Getting personal with a fall favorite is a risky business, but this “go on, make it at home” recipe won’t disappoint. We are talking, sugar-free, skinny, full of flavor, with a hint of nostalgia and a little something special thrown in for good measure. Ruth created this recipe in the same kitchen that so many of her holistic formulas came from. It’s not a surprise then that she got it down to a fine art when gathering ingredients and testing the ratios for her Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte.
XTEND5 is based in Southern California, where we are usually quite far from sweater weather. However, the Skinny Pumpkin Latte is the sign that Fall is upon us, and it’s time to slow the pace after busy summer days. Admittedly we are not opposed to the iced latte. Still, there is something about the warm and cozy experience of the Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte that envelopes the senses with a whisper and a hug.
Putting it frankly, there are the fundamentals in a Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte that aren’t to be messed with. Namely, using the coffee blend you love the most and the pumpkin pie spice that seems to sponsor Fall across the USA in general. From candles to dog treats, body butter to hand sanitizer, the distinct aroma permeates stores and homes. Fall is Fall, and we would be lost without this spice blend.
Pumpkin pie spice is a unique blend of cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Each of these spices boasts warming and medicinal qualities. Cinnamon, which comes from the inner bark of trees, for example, is said to have a positive effect on metabolism, is full of antioxidants, and can have an impact on inflammation in the body too.1 Cloves, on the other hand, are the flower buds found on the clove tree. Studies show they can be a resource to liver health, regulate blood sugar levels, and may even promote bone health.2 With all this being said, Ruth is especially keen for us not to lose these spices’ potential benefits by adding a ton of sugar. These ancient spices are a gift.
We kick off this Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte with a good 8oz of brewed coffee or one to two shots of espresso, depending on your preference. You may choose a decaf blend, but if it’s caffeine you are after, consider drinking it after a little food. Some research shows the mimicking effects of caffeine on the stress hormone cortisol and can actually contribute to the symptoms of stress.3 Don’t get us wrong, we love coffee here at XTEND5 but choosing when we drink it could change its sometimes adverse effects on the nervous system. If you are susceptible to stress anyway, then it might be worth considering when you drink it. For example, one suggestion might be to have your coffee after some food in the morning or saving it until a little later in the day to benefit more from the caffeine instead.4
Once you have your favorite pour ready, it’s all going to be about the combination of ingredients that create a creamy and rich mixture to be added to the coffee base. Place the half cup of unsweetened vanilla (or plain if you prefer) and pumpkin puree (no sugar added), heat it over medium heat, and whisk slowly. Once it is warmed through, remove from the heat and add the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla essence, and the stevia or natural sweetener of choice.
We must say that some of our team at XTEND5 don’t add any sweetener and find the combination of ingredients very satisfying. It’s all personal preference though. Whisk the mixture until thoroughly combined and add some of the mixture to the coffee. Vigorously whisk the last bit of the creamy mixture, or use one of those fun electric milk frothers, and spoon the foam created into the mug on top of the coffee. If you are feeling fancy, give it a dash of cinnamon on top. And there you have it, Ruths, Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Oh yes, don’t worry, we didn’t forget that little extra special ingredient? Well, we think that the XTEND5 Nourish Nectar CBA energy blend (a tangerine flavor) works great in this latte. It’s subtle in flavor but gives you the benefits of CBA (Copaiba oil) and other ancient ingredients in this fall favorite designed to nourish and comfort you in this month of turning and new beginnings.
Ruth’s Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 8oz Brewed coffee or 1-2 espresso shots
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk alternative of preference)
- 1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- ½ tsp pure vanilla essence
- 2 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- CBA Nourish Nectar
Step 1: Brew your favorite cup of coffee.
Step 2: Warm the milk in a small pan and add the pumpkin puree. Whisk the mixture until blended and warmed through.
Step 3: Remove the pan from the heat and add the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla essence, and stevia (optional). Whisk again until well combined.
Step 4: Pour some of the mixture into the coffee, leaving a little in the pan to create a foam.
Step 5: Vigorously whisk the remaining amount of milk, creating a foam. Spoon the foam into the mug and finish off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Step 6: At this stage, add a 1ml portion of XTEND5 CBA Nourish Nectar.
Step 7: Sit back and feel the hug of Fall.
Yours in health,