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Maple Sweetened Pumpkin Latte

Monday, November 17th, 2014



This was my absolute favorite post to do. I’m sitting here drinking the latté you see in that photo.  I used to love Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latté.  I couldn’t wait for it to come back every year. When I went primal a few years ago I had to cut them out.  It was sad, but I opted instead for a whole milk latté. Lots of milk, but no sugar added. It was an occasional treat. My husband continued to get his pumpkin spiced latté now and then I’d steal a sip here and there, because…well, it’s pumpkin.  However, my palate changed, and soon it became too sweet.  I genuinely didn’t like it anymore.  I still missed it’s pumpkiny goodness though, and now I have my own version.

This maple sweetened pumpkin latté is absolutely not as sweet as Starbuck’s, but if you’ve been paleo/primal as long as I have it will be sweet enough.  It also has real pumpkin in it..WIN!  If you’re not doing dairy, please check out my friend Kristen’s recipe for whipped cream over at Mix Wellness. 

Maple Sweetened Pumpkin Latte
Serves 2
A lightly sweetened primal (paleo adaptable) pumpkin latte.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 2 cups of fresh coffee
  2. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/2 tsp clove
  7. 1/4 cup whipping cream
  8. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Brew 2 cups of coffee (up to the 4 cup line in your regular coffee maker.)
  2. While your coffee is brewing, whip up some whipping cream and maple syrup in a separate bowl. Pour your whipping cream, and 2 tbsp of maple syrup in a bowl. Mix with a whisk attachment on hand blender. This should only take a few minutes until you have the right consistency.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the pumpkin, all the spices and just a little of the brewed coffee and blend well either in a blender or with a hand mixer. Add those contents into your coffee pot and stir.
  4. Pour into cups, and top with your whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Easy Homemade Soda-Pop

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I splurged on a treat. I bought some reputable, non-GMO, stevia sweetened soda. I genuinely thought I was making a responsible choice as a special treat since we aren’t really a soda drinking house. I bought a six pack…would be enough to have one with lunch all week long, and then an extra.  Day one…I drink the soda with my lunch, and I notice half way through lunch my stomach hurts. I don’t think much of it, finish my lunch and soda…but my stomach hurt the rest of the day. It took me another day or two to make the correlation that it was the soda really messing me up. I even had a psuedotumor flair up…it started getting ugly.  Once I thought maybe it was the sodas, I stopped drinking them, and within a few days all my stomach and head problems went away. So…if I can’t drink Stevia sodas, how’s this primal girl going to get her fizzy drink fix?  Easy enough, make them yourself.


When it comes to sweeteners, I personally use honey.  You can use these nifty crystalized honey packets or you can make yourself a simple syrup out of honey. I cheat, and make my simple syrup in the microwave.  I make a half a cup at a time, which is usually enough sweetener for 2-3 drinks.

Honey Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir.  Refrigerate for an hour before use, or throw a bunch of ice cubes in it to cool it off. Store refrigerated in a mason jar for later use. Easy enough…right?

Now for the sodas.

Lemon/Lime Soda:

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 can carbonated water
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup (more or less to taste)

Orange Soda:

  • Juice of 1 orange (you could also use orange juice, but there may be added sugar)
  • 1 can of carbonated water
  • 1/8 cup simple syrup (more or less to taste)

Cherry Lime Soda:


  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • A small squeeze from a quarter of a lemon
  • 5-7 leaves of mint, minced
  • 1 can of carbonated water
  • 1/4 cup of simple syrup (more or less)


Have fun playing around with these recipes and making them your own. Most of these sodas took only 5 minutes to prepare (minus the time it took for the simple syrup to cool).

Homemade Cranberry Orange Glühwein

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A few winters ago while I lived in Colorado I started making Glühwein, or hot spiced wine.  Glühwein is german for glow wine, which I imagine they call it that because it makes you feel all warm and glowy. It traditionally consists of wine and spices, and almost everyone makes it differently. It is such a comforting warm you up drink on a cold wintery night.  Glühwein is a german tradition that is over 1000 years old.




Cheap wine I bought because I liked the label.

  • 1 bottle of red wine (I do slightly sweet, and cheap. This time I bought red zinfandel)
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 shots of amaretto
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons of mixed mulling spice blend
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1/3 cup of honey  (or less if you like it less sweet)



In a simmering pot, add everything but the wine and bring to almost a simmer. When cranberries start to soften add the wine and simmer for 10 minutes.  Careful not to bring it to a  boil, you don’t want to boil all the alcohol away!

After 10 minutes, carefully pour into warm mugs and enjoy immediately.


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