How to Make a Cinnamon Dolce Latte

How to Make Cinnamon Dolce Lattes at Home. So Addictive!

It is so simple to make a Cinnamon Dolce Latte at home, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to pay for one!

I’ve shared quite a few homemade latte recipes, and the secret to making each one is to start by making a flavored syrup. My recipes always include enough syrup for several lattes. The exact number of lattes you can make depends on how sweet you like your latte.

Me? I drink my morning cup of joe with only a splash of milk. So I use a light hand when adding flavored syrup. You? You can add as much as you like! After all, you are making it for YOU!

This recipe calls for using cinnamon sticks. You do know you can reuse them, right?

Finally, as with so many of my recipes, this one calls for the minimally processed sugar called sucanat. My highly trained palate (HA!) likes to think of sucanat as the flavor you would get if white sugar and brown sugar had a baby. You can find it in most grocery stores and the flavor is so good, you’ll never go back to the icky refined white sugar again!

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup sucanat (may substitute brown sugar)
  • 8 ounces brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk (any kind of milk will work: cow, almond, coconut, soy...)

Instructions

    Cinnamon Dolce Syrup:
  1. In a small saucepan, heat water and cinnamon sticks just to a boil. Turn off heat and stir in sucanat just until dissolved.
  2. Cover pan and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. At this point, you can store in a jar in the refrigerator for when you are ready to use in a cinnamon dolce latte.
  3. To Assemble Cinnamon Dolce Latte:
  4. Heat milk just until warm - being careful not to boil. If you have a milk frother, froth your milk.
  5. Divide hot brewed coffee between two mugs. Add 1/2 cup hot milk to each mug. Stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Enjoy!
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What do you think? A Cinnamon Dolce Latte just as good as the Starbucks kind?

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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!

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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.

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.

Once you start making these for yourself, you might find yourself in an on-going relationship with this temptress.

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.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add milk to tea and stir in honey to taste.
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Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Lattes

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 make your peppermint latte truly decadent, 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.

The peppermint syrup 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: 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.
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What is your favorite flavor homemade latte?

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Hot Apple Cider Mix | Recipe Perfect for Homemade Gift Giving

Hot Apple Cider Mix Recipe

Squeeee! That’s how I feel about this Hot Apple Cider Mix that is perfect for homemade gift giving.

I love Hot Apple Cider. Is any other drink so absolutely perfect on a crisp fall day or when the snow starts to fall?

A quick word about ingredients. I used Sucnat brown sugar as the sugar in this mix. If you aren’t familiar with Sucnat – it is a natural, less processed form of brown sugar. If you haven’t used it before, I need to caution you. Sucnat is just crushed sugar cane. Without the extra processing brown sugar undergoes, it still contains all of the cane’s natural molasses, and has a distinct, natural molasses flavor.

You can use brown sugar in this mix if you want traditional flavor for your hot apple cider. If you are choosing to go the whole food, all natural route, I hope you’ll give sucnat a try. The flavor is unique but still delicious.

Hot Apple Cider Mix Ingredients

This project does take a little bit of time because you have to dry the orange peels. But drying the peels doesn’t require you do anything but babysit the oven.

Here’s how to dry your orange peels:

  1. Start by juicing the orange.
  2. Use a spoon and scrape out any additional pulp until all you are left with is the orange peel.
  3. Dry in a 200 degree oven for 4 to 6 hours. Check frequently. If after a few hours they start to look brown, turn your oven down to 100 to complete the drying process. They need to be thoroughly dried so they don’t spoil
  4. Allow to cool.

Once your peels are dry, call the kids! Assembling the Hot Apple Cider Mix is a fun afternoon activity to do with kids of all ages.

To create your Hot Apple Cider Mix gift:

  1. Add 3 allspice and two cloves to the bottom of the orange.
  2. Fill the orange peel with sucnat or brown sugar.
  3. Trim your cinnamon stick to the correct length to look like a body.
  4. Using 4 cloves, make arms and legs.
  5. Use an allspice as the head. {I picked through mine to find one the appropriate size.}

Why add the allspice and cloves to the bottom? They don’t “fit” with the cinnamon stick body, so you just hide them. That way the apple cider will be spiced correctly, but your gift is stinkin’ cute!

Hot Apple Cider Mix Homemade Gift

Present your Homemade Hot Apple Cider Mix with a bottle of your favorite local apple cider. You may want to attach instructions to your gift:

Heat all ingredients over a low flame for 30 minutes.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Agua de Pepino

Here’s a healthy drink post with thanks to Katie of Nourishing Simplicity.

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A glass full of an icy beverage hits the spot on a hot day. The Americas, specifically Mexico and Central America, are famous for their “Aguas Frescas” (fresh waters). These cool and refreshing drinks are water blended with fruits, vegetables, grains or flowers, sweetened with sugar. You can stop at almost any taqueria in Mexico for a carne asada taco and buy a cup of Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus) and  Agua de Horchata (Rice and Cinnamon). Then there are the less common ones, like Agua de Melon (Cantaloupe), Agua de Sandia (Watermelon) and Agua de Pepino (Cucumber).

Today I want to introduce you to Agua de Pepino, a cool and refreshing drink flavored with cucumber and lime juice. Unlike the traditional version that is loaded with cane sugar, this twist is sweetened with just a touch of raw honey. For those of you that think drinking cucumber is weird  ~ just try it! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Agua de Pepino is the perfect pick me up when you want to sip on something that is refreshing and  just a bit sweet!

Agua de Pepino

1  english cucumber, peeled
¼ cup raw honey
¼ cup lime juice. freshly squeezed
6 cups of water

  1. Peel the cucumber.
  2. Quarter the cucumber and place in a blender.
  3. Add the lime juice, raw honey and water.
  4. Blend on high for 2 minutes are until smooth.
  5. Strain though a fine mesh colander or cheese cloth to remove the plulp.
  6. Put in the fridge until completely chilled or serve over ice.

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Have you ever had an Agua Fresca? What is your favorite flavor?

 

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Homemade Strawberry Milk: Better Than a Powdered Mix

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Have you ever had strawberry milk from a powdered mix? 

You know what I’m talking about, right? That Nesquik chemical concoction? Check out the label on the box and you will find that NOWHERE is there any mention of strawberries.

None. Nada. Zippo. {I was going to put the ingredients here on the site, but I was worried I’d be sued. Seriously.}

I love strawberry milk. My mom would buy it for me and she still buys it for my girls. 

So I did a little research into whole food homemade strawberry milk. And there are lots of recipes out there. But none are as simple as the one I’ve come up with.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call it genius, but if you wanted to… hey, I won’t stop you!

This is my secret ingredient:

Freeze Dried Strawberries

Freeze Dried Strawberries!!!!!

I love these guys as a sweet, whole food, low calorie, perfectly portable treat.

And now I love them as my secret ingredient in making quick and easy homemade whole food strawberry milk.

Check out how easy this recipe is:

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (add more or less to taste)
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Add freeze dried strawberries, agave nectar and milk to a blender. Puree until all ingredients are well combined. Scrape down sides as needed.
  2. Makes 2 servings.
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Oh. my. word! It is so delicious I do hope you will give it a try. And think of the possibilities! You could make banana milk, blueberry milk, apple milk… Ok. Someone else try apple milk and report back if it’s any good, will ya?

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