Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Starting with this , I have decided to do a series of posts to celebrate the holidays, focusing on fun and festive beverages, immune supporting foods, and DIY herbal recipes. Which means you will be hearing from me daily for the next week or so, as I share various recipes and holiday ideas. I hope these posts will help bring lots of festive cheer to your holiday experience!

I love festive seasonal drinks. There is something so special about bringing out specific foods and beverages for the holidays. Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like pumpkin pie, and one of the scents that makes me think of Christmas is the savoury/sweet combination of gingerbread.

While I appreciate the creativity of festive coffee shop menus and the fancy creations of skilled baristas, I have started making most of my holiday beverages at home instead. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth and much prefer to have a hand in the amount and type of sweetener used. I am more than happy to take a pass on the laundry list of additives and preservatives in most packaged syrups and milks. My blood sugar and adrenals can’t really handle the one two punch of a fully caffeinated and sweet Starbucks concoction, and I love that this way I can substitute with Dandy Blend, a wonderful, health supporting coffee alternative. I have also included maca, an energizing adaptogen, mesquite, a mineral rich powder with natural sweetness and a warm, nutty flavour, as well as a subtle hint of black strap molasses, an addition that helps round out the flavour and is a wonderful source of iron.

This is a quick and simple blender drink, ideal in a high speed blender. Feel free to add the spices to another variety of homemade or store bought milk instead. I prefer my gingerbread latte to be subtle in flavour, as I find some of the gingerbread spices can be overpowering. You are more than welcome to adjust as needed.

Enjoy!

Gingerbread Latte

Ingredients

2 cups filtered hot water
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup macadamia nuts
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp dandy blend
1 tsp maca
1 tsp mesquite
½ tsp vanilla bean powder
½ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp ground ginger
⅛ tsp ground cloves
Fresh grated nutmeg to taste
¼ tsp blackstrap molasses

Directions

Combine ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth and warm.

What is your favourite festive beverage over the holidays?

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