Now that the Christmas drinks are out, it’s only a matter of time before the pumpkin spice latte is gone. I hate to think about waiting a year for one, and I honestly would prefer a healthier version. So, I decided to create my own mix – using only whole food ingredients.
Since I LOVE coffee, it was a rough job . . .
but I came up with a version that is quite yummy!
I have to warn you, it ISN’T low in calories, but it IS yummy and would be a great alternative to dessert one night!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix:
Makes enough mix for about three drinks
1 cup pumpkin puree (1/2 of a 15 oz. can works well also)
3/4 cup organic whipping cream, half and half, coconut or almond milk (whipping cream is the most decadent, but the others taste good too)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 T vanilla
1 and 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ginger
1/4 t. cloves
Step one: Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend. Try not to eat it all with a spoon and pour into a container – this keeps for about a week in your fridge.
Step two: Place about 1/4 cup in the bottom of your coffee mug. Pour hot, very strong (I used my French Press to make it super strong) coffee over the mix. Stir well.
Step three: To make it REALLY decadent, top with real whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
I have to say it was a fun day of testing these drinks, and I think this is a yummy alternative to a chemical laden grocery store creamer! It does take about five minutes to make, but then you have the mix on hand for a few more drinks later in the week.
Next I think I’ll work on the Peppermint Mocha’s as those are my husband’s favorites!
Want to know how I had time to play with drink recipes last night? Simple – I had my dinner already planned and ready to go! Thanks to menu planning I never worry about what we’ll have for dinner and on nights I know we’ll be busy I can make sure dinner is simple. Check out my menu planning e-course and you can learn to make your dinnertime stress-free too!