Hello, Hello! Not only is it FriYAY, it’s National Coffee Day!
For those of us who are totally addicted, what would we do without coffee? And I admit it. I was never a coffee drinker until my separation. After I battled over my Keurig, I figured I should use it. So now, I’m a twice a day girl. I like it in the morning and I like it in the afternoon.
(And I am talking about coffee….wink…)
I don’t feel badly about indulging in coffee because there are several health benefits. Coffee improves heart health and protects against many diseases. It even fights depression. You can find more benefits of drinking coffee in this interesting article.
I’m definitely not a straight coffee drinker, because I still find it too bitter. Last fall, I discovered Pumpkin Spice creamer. I love all things seasonal!
As you might have gathered from recent FB posts, I’ve been deeply submersed in my anti-cancer books. Since reading the books, I’ve been inspired to reduce the toxins in my life. And I can feel the eyerolls. I used to be the same way. I mean, I didn’t want to miss out on all the good food in life just to be hit by a truck. However, I’ve discovered that I’m getting much satisfaction from doing good things for my body. And there will be more blog posts on that later…
But YIKES! Have you ever seen the ingredients in those creamers?
It’s a little more than scary.
In the spirit of trying to be more natural, I concocted a pumpkin spice creamer from things that were in my pantry.
I’ll warn you….it took a lot of experimenting and doesn’t taste exactly the same (although it’s pretty close) and it doesn’t lighten your coffee like the regular creamer. But, it’s sugar-free, dairy-free, and low calorie. There is no carrageenan or artificial flavors. That, my friends, I can appreciate and love. I made a small amount for myself, but feel free to double. Also, I didn’t make my creamer very sweet, so adjust it to your own taste. I’d love to hear any suggestions you have! Next time, I might try the light coconut milk in the can. Although it’s more calories, I think it would be much more creamy. But, really, I could drink this stuff, as is, straight out of the jar!
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer
- 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp Stevia
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender. Keep refrigerated. Shake well before using.