There are many drinks that use pumpkin, from smoothies to pumpkin chai tea, but don’t forget about your pumpkin spice latte! You can make your own version at home that is similar to Starbucks or try some other varieties. Take a look at these coffee drinks recommended by Functional Medicine Los Angeles, a provider of functional medicine in Burbank, that use pumpkin or pumpkin spice in the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Naturally, the classic pumpkin spice latte is going to be on the list! This is actually not as fattening as you might think, and depending on the ingredients you use, it can actually be lower in sugar and calories than the ones you get at coffee shops like Starbucks.
Plus, you are saving money and time by making it at home. You first need pumpkin puree, which you can either make at home by putting the flesh of the pumpkin in a food processor or by using pure canned pumpkin. Add to that vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, coffee, and a little bit of milk. You can definitely use unsweetened almond milk if you don’t want cow’s milk in this. You then have the option to add sugar. If you want to keep it low-sugar, our functional medicine Los Angeles experts suggest liquid stevia in the vanilla flavor instead.
Pumpkin Spice Creamer
Don’t want an entire pumpkin spice latte? That’s okay! You can instead make a creamer that tastes like pumpkin spice and save it for your regular cup of coffee or tea each morning. This is also a cleaner and healthier version than the flavored creamers you find in grocery stores. For the creamer, start with non-dairy milk like vanilla almond milk or cashew milk, making sure it is unsweetened to avoid added sugars.
Our functional medicine Studio City practitioners recommend using pumpkin puree, either pumpkin pie spice or seasonings like cinnamon and nutmeg, and some vanilla-flavored Stevia drops. You can cook it over the stove, transfer it to a jar, and place it in the fridge.
Pumpkin Protein Coffee
This last coffee drink is going to combine the flavors of a pumpkin spice latte, mixed with your protein shake. You might drink coffee first thing in the morning but also need extra protein for your workouts. That is where this delicious drink comes in handy, especially in the fall. For this drink, you want to add to a blender your brewed cup of coffee with some almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla protein powder, and any sweetener you like.
Here’s a suggestion from our Sherman Oaks functional medicine doctors—you can keep it as-is for more of an iced coffee, or for an actual shake, add in some pumpkin puree as well.