Many of you probably know that the beloved pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks (and the pumpkin syrup at Dunkin') have been exposed for the frauds they are, containing milk that barista's never warn you about in the actual syrup, chemicals like caramel coloring that are not healthy to be ingested and filled with GMO milk if you get yours with soy.
More than one friend or client has mentioned how upsetting this news was to them and begged me to tell them how to get their pumpkin spice fix without sacrificing their health. Well the good news is it's really easy and even better, you'll save a lot of money skipping out on those $5 lattes this season!
My Go-To Tricks To Satisfy My Pumpkin Spice Fix:
Sugar & Spice
Make your own latte at home using organic, gmo-free nut milk (or making your own nut milk!) and while you're steaming your milk add in 1/2 teaspoon to a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (you can buy pumpkin spice at trader joe's or most grocery stores by the spices). For those of you who want a sweeter taste, drizzle a little grade B maple syrup for a rich fall flavor with a healthier take than sugar.
Spice 'n Brew
This only works if you have an old school coffeemaker or french press and not so much with the keurigs unless you use the DIY cup where you add your own grounds. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice per cup of coffee in with grounds and brew per usual. You can experiment with vary amount of spices, as you might guess, I like mine pretty pumpkin spicey! The beautiful part of this is that you can get it just right, so you can, GASP, make your own pumpkin coffee then one of those big chains that have a standard formula for everyone.
Yes, I know this is NOT coffee but it's my favorite option lately and you might find that when you're going on pumpkin beverage number three you may want to do yourself a little favor and give your body a break from all the caffeine. My favorite pumpkin spice tea is Harney + Sons but there are plenty of them out there so shop around and let me know if you find a favorite! I also add some almond milk to my tea in this case to make it feel a little more decadent.
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