Upgrade Your Mornings with a Pumpkin Spice Latte

_DSC0226 2Have you noticed that as soon as the days start to get shorter, pumpkins pop up all over town. In every form, color and at almost every meal. Mind you, I love pumpkins but I also wouldn’t have dreamed to go as far as drinking it in the morning. Well, things can change and I am proudly proclaiming that I, too, have joined the army of PSL fans. Not the commercial version featured in the full-page ads of major national newspapers, but the one made at home. Delicious and definitely full of fall-evoking flavors. Come and cook with us.

Adding pumpkin to my morning joe isn’t the only thing that I have been intrigued with and intensively tested over the last few weeks. Ever heard of Bulletproof Coffee? It’s the new trend using low-toxic coffee beans, butter from grass-fed cows and medium-chain-tryglycerides – or MCT – oils to your cup of caffeine. It is believed to slow the absorption of the caffeine, making the coffee working for you for longer. Intrigued by the concept, I’ve skipped the butter, as I’d rather enjoy it spread on toast in the morning. What I have experimented with, and quickly started to love, is adding MCT fats in the form of coconut oil to my coffee. Furthermore, to go with the season, roasted pumpkin, warm fall-spices as well as milk (any type from diary to either diary or home-made almond milk) have all made it into the concoction evoking what looks and tastes much better than the commercially ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte.

While making a pumpkin spice latte is not really a lot of work, it does take longer than brewing a cup of black tea. But sometimes we need a little more morning love or have the time to indulge ourselves. The addition of the coconut oil makes this drink a little exotic, and the flavors perfectly work with each other making this a luscious treat this time of year.

My home-made PSL is easily done with a home espresso machine, a blender and a milk frother which contemporaneously heats up and whisks the milk and thus turns the coffee, pumpkin, milk, coconut oil and spices into a real latte.

Spice up your fall and join the PSL revolution. Hope you like it as much as we do. Come and cook with us!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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