comes the peppermint mocha and white chocolate mocha and my personal favorite, the Gingerbread latte. While I typically don’t enjoy the gingerbread flavor, I am a sucker for all the caffeinated version of it. It’s got the bitterness of the coffee, paired with the spiciness of the gingerbread and then the sweetness from the syrup.

Now, this is FAR from a healthy or even keto drink. In fact, the last time I had one was BEFORE I went keto. Since I’ve been craving it like crazy, I decided to make a homemade version. Not only is it healthier to make and uses simple ingredients, but it’s also so much CHEAPER!

No sugar, no dairy, and no paper cups needed. It’s sweet, dark, and full of spices. The latte takes less than 2 minutes to make and satisfies the gingerbread craving. 

I’ve been drinking it all week and it is so good, I’ve even made it after dinner using decaf coffee!

How do you make a gingerbread latte? 

The Ingredients

  • Espresso OR instant coffee– If you own a coffee maker or machine, use a single shot of espresso per cup of coffee. If you don’t, simply combine a 1/4 cup of hot water with 2 teaspoons of instant coffee.
  • Milk of choice– Any milk can be used. If you are looking to keep this both keto and vegan, be sure to use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk. 
  • Granulated sweetener of choice– Any granulated sweetener can be used. Monk fruit sweetener and erythritol are great sugar free substitutes, but of course, white, brown, and coconut sugar can all be used. 
  • Gingerbread spices– A mix of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. 
  • Whipped cream– optional, but gives the latte the true Starbucks experience. 

The Instructions

In a small saucepan, combine all your ingredients and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Once simmering, reduce to low and stir regularly for 1-2 minutes.

Remove the gingerbread latte mixture from the stovetop and pour it into mugs. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

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How many calories in a homemade gingerbread latte? 

My homemade version is sugar free and dairy free, so the calories are minimal compared to the traditional latte.

A grande Starbucks gingerbread latte clocks in at 330 calories, 40 grams of carbs and a whopping 38 grams of sugar.

In my homemade version, each latte clocks in at 40 calories, 3 grams of carbs and ZERO grams of sugar

Ways to jazz up your gingerbread latte

  • Add molasses– If you don’t follow a keto or sugar free diet, add a drizzle of molasses. This gives it a more authentic gingerbread flavor. 
  • Serve it cold– Pour your latter over ice, for an iced gingerbread latte. 
  • Double the espresso– This is something I would do! Double the amount of espresso for the ultimate caffeine kick. 
  • Serve with cookies– Pair your latte with some shortbread cookies or sugar cookies.

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Gingerbread Latte (Starbucks Copycat!)

This gingerbread latte is a dairy free and keto version of the famous Starbucks beverage! Healthier and cheaper and store bought!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Arman



  • In a small saucepan, add all your ingredients, except for the whipped cream. On medium heat, bring to a simmer. Once it begins to simmer, reduce to low and stir regularly. After 2 minutes, remove from the heat.
  • Pour into two cups and top with whipped cream.


* If you don't have an espresso machine or coffee machine, use instant coffee. Combine 1/4 cup boiling water with 2 teaspoons of instant or decaf coffee. Reduce the milk to 1 3/4 cups. 
For an iced gingerbread latte, pour over ice. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 326mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 307mg | NET CARBS: 1g
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    87 thoughts on “Homemade Gingerbread Latte

    1. oh i am excited for this series! Lots of fun recipes to come. and this looks good to me, visually and all! and the cookies —> duh.

    2. It’s kind of cool to do a copy cat recipe. Often times I want to go to Starbucks..I just don’t want to spend the money…don’t we all though seriously? From Starbucks, the cake pops and the breakfast sandwiches they have. I think you would do a great job with the sandwiches!

    3. Yum! I’ve never had the gingerbread latte from Starbucks before. I’m a fan of the peppermint mocha, personally, especially this time of year!

      1. Hi! I’m back again lol! Can’t wait to adman-bomb your blog tomorrow. Please have a gingerbread latte. It fuels …outlet shopping.

    4. I love coming to a blog and being greeted as a “champion” 😉 . Now I just need some caffeine in me from this latte to get me all pumped up for my day. WOOOOOOOOO.

      To be honest, I’ve never had one of their gingerbread lattes before (I’m more of a plain nonfat one with like 5543 shots of espresso or a plain caramel machiato <— not even gonna try to spell that right), but I would happily take one of these of your hands. Thanks, buddy 😉

      1. Of course…champion.

        Can I just say I’m still salivating over your soup from instagrm AND see my bloglovin showing it’s been posted there?!

    5. is matcha green tea seasonal? Because that’s the only latte I’ve had in like the last 8 years because ew coffee. Although I have to admit, Saturday morning around 4 am I was wishing I was a coffee drinker..

      1. I am secretly loving these new shifts of yours. Once we sort out this messaging thing… BOOM.

    6. Happy Sunday my speedy friend 😉 I’d love to see a copy cat salted carmel hot chocolate from the grand ole’ Starbucks. And I have yet to get my fingers on their fancy red cups, but I am always a fan of their over priced peppermint mocha. And can we get a round of applause for this amazing food-ography? …I just made a new word…damn….I must be hungry.

      Brilliant recipe and thank you for saving me from burning a new hole in my wallet. I am trying this tomorrow.

    7. Does the Christmas Blend count as a seasonal drink? Because I’ve switched from my regular Pike to that one. Sometimes I’ll even add a sprinkle of cinnamon. Other than that, I’m not really a huge fan of the seasonal drinks. I like my coffee strong and black, and the sweetened lattes are a little too sweet for my tastes.

      1. I tried the Christmas blend and was disappointed there was no holly or candy canes in it!

        If I shared this drink with you, you’d have to drink it!

    8. I made a frosted mint latte today at work. It was pretty good except I loathe espresso. I might be the only person who cannot stand it’s bitterness. I go for the café au lait with a shot of syrup. My favorite is a blackberry café au lait (Café au lait is half steamed milk and half coffee) That’s how I make my specialty drinks!
      I think you should do a copy cat recipe of curly fries from Arby’s
      Here’s a picture/link if you don’t know what that is: https://arbys.com/our-menu/sides/curly-fries

    9. I love you for making this!! This used to be my favourite drink. I had one about 3 times a day the last time I was in the US. Healthy gingerbread latte – you are a legend 🙂

    10. Imma have to take your WORD FOR IT because I have never had Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – I should ask Britt! 😉

    11. Ok, here I am, (trying) to enjoy the homemade chai latte that I just made from a tea bag, thinking that it is so bland and really needs some spices stirred directly into it…and you present me with a gingerbread latte recipe (made with coffee, making it infinitely better anyway). Yes, yes and yes. Kind of tempted to dump this cup out and make your latte right now.

    12. Man I love the visually unfortunate expression. I’m going to have to permanently borrow that phrase. I like recipes like this, put stuff in a pot, boil, stir, drink. Nicely done.

    13. This gingerbread latte is freakin’ fantastic, though I am equally intrigued by this praline and cream latte you speak of. Giving this a whirl soon!

    14. I love Gingerbread Latte. When I lived in London I developped a full blown addiction to this beverage. Nice recipe. Looking forward to trying this 🙂

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