You don't have to be #basic to celebrate the arrival of Pumpkin Spice season. Starbucks started the trend when it launched its incredibly popular Pumpkin Spice Latte beverage in 2003. The coffee drink contains traditional fall flavors such as pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Its viral rise has inspired Twitter accounts, memes and even parody movie trailers:
With dreams of pumpkin, espresso, and cinnamon in their heads, the PBC recipe development team got to work on creating a paleo treat that captures all the autumn goodness that is the #PSL. We used our popular new Paleo Vanilla Cake and Muffin Mix as the base to build up our fall flavors.
The Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is made according to the cake package instructions, but with the addition of 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and a single packet of Starbucks' own VIA instant coffee. You can use any flavor of VIA you want, but to keep it simple (and paleo) we chose the Pike Place Roast version. If you don't want to use Starbucks, you can simply replace it with any instant coffee or espresso brand you perfer.
These muffins come out of the oven packing a punch of pumpkinny palate-pleasing perfection. (See what we did there? Alliteration!) They are a fall showstopper of a morning or afternoon treat, but they could also be easily made into a to-die-for dessert with a dollop of whipped coconut creme and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pumpkin Spice Latte CUPCAKES anyone?
Ok, without further ado, Paleo Baking Company gives you...
Makes approximately 18 muffins
May all your Pumpkin Spice Latte dreams come true!