Fall is the time of comfy sweaters, boots, crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice. The smell and flavor of fall are pumpkin spice. We have seen the rise of pumpkin spice this year. From pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice vodka, pumpkin spice dog treats and anything else imaginable.
What in on a little secret? None of this pumpkin spice anything contains real pumpkin. It is all rue, and your favorite pumpkin spice snack is actually made from high-fructose corn syrup, orange dye and pumpkin spice blend.
Before the pumpkin spice saga end, lets us learn some easy to make pumpkin spice based recipe we can do all year.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte only appears during the fall season. So, what do we do when we crave our favorite latte during winter? Make our own of course. Here is an easy recipe Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Creating the Syrup
• A cup of water
• A cup of granulated sugar (organic)
• Tablespoon of pumpkin pies spice
• Two tablespoons of pumpkin puree
-Add water and sugar in a small saucepan. Let the combination simmer in the pan, stirring frequently, until the sugar melts. You can substitute sugar with honey, stevia or calorie free syrup.
-Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to the saucepan. Let it simmer for ten minutes. Strain the concoction and sore in a glass jar. It can be stored for a month.
*Make your own healthy pumpkin puree by roasting your own pumpkin.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
• Eight ounces organic whole milk or fat free milk or soy milk
• Two ounces Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• Two shots of espresso or four ounces of brewed coffee concentrate (cold)
-Steam the milk and place half of it on the mug. Heat the espresso or coffee. Add the syrup and coffee in the mug.
-Stir the mixture, then top with the remaining steamed milk.
-Garnish with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Spice Tea
-Use an ounce of the same syrup as above and mix with your favorite brewed tea.
Pumpkin Spice Soda:
-Add 8 ounces of unflavored sparkling water and 2 ounces of the same pumpkin spice syrup.
Pumpkin Spice Cocktail
-For a fall theme cocktail mix 2 ounces of pumpkin spice syrup and 2 ounces of vodka and stir.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
There are a lot of pre mixed blends for pumpkin pie spice, but here is an easy to make natural recipe
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
• 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
• 1½ teaspoons ground allspice
• 1½ teaspoon ground cloves
-Combine all these ingredients in a glass jar and store away from light or humidity. Use this to spice up your favorite food.
Spicy Baked Pumpkin Veggie Chips
1 pound whole organic pumpkin, raw
• 1 to 2 teaspoons organic olive oil
– Line two baking sheets and Preheat the oven to 425F.
-Peel and remove seeds of the pumpkin. Slice the pumpkin into thin slices.
-Arrange the slices in the pan. Avoid overlapping them.
-Apply a thin coat of oil in the slices and sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice.
-Place in the oven for ten minutes, then turn the chips.
-Wait for it to crisp and cool down.
-Serve in a bowl and enjoy
Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
• ½ cup organic pumpkin puree
• ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
• 8 ounces organic cream cheese
• ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• ¼ cup organic sugar or honey
-Combine all the ingredients, blend them well. Store in a glass jar and use as a dip for tortillas or crackers It can last for a week if refrigerated.
Avoid going on a pumpkin spice withdrawal during the summer or winter with these easy to make pumpkin spice recipes! Experience the taste and health benefits of fall throughout the year.