Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons including the changing colors, the festive flavors and the pumpkin patches. I admittedly am one of those people who looks forward to Starbucks release of the pumpkin latte. I practically jump for joy when I see the plethora of pumpkin flavored offerings at Trader Joe’s. You could call me a pumpkin-holic.
I’m proud to say that I am passing on my love of pumpkins to my boys. They too enjoy visiting pumpkin patches as well as all things pumpkin. We’ve made pumpkin flavored soup, scones, pancakes and muffins. My latest creation however is my favorite yet – pumpkin milk. Both kid and adult friendly, pumpkin milk can be enjoyed on its own or even added to coffee. Say hello to a homemade pumpkin latte, which is much more budget friendly than the nearly $5 and 400 calorie Starbucks latte that despite the name doesn’t include any “pumpkin.” (Sad News for Pumpkin Spice Latte Fans)
Would you know that pumpkins boast many health benefits as according to WebMd they’re loaded with vitamin A (beta carotene), low in calories as well as fiber. Apparently, “Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease.” (Superfood-Pumpkin, Caitlin Covington) Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin k as well which is said to be able to reduce the risks of some types of cancer.
So, this mama is happy to add the pumpkin milk warmed for my boys in the morning. They start off the day downing full fat milk enhanced with the benefits of pumpkin. Want to try it?
- 1.5 cups of whole milk
- 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (or combination of such spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamon)
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (or other sweetener)
Enjoy plain or add to coffee.
For other fun fall ideas, check out my posts about pumpkin patches, fall art, setting the table and cheap and easy Halloween decorations. And check back for some crafty ideas as the boys and I are brewing up some Halloween fun