The clock strikes fall, and it's pumpkin spice mania. & we get it.
What is better than a spiced latte on a crisp fall day, as you break out your cozy sweaters and the leaves start to turn. It's peak fall.
However, what you probably haven't thought about it what exactly is in those ever popular "Pumpkin Spiced Lattes". We'll break it down for you here, and we've also included our favorite DIY pumpkin spice recipe.
It's probably not surprising that there are no actual "spices" listed on the ingredients or many of the most popular "Pumpkin Spice" lattes. Most of the "Pumpkin Spice Syrups" get their spicy flavor from natural or artificial flavors (which we all know now, are not so natural). If you've ever made a pumpkin pie, you'll notice that pumpkin really doesn't have much of a flavor (more like a squash) and it's really the spices that you associate the pumpkin pie flavor with, so you'd think they might want to use the real stuff!
And if you are actually drinking the real stuff, these spices pack a punch! So not only are you having a super tasty fall latte, but you're getting a whole host of good stuff from it.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have also found that it may have even more powerful benefits like lowering the risk of heart disease and reducing blood sugar levels.
Did your mom ever feed you ginger when you were feeling sick? Well she was on to something! Ginger has been shown to fight germs, help ease nausea and calm indigestion.
Similar to Cinnamon, nutmeg is also packed with antioxidants and has been show to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may also boost your mood!
These tasty little buds are too packed with antioxidants and have antimicrobial properties. They also contain Manganese, which is a mineral involved in the formation of bone and bone health.
Cardamom has been used for centuries, and shown in some small studies to have a whole host of benefits. Everything from antimicrobial benefits to mood boosting (and even an aphrodisiac) to perhaps even boosting your metabolism!
Now if you're in the mood for a good spiced latte (like we are!), here is our favorite!
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Makes about 2 cups
1 tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Spices (you can either mix together a sprinkle of all the spices listed above, or you can purchase "Pumpkin Pie Spice" at a store. Just make sure it's all the real stuff!)
2 tablespoons of Pumpkin Puree
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
2 cups of your favorite Milk (whole, soy, almond, oat, etc)
OPTIONAL: Sugar to taste (we like raw sugar)
OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup of brewed black tea or 1/2 cup of brewed coffee
SPIKE IT: 2 shots of rum or whiskey
In a blender add the milk, spices, pumpkin and vanilla. Blend until smooth.Transfer to a pot and add the black tea or coffee. Spike it if you'd like! Heat until desired temperature.