It’s time to get cozy! One of my favorite winter smells is gingerbread anything – cookies, cake, pancakes. I love the warm spices but lately I have really been cutting back on sweets. As I have gotten older, I can’t get away with the eating the same things as I did even 5 years ago. One of the food groups that has a dramatic effect on my skin, belly fat, and energy levels is desserts. I know, super sad.
Here’s one of my hacks though – making warm drinks with the flavor of desserts! Last year I posted a cacao mint yerba mate latte, and I often make a vanilla collagen latte, or cinnamon-cacao. I mean if someone can make a pumpkin spice latte, why not a gingerbread latte made with my favorite tea, Argentine yerba mate? Not only can it be done, it’s my new favorite!
Here’s my next hack – I brew a batch of yerba mate on the weekend and then I reheat it all week. I can add whatever flavors I want to my tea with some hot almond milk and blend until frothy. It’s just the best. And the gingerbread flavors of molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves are spot on. I truly get the same pleasure of eating a gingerbread cookie.
Yerba mate is my morning beverage of choice. It gives me a great, stable energy boost without the jitters of caffeinated coffee, which I cannot drink. Plus yerba mate has loads of antioxidants, more than even green tea.
Of all the yerba mate products I have tried, Argentine yerba mate brands are by far the best quality and flavor. If you’re looking for Argentinian yerba mate, check out this website for more info and good brands. I have seen some at Whole Foods and brands like Rosamonteand CBSe on Amazon. And check out my Youtube video below! Stay cozy!!
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- 2 cups hot brewed yerba mate tea*
- ½ cup unsweetened milk of choice, warmed if desired
- 2 Tablespoons molasses (you can use blackstrap, but it's a little bitter)
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and frothy.