So Friday mornings are the official start to the weekend around the STUFT house. Andrew is off work and if I’m not heading out for a run, we like to take things slow and enjoy the morning. Sometimes I even try to impress and make some pumpkin mocha drinks.
Since it’s a new year and all, I felt like it was time to step things up around here. I don’t know about you, but these winter months make me love hot coffee drinks even more so than usual. There are certain days that I’m already thinking about what kind of latte drink I’m going to make the minute I get out of bed. I’m not even kidding. The minute I hear Judah say “Mommy it’s light outside” I’m usually thinking about coffee. I hope I’m not alone on that one.
Since I can’t have the same boring drink every day I try to get creative. I also must say that I appreciate my almondmilk lattes even more so after attempting to be a black coffee drinker for approximately 48 hours.
I like to change up the flavors with different syrups and such, but I always use the same Silk Pure Almond® Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk. Seriously, I buy this stuff in bulk.
Ha ha. Yes, I hoard kabocha squash and almondmilk.
If we’re down to the last carton (which actually happened earlier this week) I make an emergency trip to the store so we don’t officially run out. That would just not be pretty sight over here.
You know what is a pretty sight though? My two loves- Silk and sock monkeys.
Before I get to the new little pumpkin latte recipe, I thought I’d share the reasons why I’m obsessed with this particular almondmilk.
I’ve been trying to stay away from dairy as much as possible and this is the lowest calorie nondairy option around. It’s only 30 calories per cup and even compared to nonfat cow’s milk it has less than half the calories. (Nonfat milk has 80 calories per cup and it’s not nearly as thick and creamy.)
Almondmilk also has 50% more calcium than dairy milk which is key since I don’t get much calcium from many other sources while limiting dairy.
The taste is smooth and delicious and it can pretty much be used as a substitute for cow’s milk in any recipe. My favorite thing to make with it is my Creamy Dreamy Ice Cream. Surprise surprise.
You can find the other Silk flavors and varieties and check out the exact nutritional information here. They’ve got a lot great products.
Okay. Are you ready for the new drink?
Well that’s just silly. Of course you are.
I’ve taste tested this many times over the past month or so and it’s THAT good every single time. The title might be a mouthful, but once you try this drink, you’ll understand why.
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Coconut Almond Latte
Prepared espresso (options listed below)
¼ cup canned pumpkin
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon coconut flavored syrup (regular or sugar free)
1 tablespoon almond flavored syrup (regular or sugar free)
Sliced almonds (optional, for garnish)
Flaked coconut (optional, for garnish)
Nutmeg (optional, for garnish)
Stir in the dark cocoa powder and flavored syrups.
Heat the 1/4 of cup pumpkin in a small microwave safe dish for 20-30 seconds. Add the pumpkin to the espresso mixture.
Heat the almondmilk. I usually heat mine in the microwave for 3:33 minutes. I’d say around 3 minutes is safe, but our microwave is old and I have a weird number thing going on that I won’t bore you with at the moment.
Froth the almondmilk with a handheld mixer (optional). Pour almondmilk into the mug with the other ingredients.
Garnish with sliced almonds, flaked coconut and a sprinkle of nutmeg. (optional)
Yep. That’s it friends. It will make the morning, the start to your weekend or the afternoon (if that’s more your style) just darn delightful. You know what makes it even better?
This little gem is only 158 calories. (Does not include the optional garnishes.)
If you make the sugar free version, the entire serving is just 78 calories.
I know, it’s almost too good to be true.
By the way, did you know a nonfat grande mocha from Starbucks without any whipped cream is 232 calories, 43 grams of carbohydrates and 33 grams of sugar? [source]
Holy smokes. That’s a lot for those grande drinks that seems so small these days.
I think you should save your money and your calories and make this Silk version instead.
We’re on a little bit of a budget for the new year so we’ll be making all our own latte drinks here for awhile. I think you should join us.
As Joaquin would say, “Do you think that would be a great idea?”
Yes, yes I do.
You can find out more about this Silk Campaign on the Silk Facebook Page.
Do you make fancy coffee drinks at home? Any other almondmilk lovers out there?