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