What is the best thing about Fall? Pumpkin spice lattes, of course. I love using pumpkin in all my recipes around this time of the year… it seems to go with everything. Try adding 1-2 tbsp of pumpkin to your chili, or adding pumpkin puree to pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies… the list goes on forever.
But one of my favourite pumpkin concoctions is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The one in Starbucks burns through my coffee budget way too quickly and is made from a surgery, filled-with-chemicals syrup (full disclosure: I still enjoy my Starbucks 1/2 sweet PSL from time to time)
Check out the health benefits in pumpkin. Talk about a superfood! This recipe is a little healthier than the classic pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, as well as lighter in taste (not so decadent) which makes for a nice addition to your morning coffee each morning this fall.
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice*
- 1 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- A dash of ginger
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional, if you want it to be sweeter)
- Brewed coffee or espresso – however much you want. I brewed an 8 oz cup of coffee with my Keurig. If I had more time, I would make a really good coffee in my french press.
*You can make pumpkin spice at home using this recipe. But if you don’t have all these spices, just add cinnamon, nutmeg and the ginger and all will still be fine!
- Put pumpkin puree, spices, milk, and sugar in a small saucepan and whisk for 5-10 minutes on low heat. Wait until the milk slightly bubbles.
- Add vanilla extract and if you would your pumpkin spice latte to be sweeter, add the optional maple syrup. Stir to mix all the ingredients and turn off the heat.
- Add the pumpkin spice latte mixture to your brewed coffee or espresso and voila! Tackle your mornings with your pumpkin spice latte without breaking the bank or overdoing it on calories.
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Pumpkins are packed with many vitamins and health benefits. Some health benefits of fall’s favorite signature squash include (source):
- Rich in vitamin A which is good for your eyesight.
- Source of fiber which means they will fill you up with less calories and keep you full longer throughout the day. They have 3 grams (of fiber) per one cup serving which is about 50 calories.
- Boast the antioxidant beta-carotene which according to the National Cancer Institute, plays a role in preventing cancer.
- That antioxidant beta-carotene I just mentioned… also keeps the wrinkles on your skin at bay.
- Excellent source of vitamin C: one cup of pumpkin contains more than 11 milligrams (20% of the 60 milligrams women should have daily!).