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Monday, August 25, 2014

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice; Skinny Style.


The pumpkin spice latte returning to Starbucks is like the return of football season for white girls.

Today marks that day, betches. Woohoo.

But, before you get too crazy double fisting your pumpkin spice lattes this morning, remember that it is still summer and you won't be able to hide your pumpkin spice chub under sweaters for another couple of weeks...maybe even months if you live in sunny Southern California.

That being said, you may remember my post a few months ago, Forecast This; Anorexic Starbucks Drinks That Will Change Your Life., and instead of changing your life this time, I will merely save your bikini bod for the rest of summer.

Here's the anorexic recipe, order up...


Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to order: (size), coffee, 1-2 inches steamed nonfat milk or soy, 1 pump pumpkin spice flavored sauce.

Add in at the bar: Cinnamon, nutmeg.

Note to vegans: many of you may remember from last year the huge earth shattering controversy over there not being a "vegan" option for this drink as the pumpkin spice flavored sauce contains condensed milk. So yes, this still stands, even if you use soy.

Sad story, I know.

But, here's an amazing DIY recipe I found that is skinny, tastes super delicious, and is vegan to boot...


Ingredients:

2 cups strong coffee, freshly brewed

1 cup nut milk (almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, etc.)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sweetener of choice, to taste (agave, brown sugar, coconut crystals, stevia, honey, maple syrup, etc.)

Optional additions: ground nutmeg, ginger, garam masala, cardamom, other warming spices, to taste. 

How to make:

1. Make coffee, the stronger the better. Always.

2. Make pumpkin milk by combining all other ingredients in a small bowl and whisking by hand or by blending up in your Vitamix. Warm up the pumpkin milk mixture so it doesn't cool off your coffee when you combine.

3. Pour 1 cup of brewed coffee into a mug and pour half the pumpkin milk mixture over the top of your coffee and enjoy.

*Makes 2 servings

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