Easy Dairy Free GingerBread Latte

Let’s make a homemade creamy dairy free gingerbread latte! You only need molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, oat milk and espresso or strong coffee. And maybe some coconut whipped cream for garnish.

It’s one of the best holiday drinks and is gluten free. It can be naturally sweetened with honey and made with any milk you like.

What is in the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

The Starbucks gingerbread latte contains: 2% milk, gingerbread syrup, whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping. 

What’s in the Gingerbread Syrup?

The Starbucks site has a partial list of ingredients list for the gingerbread flavored syrup. It contains: “water, sugar, natural flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate”. 

It doesn’t list all the ingredients, so I use something that tastes like it and utilizes the warm flavours of gingerbread.

What is in the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Topping

The topping contains just cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. You can easily mix your own

Ingredients Needed

To make this single serve non-dairy gingerbread latte you need:

  • Molasses: Unsulphured molasses.
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Sugar: I use white sugar or honey gir this recipe. 
  • Hot water: The hot water is how we make a quick gingerbread syrup for our latte. 
  • Oat milk: Or use your favourite plant based milk. I like lattes made with almond milk or oat. Coconut or soy milk work well too.
  • Double Espresso Shot: Substitute or a homemade espresso substitute, or ½ cup double strength coffee.
  • Coconut Whip Cream: Optional but does complete the dessert like drink.
  • Pumpkin Spice Topping: Purchase it, make your own blend or just use a sprinkle of nutmeg. 

How to Make a Dairy Free GingerBread Latte

In order to make a dairy free gingerbread latte you need plant based milk like oat or almond milk. And you’ll need to make gingerbread syrup with a few simple ingredients.

Step 1: Gingerbread Syrup

In order to make this all you need is your serving mug and a small whisk. 

  • Before making the gingerbread syrup, rinse your serving mug out with hot water. This warms the cup to maintain a hot temperature for your drink.
  • Add the molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and 1 tablespoon hot water to your mug. Whisk to combine.

Step 2: Prep Espresso 

  • Prepare your double espresso shot and add it to your serving mug. (Or use ½ cup double strength coffee or an espresso substitute)

Step 3: Heat and Froth Milk

Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice topping or nutmeg

Tips & Substitutions

  • Espresso: Use my espresso substitute by steeping 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds in ½ cup hot water. Steep for 4 minutes and strain. Full instructions
  • Double Strength Coffee: Instead of espresso you can use ½ cup of coffee that is brewed with two tablespoons of coffee grounds to 1 cup of water.
  • Frothing Milk: This can easily be done by heating your milk in the microwave and then frothing it in a jar or french press. Simplu pour into a jar, heat, add the lid and shake vigorously until foamy. Or pour warmed milk into a french press and plunge the plunger up and down until foamy. More ways to froth milk or listed in this post.
  • Gingerbread Syrup: If you have a premade gingerbread syrup go ahead and use 3-4 tablespoons of that in place of the molasses, sugar and spices.
  • Dairy Free Milk: The best milk to use is your favourite! Mine is a barista blend oat milk because it’s very creamy and rich. My next pick is a barista blend almond milk because it froths well and yields good taste. 

Easy Dairy Free Gingerbread Latte

Make this easy dairy free gingerbread latte with simple ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Drinks, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free gingerbread latte, dairy free latte, easy dairy free gingerbread latte, gluten free, holiday drink, vegan gingerbread latte
Servings: 1
Author: Linda Spatig


Whisk Together

  • 1 tsp molasses
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • tsp nutmeg
  • 2 TBSP sugar or honey
  • 1 TBSP hot water


  • Double shot of Espresso or Espresso Substitute*

Heat & Froth

  • 1 cup Oatmilk

Top With

  • Coconut whip cream optional
  • pumpkin spice topping or nutmeg


  • Measure molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and hot water into your serving mug and whisk together.
  • Prepare espresso or espresso substitute*. Pour the espresso into your mug with the syrup and lightly stir.
  • Heat and froth the milk. Pour into the serving mug. Top with coconut whip cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.



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