This may shock a lot of people, but I am not a daily coffee drinker. There are so many people that can’t live without their coffee, that it’s hard for them to understand those of us who are not so inclined to imbibe the caffeinated goodness regularly. I enjoy an occassional cup but coffee just isn’t my thing like it is for others. Chai tea however is! And along with that, I love pumpkin spice season, because both use all of the same great spices!
I have been wanting to make a nice hot pumpkin spice milk based drink for awhile. I do love a good pumpkin spice latte, but sometimes want to tone down the coffee element. I often try to avoid caffeine and even decaf has some caffeine in it. So I decided to create this recipe, just to see how it tasted. Of course, I wanted to add some nutrient rich goodness to it, to make it even more beneficial to the body!
I did this by adding some Collagen Hydrolysate. This is the type I keep in my cupboard. I also wanted to add some good fat, so I added some coconut oil! You could even add some MTC oil.
If you are not having to watch blood sugar levels, you can use maple syrup or honey to sweeten this. If blood sugar is an issue for you, then sweeten with Stevia instead!
I was really amazed at how good this was! What is even better is that the spices used in pumpkin spice have some great health boosting properties of their own!
This is definitely going to be a great “go to” drink recipe during the cooler months!
There is another benefit of this beverage as well. This can be a great beverage to sip on when you have a cold or upper respiratory infection if you use a non-dairy milk. The spices in pumpkin spice are cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. All of those spices contain therapeutic properties that can benefit you when you are sick. Most are anti-viral antibacterial. Most also help with inflammation as well. A perfectly flavorful way to treat yourself when you are under the weather.
- 1 cup milk (can use non-dairy milks)
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp maple syrup, honey or Stevia to taste
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp Collagen Hydrolysate
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil or MTC oil
- Place the milk, pumpkin puree, sweetener, vanilla and pumpkin spice in small saucepan.
- Heat on medium heat until the milk begins to warm
- Add the collagen and coconut oil and allow to warm to the temperature you desire.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy!
- Want to make this recipe a pumpkin spice latte? Add 1/4-1/2 cup strong coffee and stir well!