Pumpkin Spice Latte with Maca, Maple & Mushrooms

Ahh, Autumn… by far my favorite season. Cozy sweaters, acoustic guitar, brisk, peaceful afternoons, brightly colored falling leaves….

And, of course, pumpkin spice everything.

Yes, *sigh*, I’m one of “those” people.

The mere second October waves hello, I’m tripping and falling into line at the nearest (organic) coffee shop to frantically order myself a large almond milk PSL.

Now, spending the entire holiday season gorging myself on fragrant pumpkin-y treats would truly be a dream come true.

However….

I’m not quite as in love with the copious amounts of added flavors, stabilizers and/or gums involved in the creation of many a pumpkin spiced product.

And don’t even get me started on the sugar content in a traditional pumpkin spice latte.

I mean, a sixteen-ounce classic PSL from Starbucks has…

wait for it…

fifty grams of sugar.

Now that’s spooky!

(I had to throw in one teensy little halloween reference. Sorrynotsorry.)

In high school, I religiously consumed at least one pumpkin spice latte every single day from it’s blessed release date up until the utterly devastating moment in which I finally realized it was no longer appropriate to continue indulging in my seasonal addiction.

I adored my daily quests Starbucks gallantly armored in American Eagle boots, knit scarves in various shades of burnt orange and messy bun du jour for a grande pumpkin spice latte.

It’s no wonder I crashed at my desk in a sugar & caffeine-fueled coma by 2:00 PM….

Anyway.

My point is… while a piping hot pumpkin latte from your favorite café may be one of your favorite things about fall, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health in order to partake in the comforting seasonal tradition.

In fact, pumpkin spice lattes can be healthy, nourishing and loaded with adaptogenic herbs… all the while being flavorful and delicious!

And with that, I would like to introduce you to my Maca, Maple & Mushroom Pumpkin Latte!

This recipe is perfectly sweet, indulgently creamy, generously spiced and made with real organic pumpkin.

Starting with a base of rich, homemade cashew mylk (you can find my super quick & easy recipe for cashew mylk here), we add hormone-balancing & energizing maca root, pure grade-A maple syrup, canned organic pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and instant organic coffee with two amazing medicinal mushrooms: maitake and chaga.

I used Four Sigmatic’s instant coffee latte mix with these two lovely mushroom friends already included in the packet, but you can substitute this for plain black coffee (just sub 2-3 oz hot coffee for 2-3 oz hot water included in the recipe) or one serving size of your favorite coffee substitute such as Dandy Blend – or you can omit it altogether for a lighter, steamer-style PSL.

(I’m not sponsored by or affiliated with Four Sigmatic in any way – I just love the convenience of their mushroom latte packets, especially for this recipe.)

This recipe takes roughly five minutes to make, and yields one eight-ounce mug of steamy pumpkin deliciousness.

So, let’s get right into it!

Ingredients:

5 oz hot water
3 oz cashew mylk 
1 packet Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Latte Mix
2 tsp grade-A maple syrup
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1 tbsp canned pumpkin (not to be mistaken for pumpkin pie mix, which contains added sugar!)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp gelatinized maca root powder
1 pinch sea salt

Directions:

  1. You can either throw all the ingredients into a small saucepan and whisk until heated, or blend everything first. Blending will create an especially smooth, frothy latte, but it’s definitely not necessary.
  2. Pour into your favorite cozy fall mug.
  3. Top with cinnamon or more pumpkin pie spice.

Enjoy ❤

Soothing Golden Turmeric Latte

I’ve never been the biggest fan of turmeric, but I am a fan of it’s anti-inflammatory benefits, and when combined with other spices it’s quite pleasant.

For this latte, I combined this magical spice with cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and cardamom for a wonderful caffeine-free blend.

I also added a pinch of ashwagandha for an added relaxing effect!

This latte is mildly sweet, creamy, spicy and fragrant, with a beautiful golden glow.

Spices are an amazing addition to any diet. They often help to kill parasites, promote healthy blood circulation, promote proper digestive fire and relieve the body of inflammation.

While I do appreciate turmeric, I don’t necessarily think it’s the end all be all of healing herbs and spices. Cinnamon, for example, has some equally fantastic health benefits including the promotion of healthy blood sugar levels, easing of PMS symptoms and enhancement of digestive function.

Is turmeric all hype?

Probably to some extent.

When I was referred to a naturopathic doctor for my chronic depression as a teenager, the first supplement she recommended to me was turmeric.

After a long period of time taking it, I did notice a very small difference, but ultimately I think there were multiple factors in my recovery.

Turmeric has been shown in studies to be a very effective treatment for major depressive disorder.

The benefits are undeniable, so let’s put it in a yummy hot drink and sip away!

Ingredients:

12 oz raw almond mylk
1 tsp maple syrup or raw honey OR 1/8 tsp monkfruit or stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp turmeric powder OR 1 tsp fresh turmeric juice
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp ginger root powder OR 1/2 tsp fresh ginger juice
1/4 tsp ashwagandha powder
1 tsp coconut oil OR MCT oil
1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until frothy and golden. To keep this recipe raw, continue blending until warm.
  2. Add to a small saucepan and heat on low, stirring frequently, until desired temperature is reached.
  3. Pour into your favorite cozy mug.

Enjoy! ❤