Pumpkin Spice Latte. This is one is known pretty much everywhere over the world due to a certain well-known coffee shop chain. And a couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a shopping center for the first time in ages again. And I thought: “Why not have a pumpkin spice latte?”. I already changed my order significantly (no whipped cream, 2 pumps instead of 4, and I had almond milk) and it still tasted… kind of fake.
Well… technically you should tell me now how I could expect it to taste anything different than ‘fake’ given that it is full of artificial flavors?! And I know, I know – you are right. And to a certain degree that is also something positive. Being able to taste artificial flavors and certain things being overtly sweetened means that our taste buds are adjusted to eating as close to nature as possible and recognize the things that are not “natural”.
In any case, it led me to decide to create my own version so that I can enjoy a pumpkin spice latte anytime I like. And now you can too 😉😍. Full disclaimer, I drink my coffee decaffeinated because it messes with my anxiety. I have written an entire blog post on the topic of Coffee – is it good or bad for you if you would like to have a read.
Why is this Pumpkin Spice Latte good for you?
Hooray to our orange winter squash!! Pumpkins are so versatile (check out “Other Pumpkin Recipes on the Blog” further below. They are also extremely nutritious. Scientifically a fruit, because it contains seeds, pumpkin is oftentimes more used as a vegetable would in our kitchens. Pumpkins contain abundant amounts of vitamin A (as do most orange and yellow vegetables), vitamin C, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin E, and iron – to name just a few!
Pumpkins also contain a whole range of good-for-you antioxidants. These antioxidants protect our bodies from free radicals and oxidative stress. All antioxidants are great for us but they tend to all support us in different “areas of the body”. The ones found in pumpkins may be particularly good for your eyesight and for protecting against sun damage, as well as certain types of cancer. Because of pumpkins’ excellent vitamin A and C content, it is awesome at supporting your immune system and fighting off infections. Vitamin A also helps the body to fight degenerative eye diseases that we tend to develop with age. So eat up for strong, healthful eyes!!
How can I adjust this Pumpkin Spice Latte to my Dietary Requirements?
This recipe is wholefood based only and there vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and nut-free if you choose non-dairy milk that has no nuts in it. If you drink coffee as part of your paleo lifestyle (not everyone does) then this recipe is also for you!
Other Pumpkin Recipes on the Blog
- How about a delicious Pumpkin Spice Smoothie for breakfast?
- This Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie is simple deliciousness
- These Chewy Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies are something I currently craving and I think I will bake those asap!
- This Baked Spiced Pumpkin is excellent as a side, starter, or make it the main event
- This Red Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup is simple, whole food deliciousness 😋
And there you have it for this week! Easy, quick, and delicious. I hope you will enjoy this drink as much in the mornings as I am currently doing 😉. As always, please let me know what you think of the recipe – either in the comments below or by rating the recipe. I love hearing from you.