Halloween has now passed us by for another year, but on the plus side, that means there are lots of lovely things you can do with your left-over pumpkins! If you’re enjoying a stay in one of our luxury treehouse glamping abodes, then getting stuck into some homemade recipes are the ideal activity for a cosy day in front of the fire.

Many pumpkins ready for use by people staying at Quality Unearthed

Have you ever tried a Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte? Did you know that they have more than 12 teaspoons of sugar in them, and a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino has a whopping 23 teaspoons?! This quantity of sugar is simply outrageous and second of all you could probably make better yourself. So why not give it a try? For just a fraction of the cost of a fancy coffee from a global chain, you can make your own and have fun doing it too!

Try making one or more of our sugar-free, natural pumpkin drink recipes:
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Try this as a cold drink after a long walk in the autumn sunshine. Just be sure not to use pumpkin pie filling as it is positively full of sugar!

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 teaspoons of instant coffee of your choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Stevia – add to your taste (a naturally-sourced sugar substitute with no calories, which does not raise blood sugar levels).

Directions

Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Proceed to blend until smooth, and pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze. Once frozen remove the ice cubes and let them thaw somewhat or just until they are able to blend in a blender. Add your pre-made ‘pumpkin ice cubes’ to the blender and blend until smooth. Additionally, you can add extra sweetener if needed, but don’t add anymore ice unless you want to dilute the flavour (not advised).

Each serving for 1 person provides around 60 calories, 7g of carbohydrates, 4g of fat, 2g of protein, and 4g of fibre.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This tasty pumpkin latte provides you with a cosy drink for those colder autumn days with an interesting twist on the classic latte coffee. If you want it as a sweet drink but don’t want your blood sugar spiking then try adding a few drops of stevia as opposed to normal sugar.

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strong coffee or shot of espresso
  • Stevia (sweeten to taste)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

 

Directions

Warm up the milk in a small saucepan until frothy. Then whisk in the pumpkin puree, the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and the cinnamon until smooth. Add your desired amount of stevia to the coffee and then pour the contents into the steamed milk mixture. On occasion the pumpkin settles at the bottom of the coffee mug, so if you don’t want it to taste gritty, pour the coffee through a strainer for a smoother consistency. Finally, top with whipped cream and serve. Yum!

Nutritional info (when sweetened with stevia)

Each serving for 1 person possesses roughly 50 calories, 4g of carbohydrates, 4g of fat, 2g of protein, and 2g of fibre.

 

Chai Tea Latte
If there’s one drink that is suited to the autumn months, it’s got to be a chai tea latte. This chai tea latte is nicely bursting with ginger, cardamom and black tea flavours, which are full of health benefits and warming flavours.

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • Stevia
  • 4 inches of grated ginger root
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

Use a small saucepan and add the water, ¼ cup raw honey (optional), cardamom pods, pre-grated ginger and black tea bags. Bring ingredients to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for approximately half an hour.  Add in the milk. Once milk has been added then warm until mixture is frothy. Strain the contents of the pan through a fine mesh strainer. Add a few drops of stevia (optional). Top with whipped cream and serve piping hot. Delicious!

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