Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gingerbread Latte

It's been so many years since I've been a regular customer of coffee shops, I sometimes forget how many folks visit a Starbucks or 'indie' equivalent every day.  When I remember this, I'm always astounded to think about how much money people spend on beverages every day, and on the amount of sugar, fat and calories they consume if they purchase the specialty drinks.

So if you love all the seasonal offerings in these places, but want to avoid blowing your whole gift-giving budget for the holidays, and slurping down a Big Mac worth of calories, I have the solution for you! 

This gingerbread latte can be made at home in seconds and is just as sweet and spicy as any you can buy.  It's also low-fat, low-calorie, and sugar-free and vegan, if you use non-dairy milk.  Drink up...

Gingerbread Latte

1 gingerbread tea bag
2 heaping tsp espresso powder
2 cups boiling water
2 tbls milk of choice
Liquid stevia, to taste (optional)
Ground cinnamon, to taste

Place tea bag and espresso powder in a large mug.  Add milk and sweetener, and pour in boiling water.  Steep for 4-5 minutes.  Remove tea bag and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Voila!

So go save your wallet and your arteries, skip the sugar- and fat-laden beverage from the coffee shop and whip up one of these to celebrate Obama's victory!!

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