Fall is in the air! And boy do I love it – Fall is by far my favorite season. Being an East Coast kid, I grew up with the beautiful colors of the turning leaves. All the reds, yellows, and oranges spanning the countryside. Montana does not have the same extent of this Fall foliage, but this time of year always holds a special place in my heart. One of my favorite Fall memories was walking my dog, Dundee, along the road we lived on as the trees turned and the air was crisp. I always knew where Dundee was because he was crunching along in the leaves.
Another favorite part of the season for me is when everything goes Pumpkin Spice. Before I was a “real foodie”, I would purchase the seasonal coffee creamer and enjoy each sweet sip. Then I looked at the label, and as we all know, it doesn’t quite align with “real food”.
“INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GEL, CELLULOSE GUM, CARRAGEENAN.” (source)
There are some definite ickies in there – hydrogenated soybean oil…natural and artificial flavors…carrageenan. No. Thanks. Notice there isn’t any pumpkin or pumpkin spice in the mix?
But, alas, you do not need to miss out on a Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer…I have formulated a delicious recipe for your coffee that I have dubbed Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer – and it tastes better than anything you can buy in a plastic jug at the store!
Plus, by now you should all know I am all about easy – and this recipe is just that! Make a mix of this and store it in the fridge for up to one week (if it lasts that long). My recipe includes real pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and cream. I also made you a video to show you how I did it!
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer
Real Food Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (like this)
1/2 vanilla bean, using just the seeds
1/4 cup organic maple syrup (like this)
1/2 teaspoon organic pumpkin spice (like this)
pinch of sea salt (like this)
1. Place all ingredients in a large glass measuring cup.
3. Pour into a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy the Fall wonderfulness!