Fall Flavors

5 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

This was the first morning that it really felt like fall in DC! We woke up early and started the morning with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Whenever this comes out, I realize that cooler weather is on the way. It makes me think of apple picking, pumpkin carving, sweater and scarves, and boots on the outside of jeans. After spending $5 on a medium size Pumpkin Spice Latte at (guess where?) I realized that there has to be a better way to make this at home. So after some trial and error, I think I came up with a good substitute. This serves 2 (because, hey, it’s not fair for only one person to enjoy this)!

A note on coconut milk:

Since I’ve realized that I’m lactose sensitive, I decided to try coconut milk instead of soy milk (or real milk) on my last trip to the grocery store.  It is high in saturated fat (a 1 cup serving size has 5g), but don’t forget that this is the good kinda fat. It is mostly made up of short- and medium-chain fatty acids that are used as energy and not stored as body fat like long-chain fatty acids found in dairy milk. Coconut is also rich in lauric acid, which helps strengthen the immune system. And it’s full of vitamins and minerals (calcium being a biggie). Just make sure you are buying 100% pure coconut milk. (PS. This brand also makes delicious ice creams!)

A note on pumpkin:

We all know, by now, that we should all eat more pumpkin (not just in pumpkin pie). But why? Some of the healing properties of pumpkin are:

  • Protection against heart disease
  • Digestive aid
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Used for insomnia
  • Helpful for treating burns
  • Anti-aging
  • Used for respiratory conditions liks asthma

Alright, aren’t you ready to enjoy your latte knowing all the health benefits?

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk

2 TB canned pumpkin

2 TB brown sugar or agave nectar

1 TB vanilla extract

1/2 tp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup strong coffee

Directions:

Heat coconut milk, pumpkin, and sugar over medium heat until just under boiling. Whisk well to incorporate the pumpkin. Off the heat, add vanilla and spices. At this point, you can choose to place in a blender to get frothy. Add strong coffee and pour into mugs. Enjoy the first days of fall and don’t forget you read it on Green Gourmets!

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2 Responses to “Fall Flavors”

  1. Patty December 7, 2010 at 11:05 AM #

    Great site! Am a beetaholic, too…
    LOVE the photos…

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