Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Vegan Pumpking Spice Latte

Ingredients

  1. I cup Almond Milk Creamer
  2. 2 Tbsp. canned pure pumpkin puree
  3. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  4. 2 whole cloves
  5. 1 cinnamon stick
  6. ¼ cup hot espresso or strong coffee
  7. Coconut whip (thawed)

Instructions

Combine the creamer, pumpkin, maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon in a small pot and bring to a gentle boil.

Remove from heat and discard the cloves and cinnamon stick. Whisk vigorously until foamy.

Pour espresso into mug (clear glass is pretty!) and top with frothy mixture followed by a dollop of the coconut whip and freshly grated nutmeg! Oui la!

Benefits

This recipe was in the same magazine as the vegan pumpkin risotto recipe; what a contrast! The original recipe called for heavy cream so I just substituted almond milk creamer and coconut whip and it was delicious. What a great way to wake up on a holiday morning and its easy to make for a crowd by just multiplying the ingredients. I’m not going to pretend that this is a “health” drink but substituting the dairy products for plant based alternatives make it a healthier choice and the addition of pumpkin, cloves and cinnamon add nutritional benefits. Spices are often overlooked as the nutrient powerhouses they are.

Let’s talk about cloves.

Clove contains significant amounts of an active component called eugenol, which has made it the subject of numerous health studies, including studies on the prevention of toxicity from environmental pollutants like carbon tetrachloride, digestive tract cancers, and joint inflammation. Eugenol functions as an anti-inflammatory substance. In animal studies, the addition of clove extract to diets already high in anti-inflammatory components (like cod liver oil, with its high omega-3 fatty acid content) brings significant added benefits, and in some studies, further reduces inflammatory symptoms by another 15-30%. Clove also contains a variety of flavonoids, including kaempferol and rhamnetin, which also contribute to clove's anti-inflammatory (and antioxidant) properties.

In animal studies, the addition of clove extract to diets already high in anti-inflammatory components (like cod liver oil, with its high omega-3 fatty acid content) brings significant added benefits, and in some studies, further reduces inflammatory symptoms by another 15-30%. Clove also contains a variety of flavonoids, including kaempferol and rhamnetin, which also contribute to clove's anti-inflammatory (and antioxidant) properties.

Like its fellow spices, clove's unique phytonutrient components are accompanied by an incredible variety of traditionally recognized nutrients. Cloves are an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin K and dietary fiber, and a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium.

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