Paleo Pumpkin Latte Recipe
When fall approaches, pumpkin spice everything comes out of the woodwork. You don’t have to miss out on the flavor of fall just because of your diet. Make this Paleo pumpkin latte recipe anytime you’ve got a craving.
Why Can’t I Just Buy One?
I know that it’s convenient. In many cases, you don’t even have to leave your car. But there is a price to pay for that convenience.
Let’s start with the actual price. Sure, it’s not the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make, but it adds up. Especially for the people who buy multiple overpriced beverages a day.
Then there’s the price your body pays for drinking those ingredients. You’ve probably seen the Mom who won’t buy their kids sugary cereals and won’t touch soda, but they’ve always got a trendy overpriced coffee in their hand.
Who knows, maybe there’s just plain black coffee in there. But I highly doubt it.
If you were to pick up a pumpkin spice latte, what you’re really drinking is sugar. Sure, there are artificial preservatives too, but the main problem with these massively popular lattes is sugar.
Ironically, there may not even be pumpkin in your store-bought beverage!
Fortunately, you can make one yourself that tastes just as good and costs a heck of a lot less.
Make Your Own Pumpkin Latte
There are a few things to focus on when making this DIY gourmet coffee. First, it should taste like pumpkin. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Instead of dumping in artificial nonsense, you can use spices, namely nutmeg, ground cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. A bit of pumpkin puree adds authenticity and added appeal.
To sweeten the latte, I suggest erythritol. Start with a small amount and add more if necessary to suit your taste.
Instead of dairy milk, I use coconut milk. It’s mild and doesn’t cause digestive upset for most people.
Finally, you’ll add the actual coffee. Your favorite brand should work just fine.
As you can see, making your own pumpkin spice latte isn’t an expensive proposition. It also doesn’t take any longer to prepare than your coffee shop would.
Is Coffee Paleo?
It can be hard to figure out what is Paleo, and you may be wondering about coffee.
The short answer is yes, coffee is Paleo, and this recipe is Paleo as well. Where people can get in trouble is if they load it with non-Paleo ingredients and drink it to the point where it disturbs their sleep.
If you’d like a more in-depth explanation about coffee and Paleo, check out this article.
Once you try this easy pumpkin latte, you will be preparing it all year round!
For the pumpkin spice
For the latte
- 2 Tablespoons (31 g) of pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) of reserved pumpkin spice
- 1/3 cup (79 ml) of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) of erythritol, or more if you like it sweeter
- 2 small cups (480 ml) of black coffee, brewed
- sweet coconut cream,* to drizzle (optional)
- Combine all the pumpkin spice ingredients in a small bowl and set aside for later.
- In a small pan, add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice along with the coconut milk. Cook for 1-2 minutes over low-moderate heat, stirring well. Stir in the erythritol.
- In the meantime, brew your coffee as you normally would. Divide the pumpkin/coconut mixture between the two cups of coffee and drizzle with a little sweet coconut cream if desired.
- Sprinkle pumpkin spice over the coffee and enjoy!
* To prepare sweet coconut cream, scoop the solidified cream from a tin of coconut milk that has been kept in the fridge. Heat in a small pan and add a little erythritol. Pour into a bowl and return to the fridge for at least 20 minutes to thicken up again.
NOTE: Sweet coconut cream not included in the nutritional estimate.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 82
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 1 g