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AIP Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
When you’re following autoimmune protocol, getting a pumpkin spice latte isn’t as easy as walking into your neighborhood coffee shop and placing an order. Between the dairy, the sugar, and any other additives crammed into the cup, sickly sweet store-bought lattes are off the table. However, all pumpkin spice lattes are not created equal. Our AIP pumpkin spice latte will put this fall favorite back in reach without all the inflammation-causing ingredients found in the original. So, if you find yourself craving that Starbucks latte, try this one instead. You just might be surprised with the results.
Five Fun Facts About Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice
- The first recorded use of the word pumpkin occurs in the well-known fairy tale, Cinderella in the 17th century. Before that they were called pompions and gros melons.
- Jack-o-Lanterns were not originally made from pumpkins! In fact, there was a long history of carving turnips and large potatoes to ward off evil spirits in Ireland. It wasn’t until the tradition moved across the Atlantic to America that pumpkins became the produce of choice for carving.
- 80% of all pumpkins in the United States are picked and sold in October. That’s more than 800 million pumpkins!
- Pumpkins are actually a fruit and not a vegetable. They belong to the Cucurbitacae family which also includes cucumbers and melons.
- Many pumpkin spice flavored products don’t contain any pumpkin. Rather, the “pumpkin spice” refers to the spices which evoke the flavor of pumpkin pie.
Coffee and Autoimmune Protocol
Is coffee AIP-friendly?
Strictly speaking, it is not. It has two strikes against it. First, coffee in its natural state contains high levels of caffeine which is a no no for AIP. Coffee is also made from coffee beans. Beans are a type of seed and seeds should be avoided for autoimmune protocol.
Luckily there are coffee alternatives, which are AIP-friendly.
The most common is made from roasted chicory root. Chicory is a plant in the dandelion family. Chicory coffee is believed to have originated in France during a coffee shortage and it was also widely used in New Orleans during the Civil War. Chicory root can be used on its own or mixed with other ingredients such as carob or dandelion root.
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Nothing screams fall like enjoying a steaming cup of pumpkin latte.
For the AIP pumpkin spice
For the latte
- 1/4 cup (62 g) of pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon (1 g) of reserved pumpkin spice
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of honey, or more if you like it sweeter
- 1/3 cup (79 ml) of coconut milk
- 2 cups (480 ml) of brewed coffee
- sweet coconut cream*, to drizzle (optional)
- Prepare a small batch of pumpkin spice by combining the spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add the pumpkin puree, honey, coconut milk, and pumpkin spice into a small pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes over low-moderate heat, stirring well to cook the spices out and combine the mixture.
- In the meantime, prepare your coffee as you normally would have it.
- Divide the pumpkin mixture between the two cups of coffee and drizzle with a little sweet coconut cream.* Sprinkle over more pumpkin spice and enjoy!
- To prepare sweet coconut cream, scoop the solidified cream from a tin of coconut milk that has been kept in the fridge. Heat slightly in a small pan and add a little honey. Pour into a bowl and return to the fridge for at least 20 minutes to thicken up again.
- Nutritional value does not include sweet coconut cream.
- All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 100
- Sugar: 5 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 8 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 1 g