Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte – Happy Halloween!

It looks like we need something warming after Trick or Treating tomorrow.
10 degrees C and 40% chance of rain is the weather forecast here in London.
This recipe for a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte will most certainly do the trick after an evening running after the kids – warming and festive in equal measures.
My Pumpkin Spice Latte comes with coffee and the kids have a tea based one.

Pumpkin Spice Latte – Coffee Based
– 1 cup milk (I like oat milk)
– 1/2 cup coffee
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 drops of stevia (I like Nutri Nicks stevia)
– 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
– vegan squirty cream

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte- Tea Based
– 1 cup rice milk
– 3 tablespoons strong cinnamon tea
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 drops of stevia (I like Nutri Nicks stevia)
– 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
– vegan squirty cream

Direction: Make the coffee or tea. Warm the milk, Mix or whisk everything but the cream. Pour into a cup and squirt cream on top and sprinkle with cinnamon if you want.



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

The Problem With Coffee

I absolutely love coffee! I’m on and off it constantly. When I’m ON I have one a day. I especially like it on holiday.
If you are not sensitive to caffeine and have a healthy life-style, a small cup of coffee a day it’s not going to pose a health risk to you.
But knowing what could be problematic with drinking coffee empowers us to make good decisions for our health in the long run.

Here are a few reasons why you drink maximum 1 cup a day:

– Coffee makes us loose important minerals that we are likely to be deficient in anyway. To metabolize coffee the body needs minerals. On top of that coffee is a diuretic so more minerals are lost, which can further contribute to nutritional deficiencies.

– Caffeine is a natural insecticide to protect the plant against bugs. Some people are sensitive, and no wonder.

– Coffee is one of the most chemically sprayed crops in the world!  (Always buy organic coffee if you can!)

– Coffee stresses the adrenals. When you drink a cup neurons send messages to the pituitary gland which makes the adrenal send out adrenaline and cortisol. Basically your latte send you straight into fight or flight mood. Boom!If you drink several cups a day your nervous system will take a beating.

– Unfortunately de-caffinated coffee is not a solution as it’s not guaranteed to be a 100% caffeine free and nasty chemicals can be used to remove the
caffeine.

–  The roasting process creates acrylamide, the chemical which is formed when starchy foods are roasted, grilled or fried. This chemical can case cancer .

Great Coffee alternatives here:

Swedish Chocolate Balls Made Healthy

Every child in Sweden knows the recipe for Chokladbollar by heart!
This is something we made when we got home from school and our parents had not yet arrived.
They are delicious, very quick to make as there’s NO cooking involved and you normally have the ingredients at home already.
I have healthy-fyed this recipe a bit, but they are still easy to make and super delicious!


Swedish Chocolate Balls
Makes 22 balls

– 100 Gram Fat of Choice: almond or coconut or dairy butter
– 1 1/4 Cup Porridge Oats
– 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
– 1/4 Cup Shelled Hemp Seeds (you can replace this with more oats)
– 2 Tablespoons Cacao
– 2 Tablespoons of Cold Coffee
– 1 teaspoon Vanilla
– Pinch of Salt
– 1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut (to roll the chocolate balls in)

 

♥L

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Video: How to make a healthy Latte

 

I adore coffee, unfortunately it’s not mutual.
But I have found a great substitute that is doing wonders for my liver 🙂

What I forgot to say in the video is that the safe levels for caffeine according to research is 400mg for an average adult and 200mg for a pregnant woman. According to Chemical and Engineering News a Grande coffee from a coffee shop contains 330mg, but this have been disputed by the coffee chain.

The Dandelion coffee that worked for me is the Non Instant Dandelion Coffee from Cotswold Health Products.
I’m sure you can get it online.

XX Lisa