Autumn = cooler weather (even in SoCal), falling leaves, pumpkins and…pumpkin spice lattes?! One time, long ago I ordered a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, took one sip, and threw it away (true story). It was disgusting…overly sweet with a funky aftertaste. Needless to say, I never went down that road again.
But…right around Labor Day, some of my Tweeps started posting up their longing for pumpkin spice lattes, and @Davethulu got the persistence award with pondering how to make a paleo version of this ahem, highly-awaited drink. After tossing suggestions back and forth, I decided to come up with a couple combos.
Our Twitter convo…
Have eaten the aforementioned but would never put it in my coffee :/
[Tip: never say never.]
@tcita (to @Davethulu and myself):
I would use nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, maybe a dash of honey, and milk/coconut milk.
Okay, okay…twist my arm already (haha…I love tinkering in the kitchen so it’s all good)!
2 oz. freshly brewed espresso*
1/4 c. full fat coconut milk**
1-2 tbsp canned pumpkin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Splash of pure maple syrup***
Splash of pure vanilla extract
1. Brew your espresso. *If you don’t have any espresso machine, don’t freak out. Make some very dark espresso or french roast drip coffee.
2. Froth the coconut milk using the steamer on your espresso machine. **Again…no machine? Heat the milk in the microwave. It just won’t be foamy and give the same consistency. Sad face. Heavy cream also works well here.
3. In a small container, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Shake to combine. You will only be using about 1/8 tsp per cup, so save the rest.
4. Combine espresso, steamed coconut milk, 1-2 tbsp of pumpkin, vanilla extract and 1/8 tsp of spice mix. Add splash of maple syrup if you prefer. ***If I know you used the fake junk, I will hunt you down! Would also be good with no sweetener at all (my preference). Stir to combine.
5. Top with foam and sprinkle with a pinch of spice.
6. Delight in your fall inspired drink and the fact that you saved yourself $4.50.
I made three variations then volun
teeredtold Dan to try all three and give his thoughts without telling him the ingredients.
espresso, coconut milk, pumpkin, spices and maple syrup
espresso, coconut milk, pumpkin and spices
espresso, coconut milk and spices
Not surprisingly, he chose #1 as his favorite. When asked what he liked about it, he mentioned it was a tiny bit sweet (really now, who wouldn’t like that) and had another “layer” of flavor that he couldn’t pinpoint at first. Success! The result perfectly married the flavors of pumpkin pie without being sludgy or heavy or overpowering in the pumpkin department.