A Divine, Dairy-Free Pumpkin-Spice Latte

Coconut milk, pumpkin spice latte

It’s the palm shortening!  Coconut milk is great.  So is coconut cream.  But don’t you notice in your coffee it all might as well be coconut water?  Let’s face it.  We miss cream.  Maybe even the carrageenan found in International Delight’s French Vanilla.  What else is in there anyway!  When I read the label on the International Delight bottle, guess what I found!  “Palm oil.”  I CAN DO THAT!

I suggest not skimping on the palm shortening, as it provides the creaminess and texture that I’ve been missing with just coconut milk and coconut cream.  This is a real treat, so make it taste like one.  Or two.

This can be a coffee treat for adults.  Or a steamer for kids (or those who shun coffee).  I know there are other recipes out there like this, made without dairy but still using “PURE, HONEST” ingredients!  Do you make one?  Could you leave your “concoction outline” in the comments section?

Rich, Creamy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Makes 3-4 servings

4 generous tablespoons of palm shortening (here is sustainable palm shortening)
3/4 cup of full fat coconut milk  (here is one with no guar gum and no BPA)
1/2 cup of mashed, plain pumpkin (I used canned) (here is organic pumpkin)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey, adjusted for personal taste

Melt the palm shortening.  While it is melting, place all of the other ingredients in a blender.  Add the melted palm shortening.  Blend until well mixed.  Place in storage container and store in fridge until ready to use.  It will turn hard when refrigerated.

When you are ready to make your latte, heat the pumpkin mixture up so your latte won’t be cold.  I use 1/2 cup very strong brewed coffee to 1/2 cup of pumpkin mixture.  The mixture, for me, could not stand up alone as just a creamer.

For a steamer, heat up your desired amount and dilute to taste with coconut milk.

Taste and enjoy!  If it is not creamy enough or sweet enough, this is easily remedied by a quick little splash of your favorite sweetener and/or a small dallop more of palm shortening.

I was knocked out by this.  The palm shortening really made all the difference in the latte.  I can walk by Starbucks with no pining.

Warmest wishes today,


18 thoughts on “A Divine, Dairy-Free Pumpkin-Spice Latte

  1. Jackie

    I read this the day you posted it and was surprised you had read my mind. Just that morning, I’d settled on blending ice into my pumpkin coffee because I couldn’t get it to a good texture despite 5 days of consecutive efforts. I settled into my recliner, cuddling with a heating pad while I drank my icy treat. It looks like maybe more fat is my answer. I used plain old 30-40 calorie almond milk and was adding a bit of coconut oil but it wasn’t doing much of anything. I’ll now be keeping my eye out during my next grocery store trip for palm shortening.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      The texture not right–I know it! This is darn close. Aside, more “good” fat is an answer that many people are starting to swear by (of course not really mixed with that much maple syrup–but, hey, it’s a treat) and most vegetable based oils/fats don’t usually make the cut. Palm shortening, coconut oil, and olive oil do! Spectrum is one of the best and should be at any health food store. Good night!

  2. mummyflyingsolo

    This sounds delicious…I hate to rain on your parade but thought I should pass on that some people are getting really up in arms about palm oil because of the way it is farmed. I still eat it (like I also eat animals and buy clothes from China) but there is a story there so if you are interested in that sort of thing then have a google. 🙂


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