Pumpkin ChaiWe loved this yummy creation from The Nutrition Professor Timaree Hagenburger, a Health Fitness Specialist and Corporate Wellness Professional (http://www.thenutritionprofessor.com). Not only is this drink downright delicious, but it is so easy to make yourself. It’s also free of any additives, and has only 90 calories (compared to 380 calories at a popular coffee chain). You can make it with Teeccino’s Vanilla Nut or Pumpkin Spice, canned pumpkin, dates and Timaree’s favorite chai spice blend!

Ingredients

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 Tbsp pumpkin puree (see Tip below)
1 small Medjool date, pit removed
1/2 tsp vanilla

Spice options:

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon plus a pinch of nutmeg, cloves and ginger
Or 1/4 – 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Or 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Chai Spice Blend (see my recipe below)
Teeccino Vanilla Nut or Pumpkin Spice (1/2 – 1 cup+)

The Nutrition Professor’s Chai Spice Blend:

Combine 1 tsp of each: allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander with 1/2 tsp of each: black pepper, nutmeg and turmeric. (This blend is especially wonderful, as the black pepper improves your body’s ability to absorb turmeric by as much as 2000%!)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixture is completely smooth. Continue blending until warm and enjoy it with Teeccino Vanilla Nut or Pumpkin Spice.

Shop Smart/Prep Smart Tip: While you can cook your own pumpkin, canned pumpkin makes this recipe ready in a flash. Purchase pure pumpkin, not the canned pumpkin pie mix, as that contains sugar syrup and other additives.  Since you will only use a few tablespoons for each drink, put the extra pumpkin in ice cube trays, as each should hold ~2 Tablespoons. Once frozen, pop them out into a zip-top freezer bag and they’ll be at your fingertips.