I refuse to acknowledge that fall is waning
Unfortunately for me, October is over, and with it every restaurant or coffee shop that introduced something pumpkin flavoured has closed up their pumpkin shop!
If you're like me, you were just getting used to a daily pumpkin spice latte. There's no snow on the ground and my porch pumpkin still looks fresh, so why would you take the flavour of my life away from me?!
In truth, this year I didn't have withdrawal symptoms at all and I'll share with you why...
I make my own pumpkin spice now
I am the captain of who gets to enjoy pumpkin spice in my life and I say that the duration and frequency at which I enjoy it, is for however long and whenever I feel like it! Autumn has always felt too short a season for me so any way to extend it is, in my opinion, worthy of my endeavor.
A girl and her latte - a healthy relationship
Judge me all you want. I AM a cliche. I’m that stereotypical girl who loves her pumpkin spice and fall fashion. Pumpkin spice is practically a movement these days, but as you'll find out below, these spices really benefit the human body. One could argue that they do quite a bit for the female body specifically, so I'm not at all perturbed by people judging me for wanting more pumpkin spice in my life. It's as if I have a biological imperative to enjoy it. It's both healthy and a time honoured tradition that's here to stay.
If you make it, you'll use it
There's so many ways to enjoy this spice beyond just putting it in your coffee or hot chocolate. Bake with it or season literally anything with it. It has such a uniquely sweet and, at the same time, savoury taste, that it goes well on so many desserts and dishes.
Pumpkin spice is incredibly easy and cheap to make at home. Sure, you can buy it, but if you don't use your spice cabinet nearly as much as you thought you would, making your own fresh pumpkin spice out of these spices before they lose all taste and efficacy / nutrition, makes sense. You probably already have all the ingredients but if not, I challenge you to head out to the store for the ingredients you need and a store-bought pumpkin spice to compare against the homemade version. I'll bet the store-bought spice won't even be able to compete with the fragrant aroma of these combined spices...
Do-It-Yourself Pumpkin Spice
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
Just one step!
Mix the spices together and enjoy the aroma. Store the mixture in a container that seals and you're done!
How to use your pumpkin spice
I add this mix to my french press coffee while it sits to brew and we have a milk frother that makes that decadent cloud that sits atop your coffee. A milk frother is definitely worth the investment because it's saved me countless trips to a coffee shop to get the same experience. I'm sure it's paid for itself in the time we've used it and it's not at all difficult to use or clean if you rinse it right away. I also drizzle some more spice on top of the froth because, as you know by now, I'm obsessed with the flavour. You'd think it would be too much but it's still subtle. Go without sugar and you'll find the cinnamon almost makes it sweet.
Spices to the Rescue
Did you know pumpkin spice is actually healthy?! When you make it at home and don't load it up with sugars, look at how amazingly beneficial the spices are.
High Source of Antioxidants
Treats Nausea and Morning Sickness
Reduces Muscle Pain and Soreness
Helps with Osteoarthritis
May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars
Helps Treat Chronic Indigestion
May Lower Cholesterol
May Significantly Reduce Menstrual Pain
Freshens Breath Naturally
Detoxes Kidney and Liver
Skin Care Aid
High Source of Antioxidants
Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties
Protects Heart Health
Helps Defend Against Cognitive Decline
May Help Lower Cancer Risk
Fights Infections & Viruses
Protects Dental Health & Freshens Breath Naturally
Temporary Toothache Treatment
Relief From Upper Respiratory Infections
Enhances Sexual Health