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Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup Recipe

Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup Recipe

There are two very distinct tastes that make up gingerbread: ginger and molasses. To make a truly great gingerbread latte, you want to capture those two flavors in your homemade gingerbread latte syrup.

In order to get this genuine gingerbread flavor, you must, must, must use sucanat instead of sugar. As I’ve mentioned many times before, sucanat is a less processed form of sugar where the molasses is not separated out – like it is with refined white sugar. You can use only sucanat in this recipe to get that rich molasses flavor without the molasses overpowering your syrup.

As an added bonus, sucanat is considered a better whole food choice than refined white sugar.

If you are like me, and molasses is a favorite flavor, add the 2 tablespoons in the recipe. When you do this, the molasses will become the dominant flavor – not the ginger. So you need to play with it to get the mix right for your taste buds.

Time to mix up your syrup:

Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 5-inch cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Bring water, sucanat, and molasses (optional) just to a boil.
  2. Immediately lower heat to a simmer and add all spices.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain into a large jar. Allow to cool before refrigerating.
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Gingerbread Latte with Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup

Now that you have your homemade gingerbread latte syrup, here is how to make it into a latte:

Brew a dark roast coffee.
Add 4 ounces of coffee to two mugs.
In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of gingerbread latte syrup until warm.
Add 1/2 cup gingerbread flavored milk to each mug.
Enjoy!
Optional: Use a milk frother to froth the milk before adding to the coffee.
And think about Homemade Whipped Cream to top it off!

Additional Uses for Gingerbread Latte Syrup:

  • Add to hot black tea.
  • Pour over apple pie.
  • Add to plain oatmeal.
  • Top vanilla ice cream.
  • Mix with cream cheese as a toast or bagel spread.
  • Pour over pancakes or waffles.
  • Add to hot chocolate.
  • Use to simmer pears.
  • Stir into plain Greek yogurt.

Enjoy! And if you like this recipe, you’re sure to also like my pumpkin spice latte!

Antipasto Turkey Cheese Rollups

Antipasto Turkey Cheese Rollups

These Antipasto Turkey Cheese Rollups are a beautiful, beautiful thing when you are uninspired for dinner. Bake up a batch of these tasty sandwiches and serve with a side salad for a quick and healthy meal where you put in very little effort.

These rollups are also a great way to use up those turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving! They are a completely different taste from a turkey dinner, so your family won’t complain, “Leftovers again?”

Have you seen my other recipes from the One Dough, 31 Whole Grain Recipes series? Then you know you make up one batch of dough which can be stored in the fridge for 12 days and can be used for four different recipes.

You’ll want to have a batch of the whole grain dough on hand before the holidays!

Antipasto Turkey Cheese Rollups

Ingredients

  • 1/4 recipe whole grain no-knead bread dough
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1 8.5 oz can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, plumped in 1 cup hot water for 20 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • turkey slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Roll dough out into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
  3. Spread pesto over dough evenly.
  4. Sprinkle chopped artichoke hearts, drained sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese evenly over dough.
  5. Line center of dough with turkey slices, enough to cover from top to bottom in an even strip.
  6. Carefully roll dough into a long log.
  7. Slice into 8 rollups using a serrated knife.
  8. Place on cookie sheet lined with silpat.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve hot.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/antipasto-turkey-cheese-rollups/

Super Simple Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Super Simple Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Have you tried Matcha Green Tea Powder? It has a distinct flavor that can be quite addictive. Combined with milk and sweetener and served up in a matcha green tea latte, it is totally addictive.

Matcha Green Tea Powder has both caffeine and a healthy dose of antioxidants. I find breakfast is the perfect time to load up on both! I’ve heard of people who have actually given up coffee and become exclusive matcha drinkers.

I’m far from a break-up with my morning cup of joe, but I like to flirt with matcha just fine.

To make a really great homemade latte, you gotta get the AerolatteHand Held Milk Frother

aerolatte frother

A frother costs under $20 and I’ve had mine for almost 10 years.  It has saved me tons of money since I can now make all my favorite coffee drinks at home. Chai lattes, peppermint lattes, pumpkin lattes and gingerbread lattes now all get made at home using real, whole food ingredients, for pennies on the dollar for what I’d pay at Starbucks.

If you don’t have one, put it on your wish list!

Once you start making this super simple matcha green tea latte recipe for yourself, you might find yourself in an on-going relationship with this awesome coffee alternative.

Super Simple Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup milk (cow's, soy, or almond)
  • honey to taste

Instructions

  1. Dissolve matcha green tea powder in hot water and stir vigorously until frothy.
  2. Heat milk just until hot. If you have one, use a frother to whip the milk until foamy.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add milk to tea and stir in honey to taste.
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I don’t limit my lattes to just the morning. If I know I’ll have an afternoon that requires running the kids to and fro and here and there, I like to brew up a Matcha Green Tea Latte in a to-go cup to keep me going.

What’s your favorite time to drink a matcha green tea latte?

The Very Best Hot Chai Tea Latte Recipe

The very best chai latte!

Could anything taste better on a cold, frosty day than a Hot Chai Tea Latte? From the moment you wrap your hands around the warm cup, to the first sip of the sweet yet spicy latte, I savor this drink.

I want to share with you the very best hot chai tea latte recipe.

The recipe for this latte is not complicated. But to make a truly great latte, you need to start with a really great chai tea bag.

If you like the Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes, you might want to start with a Tazo Organic Chai Tea Bags
and see if that is the right foundation for your drink. Otherwise, I recommend you experiment with whatever is on sale at your grocers. Find what you like, then go with it!

The chai tea latte concentrates you can buy at the grocers are always a good bet for a good latte. However, to make the very best hot chai tea latte, you need to make it yourself!

To get the frothy goodness of a true latte, I love my Aerolatte Electric Hand Held Milk Frother. It’s under $20 and I’ve had mine for nearly 15 years!

In addition to frothing this drink, the Aerolatte is so, so good for blending coconut oil in coffee for a bullet coffee. Or, use it to whip your hot chocolate. You will love it!

The Very Best Hot Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup organic milk
  • honey to taste

Instructions

  1. Steep your tea for 3 to 5 minutes in the water in a mug.
  2. Heat the milk just until warm. If you have one, use a frother to whip milk. Otherwise, use a blender being careful to let the steam escape.
  3. Add the milk and honey to the mug and stir. Serve hot.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/the-very-best-hot-chai-tea-latte-recipe/

Love lattes? Try a Matcha Green Tea Latte or Cinnamon Dolce Latte too!

Simple, yes? Treat yourself to the perfect latte today.

Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe

This Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe is easy to make at home and saves you money over the coffee shop.

Need a holiday treat? Try this Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe.

Whipping up a batch of peppermint latte syrup means you can have a Homemade Peppermint Latte whenever the mood strikes you.

Need a morning pick-up? Feel like a mid-afternoon treat? Treat yourself at home and save a bundle over coffee shop prices!

To truly make the most decadent coffee drinks at home, you need to invest in an Aerolatte.

aerolatte frother

It’s one of the best kitchen tools under $15 you’ll ever invest in. It’s awesome for frothing any kind of milk.

We also like to use it to whip up our hot chocolates.

Frothing doesn’t add any extra calories, just extra decadence.

To take your peppermint latte over the top, don’t forget to top it with Homemade Whipped Cream.

And don’t tell, but I find an occasional candy cane stir stick just makes me feel all holiday-y inside.

You can find organic candy canes at Whole Foods Market.

Once you’ve made the peppermint syrup for your homemade peppermint lattes, it can be stored in the fridge in a jar. It makes several lattes – it all depends on how much you use per latte.

Don’t want the caffeine of a latte? Why not add the peppermint syrup to a hot chocolate? nom nom nom

Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sucanat (may substitute sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 8 ounces strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk (any kind including soy, almond or coconut)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sucanat, and peppermint extract. Heat and stir just until sucanat is completely melted.
  2. Heat milk just until heated through.
  3. Optional but recommended: froth milk with a frother or pour milk into blender - making sure to vent - and frappe just until foamy.
  4. Pour coffee into two mugs.
  5. Stir 1/2 cup milk into each mug.
  6. Add peppermint syrup to each mug to taste.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/homemade-peppermint-latte-recipe/

What is your favorite flavor homemade latte?

Homemade Whole Wheat Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls

Homemade Pumpkin Shaped Rolls

Homemade Whole Wheat Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls are so much fun to make! And they are soooooo simple to do!

Start with the whole grain no-knead bread dough recipe. You will only need 1/4 of the master recipe to make 8 rolls. Need more rolls? Use more of the dough!

When I made up the dough for this, I used white whole wheat flour and canola oil. Olive oil would have been good, but I was imagining these as a cute addition to a Thanksgiving dinner where a more neutral flavored oil might work best.

Snipping dough

These are basically just rolls where you make a few snips around the side with a pair of kitchen shears. I decided I liked 5 to 7 snips and that the smaller the snip, the more pumpkin effect.

Of course, if you have kids in your house, this is the perfect project to let them help you. Rolling dough balls, small snips and adding the pecan stem are all activities your kids can help do.

Homemade Whole Grain Pumpkin Shaped Rolls

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a large ball.
  2. Cut ball in half. Cut each half in half. Cut each piece in half one more time so you have 8 equal pieces of dough.
  3. Roll each piece of dough between hands to shape into a ball.
  4. Place balls onto a silpat lined or lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Using kitchen shears, snip each ball about 5 times around the edges leaving the center intact.
  6. Coat a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Cover rolls and allow to rise about 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350.
  8. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush egg wash over the top of rolls.
  9. Cut pecans in half. Stick pecan half out of top of roll to form your pumpkin stem.
  10. Bake rolls for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/homemade-whole-wheat-pumpkin-shaped-dinner-rolls/

Whole Wheat Apple Rose Rolls

Whole Wheat Apple Rose Rolls
This recipe for whole wheat apple rose rolls looks really fancy, but when you have the master whole wheat no-knead bread dough made with white whole wheat flour and canola oil in the fridge, it actually comes together quickly.

The smell of this baking is the same exact smell as an apple pie. The smell is heavenly.

These make a lovely addition to a breakfast or a brunch display. Or, top your roses with some homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and serve it for dessert. Either way, it makes an impressive display.

I make this recipe with granny smith apples. This is the variety of apples I use in apple pie. In my humble opinion, I think a tart apple holds up better amongst all the sweet.

The problem with using granny smith is they have green skin. This means your roses don’t have the true red blush of a rose. If you prefer, you can substitute a red skinned apple to make your roses a little more rose-like. Entirely up to you!

Whole Wheat Apple Rose Rolls

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Core the apples and cut in half. Use a mandolin to slice as thinly as possible.
  3. Bring 4 cups water to boil with lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar. Add apple slices and boil for two minutes. The apple needs to be cooked long enough that it will easily bend.
  4. Drain apple slices and set aside to cool.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together sucanat and apple pie spice.
  6. Roll dough out into a 13 inch by 9 inch rectangle.
  7. Spread with softened butter. Sprinkle evenly with 1/3 sucanat and apple pie spice mix.
  8. Cut dough into 12 strips.
  9. Cover each strip with apple slices. Sprinkle with another 1/3 sucanat mix. Cover with a second layer of apples. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 sucanat mix.
  10. Carefully roll strips up. Place in muffin tin. Repeat with remaining strips until muffin pan is full.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin to cool on cooling rack.
  12. Do not allow to sit in muffin tin or they will be hard to remove.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/whole-wheat-apple-rose-rolls/

Enjoy the apple pie taste in a breakfast roll!