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3 Healthy Holiday Drinks That Will Make You Forget All About Pumpkin Spice Lattes

December 10, 2015

The recent red cup debate was intense. But it’s not the first time consumers have given Starbucks’ holiday beverages the side-eye: When it was revealed earlier this year that the famous and highly sought-after Pumpkin Spice Latte contained a heck of a lot of sugar—and not even one iota of real pumpkin—conscious eaters everywhere were aghast.

Don’t panic. You can get in the holiday spirit without chugging a high fructose corn syrup–filled sugar bomb, so save the five bucks and make your own customized version at home.

The easiest way to make seasonal coffee? Spice your coffee beans or grounds before you brew (versus adding spices directly into a hot cup of joe, which can result in a nasty, coagulated mess at the bottom).

Doing so makes your house smell incredible, too. If you’re a fan of gingerbread lattes, try adding cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. [Author’s note: After making your coffee this way you may never go back to regular grounds. Consider yourself warned!]

Here are three delicious, healthy beverages that make the most of seasonal spices.

Cinnamon Hazelnut Latte

2 cups of brewed coffee
2 tablespoons hazelnut butter
5 dates, pitted
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. Top with cinnamon and serve.

Peppermint Cacao Mocha

¼ cup of brewed coffee
⅔ cup of coconut milk, heated
2 tablespoons of cacao
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
peppermint chocolate for garnish

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender until frothy. Top with crumbled peppermint chocolate and enjoy.

Gingerbread Detox Vanilla Shake

1 tablespoon tocos rice bran solubles
¼ inch knob of fresh ginger
pinch of Himalayan sea salt
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
10 ounces of almond milk
½ tablespoon raw honey

Props to our friends at Sun Potion for inspiring this detoxifying holiday treat. Tocos (no, not tacos), a bran powder derived from brown rice, is super high in vitamin D and E and fiber—and it tastes like a vanilla milkshake. Mix all ingredients in a blender with some ice and enjoy an upgraded, good-for-you version of your favorite Frappuccino!

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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Michelle Pellizzon

Certified health coach and endorphin enthusiast, Michelle is an expert in healthy living and eating. When she's not writing you can find her running trails, reading about nutrition, and eating lots of guacamole.

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