Pumpkin Spice “Na”tte – AIP version of my favorite fall beverage

Pumpkin Spice “Na”tte – AIP version of my favorite fall beverage

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Fall is without a doubt my favorite season… and today I realized that it has been at least 4 years since I have experienced it. Not that I have managed to magically “jump” over fall into winter… but because I have been living in the tropics since August of 2011. In Brazil, not only are the seasons the opposite of what I grew up with (Christmas in Brazil is in the middle of the summer) but there are also not distinctly different as they are Pacific Northwest where I grew up. In Brazil you can easily spend the day at the beach in the dead of “winter” and it is rarely too cold for shorts.

This year I am spending my first fall in Mexico and so far there is none of the crisp cool fall air that I love so much. We have been experiencing suffocating humidity and torrential rains that are filling my entire house with water, mosquitos, hornets, frogs, and very loud grasshoppers! The house we are living in is designed for the Baja “winter” a dry season with few insects, cool nights and warm sunny days. The bedrooms are “inside” but the kitchen and bathroom are outdoors partially sheltered by a palapa style roof. When I moved to Brazil I was terrified that I would be surrounded by poisonous frogs, spiders and all kinds of strange critters (an image derived from thinking that Brazil is actually just the Amazon Rainforest) and was pleasantly surprised to find that the only creatures I encountered in my day to day existence were daddy-long-legs, occasional mosquitos and brightly colored birds.

Moving to Baja I didn’t even think about the insects or wildlife. I would be living in the desert, right? The desert is dry and dead….or so I thought. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Even during the dry season I was surrounded by little geckos, long eared hares, chipmunks, vultures, poisonous spiders and the periodic scorpion…and since the rainy season has started I feel like my life has been taken over by wildlife! When it rains the dessert comes to life. Within a day the formerly quiet night is filled with a chorus of frogs and grasshoppers so loud that you might not be able to sleep. The kitchen (and anywhere with a light) fills with giant moths, buzzing beetles and all kinds of strange and mind boggling insects (including a 5 inch tarantula that had me trapped in the bathroom). Needless to say, cooking at night is no longer an option…

This new “fall” experience has definitely been interesting and DEFINITELY has made me miss the crisp fall air of my childhood. Fall for me means……

Crisp fall air

Colorful leaves on the ground

Running Cross-country

The nervous excitement of heading back to school

Back to school shopping…

My favorite US holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving

and last but not least….PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES!

fall reminds me of two things, halloween and pumpkin spice lattes!
fall reminds me of two things, halloween and pumpkin spice lattes!

 

I don’t know if it was the nostalgia for my childhood fall, or the fact that I found a can of pumpkin puree on the shelf of my local “mini-super” but I decided that I had to find a way to enjoy my favorite fall treat on the autoimmune protocol.

The result: a creamy delicious beverage that when I close my eyes makes me feel as though I was sitting on a bench at Greenlake (in a warm jacket) looking out at the rippling water and fallen leaves.

 

A sip of fall...
A sip of fall…
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Pumpkin Spice "Na"tte - Anti inflammatory AIP
 
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An AIP version of my favorite fall beverage 🙂
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Paleo/ AIP
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 C of "Base" (you can use rooibus tea, black tea, or coffee depending on your tolerance)
  • 3 T coconut oil or coconut butter
  • 1 heaping T pumpkin puree
  • 1 T maple syrup (opcional)
  • Dash of Mace
  • Dash of cloves
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • Dash of turmeric
Instructions
  1. Add your hot "base" and all of the ingredients to the blender
  2. Blend for 15-20 seconds
  3. Serve in your favorite mug!
Notes
Be extra careful with hot liquids in the blender! They have a tendency to spray everywhere if you aren't careful...
Turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory and can help with digestion!
Coffee is NOT AIP so if you are following the autoimmune protocol use one of the other options 🙂

Enjoy!
Slightly Lost Girl
http://www.slightlylostgirl.com
 

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39 Responses

  1. Yum, Mika. Just YUM 🙂

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Yay! If you make it tag me on instagram 🙂 I am addicted to this treat….

  2. YUM!!! JUST made this – such a great and healthy treat! Have you tried making it ahead and reheating the morning? I might try this tonight!

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Haven’t tried it… wonder if it would separate? Let me know if it works!

  3. This sounds amazing! I don’t do coffee either, I bet it would be great with my ginger tea though! I seriously can’t imagine the bugs you encounter, I wouldn’t think of that in Baja! Hopefully not cooking at night means you get more sleep?!

  4. I had mo “mace?” But added cloves. YUM!

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Mace is like an AIP version of Nutmeg…. I am sure cloves would be great!!!! Maybe I should add that to the recipe 🙂

  5. I’ve been drinking one of these daily since Thursday — I love this recipe! Thanks for creating and sharing it. 🙂

  6. Thank you! I have been missing my pumpkin coffee/latte. This was perfect!

  7. Love your story about the bugs. I live in South Africa and in summer, we’re surrounded by bugs. It was even worse in Zambia (which is closer to the equator) where we lived for seven years. Thanks for the recipe. Keen to try it!

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Of course! I hope you enjoy the recipe…. wow, I can only imagine the bugs in Zambia 🙂 We keep on discovering new creatures that we have never seen before…..

  8. Is maple syrup AIP approved?

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Yes! In moderation, but remember a tablespoon will put you at 15 grams of sugar (almost to the 20 gram initial sugar recommendation). Hope you enjoy 🙂

  9. Really delicious. I love the spice. Yummy!

  10. This is absolutely delicious!! I live in Brazil but am from Oregon and also totally miss falls in the pacific northwest. It’s not the same down south 🙂

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I couldn’t find pumpkin in Brazil…. you are lucky! What took you to Brazil? Another Northwest girl far from home….

      • Hah! I didn’t see your response until I went back to show a friend the recipe.. My husband works in the Brazilian Symphony so we’ve been in Rio for the past few years. But I’m actually home at the moment…health issues 🙁 I also have UC. Your site is really inspiring. I’ve been trying to manage my symptoms with food/lifestyle but sometimes the progress is so slow, it’s scary and hard to tell if it’s working. We should chat sometime! tchau 🙂

        • Slightly Lost Girl

          Hanna, so sorry to hear that you are home sick with health problems 🙁 Email me through my contact form if you want and we can chat about UC and Brazil! Hugs

  11. Mmm, this looks great! I’ve been making cinnamon tea (just putting a couple cinnamon sticks in boiling water for a half hour) lately. I think I’ll use that as my base tomorrow morning! Also might add some ghee! Thanks for the ideas!!! 🙂

  12. I made mine with Chai Tea, and it is absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I just made this with rooibos and it was awesome. I am so happy to have this treat and can’t wait to try your Peppermint Nocha next!

  14. I am loving this and your “nocha” recipe. I am relatively new to AIP and one thing I am missing this time of year is having my peppermint mocha in the red Starbucks cup. I made both with roasted dandelion root tea. I really appreciate these alternatives.

    I do find though that by the time I blend the indgredients it is luke warm so I end up heating it in the microwave for a bit. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      You aren’t doing anything wrong! Depending on how hot you like your drink, reheating is totally necessary…. but the blender is what gives it the frothiness (and unfortunately cools off your drink) so you can’t skip it. Reheating in either the microwave or on stovetop can work, but I have also found that if I have boiling water and am quick to blend it is pretty hot right off the bat 🙂 So glad you are enjoying my recipes!

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  18. Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It tastes like everything I have been missing…yum!!!

    • Slightly Lost Girl

      Hahaha I am so glad 🙂 Pumpkin spice everything!!!!!! ALL year long 🙂

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