Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!)

The ultimate Thanksgiving treat!

A couple of Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the perfect treat for the holidays!

Because every pumpkin spice latte deserves a little bourbon in it for a long holiday weekend. Am I right? Seriously, though, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. Yes, me, the queen of spiking my coffee with Bailey’s and enjoying hot toddies like my OG favorite, Boilo. It only makes complete sense that we should dress up the annual favorite espresso drink with a little sumpin’ sumpin’, and bourbon sure fits the bill!


Annnnndddd, we’re making this Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte CaliGirl Cooking-friendly by using only REAL pumpkin and spices…none of this super-sweet syrupy stuff you get at your neighborhood chain coffee shop (not gonna name names here.)

A Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte will spice up any holiday get-together!

That’s right, this five-ingredient recipe contains no added sugar, so it can basically be called a health food (save for the bourbon of course, which I suppose you could leave out if you really want to be SUPER healthy, but where’s the fun in that?) So here are those five ingredients we’re looking at:

Espresso
Pumpkin purée
Bourbon
Milk of your choice
Pumpkin pie spice
And, if you’re feeling fancy, a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick to garnish

Pretty easy, right?

This Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte has been largely responsible for keeping me out of the coffee shops that become so addicting with their “red cups” and special holiday drinks this time of year (well, that and the fact that I have a three week-old on my hands :-P) It’s creamy and delicious, with a wonderful pumpkin spice flavor that won’t leave you with a sugar hangover. Let’s leave that to all the pie and other fancy desserts we’ll be indulging in this weekend.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, feel free to just use a little bit of regular coffee as the caffeine source for said Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte. It won’t be quite as potent, but who needs tons of caffeine on a lazy holiday weekend, anyway?

This Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte has no added sugar and is made with REAL pumpkin!

Speaking of the holiday weekend, what are your plans? We are headed up to NorCal tonight to spend the long weekend with our families, and it will be Raia’s first long car trip. Any tips or tricks on how to make it through a four-hour drive with an almost one-month old? So far our plan is to just take our time and have no expectations about when we’ll get there. Hopefully that relaxed attitude about it all will make the trip a breeze!

We’ll be spending Thanksgiving day with my husband’s family, then heading over to Santa Cruz to see my family on Friday, with a stop to cut down a Christmas tree in between. The hubs and I have been cutting down our own tree every year since we started dating, so we’re very excited to continue the tradition with the newest addition to our family.

Other than that, we plan on doing lots of relaxing, eating and I’m sure watching allll the football, which means we’ll have plenty of time to whip up some tasty Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes while we’re at it. Who else is with me?

A Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte is the perfect treat for fall festivities.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

*Programming Note: I’ll be taking a break from posting on Friday so we can really enjoy the weekend with our family and friends. I’ll be back in action on Monday and can’t wait to tell you all about our trip! Xo

A couple of Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the perfect treat for the holidays!
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Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!)
Prep Time
10 mins
 

This spiked version of the classic fall espresso drink contains real pumpkin and no added sugar - the perfect balanced treat for the holidays!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 espresso shots (or more if you want the extra caffeine!)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 8 ounces milk of your choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon or cinnamon stick, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined.

  2. Divide mixture into two mugs and microwave until hot, 1 ½ - 2 minutes.

  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick and enjoy immediately!

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!) | CaliGirlCooking.com

Matcha Macadamia Latte

Today I present to you one of my newest favorite things!

This Matcha Macadamia Latte is an easy alternative to coffee, and so delicious!

Matcha Macadamia Lattes have completely stolen my heart, and I’m not one bit upset about it.


It’s no secret that nut milks have become one of the hottest food trends over the past decade. They’re now mainstream at Starbucks and often the main form of calcium and protein you’ll find in any semi-health conscious person’s kitchen. In fact, you might be hard pressed to find a gallon of regular milk in anyone’s refrigerator these days.

While the hubby and I are certainly not lactose-intolerant, we keep a stash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk on hand as our main “milk” source for two primary reasons: (1) We love adding it to our morning Power Protein Smoothie and (2) It is shelf stable until opened and keeps much longer than regular milk, so we don’t have to worry so much about spoilage.

Almond and cashew milks have proven to be the reigning stars of the nut milk world, but on our trip to Kauai this past July, I ordered a Macadamia Latte and was soooo excited to learn that no, it was not flavored with overly sweet macadamia nut flavored syrup, but it was in fact made with macadamia nut MILK. I knew I had to get my hands on some as soon as we got home, and get my hands on some I did. I found this Milkadamia brand on Amazon, and also discovered that our local, slightly more “upscale” grocery store stocked the same brand.

A Matcha Macadamia Latte made with Milkadamia, available on Amazon!

Since we don’t own an espresso machine (yet), I started out by adding it to my regular ol’ cup of half-caf joe in the morning in lieu of creamer, but I was still craving more of that macadamia flavor. I started brainstorming how I could make my latte without an espresso machine, and remembered that I had a stash of matcha in the pantry alongside a brand new matcha whisk. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with my macadamia nut milk and I had to do it ASAP!

Really, though, this is another “recipe” that could almost not even be called a recipe. We’re talking three ingredients that even the biggest novice in the kitchen could throw together. But it’s way too good not to share! Seriously, get yourself on Amazon right this instant and order the ingredients (and maybe a matcha whisk, because we’re trendy like that) so you can whip up a Matcha Macadamia Latte STAT. You will most definitely not be sorry (and your Instagram feed will look fab as well.)

Whip up this easy Matcha Macadamia Latte with macadamia nut milk, matcha powder and a matcha whisk!

So aside from making Matcha Macadamia Lattes all day every day this weekend, what else have you got planned? We’re taking it easy with a quiet Saturday at home, then we’re headed to Ojai on Sunday for a quick overnight stay – our last little getaway before baby comes! We won’t have too much time there but are trying to squeeze in as much as possible. Any suggestions for what we should do or, more importantly, where we should eat?

Have a great weekend, friends!

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This Matcha Macadamia Latte is an easy alternative to coffee, and so delicious!
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Matcha Macadamia Latte
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Your matcha will never be the same when you turn it into a latte with creamy macadamia nut milk and a touch of honey. It's to die for!

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Servings: 2 lattes
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces macadamia nut milk
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • Honey, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat up milk (either on the stovetop or in the microwave) and then whisk in matcha powder. Divide among two mugs and sweeten with honey, if desired.

Matcha Macadamia Latte | CaliGirlCooking.com