Let's face it. It just wouldn't be fall without the perfect pumpkin spice latte.
It's that time of year, and we've all seen the pumpkin spice latte memes and gifs all over the internet. There's a reason the #PSL is so popular, and that's because it's delicious! Pumpkin, cinnamon, and espresso all together in one drink? Now that's just about heaven on earth.
But believe it or not, there is one thing on this planet that's better than a pumpkin spice latte...
And that is a pumpkin spice latte with booze in it.
For those of us who will be carting kiddos around the neighborhood on Halloween, there's a wee bit of dread that goes into anticipating the cold weather, the sugar-hyper toddlers, and miles and miles of walking. The quick-witted parents among us have conjured brilliant schemes to spice up trick-or-treating for adults. Perhaps you've seen them, the groups of adults lingering around a cooler in a kiddie wagon while walking from house to house chasing kiddos.
So, just for Halloween, here's a brilliant recipe that's warm, comforting, and comes with a kick. It's the paleo pumpkin spice latte that's made for adults. It will keep you warm while the kids are collecting massive amounts of (what we're sure is paleo) candy. Not into hot drinks? Pour over ice and make it an iced latte! Maybe it should be referred to as the official "trick-or-treat survival beverage."
Even if you don't plan to spike your drink, you will still love indulging in the luxury of a pumpkin spice latte without spending $6.00 at your local barista. Yes, PSL's are deliciously wonderful when served by Starbucks, but wouldn't you rather enjoy a paleo version of your favorite sugary-sweet coffee? This recipe is SUPER easy to make at home, and it's just as tasty as other lattes if not better. Plus our pumpkin spice latte is paleo, so... obvious WIN.
The key to this latte recipe is not overheating the coconut or almond milk and coffee on the stove. Once you've brought the drink to a temperature that's hot enough for you to drink and enjoy, remove the pot from the heat source, and whisk in the remaining ingredients. If you let it sit on the stove for too long the milk and coffee will scald and have a less-than-awesome burnt smell and taste.
NEAT TIP: If you just that aren't into caffeine or you want to indulge in a pumpkin spice treat right before bedtime, simply substitute the coffee for more coconut or almond milk. You will get to enjoy a warm, soothing pumpkin spice drink right before bed.
Paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free
Makes approximately 2 servings
Recipe adapted from Apple of My Eye
Try this amazing homemade latte today, and let us know what you think!