It’s that time of year again! And we all know what comes along with the season – pumpkin-spiced everything, including the infamous #PSL from your favorite coffee shop.
But, those latte drinks are full of hidden sugars and carbs and calories which can derail your paleo/low carb diet for the entire day…
With just one drink.
This paleo pumpkin spice latte recipe is perfect for when you’re craving a creamy, pumpkin-y comforting hot beverage that’s better for you.
Made with almond milk and coconut milk creamer, fresh brewed organic coffee and a dose of quality fats using FBOMB Coconut Oil and FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter, this latte recipe is like a decadent spin on “bulletproof” coffee to satisfy your guilty-pleasure (without the guilt!)
Why This Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Is Worth a Try
Debating whether you should just hit up Starbucks, or try to make your own at home? We’re casting one vote for the latter. Like most make-at-home PSLs, this recipe is:
- Better for you. When compared to your standard big coffee chain PSL, you’re saving a whopping 30g of sugars and ingredients that come from unknown sources.
- Paleo-friendly. Dairy-free and utilizing only ingredients that fit within a paleo diet, you can have your PSL and drink it, too.
- Low carb. Paleo isn’t a low-carb diet, but researchers are starting to understand the impact of carbohydrates (especially simple, refined carbs) on our risk for diseases, hormones, and mental and physical performance. Many people are beginning to respond with a reduction in carbs.
- Satiating. Like boosted, fat-fueled coffee, this paleo pumpkin spice latte recipe is packed full of fats from coconut milk, macadamia nuts, and coconut oil, helping it fuel you… all morning long.
- Naturally sweet. With no refined, highly processed sugars, this recipe gets its touch of sweetness from natural, paleo-friendly honey.
Why You Should Stop Getting Your PSL Fix at Mass Coffee Chains
Your typical pumpkin spice latte is full of artificial ingredients, added sweeteners and low-quality, mass-produced dairy.
Check this out: if you order a 16oz (or medium, grande) PSL at the well-known coffee chain that put this trend on the map, you’ll drink down 52g of carbohydrates, 50g of which come from sugar.
We’re not talking paleo-friendly or natural sugars, either. We’re talking about the highly-processed, low-quality white stuff.
The other macros don’t look so bad… at first glance. 14g of fat and 14g of protein fit into most paleo, IIFYM, or ketogenic diets. But, as with any food, it’s more about where those macronutrients come from.
The fat in this chain’s latte isn’t coming from quality fats like MCTs, grass-fed butter or fat-forward nuts. It comes mainly from the whipped cream and 2% milk the chain uses -- both dairy products that you can’t eat on paleo, but even if you wanted to cheat on your paleo diet, you’d still be consuming dairy from questionable sources.
So, while you could swap out the dairy for coconut or almond milk, you’d still be a victim of all of that sugar. This recipe saves the day -- and your blood glucose levels.
Three All-Star Ingredients in this 5-Star Recipe
The pumpkin spice gives it it’s flavor, and the honey sweetens the latte just the right amount. But, while all of the ingredients work together to create the perfect boosted latte, these three ingredients steal the show.
#1: Coconut Oil
Coconuts are one of the most utilitarian fruits in the world. Almost the entire plant can be used in one way or another:
- The liquid in the center of young coconuts is used for coconut water!
- The hard shell of the fruit is used in facial scrubs and even bowls
- The meat of the fruit itself is delicious shredded, made into chips, or just eaten fresh.
One of the most popular parts of the coconut is the oil.
Coconut oil is known for being widely used in beauty and hair products, lubricants and moisturizers, and cooking and baking, and that’s because it’s thought to be highly beneficial.
The coconut oil in this recipe provides a boost of satiating, quality fats to prime you for your day (or get you past the dreaded afternoon slump, if you’re a PM PSL drinker!)
#2: Organic Coffee
Research shows that, when consumed in moderation, coffee is actually quite good for you.
Beyond just waking you up in the morning, the caffeine in coffee (arguably one of the best things about it!) has been shown to:
- Boost metabolic rate[*]
- Increase your epinephrine blood-levels which can result in improved physical performance[*] (aka you crushing that workout… or, cough, board meeting)
- Reduce the risk of many diseases, like Parkinson’s, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer's, and more[*][*][*].
But hey, if you’re not interested in any of those benefits or if you prefer decaf, 8oz of coffee has 1% of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium and 11% of the recommended daily amount of riboflavin.
You could swap out the organic coffee in this recipe for organic decaf, or just plain non-organic coffee, but choosing organic provides more assurance that you’re avoiding harmful chemicals.
#3: Macadamia Nut Butter
Macadamia nuts have seen their share of the spotlight recently, mostly because of their macronutrient profile as diets like the ketogenic diet rise in popularity.
Macadamia nuts are rich in micronutrients such as iron, magnesium, and vitamin B6. But the macronutrient profile of macadamia nuts is why they really shine. Packed full of quality fats and fewer carbohydrates than most other nuts, these are great for all types of eating plans.
We created FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter because our founders, Ross and Kara Taylor, noticed how difficult it was to find clean-label, great-tasting sources of quality fat. Now, it’s a favorite of Joe Rogan, Halle Berry, and tens of thousands of FBOMB fans worldwide.
In this recipe, the macadamia nut butter not only boosts the fat content, but it also provides a nutty, delicious, creamy flavor and texture that is unbeatable.
You simply warm the coconut/almond creamer and milk, FBOMB Macadamia nut butter, FBOMB Coconut oil, honey and pumpkin pie spices together in a saucepan on the stove - then whisk it until it gets hot and frothy. Pour the warm spiced milk mixture over your coffee and top with more pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg, and you’ve got one big flavor bomb in a mug. It’s creamy, tasty, comforting, and healthy all at the same time.
Who says you can’t enjoy the season the healthy way?
Top Three Benefits of This Recipe Are
- Coconut oil is great for many things, but one of the amazing properties of it is that it contains high-quality fat from MCTs. Research shows that MCTs may increase your metabolic rate[*]and help suppress appetite[*].
- Almond milk and coconut milk are dairy-free and perfect for a paleo or keto diet. Coconuts containMCTs which, research shows, may support weight loss[*] and reduce appetite[*].
- Honey is a natural alternative sweetener to sugar and is also paleo-friendly. It’s rich in antioxidants[*].
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
- ½ cup Califia Farms coconut/almond milk creamer
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon FBOMB Premium Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus extra for garnish
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (or cinnamon), plus extra for garnish
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup organic brewed coffee or espresso
- Combine coconut/almond milk creamer, almond milk, macadamia nut butter, coconut oil, honey, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Warm for about 5 minutes until the milk gets hot (but be careful not to burn).
- Whisk the ingredients vigorously, until the milk mixture is whipped and foamy, for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Alternatively, you can blitz all the ingredients in a blender until frothy.
- Pour over the coffee into a large mug and pour the hot spiced milk mixture into the mug, stir together.
- Sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg or cinnamon, serve hot.
- Total time: 16 minutes
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 6 minutes
Yield: Serves 1
Serving Size: 1 cup
Macros per serving
- Calories: 510 kcal
- Fat: 40.7 (52%)
- Protein: 4.3.g
- Carbs: 23.4g (17%)
- Fiber: 4.3g (13%)
- Sugars 17.9g
- Sugar alcohol: 0g
- Net Carbs: 19.1g