It is unusual for me to rave about a milk-based hot drink. I don't drink hot chocolate (or iced chocolate for that matter) and I find most commercial lattes too milky and too sweet. This drink isn't overly sweet, but it is milky. (I am using 'milky' to refer to non-dairy milks here.)
Either I am growing used to almond milks and no longer have an aversion to milk-based products, or the ginger in this drink cancels out the milk. I am placing my bets on the latter. The ginger here is full-flavoured and spicy. It tingles your taste buds and warms your throat.
If you aren't sure about ginger, you can adjust the spice proportions to taste. Cinnamon is important too, as are nutmeg and/or cardamom. You could probably add some vanilla to the mix as well. One of the things I love about this recipe is that it draws on pantry staples, and after making it once, you'll be able to approximate amounts to suit you preferences. Come up with your own blend, and enjoy.
Spiced ginger latte
A delicious, warming hot drink for one
Vegan and easily low fat and gluten free
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
1/2 to 1 tsp dried ginger, to taste (I recommend starting low and building up)
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp dried cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp dried nutmeg or cardamom, to taste (or a mix of both)
2 - 4 drops liquid stevia or 1 tsp maple syrup, or to taste (omit if using sweetened milk)
3/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk and sweetened almond-coconut milk in this)
3/4 cup hot (near boiling) water
If using a microwave: Place ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg and/or cardamom in a large mug, along with your sweetener of choice. Add the non-dairy milk and stir well. Heat on medium power in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir, and then heat for an additional 20 seconds on medium power. Top up with hot water, sprinkle with the additional 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and enjoy.
If using a stovetop: Place ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg and/or cardamom in a small saucepan, along with your sweetener of choice. Add your non-dairy milk and water and stir well. Warm on medium heat, stirring regularly, until ready. Transfer to a large mug, top with the additional 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and enjoy.
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.
What is your favourite drink at the moment?!