See how to make gingerbread syrup with 5 ingredients and 10 minutes! This delicious Christmas syrup with coconut sugar is packed with holiday flavours and so easy to cook. Use this spiced syrup on top of pancakes, waffles, ice cream, desserts or swirled into coffee, latte and cocktails.
The homemade syrup recipe is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and paleo-friendly. The recipe also includes instructions for keto low carb sugar-free gingerbread syrup and free printable labels for gift giving.
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Homemade gingerbread syrup – Easy spiced syrup recipe
Gingerbread syrup is a delicious topping that is very versatile and can be used in many different ways. Enjoy this simple gingerbread syrup recipe on top of your favourite Christmas desserts, breakfast or treats. It also makes a wonderful and easy holiday food gift idea if you put into a cute bottle.
How to make gingerbread spice syrup
I have two versions of this spiced syrup recipe to share, which are both really delicious. One uses coconut sugar and the other a low carb sweetener for those who prefer a sugar-free gingerbread syrup.
Let’s start with the coconut sugar version first. There are just two easy steps for how to make homemade syrup with spices:
- Combine the water, coconut sugar, and lemon juice in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium-high heat. Stirring constantly, bring the syrup to mild boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the gingerbread spice and vanilla extract and reduce the heat to medium. Continue to stir frequently for about 5 minutes, until the syrup has thickened. Set aside to cool.
Instead of coconut sugar gingerbread syrup can also be made with maple sugar or brown sugar if you don’t need a paleo syrup.
How to make sugar free gingerbread syrup
The instructions for sugar-free low carb gingerbread syrup are the same as described above. But I have a few tips to help you make the best keto gingerbread syrup:
The key is using a powdered sweetener. Granular sweeteners will make the sugar-free syrup gritty. You can either use a powdered sweetener or powder it yourself. Simply put the granular sweetener in a high-speed blender or spice grinder and process until you have a fine powder.
You can also use a liquid sweetener, for example monkfruit liquid or liquid stevia (I like this vanilla-flavoured one.) Since these are very concentrated, you only need a few drops. The syrup also will be lighter in colour.
Xanthan gum can be used to give the low carb keto syrup a thicker texture. Here is how to thicken sugar-free syrup with xanthan gum:
- Bring the water, sweetener and lemon juice to a gentle boil.
- Next, add the gingerbread spice and vanilla extract.
- Then sprinkle a little xanthan gum on top and whisk it in immediately.
- Xanthan gum needs a few minutes to thicken.
Store the sugar-free syrup in the refrigerator. Some sweeteners crystalise over time, which you can easily remedy by reheating and whisking the syrup.
What can I use as a substitute for gingerbread spice?
I prepared the gingerbread sauce with my homemade gingerbread spice mix, but this premade blend works well, too. It’s also possible to swap gingerbread spice with pumpkin pie spice. These spice blends taste differently because the ingredients aren’t the same, but you will end up with a delicious Christmas syrup either way.
And check out my pumpkin spice syrup recipe, which uses pumpkin puree.
Another idea is to make cinnamon syrup. The flavour will be less complex, but a sticky-sweet cinnamon syrup sounds still pretty amazing.
Tools to make spiced simple syrup
Tab or click the products below to see the items I used for this easy homemade spiced syrup recipe:
- saucepan – I love the versatility of this saucepan and use it in many recipes.
- whisk – This elegant balloon whisk is a very handy kitchen utensil.
What can I use DIY gingerbread spice syrup for?
This gingerbread syrup recipe is great for so many things. Here are some ideas:
- breakfast – Gingerbread syrup is perfect for your holiday breakfast recipes. Drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, French toast, fruit salad, granola, or overnight oats and breakfast bowls and enjoy gingerbread flavoring with every bite.
- desserts – This yummy gingerbread syrup will make almost any dessert better. I love to spoon over ice cream, Christmas pudding, or crème brulee.
- drinks – How does gingerbread latte or homemade gingerbread coffee sound? Deeelicious, right?! Or make a gingerbread syrup cocktail. This spiced simple syrup recipe is perfect to give drinks yum holiday flavours.
Quick and easy Christmas food gift idea
This healthy gingerbread syrup with coconut sugar is so festive! Every year, I prepare tons of easy food gift ideas for my friends and family. This holiday season, I decided on DIY gingerbread syrup as one of my easy Christmas food gift ideas.
Since the recipe takes less than 15 minutes, you can make homemade syrup even as a very last-minute gift.
For packaging, fill the syrup in sterilised glass bottles. I used ribbon, whole spices and printable labels to decorate the bottles. These 16-oz bottles or these 11-oz mini milk bottles are great packaging options. You can download the labels at the end of the post, after the recipe box.
How do you store homemade ginger spice syrup?
Store homemade gingerbread syrup in the fridge in a bottle or airtight container for two weeks. Additionally, the Christmas syrup can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
You can enjoy the syrup hot or cold. For warm gingerbread syrup, microwave the syrup a few seconds or heat in a saucepan on the stovetop. Once it’s warm drizzle it over pancakes or ice cream.
Free printable syrup label
Tab or click the button below to download your free printable gingerbread syrup label!
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