Fall is in full swing and we’re not above loving that infamous “basic” beverage that explodes EVERYWHERE this time of year: the sweet and spiced PSL (aka: Pumpkin Spice Latte).
Since the Starbuck’s version, that must be credited for bringing this drink such fame, is sooo full of sugar and other mysterious-not-good-for-your-poor-body ingredients we decided to take matters into our own hands and make a version with real ingredients that’s also WAY LESS sugar and even Paleo-friendly!!
May we present our Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe:
(Makes 3 to 4 servings pending on mug size 😉 and it’s maybe a little too easy to consume all on your own if you’re not careful)
2 cups unsweetened cashew OR almond milk (I typically use cashew, it tends to be the creamiest)
1/4 cup pumpkin purée
1 tablespoon honey and/or pure maple syrup (I like using just a little of both)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grass fed butter (substitute with more coconut oil or coconut butter for vegan option)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 1/2 cups hot strongly brewed coffee
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A couple shakes of ground cardamom
A dash of ground ginger
A dash of ground cloves
A dash of ground nutmeg
Heat cashew (or almond) milk in a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Be careful not to boil the milk, and once it’s become hot, remove it from heat. Add all ingredients, including heated milk, to a blender. Blend for several seconds or until fully combined. A bit of froth should’ve formed after the mixture settles. Give it a quick taste test and adjust accordingly if you wish!
For example: add more spices if you fancy // if you want it creamier, then add a smidge more butter and/or coconut oil // and if you want it as sweet as Starbucks, instead of adding more honey or syrup, use Stevia to sweeten it to taste! A bit more maple syrup will do the trick too, BUT, it’ll lessen its qualifiers as “Paleo” LOL – enjoy hot and with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top!
In my inbox today was a question from a gal who is trying our new Re-Boot Camp! She had a question regarding having a smoothie everyday—
I just signed up for the Re-Boot Camp. I did not realize that breakfast would be a smoothie and the recipe contains your protein powder, etc…. Is there something else you can have for breakfast?
I didn’t order these items when I first signed up because I didn’t realize they were necessary for this program.
Hey there Becky!
I use smoothies because of their ease of accomplishment AND it really, really helps with weight loss from my own personal experience.
If you would prefer, you can scramble two eggs, add some salsa on the top if you like and 1/4 of a ripe avocado–that would totally work. I’d also add some fresh berries like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or blackberries on the side; no more than 1/2 a cup.
Hope that helps!
PS—Re-Boot Camp is happening NOW! No, you don’t have to do the smoothie, but my question would be, why wouldn’t you? GREAT results happen when you embrace this one daily habit! This is what Megan said about our smoothies, “The smoothies were so filling that I didn’t even think to snack and I have tons more energy. I have multiple sclerosis and four young kids so the extra energy is a life saver.”
I get asked a lot of questions.
And sometimes those questions follow a pattern—like how do I feed my family the same meal my husband and I want to eat when there’s children, toddlers and babies involved.
Just got that one today as a matter of fact!
My question is how to make dinner for 11 months old baby, 3 1/2 years boy and 5 years boy, my hubby and myself with a paleo diet for 1 week in a row?
Thanks in advance,
Feed everyone basically the same thing with certain exceptions of course–you will need to mash things for the 11 month old and lots of finger food.
So let’s look at a paleo dinner of say, tacos using lettuce wraps.
The 11 month old can handle the cooked ground beef and cut up avocado and eat it with his or her fingers off of their high chair. Your 3 year old and 5 year old can have the same thing–your 3 year old may use a bowl with a spoon while your 5 year old practices his or her fork skills with that same food on a plate (or keep it the same for the 5 and 3 year old).
For all 3, I would give them some sweet potato to make a meal out of it.
For your husband and you, I’d go to town with all the fixings–big lettuce leaves, ground beef in the middle, salsa, avocado, cilantro, red onion–whatever floats your boat.
It just makes sense to cook once and add something that’s a little more kid friendly rather than make several different meals–talk about burn out!
I hope that helps Juliana! You’re right in the middle of it all–I know how tough it can be with toddlers, babies and a husband and trying to get them all fed at once!
You might want to try Dinner Answers–there’s a TON of paleo meals to choose from that you can do exactly what I was talking about, here’s a link: https://savingdinner.com/s
PS—Dinner Answers will help you develop your own personal strategy for feeding your family and meeting their exact needs. It’s all right there in the easy to use Dinner Answers—you can create a menu, push the grocery list to your phone (or your spouse’s!) and use that as your macro for getting dinner on the table night after night. ☺
You all voted so here is you Paleo-elect Cocoa and Whipped Cream recipes!
Let’s be real, we could all use a giant mug of cocoa after this supremely stressful election season. Or wine. But for the sake of this post, let’s just say cocoa.
Paleo Hot Cocoa // Serves 1
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond (or cashew) milk
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 to 3 tablespoons raw honey (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a heavy bottom sauce pan, heat almond milk over medium high heat. Remove from heat before milk boils. Whisk remaining ingredients together with milk and voila! Add a dash of cinnamon if you’re an adventurous cocoa consumer 😉
Paleo Coconut Honey Whipped Cream // serves many or few (depending on how much of a whipped cream glutton you are!)
1 (14 ounce) can of coconut cream – don’t flip out! Coconut cream is a real thing, I typically find it in my local Trader Joes, but most health food stores and even standard grocery stores carry it these days! IF you cannot locate a can of coconut cream, fear not! Just use a can of full fat coconut milk – it won’t be quite as thick, but that’s alright. (drain any water sitting under the cream)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons raw honey
Place all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and blend with a stand up mixer, or hand held, for a good 5 minutes (gradually increase speed of mixer). You’ll see it start to become the proper consistency and then just serve in cocoa or coffee or on top of anything you like!