Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Protein Latte

Today is the first day of fall! My favorite time of the year. In honor of today, I bring you guys one of the most popular flavor combinations of the autumn season: Pumpkin spice.

I have always loved Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte, but it's not something I want to indulge in daily. I like to save it for special occasions when I feel like treating myself. I still crave that flavor though... especially when I pass the "PSL" signs out on every corner Starbucks in town.

That's why I decided to create my own. Pumpkin not only tastes amazing, but is a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin A. When mixed with the natural sweetness of coconut sugar and the warmth of the spices, it makes a perfect fall combination. I added whey protein powder to mine for a boost of protein along with the sweet vanilla flavor.

You can easily heat this up & drink it hot, but I served mine over ice. I love it chilled for these weeks that are sort of "in-between" in terms of the weather-- not exactly summer, but not cold enough for fall.

The best part about making your own drink at home is that you're in control-- so feel free to make substitutions. I made mine "Paleo-friendly", so gluten, soy, & dairy-free (besides the whey protein!). But, you can use whatever milk you like, sweeten with honey or regular sugar, and adjust the measurements to suite your own taste buds. If you want to serve it hot, just simmer in a saucepan until heated through or pop it in the microwave.

Whichever way you prepare it, I hope you enjoy~ & feel good about it! This one's packed with great ingredients to start off your morning. Here's how I prepare mine...

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cold brew coffee (or strong coffee)
  • 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of cinnamon 

Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients, besides cinnamon, in a blender or Magic Bullet. Whip it up until blended together & frothy on top.
  2. Serve over ice & sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!
Makes 14 oz.~ similar to a Starbucks "grande" size.




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4 comments:

Mackenzy Bailey said...

This is so easy

Jessie B said...

Too easy! I can't stop making them, haha

Anonymous said...

This is so yummy!

Jessie B said...

So glad you liked it! :)