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A Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte To Make This Fall, If That's Your Thing

Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
By Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.
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September 15, 2021

The intersection of iced coffee season with pumpkin spice season is a very special time—fall may be in the air, but it's not yet the ideal temperature to switch over to hot coffees. (Excluding those of us who are iced-coffee-all-year or hot-coffee-no-matter-the-weather people.)

However, pumpkin spice beverages are often filled with flavored syrups, which means 1) you can hardly taste the coffee and 2) it's...full of added sugar. Instead, this year we're DIY-ing this festive fall treat, with recipes like this one from Plant Food Is Medicine by Nastasha McKeon, founder of Choice Superfood Bar and Juicery.

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Starting with homemade vanilla almond milk (McKeon uses sprouted almonds for hers), cold brew, and a custom pumpkin spice blend, this frappé-y version of the fall staple keeps things healthy with whole ingredients—no processed syrups in sight.

Pumpkin Spiced Frappé

Makes 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup cold brew coffee
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin purée
  • 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1½ tsp. Pumpkin Spice (blend below)
  • ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 3 tbsp. coconut whipped cream (optional)

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients, except ice, to a high-powered blender and blend for 30 seconds, or until the dates are thoroughly blended.
  2. Add ice and blend until you get a frappé consistency.
  3. Top with coconut whipped cream (if using) and enjoy immediately.

Pumpkin Spice

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. group nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground clove
  • ⅛ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom

Method

  • Combine together and store in a jar.

Excerpted with permission from Plant Food Is Medicine by Nastasha McKeon.

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Eliza Sullivan
Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer

Eliza Sullivan is an SEO Editor at mindbodygreen, where she writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She received a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in english literature with honors from Boston University, and she has previously written for Boston Magazine, TheTaste.ie, and SUITCASE magazine.