Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list.

Learn how to make your own at The Nourishing Gourmet! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Homemade Chilie Mocha

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Spicy and sweet with lots of cocoa- pure delight!

Chilie mochas are all the rage right now if you go to a certain chain coffee shop, though I doubt if they will ever hold a candle to the pumpkin spice latte. Yet if you are a chocolate loving person, you will probably find a place in your heart for this “new” coffee drink as well.

I’ll admit when I went in to get a coffee and enjoy the free internet a couple weeks ago I was rather tempted to try one. Instead, I opted to make my own homemade chilie mocha because that’s what I do.

I have no idea why I never made a spicy mocha before now. I used to make spicy hot cocoa for my girls in Mexico. I even make a spicy chocolate headache relieving paste but the chilie mocha never crossed my kitchen until two weeks ago.

Now that I have enjoyed one several, you can be sure that I will continue to do so. Chilie and cocoa are the perfect pairing, if you have ever had chicken mole, you know exactly what I am talking about if you haven’t you better get on it. 😉

Coffee shops may be calling your name but first give this spicy treat a try.

Other seasonal drinks to enjoy: 

Homemade Chilie Mocha

2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
2 TBS cocoa powder
1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/4 tsp unrefined salt
Whipped cream (optional)

In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.

Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.

Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.

Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

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Homemade Chilie Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
  • ½ cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp unrefined salt
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.
  2. Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.
  3. Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

 

Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

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Warm spices bursting with the fragrance of fall, ready for use in a moment’s notice all blended together in a cute little jar. Oh, the joys of pumpkin pie spice blend.

For years I was a die hard purest when it came to spice blends. I would not use them, not on your life.

I would only use each spice individually, putting my nose up in the air and insisted that each recipe I created needed to have its own exact measurements of each individual spice for optimal flavor.

Well, I digress. I have discovered the joys of creating some of my own blends for simplicity sake. It’s true, I often prefer to add individual spices to recipe, but sometimes you just need a break.

Last year I caved and created my own garam masala blend, followed by this pumpkin pie spice blend. I have a couple blends more waiting to be shared as well. When I cave, I cave big time. 😉

I have so many fall beverages and treats that I like to make, that it made sense to keep pumpkin pie spice  on hand to have pumpkin pie lattes and such ready in less time.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

4 TBS ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves

Add all the ground spices to a jar. Shake until mixed. It’s as easy as pie. 😉

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Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
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Ingredients
  • 4 TBS ground cinnamon
  • 2½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Add all the ground spices to a jar. Shake until mixed. It's as easy as pie. 😉

Do you like to use spice blends? If so, what is your favourite?

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

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Smooth chamomile infused almond milk, drizzled with raw honey, with a sprinkle of dark chocolate, and a dash of cinnamon- pure bliss in a cup.

Earlier this year my friend was raving to me about a drink she had at a shop (The Naked Lounge, no naked people involved in case you wanted to know…) in Sacramento called “Bowl of Soul”, also known as a chamomile latte, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

She knew that I love to recreate all types of coffee and tea drinks, so she asked, begged me to recreate it.

I am not one to say no to a challenge like that. I right away stepped up to the plate, and at our very next girls’ night, I brought the necessary ingredients over to make our long anticipated hot drinks. Let’s just say my version of the Bowl of Soul did not disappoint.

Right away it was given a stamp of approval.

While the flavour combination may be unusual, don’t be put off. I would never think that they could pair so beautifully together but they do.

Be still my tea loving heart, the Bowl of Soul has won me over. It may even take the place of London Fog as a new favourite, shh, don’t tell my poor Earl Grey that…

It’s almost fitting since I was a chamomile fan well before I discovered them joys of black tea.

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Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

3 cups almond milk
4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
3 TBS raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 oz dark chocolate
Whipped cream, optional

Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.

Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.

Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.

Divide the milk between two mugs.

Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
  • 3 TBS raw honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 oz dark chocolate
  • Whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.
  3. Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.
  4. Divide the milk between two mugs.
  5. Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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Summer is in full swing! As July moves into August the temperatures are going to keep rising.

Lemonade is the iconic drink of summer. Who doesn’t have happy memories of sitting on the porch after playing hard all day as a child with a glass of lemonade at your grandma’s house?

Forget the powder mix. Instead, imagine a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of lavender! Lavender lemonade has a gorgeous pale purple color from steeping the lavender flowers.

Lavender is a wonderful addition to a summer drink because it helps you relax and calm your nervous system. Raw honey adds the right hint of sweetness with that is actually good for your body! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, local raw honey can ease allergy symptoms.

Lavender lemonade with raw honey is the perfect way to kick back any afternoon this summer!

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this herbal summer treat! 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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