So, being that it is winter, I love warming up with a cup of coffee. I can readily admit I drink too much of the stuff, especially in the colder months. But, after a longgg day at the butcher shop (my off-season job), I am known to come home, kick-start the coffee pot, and settle into relaxation mode.
Well, last evening after work I had a serious craving for something sweet. The sweet snack attack can be bothersome, especially when you try not to purchase many sweets. I looked around a bit, but soon realized: who needs store bought sweets, when you have Honeynuts and Butternuts from fall's harvest? I saw honeys & coffee, and thought ooh-la-la…LATTE!!
Pumpkin Spice Latte, to be exact. mmm.
I spied a food network recipe, and tweaked it a bit. First, I used a honeynut squash, which is essentially a baby butternut, but with a sweeter taste. I replaced sugar with Agave for a “better" sweetener, and omitted nutmeg, because I didn’t have any, nor am I the biggest fan of the spice. I also added some Chia Seeds to the mix; not only because they remind me of sprinkles, but I also love their texture, and can't forget to mention they have health benefits. Some of their positive paybacks include: aiding digestion, stabilizing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, and boosting energy, so why not add a dusting of ch-ch-ch-chia power to an already yummy treat?! :)
- 3 TBS Agave/Sugar/Maple Syrup
- 3 TBS Pureed Honeynut Squash
- 1 TBS Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Ginger
- 2 ¼ C Milk
- ¼ C Strong Brewed Coffee
- Whipped Cream (Heavy Cream)
- Chia Seeds (for garnish & added texture & health benefits)
Combine agave, pureed honeynut, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger in a small saucepan. Whisk in milk and coffee, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream, chia seeds & additional cinnamon.
Enjoy, but be aware : you may be wearing a whipped cream 'stache after this delightful drink !
PS. You can use butternuts, cheese pumpkins, kuri pumpkins, or blue hubbard pumpkins.
I used Honeynuts, because they are the most size appropriate for the amount needed.