Friday, 15 November 2013


Sometimes you wake up after sleeping for 10 hours to the bright sunshine of a crisp Sunday morning - and you are still so, so tired.

On these mornings, you need espresso.

Having wanted to do a paleo pumpkin spice latte/pumpkin cream cheese muffin to rival Starbucks the entire month of October so that I could actually HAVE both these things, it was the perfect opportunity to pull up a paleo PSL recipe. Unfortunately I didn't get this up IN October - but hey, Starby's serves the PSL until they run out of the ingredients, sometimes well into November, even December, so it's fair game.

Pumpkin Spice Latte from FastPaleo

serves 1
time: fast

- 1 cup coconut milk (I like Aroy-D or Thai Kitchen - they are more expensive, especially Thai Kitchen, but they separate very well whenever you are making coconut cream)
- 1 1/2 tbsp pureed pumpkin (sold in cans in baking aisle)
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp honey (optional, I used it)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg or allspice
- 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso
- pinch of Cocoa Powder (optional, I didn't use)

Start your coffee/espresso brewing (here's how you brew stove top espresso). In a small sauce pan over medium heat, warm the coconut milk, pureed pumpkin, and honey until your coconut milk is bubbling and steaming. Then, remove the pot from the heat and stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg (Me being me, didn't read the directions all the way through and added the last few ingredients into the pot while still heating. I just took it off right when I noticed and stirred, it was still fine).

Pour into a coffee cup, then pour top up with your strong coffee or espresso. Add coconut cream and cocoa if you wish!

**My notes
I would make this with only a 3/4 cup of coconut milk next time or have the milk-y portion serve two because it was a bit too rich/creamy for me - which is saying a LOT.

For the muffin, after searching for a paleo recipe that incorporated the cream cheese in vain (not that there weren't many available, just none that I particularly liked) I decided to find two pumpkin muffin recipes (one with almond flour and one with coconut flour) and just scoop the cream cheese in.

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins Recipe using almond flour, found from "MyMuffinBlog"

Makes 12

- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup raw honey (optional)
- 2 tsp almond butter

Preheat your oven to 350 and coat muffin tins with coconut oil (or use paper muffin cups and add 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil to batter, which is what I did).

Mix all ingredients and pour evenly into tins.

At this point I put about a tablespoon of regular cream cheese in the centre of each muffin tin. Not burying it in, just leaving it on top.

Bake for 25 minutes on the middle rack, you will see when they're done that the muffin rises nicely around the cream cheese.

Pumpkin Bread and Muffins using coconut flour from "Wellness Mama" - love this blog
*sorry, no process pictures, forgot. Pretty much looks exactly the same as the almond flour muffins*

Makes 5 unless you are adding chocolate chips, cream cheese, and trying to use that last bit of pumpkin. Then it makes more like 8.

- 5 eggs
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree 
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tbsps of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
¼ cup honey or a few drops of stevia extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put all ingredients in medium sized bowl and mix well until smooth.

Put into greased muffin tins - if you come out with an uneven number of muffins to tray tins, like me, make sure to fill the empty tins with water so they don't burn. Put a dollop of cream cheese in the centre of each tin (that has batter in it, obvs). Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Finished coconut flour product w PaleoSL

It is, after all, still fall. And all things pumpkin, warm, and comforting are still fair game. Regardless of the fact that Starbucks has released their holiday drinks and red cups and IAMSOEXCITED.

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