Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list. You can easily use pumpkin pie spice from the store, but I have been using my own blend that takes less than five minutes to whip up.

Other Autumn Drinks to Enjoy:

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups raw milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 TBS cocoa powder
3 TBS maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp unrefined salt
Maple whipped cream (optional)

1. Heat your milk in a small saucepan. (If you are using raw milk and want to preserve the enzymes do not heat above 110.)

2. While the milk is heating, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, making a paste.

3. Once the milk is warm, mix the cocoa paste into the milk with a whisk.

4. Pour into two mugs and top with maple whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
 
Serves: 2
 
Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
  • Maple whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat your milk in a small sauce pan. ( If you are using raw milk and want to preserve the enzymes do not heat above 110).
  2. While the milk is heating, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, making a paste.
  3. Once the milk is warm, mix the cocoa paste into the milk with a whisk.
  4. Pour into two mugs and top with maple whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice if desired.

What is your favorite autumn hot drink?

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom

 Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet.

I’ve been working on getting anti-inflammatory spices in my diet on a more regular basis. This beautiful iced drink gives me not only healthy (and creamy) coconut milk, but the scrumptious flavors of turmeric, ginger, vanilla and is gently sweetened with honey. Leave out if on a strict Autoimmune Protocol Diet, but here I’ve also added one of my favorite spices, cardamom. It adds so much! This is one delicious way to enjoy these spices.

Before I brought you a more traditional Golden Milk recipe, then I brought you a Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth – which is a savory version of the sweet drink. Now I wanted something to enjoy on a hot afternoon, and this is lovely for that.

For other lovely summer recipes check out this list of 41 Sweet and Refreshing Summer Recipes.

AIP notes: Use gum free coconut milk or cream, like the brand listed below, and leave our cardamon and black pepper.

Ingredients:

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Iced Golden Milk Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice

Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom
 
Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.

 

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth

This golden broth is flavored and colored by bright turmeric, ginger, with garlic undertones and richness from coconut milk. It's a savory version of "Golden Milk" and so delicious! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This savory broth is a lovely mix of creamy coconut milk, nourishing chicken broth, and is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and garlic for a flavorful, anti-inflammatory sipping broth.

This is my savory version of “golden milk” – a traditional drink that is sweet and spicy. This version uses salt instead of honey, and chicken broth instead of water for a great way to mix things up. Plus, you get the benefit of homemade chicken broth! (Though, the recipe also works with store-bought as well).

I’ve been trying to add more turmeric to our diets lately, and this is a delicious way to do so. My kids love it! They like it especially if I add a handful of rice to give them something to bite into.

As homemade broths and stocks continue to gain popularity, flavored sipping broths are getting a foothold. Those who have followed a “nourishing” diet have long extolled the pleasures of sipping salted homemade broth in the morning chill. That idea is taking off now even commercially. I still enjoy an occasional cup or rich broth by itself, but I love flavoring mine. One example is this recipe. Another one of my favorites is my Simple Thai Broth from my cookbook, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for all Seasons. (Amazon links are affiliate).

AIP Note: This recipe is safe for you if you leave out the black pepper and use a gum free coconut milk/cream. If/when you can handle black pepper, add it, as it helps you get the benefit from the turmeric.

Recipe Notes: I use organic spices, and this brand of gum free Coconut Cream .

This golden broth is flavored and colored by bright turmeric, ginger, with garlic undertones and richness from coconut milk. It's a savory version of "Golden Milk" and so delicious! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of whole fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled*
  • Generous sprinkle of ground pepper, (freshly ground, preferred)
  • Unrefined salt

Directions:

1In a medium both combine all of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Simmer, on low, or medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Remove garlic with a spoon, salt to taste, and enjoy! Serve 2-4.

Notes:

*I’ve also made this with fresh ginger and turmeric. Take 2-3 inches of turmeric and fresh ginger, and slice it on a diagonal. Add to broth instead of the ground versions. Remove the roots along with the garlic before serving.

*You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a punch.

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth
 
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of whole fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled*
  • Generous sprinkle of ground pepper, (freshly ground, preferred)
  • Unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium both combine all of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Simmer, on low, or medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Remove garlic with a spoon, salt to taste, and enjoy! Serve 2-4.
Notes
*I’ve also made this with fresh ginger and turmeric. Take 2-3 inches of turmeric and fresh ginger, and slice it on a diagonal. Add to broth instead of the ground versions. Remove the roots along with the garlic before serving.

*You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a punch.(Not AIP)

 

 

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

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By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla.

Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my list right now. Hot days make me want to wander into a coffee chain and order a nice big blended iced drink. Honest moment here, I may have in the past couple months given in and ordered a few with less syrup and dairy-free milk.

As you know, I am a big fan of fauxccinos for many reasons- they are delicious, so much better for you, less expensive, and easy to whip up! You can have your own ready in less time than it takes to drive to the coffee shop!

This specific fauxccino is coffee free, it’s a milk based drink instead. I used almond milk, but you can adapt to whatever type of milk you prefer. The key to this icy drink is making frozen milk cubes. They ensure that your drink doesn’t become watery.

Other Fauxccinos to Enjoy:

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

1 cup milk (raw, almond, or coconut)
8 milk ice cubes (raw, almond, or coconut)
2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 vanilla bean caviar*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Freeze milk of choice in an ice cube tray until solid.

2. *Cut a vanilla bean in half, slice it open. Use the sharp side of the knife to scrape out the caviar (seeds).

3. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream if desired.

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino
 
Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (raw, almond, or coconut)
  • 8 milk ice cubes (raw, almond, or coconut)
  • 2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey
  • ½ vanilla bean caviar*
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Freeze milk of choice in an ice cube tray until solid
  2. *Cut a vanilla bean in half, slice it open. Use the sharp side of the knife to scrape out the caviar (seeds).
  3. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream if desired.