I love a good cup of java and all the cute coffee shops and feelings that come with each cup! This really is one of life’s simple joys. And as the Fall season sets in, I love to indulge in a good ol’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Lately though, I have been reluctant to regularly indulge in the PSL we all know and love and find that often I am choosing this option more so for the convenience aspect and here’s why…. Homemade PSL’s!
These are so much better than and pumpkin syrup just does not compare. You control the sweetness, the spice and know exactly what goes into each cup. Plus, the $5+ spent on each cup is much more welcomed in my pocket!
So this Thanksgiving weekend, cuddle up on the couch with this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy yourself and all the things we have to be thankful for: 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Latte (yields 2 cups)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
4 tbsp pumpkin purée
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp of maple syrup (you can add this in as you go to suit your sweet tooth)
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
4 oz brewed espresso or strong coffee
2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
Mix spices with vanilla and maple syrup to create a paste.
Heat milk on low, add in pumpkin puree, and spice mixture. Whisk until smooth. (don’t be afraid to add more sweetness or spice if you prefer)
Pour Espresso and top with pumpkin spice milk mixture.
If you are feeling fancy, top with whip or frothy milk.
Who said you couldn’t have your greens in a warm and cozy cup… Ok not quite… But a good cup of Matcha offers many benefits to help kick off your day. This miracle elixir has been around for over a thousand years and is ever growing in popularity. While the best can be found at small Chinese tea shops, Matcha is easily available at most major tea and coffee retailers, when you are looking for convenience. I’ll often get my fix at Starbucks if needed and on the go. However, nothing beats sitting back and relaxing with a warm cup of greens before starting the day. Finding that moment of peace and calm in a delicious cup is beyond comforting.
It’s well known that Matcha is a ‘superfood’ we should not ignore. There are loads and loads of benefits that should be well noted and celebrated with each latte you make. Here are a few that are top in my books –
high in antioxidants, exponentially more than any other ‘superfood’
loaded with catchin EGCg, which is most powerful with cancer fighting properties
L-Theanine helps in calming, aiding in relaxation and meditation efforts
L-Theanine also produces dopamine and serotonin which enhance memory and concentration
a clean energy boost from combined nutrients vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
rich with chlorophyll, naturally detoxifying the body
boost to one’s metabolism, helping burn calories
natural antibiotic properties that fortify and stregthen the immune system
health properties that help fight heart disease, improve cholesterol and lower blood sugar
Making the perfect Matcha is kind of a no brainer, but here you’ll find a few of my special touches. This recipe yields 2 servings.
2 teaspoons of Matcha, 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, drizzle of maple syrup or coconut agave syrup.
Whisk the Matcha with a tbsp of water to get rid of lumps and clumps
In a small saucepan, bring the milk of your choice to a simmer over medium heat