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Savor the Season: The Amazing Wellness Benefits of Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai for Cozy Living

Do you know about gingerbread oat milk chai? It’s festive and tasty! Whether it’s rewarding yourself for a job well done, a quick pick me up, or to help get you the season’s spirits, spoiling yourself with a good cuppa is the way to go. Around the holidays, cafes and restaurants offer limited and unique food items, but the creative and delicious beverages are the best.

Breaking Down The Popular Festive Drink

machine making hot drinks // Healthier Me TodayThe Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai made its way to the Starbucks menu in November 2023 and quickly became a new favorite for many people. Alongside other limited festive drinks, this one stands out with its comforting hints of ginger cookies and creamy oaty base. However, since its release, there has been a back-and-forth about the drinks’ nutritional values. 

Some deem it incredibly unhealthy and fattening, while others bring to light the benefits of the ingredients. Like with many convenient food establishments, whether the meal or beverage you’ve just purchased is good for you comes to mind. Often, the answer is no, and for a variety of reasons. 

Here are 5 ways fast food and beverages can compromise your health by causing:

  1. High cholesterol
  2. Obesity 
  3. Dental issues
  4. Diabetes
  5. Heart problems

When we break down drinks like the Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai, we can see the ingredients that can potentially harm our health. These beverages contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, additives, calories, and more. This doesn’t mean the end of your love story with Starbucks drinks, but it is crucial to consider it. Everything in moderation is essential for items like these sweet treats. 

Hot vs Iced Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai Nutrition Facts 

bear decorated gifts, christmas tree // Healthier Me TodayThe difference between the hot and iced gingerbread oat milk chai isn’t just the temperature but a few key factors. Surprisingly, the hot version of this drink contains more sugar than its cold counterpart. With a whopping 54 grams in a grande, it surpasses the iced version’s 45 grams in sugar. 

Neither is a healthy amount to ingest frequently. However, the iced option has more fat, calories, and carbohydrates. Others may say that the sugar in the hot drink is worse, and others may argue that the cold one is even more unhealthy. 

Let’s take a more detailed look at the hot and iced Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai nutrition facts and ingredients:

Iced Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai

Ingredients:

  1. Oatmilk
  2. Chai tea concentrate
  3. Ice
  4. Gingerbread flavored syrup 
  5. Pumkin spice toppings

Nutrition Summary:

  1. Calories – 360
  2. Fat – 10 grams
  3. Sugar – 45 grams
  4. Carbs – 69 grams
  5. Sodium – 125 mg

Hot Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai Ingredients

Ingredients:

  1. Oatmilk
  2. Chai tea concentrate
  3. Water
  4. Gingerbread flavored syrup 
  5. Pumkin spice toppings

Nutrition Summary:

  1. Calories – 310
  2. Fat – 5 grams
  3. Sugar – 54 grams 
  4. Carbs – 67 grams
  5. Sodium – 75 mg

Delicious and Healthy Take on an Original 

tree outside decorated with christmas balls // Healthier Me TodayYou may be thrilled that you don’t need fancy flavored syrups, foaming machines, or barista know-how to enjoy your favorite drinks. There are plenty of ways to recreate these classics and not-so-classic beverages in the comfort of your home, and that’s not even the best part. You can give them a healthy twist so you get the delicious sweet flavor and enjoy every sip, knowing it is substantially better for your health. 

A fun aspect of these drinks is that you can be as daring as you desire or replace any elements of the original that you aren’t fond of with something you are. It’s a chance to test your barista skills and improve your favorites. Another great perk of making homemade beverages is that you can experiment with healthy additions or add an extra boost, like collagen if you don’t want the taste to stay the same.

The Best Healthy Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai Recipe

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Syrup:

  1. 1 cup dark/brown sugar
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. 1 tbsp of gingerbread spice
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ice Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai:

  1. Ice 
  2. ½ chai concentrate/chai tea
  3. ½ oat milk (or milk of your choosing)
  4. 1 to 2 tbsp gingerbread syrup

Instructions:

Gingerbread Syrup:

  1. Add the sugar, gingerbread spice mix, and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. 
  2. Adjust heat to a simmer and occasionally stir the syrup.
  3. Take the syrup off the stove and mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour contents into a jar and let it cool off in the fridge without a lid. Once it has completely cooled, close the jar.

Iced Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai:

  1. Add ice to a tall glass. 
  2. Add the oat milk (or milk of your choice)
  3. Add gingerbread syrup
  4. Add in chai concentrate/chai tea.
  5. Sprinkle over some gingerbread spice, or add some whipped cream and enjoy!

FAQ Section

  • Will using different syrups and concentrates make it taste different from Starbucks?

The short answer is yes. However, this healthy take on the Starbucks drink is very similar in flavor and texture. If you’d like a closer representation of the drink, add whipped heavy vegan cream and purchase the same chai concentrate as Starbucks (Tazo chai concentrate).

  • How often can I drink this beverage? Will it have similar consequences as Starbucks’?

Too much of anything is a bad thing. Moderation and spacing out the consumption of drinks such as these, whether healthy or not, is the surest way to avoid having them negatively affect your health. 

  • Can I use the syrup and concentrate for other recipes?

Of course! This homemade gingerbread syrup and chai concentrate can be incorporated into many festive dishes. Stored securely in the fringe, this syrup can last between 6 and 12 months; watch out for any clouding and prominent crystallization. 

Benefits of Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai

hot drink in blue cup with lemon // Healthier Me TodayAlthough delicious, this popular festive drink can cause some serious health concerns. The immense amount of sugar can have adverse effects on your body. However, there are ways to enjoy these holiday treats guilt-free by making healthier home versions!