Gingerbread Steamer

Gingerbread Steamer
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With the holidays upon us, Food & Nutrition’s recipe developers cooked up a beautiful spread of secretly nutritious snacks, sweets and mocktails that are sure to entertain guests! Find our other “Festive Fete” recipes here.

Servings: 2
Serving size: 1⅛ cup
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 18 minutes


Gingerbread Syrup

  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) water
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, skin removed


  • 2 cups (480 milliliters) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) homemade gingerbread syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon stick and ginger. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick and ginger. Set aside to cool. Store gingerbread syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
  3. Using the same saucepan, heat coconut milk and 3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  4. Carefully pour half of the hot liquid into a glass jar, secure lid, wrap in a dish towel and shake vigorously. Alternatively, use a milk foamer or whisk vigorously.
  5. Pour into a mug and repeat with remaining liquid.
  6. Top each beverage with 1 tablespoon whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

Cooking note: To make this recipe with alcohol, add 1½ fluid ounces (45 milliliters) vanilla vodka.

Nutrition per serving (without alcohol): CALORIES 202; TOTAL FAT 15g; SAT. FAT 11g; CHOL. 32mg; SODIUM 159mg; CARB. 14g; FIBER 0g; SUGARS 14g; PROTEIN 1g; POTASSIUM N/A; PHOSPHORUS N/A Note: Strained ingredients not included in analysis.

Nutrition per serving (with alcohol): CALORIES 245; TOTAL FAT 15g; SAT. FAT 11g; CHOL. 32mg; SODIUM 159mg; CARB. 14g; FIBER 0g; SUGARS 14g; PROTEIN 1g; POTASSIUM N/A; PHOSPHORUS N/A

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Karman, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian/nutritionist based in Nashville. Teaching people easy ways to implement healthy changes into their lifestyle is her passion! Karman blogs at The Nutrition Adventure and is an experienced recipe developer, nutrition writer and public speaker. When she’s not in the kitchen, she’s on her yoga mat, hiking in local parks or trying new restaurants around town. Follow Karman on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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