I don’t know about you, but I’m really enjoying that Maple Vanilla Coconut Creamer.   While I sip contentedly on my tea, my Facebook friends are singing the praises of the pumpkin spice latte.  I confess that I have never purchased this particular latte, but apparently, it’s quite popular.  Once again, I wondered if it would be possible to create a pumpkin spice creamer that was made from real ingredients.

My first question was whether or not the pumpkin spice latte even contained pumpkin, so I headed off to my neighborhood coffee shop.  While ordering, I asked if there was really pumpkin in the latte.  I was informed that there was.  I also noticed that they have a half gallon jug of an orange colored pumpkin spice syrup that they use when they prepare the lattes.  Incidentally, you can purchase this syrup on-line for about $30 per jug.  You can also read the ingredients on the same site.

For this creamer, I started with the Maple Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer recipe, but opted to do a few things differently.  Because I was adding dried spices to the recipe, I wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to infuse the milk with their flavor.  I also wanted to make sure that the pumpkin puree was dissolved and well incorporated into the creamer, so I chose to cook the milk, syrup, spices, and pumpkin gently on the stove.

The finished product was allowed to cool slightly before being poured into a glass bottle for storage.

The result was delicious.  Once again, I can’t believe how simple it is to make a delicious flavored coffee creamer from real ingredients.

I hope you like this as much as we do.   Are there other fall favorites that you would like to learn how to make the Simply Healthy Eats way?  Leave a comment and let us know.  We’ll see if we can figure it out.

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Creamer
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Recipe type: Coffee Creamer
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Serves: 2 cups
 
No need to spend tons of money on pumpkin spice lattes at your local coffee shop. Instead, mix up this delicious pumpkin spice creamer.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons mashed pumpkin puree (I used canned)
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup, or to taste (I like it with 2, but some of my friends say it's not sweet enough.)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or you can mix up your own combination of spices)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Put coconut milk pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and spices into a sauce pan and mix well.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until steaming, but not boiling. Don't skip this step. The heat releases the flavor of the spices into the creamer.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Allow to cool slightly then store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  5. Shake well before each use.

**Nutrition information based upon a 2 tablespoon portion of creamer.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.4g
10%
Saturated Fat 5.6g
28%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 3.3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g
3%
Sugars 2.3g
Protein 0.6g
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 3%