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Is anyone else not over fall yet? I mean, I'm excited for the twinkly lights and the Nativity and all, but seriously-This season with its pumpkins and gorgeous colors and cool but not too cold weather and cider donuts and mums. So much happy right here. And especially the good coffee concoctions. Exhibit A: the pumpkin spice latte. The angels knew what we needed when they thought that one up.
On that happy note: if you're a pregnant or breastfeeding mama who is mourning the loss of her coffee: mourn no longer. You can now enjoy your very own Pumpkin Spice Latte. Without coffee. And it’s completely delicious, caffeine free, gluten free, and a-lot-of-things-free.
"How?" you ask.
"It must be gross," you say.
Stick with me.
Introducing: Dandy Blend
Dandy Blend is a proprietary blend of dandelion, chicory and beet root, barley and rye-(read this for the story on how Dandy Blend is Gluten Free even with these ingredients.) This glorious coffee substitute is Non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan, Organic, Caffeine Free, Gluten Free, Tree Nut Free, Dairy Free, with no added sugar. (Just so you know, I am not an affiliate for Dandy-Blend nor do they sponsor me. I just love their product.) For more info about it, check out dandyblend.com.
What’s so great about dandelion?
Dandelion is the primary ingredient in Dandy Blend. Dandelion is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-6, and Magnesium. It’s also high in antioxidants, rich in fiber, and serves as a liver cleanser, among other great health benefits. Not only is there no guilt- dandelion is something you want to add to your diet, and now dandelion has also saved the coffee-loving day.
Does it really taste like coffee?
About this. I am not a coffee aficionado. I personally love my coffee so sugared and creamed that it tastes like candy more than coffee. That said, if you are a pure and truecoffee lover, I recommend diluting your coffee and adding Dandy Blend incrementally until you can fully replace the coffee with Dandy Blend. If you start out with straight DB, you may not take to it.
RECIPE: Coffee- Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
Dandy Blend (1-2 Tsp. Per Cup)
Half & Half or Lite Cream (Non-Dairy Creamer for a vegan option)
Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup (recipe below) OR Buy some!
Whipped Cream (Skip it for a vegan option)
Boil water and pour into your favorite mug. Add 1-2 heaping teaspoons Dandy Blend to taste, stirring well. Add creamer and PSL syrup, stir. Add whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!
RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
2 C. water
1 C. sugar (preferably raw)
1/2 C. loose brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon or 4-5 cinnamon sticks
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger (optional)
A solid pinch of cloves
4 heaping tablespoons pumpkin puree
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking over low/medium heat for an additional 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Don’t allow to boil.
Tweak the ingredients to suit your needs, and enjoy your new coffee ritual!