I was just reading about how Pumpkin Spice Lattes may not be gluten free if you buy them at Starbucks, McDonalds, Dunkin' Donuts etc...and those chains cannot guarantee a gluten free product (mostly because of cross-contamination). I had a latte last week and it was very sweet, and I couldn't really taste anything specifically pumpkin and it cost over $4...yikes eh?
This morning I was digging around in my pantry and I found everything you could possibly need to make a morning coffee even more special by creating a homemade version of the pumpkin spice latte! Here's how I did it (but you can add your own flavors to suit yourself!).
1 can coconut cream (mine was from Trader Joe's)
4 T. pumpkin puree
1/4 c. maple syrup (less if you prefer)
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 t. sea salt
1/4 t. nutmeg and/or cinnamon
1/8 t. ginger
1/8 t. (or less) cloves
several drops of Stevia to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients in a wide mouth mason jar and shake vigorously until everything is combined. The pumpkin make stick to the sides, so scrape with a spoon if necessary. I taste tested mine until it was the right sweetness. You may also add more or less sweeteners depending on how you like your coffee. Any of the spices are optional.
You will end up with a pumpkin pie-like batter...taste it. It's delish! I immediately poured a lot into a strong 1/2 cup of coffee to create a latte effect. If you'd like to thin it a bit, add a bit of filtered water...just remember it will thin out when you pour it into hot coffee, as coconut cream is very thick. You could also use coconut milk.
Non Coffee Drinker Version
Okay, this is for you frozen frapp gals...
Take the above ingredients and pour into your blender...add a tray of ice cubes (approximately 16 cubes)...and blend until the ice is smooth. This should serve 2-3, if you're willing to share.
Note: Remember Stevia can have a somewhat bitter aftertaste, so err on the side of less if you're not sure how to use it. Start with one drop at a time. And the pumpkin may have chunky pieces in it, depending on which brand you use. You can always run your mixture through a sieve or cheese cloth to remove.
Hope you enjoy and happy blogging!