Gingerbread coffee is a spiced coffee recipe that will fill you with holiday cheer! At only 1.5g net carbs per serving, each sip of the sweet gingerbread spice blend is guaranteed to put you in the spirit of the season.
While decorating the Christmas tree this year, I wanted to sip on something a bit festive. Rather than reach for the hard liquor, I made a spiced gingerbread coffee recipe for one!
This little treat has a nice sweetened blend of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
I'll admit that I probably drink way too much coffee. Even though there are benefits like improved focus, caffeine really needs to be consumed in moderation.
I've been trying to make the change over to tea, but it doesn't have the same impact. So, I keep returning to my favorite cup of joe. It's always been a treat I look forward to every morning.
I usually just mix in a bit of keto coffee creamer but, occasionally, I'll add in spices like cinnamon or ginger. However, adding gingerbread spice is the preferred blend for the holiday season!
The ingredients are pretty simple - coffee, sweetener, and spices! Here's a bit more information about what I used, including any substitutions you can make.
I used two different types of sweetener in this coffee - a liquid syrup and Sukrin gold. I found that the brown sugar substitute really mixes in well and gives it that deeper flavor, just like a traditional gingerbread cookie.
Every sweet coffee needs some type of cream. For mine, I used just a tiny amount of heavy cream and then topped it with whipped cream.
If you are lactose intolerant or don't consume dairy products, use a little bit of canned coconut cream instead.
Since this isn't a latte, you don't have to use espresso or strong coffee - but you certainly can if you want. I just used a cup of my favorite brewed coffee. You can also whip up a batch of keto bulletproof coffee!
I used traditional gingerbread spices in my coffee - a combination of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Before you add the coffee, mix the sweeteners and spices together in the mug to help everything mix together better.
- Have fun with the garnishes! Add a cinnamon stick, or sprinkle some sugar-free chocolate shavings.
- If you are topping with whipped cream, only fill your mug ¾ of the way to prevent it from spilling over the sides.
This is a very simple and straightforward recipe. All the steps are in the printable recipe card - but here are a few tips to help you out.
Mix The Spices And Sweeteners
I just mixed up a spice blend with some low-carb sweeteners. You don't have to do this in a separate bowl - mix them together right in your coffee cup.
Pour Brewed Coffee
Then, I brewed a single cup of Starbucks French Roast coffee in my K-Cup brewer right into my mug of spices and sweeteners.
If you don't have a single-cup coffee maker, just pour some coffee from your carafe.
Add Toppings To Gingerbread Coffee
Finally, top it off with some keto whipped cream and cloves.
As you can see in my pictures, I should have used a larger mug - topping off the coffee with whipped cream caused some dripping over the sides.
It did kind of give the mug a cool striped candy cane type of look, though. However, no need to make a mess next time!
️ SERVING SUGGESTIONS
I enjoyed this low-carb spiced gingerbread coffee with a slice of gluten-free gingerbread. A great combination, right?
Why not pair it with some keto-friendly Christmas cookies as well? Sugar-free meringue cookies have less than 1g net carbs and melt in your mouth.
Before we get to the printable recipe card just a little bit further below, here are some questions people often ask about how to make gingerbread coffee. If you don't see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
What is the best way to brew a single cup of coffee?
Single brewer machines like the Black & Decker Brew' N Go that use regular ground coffee are much cheaper and eco-friendly than the K-Cup machine. They also allow much greater flexibility in the water amount used as well as the number of coffee grinds.
I've got to make the switch!
How can I change this recipe?
For another fantastic spiced coffee recipe, try making ginger coffee by leaving the cinnamon out. Or, you can use a low-carb ginger syrup with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
What are the main spices in a gingerbread spice blend?
Although ginger and cinnamon are the primary spices, a gingerbread spice blend often contains:
I've added a dash of cloves to the top, but feel free to add in one or more of the other spices too.
As you make a gingerbread house or decorate your home for Christmas, this gingerbread coffee is the perfect addition to your festivities. It has all the classic aromas and spices of gingerbread, without the sugar and carbs.
If you enjoyed this hot gingerbread coffee, here are some low-carb desserts that you should try. All of them taste wonderful with the coffee.
- Cranberry Walnut Cookies are always a hit during the holidays.
- Raspberry Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies can be made easily with chia jam.
- Ricotta Cheese Cookies are a low-carb take on an old Italian favorite.
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms are a pretty addition to any cookie tray.
- Keto Ginger Snaps also have a similar spice blend added.
- Keto Scones with added orange flavoring and fresh cranberries are festive and delicious.
What's your favorite holiday beverage? Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, wine, and hard liquor all seem to be popular choices.
Don't forget to leave a comment letting us know how the drink turned out.
Spiced Gingerbread Coffee Recipe
- Mix together sweeteners, heavy cream, ginger, and cinnamon in large mug.
- Add 1 cup hot brewed coffee.
- Stir until spices have been blended into coffee.
- Top with whipped cream and then sprinkle cloves on top
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 108 [carbohydrates] => 1.5 [protein] => 1 [fat] => 11.2 [sodium] => 17 )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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First published on November 15, 2019. Post updated on December 2, 2021, with additional recipe information and higher-quality images.