Healthy, Vegan, Pumpkin Spiced Cinnamon Drink
Happy Monday friends, I hope everyone has had a nice weekend and have a fun week planned ahead. I have been up to my eyes today and yesterday at work after taking some time off last week, I feel like I haven’t had a second to breath (or blog). I am also going to be spending the next 3 days at a huge oil and gas exhibition with work, so I am already looking forward to Thursday 5pm! (my Friday).
Ok, so if you have been following my blog you will know that I broke up with coffee (click here to read my blog post on this) but I still love and crave warm comfort drinks, especially before bed. Anyway, after my vegan pumpkin soup recipe, I wanted to make a pumpkin spiced almond drink because although I don’t miss being constantly fueled with coffee, I do sometimes miss the Pumpkin Spice Latte, especially this time of year. Seeing all your snapchats and Instagram posts of the famous #PSL make me miss them, and sunny Scotland. (Not long till Christmas though, 46 sleeps to be precise.)
Not only does my version taste delicious, it’s full of natural ingredients too, much better than any artificial flavors and chemicals and is much lower in fat and calories.
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 can of coconut cream (optional but recommended)
- 1 tsp. of nutmeg
- 1 tsp. of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. of pumpkin puree
- Leave the can of coconut cream in the fridge overnight
- The next day, turn the can upside down and scoop out as much of the ‘thick’ cream from the top as possible
- Whip until you have your coconut whipped cream
- Combine all ingredients into a pan and stir over the heat for 4 minutes
- Strain to get rid of any pumpkin puree which didn’t melt into the almond milk
- Pour into your favorite mug and top with your coconut cream
One of my favorite before bed drinks, it tastes so good and really simple to make. Dairy and caffeine free, perfect for this time of the year – especially if you are somewhere cold like the UK. I hope you like this idea, let me know if you try it – this recipe is another example that tasty doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Have a good start to the week, I have a nail appointment to get too 🙂
Dairy free, sugar free hot, healthy hot chocolate!
I LOVE hot chocolate. I don’t mean the every now and then love either, I mean every night of the week love. And now, with this healthy hot chocolate recipe, I can enjoy them guilt free! This hot chocolate is dairy free and sugar free, using only natural ingredients and tastes delicious, especially if you like dark chocolate.
- • 1 cup of almond milk
- • 1 heaped tsp of raw cocoa
- • 1 tsp of coconut oil
- • 1 tsp of agave syrup (honey if not vegan)
- • ½ tsp of cinnamon
- • Heat the almond milk in a pan
- • Once hot, sieve in the cocoa and the cinnamon
- • Add the coconut oil and honey, stir vigorously until frothy
- • Pour into your favorite mug and serve
Using Almond Milk as opposed to whole milk, lowers the calorie content, plus provides you with a number of health benefits that you don’t get from milk, giving you a nutritious vegan Hot Chocolate. Raw Cacao is a super food on it’s own, full of anti-oxidants, I will post a blog dedicated to this new found love of mine shortly. As it is sugar free, naturally has a slightly bitter taste, the honey and cinnamon works perfectly to sweeten things up and the coconut oil gives you a nice frothy hot chocolate.
Do you love hot chocolates just as much as me? Why don’t you try a healthy hot chocolate next time, just as tasty and full of health benefits!
Warm Almond Milk with Cinnamon, Vanilla or Nutmeg… Mmmm
Another change I have made recently, is broken my daily evening ritual of a hot chocolate before bed. I still do have the odd treat, but when I do, I make a healthy alternatively which I will tell you about soon.
As much as I loved the taste of a sugar loaded hot chocolate covered in even more sugar loaded marshmallows, it’s not something you should be drinking every night. There is a common misconception that a hot chocolate will send you off to the land of nod. Although the warm drink may make you feel full and drowsy, the high refined sugar content will actually give you a disturbed sleep.
Whenever I’m getting ready for bed and I fancy something sweet to finished my day with and give me that warm, sleepy feeling, I have started drinking warm almond milk with some spices and I cant believe I am saying this, but I prefer it to a hot chocolate!
- Almond milk (unsweetened), enough to fill your favorite bedtime mug
- Your preferred spice, I like to use cinnamon or nutmeg and vanilla
- Honey (optional)
- Heat the almond milk in a pan until very warm, add in your spice while stirring repeatably without bringing to the boil
- Pour into your mug and add honey if desired, and a sprinkle of your favorite spice
- Enjoy warm in bed with a book and unwind
Also, in case you were wondering about the sugar in the honey, it’s natural sugar unlike the sugar in chocolate so I am all for this. Honey also includes an acid called tryptophan which is used for a number of purposes, the main one is insomnia.
I am off to enjoy my warm almond milk. Why don’t you make one too?