My Real Deal Pumpkin Spice Latte

Say goodbye to all of the synthetics, artificial sugars and syrups and say hello to my all natural “My Real Deal Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Hemp hearts and real pumpkin are just a couple of the secret ingredients.

YIELD: 1 Serving

Double shot espresso - 2 oz. (1/4 cup) - (see brewing instructions below for an added pumpkin flavour perk)
3/4 cup milk of choice (I used grass fed milk)
1 tbsp. pure, unsweetened pumpkin
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt or coconut cream (can be omitted, if unavailable) 
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. hemp hearts
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves)
After blending, sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. *hemp hearts over top

Brew your espresso with ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice added for an extra bolt of added flavour!

Heat up the milk and other ingredients (minus the hemp hearts) in a small saucepan. Follow the instructions below or use an immersion blender to combine well and semi-froth.

Combine all ingredients together in a blender, with the ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice and ½ tsp. hemp hearts and whip together until smooth.
VARIATION: This latté can be served either as a hot or an iced latté by chilling the espresso or heating the milk ingredients and add them to the fresh, hot espresso.

*Hemp hearts are considered to be a healing, power food. They are the most concentrated and balanced source of proteins, essential fats, and vitamins in nature. Hemp hearts are vegan and gluten free and can provide you with a complete protein and a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. They contain many B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E, calcium, sodium, iron and dietary fiber.  One tbsp. contains approx. 56 calories with 3 g of protein. Some of the many benefits reported through studies include: increased energy, curbs cravings and helps control blood sugars, aids in digestion, lowers blood pressure and improves circulation, strengthens the immune system, etc.

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