Dairy Free Gingerbread Latte (Gluten Free)

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Enjoy the cozy flavors of gingerbread this winter with our dairy free Gingerbread Latte! Our version of the Starbucks favorite is also gluten free and lower in sugar.

photo collage of gingerbread latte

Do you have great food memories from the holidays? My mom cooked from scratch a lot, so I have some great food memories with my family from the holidays.

Welsh griddle cookies, hot scones, and fresh gingerbread. Gingerbread as in real gingerbread/ginger cake, not the cookies (although we’d do those, too). We’d make gingerbread cake and top it with hot butter syrup. Amazing!

If you love the cozy flavors of gingerbread, you can enjoy them with our little bit healthier Gingerbread Latte. This one isn’t like the one at Starbucks: it’s lower in sugar and it’s allergy friendly!

Even though we have an espresso machine now (we got a Brim machine last month), I originally created this recipe a year ago when we didn’t have one, so this recipe is made without espresso and just uses strong coffee.

I wanted to use just strong coffee in this recipe so that people without an espresso machine can still make this delicious latte!

P.S. I want to do a review video of our Brim machine soon, it’s a good machine and we’ve been using it pretty much every day for almost a month so far. It’s awesome!

dairy free gingerbread latte in a mug topped with whipped cream

How to make a dairy free gingerbread latte

This recipe is super easy and doesn’t require an espresso maker or special syrups!

I used my Keurig to make a single cup of strong coffee to create this latte, so it’s a single serving recipe, but you can use a coffee pot and use just 8 ounces of coffee, or make multiple servings.

Here are the steps for making this latte (this is just a steps overview, the full recipe card is at the bottom of the post):

  1. Brew a strong cup of coffee (I used regular coffee but you can use a spiced coffee if you like).
  2. Whisk in the dairy free milk and dairy free creamer (I used the Silk half and half for the creamer). You can warm up your dairy free milk and creamer first if you want to keep your latte hot.
  3. Whisk in the molasses, ginger, and vanilla stevia drops.
  4. Top with dairy free whipped cream and a drizzle of molasses on top

I originally created this latte with Wildcrafter coffee, but I also use the Healthwise low acid coffee as well (they also have decaf). We love the Dark Canyon Highlander Grogg as well and go through tons of it with our espresso machine.

If you do happen to have an espresso machine, just swap the strong coffee in this gingerbread latte recipe for 2 shots of espresso.

Love to wind down with hot drinks at night? Make this with decaf coffee! I pretty much only drink decaf these days, so this tastes good made with decaf as well.

overhead photo of latte with whipped cream and drizzle

What kind of dairy free whipped cream should I use?

We use a couple different brands of dairy free whipped cream in our recipes: the So Delicious CocoWhip is our favorite and holds its shape nicely and tastes really good. My husband (who can have dairy) actually prefers CocoWhip to Cool Whip!

Another one we use is the coconut Reddi Wip that we can get at our local Walmart (they also have an almond one but we haven’t tried that one). It’s nice for creating nice looking whipped cream on your coffees and desserts, but doesn’t hold it’s shape well after a while (it ends up falling flat eventually).

Plus you really have to make sure you follow the directions on the can of the coconut Reddi Wip or all the accelerant in the can will get used up before you even run out of whipped cream in the can. Rinse the can in warm water, shake a lot, and make sure it’s very vertical when you dispense it.

Another option is the Silk heavy whipping cream. It actually whips up into whipped cream pretty well and tastes good. It’s not sweetened and you can add sweetener and vanilla if you want or leave it plain.

The Silk heavy cream does have fava bean protein in it, and I have found that using it daily in my coffee (and the Silk half and half) does bother my stomach so I had to stop using it, even though it is pretty amazing in coffee as a cream.

We also list a few other brands of whipped cream options in our guide to dairy replacements. Some CoolWhip alternatives like TruWhip still have sodium caseinate in them (their regular version), or soy protein (their vegan version), so make sure to read labels if you have multiple allergies.

mug of gingerbread latte on a striped napkin

Check out our other dairy free hot drink recipes!

Dairy Free Gingerbread Latte

Enjoy the cozy flavors of gingerbread this winter with our dairy free Gingerbread Latte! Our version of the Starbucks favorite is also gluten free and lower in sugar.
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan; Free of: soy, eggs, peanuts
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drink, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free gingerbread latte, gingerbread latte, vegan gingerbread latte
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 157kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Brew a strong cup of coffee (I used regular coffee but you can use a spiced coffee if you like).
  • Whisk in the dairy free milk and dairy free creamer (I used the Silk half and half for the creamer). You can warm up your dairy free milk and creamer first if you want to keep your latte hot.
  • Whisk in the molasses, ginger, and vanilla stevia drops, to taste.
  • Top with dairy free whipped cream and a drizzle of molasses on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Dairy Free Gingerbread Latte (Gluten Free)”

  1. 5 stars
    Yes, I also love a warm non-caffinated beverage at night! I have been using an eggnog flavored almond milk creamer in Dandy Blend, but the store was out of creamer this week. I will try your recipe for a gingerbread latte this week, perfect timing! thanks!!

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