It’s officially fall (aka pumpkin spice season) and I couldn’t be happier!
I know some folks out there are “over” the pumpkin spice trend but seriously give your head a shake! Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves…all delicious, combining all of those things…SUPER MEGA DELICIOUS! Embrace the pumpkin spice!
Now, don’t get me wrong because I’m a fan of the Starbucks PSL but you know just as well as I do, that shit is so not good for you! Look it up – 52g of carbs, 240mg sodium, 49 g OF SUGAR (not to mention Starbucks won’t share with the world the ingredient list…), and 380 calories of deliciousness. The good news is you can whip up a super healthy version at home and impress the hell out of your peeps by serving up this Homemade & Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cuppa.
It’s crazy easy, take about 10 minutes, and literally tastes like pumpkin pie in a cup. Here’s what you’ll need for 2 servings:
- 2½ c of Milk or Non-Dairy Milk (I use almond milk)
- 5-6 Tbsp. of Pumpkin Puree (not the Pumpkin PIE stuff, the real, natural pumpkin stuff)
- ½ tsp. each of any combination of the following (total of 2 tsp) :
- Cloves (go a little lighter on the cloves, they are potent)
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup (the good stuff please, we live in Canada after all!)
- Whipped Cream (or not – you decide)
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pot and whisk until smooth (and I mean real smooth!). Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently so nothing burns to the bottom of the pot. Let it simmer for a few minutes and give it a taste, feel free to add in a little more of anything that you like.
Need a little spice in your life? Add a pinch of black pepper or cayenne for an extra kick. You could also add in a shot of espresso or some strong coffee if you’re jonesing for your caffeine fix.
Serve with the whipped cream (if using) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Click here to check out my inspiration for the recipe!
At this point you may be wondering to yourself, “what if I wanted to try this Pumpkin Spice Cuppa but also wanted to get drunk?” Easy my friend, add in some brandy or whiskey and remember the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Kidding, I 100% support all kinds of warm alcoholic beverages – go on with your bad self!