The weather is cooling down, the stores are starting to explode with holiday décor, and I’m craving pumpkin. While you could easily hop in your car and drive on over to Starbucks (or your local coffee house) and pick up a $5 cup of delicious pumpkin spice latte, there are a few downfalls. You’ll not only be out $5 per cup but you’ll also begin to notice your jeans getting tighter. Let’s face it, with all of the yummy fall recipes, it’s easy to pack on the pounds.
Why don’t you leave the bulking up to those who hibernate in the winter and take my advice, make your own, healthier version! Not only will you save enough money to shop for Christmas but there are also numerous health benefits to the ingredients that make up this fall favorite.
Almond milk (unsweetened) is lower in calories than other milks & is a good source of vitamins A & D. It is also free of Cholesterol, saturated fat, and is naturally lactose free, yay!
This fall super food contains vitamin A & iron, which boosts your immune system. It is also great for digestion because it’s loaded with fiber and potassium.
Cinnamon is the winner in spices when it comes to antioxidants (which protect the body from damage caused by free radicals). It is loaded with polyphenols 3, 4 and 5. It also helps to lower blood sugar levels. Make sure you are buying and using Ceylon which is “true” cinnamon.
While other sweeteners are packed with artificial ingredients, Stevia is a naturally occurring sweetener and contains zero calories. You can’t beat that!
Not only is coffee great for giving you energy, but it also contains essential nutrients such as Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.
Enough talk about health benefits, fighting off extra weight and saving money. Try this recipe for yourself and let us know what you think! This serving size is for one latte but you can easily double or triple the recipe for more servings.
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (original or vanilla)
3 tbs pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin spice (or a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 drops of liquid stevia
6-8oz. brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
- In a small saucepan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin puree. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture begins to simmer.
- Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices, and sweetener. Whisk together until the mixture becomes frothy.
- Add coffee into a large mug and pour the frothy milk mixture on top.
**gluten-free, vegan, clean eating, low fat, low calorie, sugar free