Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte

I know it’s November, and maybe you’re more interested in peppermint spice lattes, but I’m still chilling with the great pumpkin here in the rainy PNW.

If you’re following a paleo or Whole 30 diet you can’t exactly go into your favorite coffeehouse and order a compliant latte. Luckily, with a few simple ingredients you can make a delicious pumpkin spice latte at home.

Here’s what I gathered.

*Libby’s pumpkin (I get these big mama cans at Costco in three packs. I use them to make pumpkin sausage soup usually. Mmmmm.  Recipe for that coming soon.)




*unsweetened cocoa (also delicious in paleo chili)

*coconut milk

*strong coffee

*a frother if you have one, but a mason jar with a lid and a good shaking arm would also work.

This is super easy. Here’s what you do:

In a microwave safe cup (or mason jar if that’s how you’re frothing), add 2 tbsp. pumpkin, 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, a dash of cloves (really, this can be an overwhelming flavor if you have a heavy hand), a dash of allspice, and a pinch of cinnamon. Add a half a cup of coconut milk.

Your mixture will look like this. Throw it in the microwave for a minute. If you don’t have or don’t like microwaves, all this can alternately be done in a small sauce pan.

When the mixture is hot, froth it or shake it.

I make my coffee in this Chemex or, if I’m just making one cup, a pour over. This is the one I have and it has more than paid for itself. A pour over is a great, non-expensive investment that costs about the same as two small coffeehouse beverages. I even travel with it because using a pour over instead of a coffee pot really takes the bitterness out of your coffee and if you’re primarily drinking your coffee black, you want it as smooth as possible.

With all that said, the next step is to pour the coffee into your cup and top with cinnamon!

Yum. Sip dreamily while watching Vanderpump Rules and revel in seasonal warmth with a side of schadenfreude. Or, you know, use your time more productively than I do while enjoying your latte!


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