A healthy pumpkin latte recipe that can be made in minutes in your blender, and rivals the famed coffee chain's drink in nutrition and fresh flavor. Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free of course!
Blender Pumpkin Latte
Would you like to make in your blender RIGHT NOW a healthy copycat version of Starbuck's top selling seasonal drink of all time?
Starbucks' version has sugar, a pumpkin-flavored syrup, and costs many buckaroos.
YOUR version will have dates or maple syrup controlled by you, REAL pumpkin, ingredients that are fraction of the cost.
And if I haven't convinced you to make my latte everyday, then at least add a few tsps of pumpkin puree to your coffee.
Why Add Pumpkin To My Daily Coffee?
Because daily pumpkin helps support your eyes and boost your immune-system and curb your appetite -- all with your morning joe!
And as we move into cold season, the timing is perfect to do something daily that boosts your immune-system, don't you agree?
But back to making a latte. My latte contains pure pumpkin puree, a tiny sweetening from maple syrup if you want it, and spices.
How to Make A Healthy Pumpkin Latte
It's so easy.
First you blend pumpkin with your favorite milk. I used cashew, and I added a ton of pumpkin, haha. I wanted all the pumpkin nutrition I could get.
Drop in a date (pitted of course) or maple syrup if you don't have dates on hand.
Sprinkle with your favorite cinnamon-y fall spices and taste-test. Adjust, and warm. Either in a pot or a microwave for 60 seconds.
Ta da! You are now in healthy pumpkin latte land.
Pumpkin Spice Latte without Coffee
Not a coffee drinker? A-okay! Just add more steamed milk...OR add black tea instead of coffee and make it a London Fog. I have never had a London Fog and I think I should remedy that soon! I love tea.
All You Need To Know About Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin, as you might know, is a squash, and technically considered to be a fruit, because it has seeds. Even though generally people assume it is more like a veggie.
Pumpkins are usually available fresh in USA during fall seasons, but available year-round as a canned puree. As you know, I lean hard toward non-processed ingredients, so canned isn't so great at first thought.
But. For pumpkin puree, it is easy to find a good brand that carries organic, non-processed puree that is JUST pumpkin.
I will link to my favorite brand in my recipe but just be sure to not mistake pumpkin puree for pumpkin pie mix. Pumpkin pie mixes have a sweetener and other ingredients added. You don't want to use that in this pumpkin latte. You want pure pumpkin puree only.
How Healthy Is Pumpkin Puree?
The strongest benefit from having pumpkin in your coffee daily is eye support. Pumpkin has three nutrients that protect eyes, both from daily wear-and-tear and aging. Those are vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin.
The additional nutrition of pumpkin is incredible.
First off, pumpkin is low in calories, there are only about 49 in an entire cup. But it's full of protein and fiber, so will help you feel extra full. Also all that vitamin A is good for other things besides eyes - your immune system, reproductive organs, and proper functioning of heart, lungs, kidneys and other vital organs.
For more information on how healthy pumpkin is read this article.
My Journey to This Pumpkin Latte Recipe
I love coffee and look forward to a nice hot cup each morning. And it does wake me up but I don't feel the healthy buzz I feel from eating, say a plate full of veggies. So I tried to improve on my morning joe.
I have tried adding coconut butter. This actually did make me feel more full and nutritiously happier (is that a thing?), but I didn't like the flavor. I guess I'm just not a coffee-with-a-hint-of-coconut--kind-of-gal.
So then I decided to make a pumpkin caramel macchiato. But I didn't have any dates. And what is a healthy macchiato without a thick date syrup layer on top? Tell me? It is nothing people. Nothing.
In fact, I have a properly brewed healthy macchiato in my upcoming book! It's a special flavor so I hope you check it out.
But I digress. Back to today's pumpkin spice latte research.
Even if I couldn't make a macchiato, I was sure I was on the right track with pumpkin. It is September after all. A few leaves on the ground even if my air conditioner is still on because it is 90 F outside.
So I decided on a Healthy Pumpkin Latte and never looked back.
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Blender Pumpkin Latte Recipe
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup coffee
- ⅓ cup pumpkin purée
- 1 tsp of maple syrup (Leave off if you don't normally sweeten your coffee)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice buy it or make your own: 1 tbsp cinnamon, pinch each of ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice.
- Blend up all ingredients, microwave the coffee for 60 seconds to warm it. Top with coconut whipped cream and sprinkle with spice!