It is the fall of 2003 when the wind begins to get crispier, the leaves start to change, and Starbucks releases a drink that will come before every fall season, henceforth; the pumpkin spice latte.

All those years ago, not even the curators in the development kitchens of Starbucks knew just what they were starting. The fad that welcomes every fall season in with a sigh of relief and oversized sweaters.

It’s okay, you don’t have to admit to me how much you like these tendrils of autumn that coil around your desires and hook into your dreams. I don’t need to know. You know who does need to know? You on the first cold day on a morning in Florida, or the slightest breeze and the sight of red, orange, and yellow leaves in the Gatineau park. I know you will rush home (if you aren’t already), ravage your pantry and find a recipe online. We have just the recipe for you.

You are quietly scrolling through your phone for a homemade recipe. Most have the obvious ingredient – pumpkin. You get to the grocery store and find out that they can’t keep it stock, or you can’t even muster up the energy to go to the store and get pumpkin. If this is you, you are in the right place. We have curated a pumpkin spice latte recipe, affectionately known as the good ole PSL, without pumpkin and adjustable for the way that you are currently eating. While it doesn’t actually have pumpkin, it tastes pretty darn close. 

In this recipe, we include coconut milk, all spice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a sweetener. We used organic ingredients from top to bottom and were choosy about the sweetener. We used organic maple syrup, organic stevia, and organic dates to sweeten based on dietary restrictions. We also used full fat, organic canned coconut milk. We prefer the one from Trader Joe’s as it doesn’t contain any guar gum or emulsifiers.

 

Benefits of These Fall Spices:

 

All Spice: This Jamaican spice has been used to promote digestive health and as an anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is made from a bark of trees known as Cinnamomumis. It is a high anti-inflammatory and is chalk full of antioxidants. If you can find ‘ceylon’ cinnamon, this is the real deal cinnamon.

Ginger: Ever wonder why some people recommend ginger when you are recovering from a stomach bug? That’s because ginger is incredible for your stomach, and can be a powerful anti-nausea. It is also high in antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, and is great for menstrual cramps.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg is also high in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. Some animal studies show that it may also boost your libido.

Essentially this drink has spices with medicinal properties, which can make it great for you, considering the quality of ingredients you use.

 

Vegan “No Pumpkin” Spice Latte

We used canned coconut milk which made the latte sweeter, as to not use as much maple syrup. If you use another alternative milk, you might have to add more sweetener to taste. Consider a brand like Elmhurst 1925 that does not contain any preservatives or ingredients other than the water and the nut/oat they use.

 

Ingredients:

⅛ tsp or just a pinch of organic all spice

¼ tsp or two pinches of organic cinnamon (feel free to add more if you are a cinnamon fan!)

¼ tsp or two pinches of fresh ground organic ginger

⅛ tsp or just a pinch of organic nutmeg

2 tbsp of organic maple syrup

1 cup of organic canned coconut milk (we prefer Trader Joe’s)

1 cup of organic coffee

½ tsp of organic vanilla extract (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except for coffee in a pot and heat over medium.
  2. Brew coffee and pour into a mug.
  3. Add contents from pot.
  4. Enjoy on a cold morning while channeling your inner Hygge.

 

Whole 30 + Paleo “No Pumpkin” Spice Latte

We used dates to make this drink without any added sugar, making it whole 30 and paleo approved.

 

Ingredients:

⅛ tsp or just a pinch of organic all spice

¼ tsp or two pinches of organic cinnamon (feel free to add more if you are a cinnamon fan!)

¼ tsp or two pinches of fresh ground organic ginger

⅛ tsp or just a pinch of organic nutmeg

2-3 organic dates

1 cup of organic canned coconut milk (we prefer Trader Joe’s)

1 cup of organic coffee

½ tsp of organic vanilla extract (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except for coffee in a blender.
  2. Add contents from blender and transfer to a pot and heat over medium.
  3. Brew coffee and pour into a mug.
  4. Use a small mesh strainer to remove unblended dates as you pour content of the pot into the mug.
  5. Enjoy on a cold morning while channeling your inner Hygge.

 

Keto “No Pumpkin” Spice Latte

In order to make this drink Keto, we switched the canned coconut milk for organic heavy cream and the sweetener for organic stevia.

 

Ingredients:

⅛ tsp or just a pinch of organic all spice

¼ tsp or two pinches of organic cinnamon (feel free to add more if you are a cinnamon fan!)

¼ tsp or two pinches of fresh ground organic ginger

⅛ tsp or just a pinch of organic nutmeg

⅔ tsp of organic stevia

2-3 tbsp of organic heavy cream

1 cup of organic coffee

½ tsp of organic vanilla extract (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except for coffee in a pot and heat over medium.
  2. Brew coffee and pour into a mug.
  3. Add contents from pot.
  4. Enjoy on a cold morning while channeling your inner Hygge.

 

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