Paleo Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Though I follow the autoimmune protocol for the most part and have an autoimmune disease, I do enjoy a few reintros. Coffee, goat dairy, and certain spices are just a few and I’ve been incredibly thankful during the season of pumpkin spice latte’s! However, these deliciously cliche autumn drinks aren’t totally off limits for AIP folks. When September rolled around, my first move was to make an AIP pumpkin spice “latte”. However, for the sake of all my fellow fall lovers, you can never have enough pumpkin. So, I also wanted to share a paleo version that I also enjoy made from local goat milk from Hidden Valley Creamery, Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee, and a pumpkin pie spice blend. 

So, why did I chose chameleon cold brew? Well, it tastes bomb for one. The mocha flavor is a spot on, and the cold brew is much appreciated as iced coffee is still appropriate for me in Texas. Also, it’s great quality and doesn’t make me feel weird. Instant coffee is often cross reactive with gluten, and non-organic coffee has high pesticides. This coffee easily makes the best iced coffee I’ve ever had. 

First, let me address the goat dairy as it can be a gray area for some on the paleo diet. I follow a more ancestral and local approach, and let’s face it… when it comes to milk options, coconuts do not grow in Dallas. Not everyone can tolerate dairy and coconut milk is a good option if you can’t, but local goat milk is a good option for myself, and for many. Eating local is such an integral part of my own health journey, and it’s the way that we’re primally wired to eat. I fully believe that dairy is a good option for many (not all, of course). Goat milk is a perfectly healthful and delicious option for this drink, and I highly recommend finding a local source! 

(update 2016: I’ve since stopped drinking goat dairy as I wasn’t tolerating it well. I advocate it for some, but stick to coconut for myself).

Paleo Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
  1. 4 oz Mocha Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee
  2. 2 oz Coconut Milk (sub the grass-fed goat milk if you're feeling spicy)
  3. 1 tsp maple sugar or local honey
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp ginger
  6. 1/4 tsp ground clove
  7. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  8. 5-6 large ice cubes
  1. Blend the spices in a small ramekin separately
  2. Fill a glass with ice cubes
  3. Add cold brew, and finish with milk
  4. Combine the mixture with a spoon or coffee stirrer
  5. Add the pumpkin pie spice blend to the coffee
  6. Combine with a spoon
  7. Add more ingredients as needed, and enjoy!
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What’s your favorite fall drink? Are you pumpkin spice crazy too?

AIP Pumpkin Spice Latte (Dairy free, paleo)

The time has indefinitely come. The leaves are changing, the air is getting more brisk.. well those things are happening somewhere other than Dallas, but hey, a little coffee told me that it’s time for pumpkin spice everything. So therefore, I can only deduce that it indeed almost fall. That means it’s was time for me to come up with an AIP pumpkin spice latte of my own that was dairy free, coffee free, and fit the autoimmune protocol.

So what’s in a normal pumpkin spice latte that someone following AIP can’t have? Dairy for sure, but there’s also the coffee, and all spice. Not to mention the mystery sweeteners and flavorings that you’d find anywhere else other than making this homemade.

Personally, I’m at a point in my journey where I can tolerate coffee just fine once or twice a week, and that’s fine. Strict AIP isn’t made to last forever as Pheonix Helix reminds us, but  I wanted to make something that was fully compliant for someone who was currently strict AIP. That’s when I brought in the tea. I used a black tea for the base, but remember it’s fermented and won’t work for someone with yeast issues. You can try a chai or roobis tea, but be sure to get something with a neutral flavor.

AIP Pumpkin Spice Latte


AIP Pumpkin Spice Latte
  1. 8 oz Black tea, brewed
  2. 1 tbsp canned pumpkin
  3. 1/4 cup coconut cream
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/8 tsp mace (sub nutmeg if tolerated)
  6. 1/4 tsp maple syrup or maple sugar
  1. Combine the ingredients in a blender of your choice
  2. Blend for 5-7 seconds on low
  3. Reheat slightly either in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or on the stove until it starts to steam if desired
  4. Throw on some leggings, an oversized jumper and enjoy
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AIP Pumpkin Spice Latte


Like I said, you can easily sub ingredients that you’ve been able to add back into your diet, but this is strict AIP! There are lots more yummy AIP pumpkin goodies coming soon! I did have a whole can to play with 😉

That’s all for this week! Stay seasonal my friends.

What’s your favorite way to get your first taste of pumpkin in the fall? Have you had a pumpkin spice latte yet?