I know, I know... but it's a pre-paleo craving that just won't quit. Starbucks has an evil hold on my Autumn.
Does anyone have a paleofied version that is actually palatable. I don't need something sweet, just creamy, caffeinated and pumpkiny. I think it would be easy to make in to a cold smoothie (coconut milk, ice, canned pumpkin, spices, and espresso,) but can anyone here figure out how to make it hot and not gross? I am open to a dairy splurge.
A friend posted the link below when I was posting how excited I was that they were back. It's not paleo, but perhaps with some tweaks (stevia instead of sugar, throw some heavy cream in there instead of making it milk-based, etc) you might have something salvageable?
Sadly, as a former Starbucks barista, I know that the pumpkin spice latte is little more than pumpkin-flavored condensed milk syrup, loads of milk, espresso, and VERY sugary whipped cream (they do use heavy whipping cream, however).
Now, I've had some success with flavoring my coffee by mixing about a tsp of cardamon and cinnamon in my coffee grounds prior to brewing. You could probably do the same with a pumpkin spice mix in the grounds. Then, it's just warmed/steamed milk/cream (you can froth it on the stove, too!) and a dash of pumpkin spice mix or cinnamon for garnish.
There's an intriguing Pumpkin Whipped Cream recipe over at Sandra's Easy Cooking blog that could bring a more realistic pumpkin-topping to your concoction. Caution: I've never tried it. But, it appears simple enough!
Can you tell that I'm a seasoned coffee-slinger? THIS IS WHAT I DO.
Most Paleo pumpkin spice latte that I have come across: http://coastalcavegirl.com/2011/08/29/pumpkin-spice-latte/
OR You could adjust this recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/08/pumpkin-spice-latte-for-one/
I don't think there is an easy way to get the pumpkin taste in there without pumpkin.
You could buy a sugar free pumpkin syrup: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sugar+free+pumpkin+syrup&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&safe=strict&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1940242046708053975&sa=X&ei=_yJqTqW5NuGJ0QGH7pTtBA&ved=0CE8Q8wIwAQ
It's not really "Paleo" but it is sugar free and if it's a once in awhile treat, then just go for it.
OR bite the bullet, call it 80/20, get the real thing and enjoy every last sip.
Have you tried making it hot without making it gross? Try a real dessert instead. Real cooked and mashed pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, stevia, dash of cream or coconut milk, eat like a pudding. It tastes better if you eat it instead of drink it. If you are used to lower carb, it is sweet enough without the stevia.
This morning I made hot pumpkin spiced lattes that my husband and I thought were fantastic.
This recipe serves 2
6oz Heavy cream (or you may be able to use coconut milk, I haven't tried it that way yet) 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 Tablespoons pumpkin puree 2 Tablespoons Coconut Palm Sugar 4-6oz whatever black coffee you like
Blend all of the ingredients listed except for the coffee. Split into 2 mugs then pour the hot coffee to the top of your mug, stir.
This was terrific I thought and very low sugar using the coconut palm
I would just make my own pumpkin pie spice blend out of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove and bit of ginger. Add a dash to your brewed coffee along with a dollop of heavy cream :)
When I brew espresso, I'll add spices directly to the grounds (cardamom & cinnamon) and it's flavored as it comes out. I think I'll try using some pumpkin pie spice when the weather starts cooling down here in FL.
Ok, so I think there are two ways you could go about this. One is to infuse the milk. Combine milk, pumpkin, spices - pumpkin pie spice will give you the whole deal, whatever you're using for a sugar (coconut sugar in general is really good). Bring to a simmer on the stove, pull off and let it steep, then filter through a buttercloth. Add to espresso. The second would be to do all of this heated slowly on the stove, milk will totally blow up if you're not careful, then blend in your blender or with an immersion blender until it's all foamy and add espresso to that in a mug.
It'll probably be a little thick due to the pumpkin so maybe along the lines of an eggnog? But should still be tasty.
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