Make Your Own Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Paleo and vegan friendly)

20131007-213053.jpgI may or may not have mentioned my somewhat waning affinity for that silly place called Starbucks. I did allow myself one pumpkin spice latte this year, but I like my version better as it’s a huge relief not to have the artificial ingredients, weird syrup with zero actual pumpkin and dairy-based flavoring. To that point- there is no way to have pumpkin spice latte dairy free at starbucks, even if the barista says it’s ok. The mix is dairy-based.

This version has no refined sugar and plenty of real pumpkin and really good spices. And it can definitely be made dairy-free, paleo and vegan! And it comes with a good dose of vitamin A. Gotta love DIY- and saving $5! There is a lot of room here for personal taste, this is not a copycat recipe. If you like your pumpkin spice latte sweet, add more maple syrup. If you like spices, add a little more. Have fun, it’s such a great fall drink to enjoy any time of day.

What fall specialties are you eating/drinking this year?

Gather
1-2 oz espresso, 4-6 oz strong coffee or coffee concentrate*
2-3 tbsp canned or fresh pumpkin
2-4 tbsp organic pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
8 oz milk of choice. (I like whole or soy)
1/2- 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice or a sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and allspice or cloves

Make
Warm milk on stove until steaming.
Add milk and all remaining ingredients to blender. And mix until frothy and latte-like.
Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and enjoy on a chilly fall morning!

Variations
Add some clean dairy whipped cream or whipped vanilla coconut cream if feeling adventurous!

*Coffee concentrate, espresso or plain strong drip coffee can be used, depending on your preference. Here are yummy, easy recipes for french press coffee concentrate or moka pot made espresso.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ohshecooks says:

    I bet this would be fabulous with full fat coconut milk. Perfect fall weather drink!

    1. missveronique says:

      I agree wholeheartedly! I adore coconut milk in just about anything. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Xo,

      Veronica

  2. niamhlehane says:

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like this, can’t wait to try it!

    1. missveronique says:

      I really enjoyed tinkering with it, let me know what you think!

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