Healthy “Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte”

Most people love Starbucks more for the atmosphere and the emotion than really good coffee. We get used to it and we get used to chemicals. Starbucks is not healthy. While they caught flack last year for how unhealthy their pumpkin spice latte is, they added real pumpkin and kept a ton of chemicals.

 Ingredients

  • 4 oz. of very strong coffee brewed with spring water to simulate an espresso.
  • 3/4 cup of milk of choice (taste best with raw cow or coconut milk)
  • 3 Tablespoon organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon of Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coconut sugar for topping

Just concentrate your regular cup of coffee to 4 ounces of liquid. This will create a similar intensity of an espresso shot.

Instructions

If you don’t have an espresso maker and like lattes, I highly recommend investing in a great latte machine.

I found one that is inexpensive. I love steamed coconut milk. Steamed coconut milk is absolutely amazing with matcha green tea!

Once you have your coffee ready, heat your milk to a simmer. Pour your coffee, warm milk, pumpkin, spices, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Use an immersion blender (another awesome and inexpensive purchase) or your nutribullet to whip together. If you don’t have one, use a blender.

Depending on the strength of your blender and your preference with texture, you may want to strain the contents before pouring into a mug to drink.

Pour into mug of choice and dust the top with a pinch of coconut sugar and Ceylon cinnamon.

Healthy substitutions:

Trying to kick the coffee habit? Try using Dandy-Blend… it tastes most similar to coffee but it’s made from Dandelion and caffeine free. This means it is good for your liver.

If you French Press, add coconut water to brew your coffee instead of water.

If you are into essential oils, consider adding 1 drop of Thieves Oil to the mix. It will help ward off the cold and flu that makes the rounds this time of year.

Here is the Amazon store link to some of the products discussed in this recipe:

http://astore.amazon.com/pumpkin8-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=14\

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