Monday, November 3, 2014

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie (Gluten-free, Sugar-free)
Photo credit: Julie Han

Love it or hate it, you've got to admit that pumpkin is THE flavor of fall. 

I, for one, love it. I especially love the idea of a pumpkin spice latte. As you know, I also love my smoothies. Of course this led to the absolute need to combine these two favorites!

Every morning, I make a pot of coffee for my husband and me. We each have a cup, and he takes a to-go cup with him to work. Depending on my day, sometimes I have more coffee, and sometimes I don't. If I don't have a second cup, that can lead to some wasted coffee. So sad.

That got me to thinking. What could I do with that extra coffee if I don't get around to drinking it? The same thing I do with fruit that I won't get around to eating -- freeze it and turn it into a smoothie!

Pour that coffee that you don't need to drink today into ice cube trays. When frozen, transfer those coffee ice cubes to a freezer-safe container for later use.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie (Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

Then, when you need a treat in the afternoon, you can grab a few cubes and blend them with some lovely all-natural ingredients. (Have you ever seen the ingredient list of some popular pumpkin spice lattes? Yuck!) What could be better than a pumpkin-y, spicy, frothy coffee treat? Not much!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free, sugar-free)
Makes 1 2-cup smoothie

  • 4 2-ounce coffee ice cubes
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (You could use the hemp milk from Super Seeds here.)
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Blend all ingredients thoroughly.

Happy Cooking!

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.

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  1. What a great idea! I'm not a coffee lover, but a little coffee mixed in with all these other great ingredients sounds amazing (AND EASY!).

    1. Kathryn, This tastes like a treat! If caffeine is not for you, you could use decaf just as well. I just hate throwing out extra coffee, so this is a great way to save it!

  2. Kim, I'm all about the pumpkin right now, so this sounds like something I need to stir up today!

    1. I hope you like it, Jean! We really did, and it makes me so happy not to pour good coffee away just because I don't want to drink it right away.