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                                                                                Raw, Vegan, with Soy and Caffeine-Free Options

Believe me, this non-dairy latte is a real winner.   Even if you haven’t made the leap to a vegan lifestyle, when you have a luscious alternative,  it’s a no-brainer — and certainly beneficial to your body to cut back on dairy products.

Over the years I have invested many a five dollar bill into Pumpkin-flavored lattes at trendy coffeehouses and my body has simultaneously invested in extra calories, preservatives, artificial flavorings and sugar spikes from unhealthful sweeteners.

Have found some other non-dairy pumpkin lattes online but I didn’t like how they were sweetened or the commercial flavored syrups as main ingredients.  Those bottled flavorings are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and often use mainly artificial ingredients.  Raw Fusion Style means finding alternatives for your favorite comfort and craving foods that do not sacrifice on taste and actually have nutrition benefits for your body, as well as your taste buds.

ALLERGY ALERT:  If you are are sensitive to soy, you can replace the tofu with a half cup of raw cashews and 3 dates, which will help mimic the foaming effect of the “latte.”

Best of all, this Pumpkin creation is made with the real deal — actual pumpkin, not the distilled (or chemically duplicated) version.  What a novelty in this day and age…

 LJ’s Healthy Pumpkin Latte

Ingredients:

2 cups almond, coconut or hemp milk (I used a blend of all 3 but one will do)
2 TB. vanilla extract
3 TB. sweetener (maple syrup, agave or coconut nectar)*
2 heaping TB. canned or cooked pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, or a combination
1/2 cup raw cashews for RAW or for VEGAN 2-3 oz. silken tofu (I used a sprouted variety)
2 cups of brewed teecino**or coffee
optional: add 1 TB. decaffeinated powdered instant coffee or coffee extract for more flavoring if using teecino.
If using cashews, add 3 pitted medjool dates as an alternative sweetener and thickener – if used, reduce other sweetener above to 2 TB.

Brew coffee or teecino. In your blender add the rest of the ingredients and blend well, creating a foamy texture.  Then slowly add pour in  the teecino/coffee. My Vitamix warms this to steaming,  but you can gently heat this mixture on the stovetop in a glass or stainless steel pan. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and BLISS OUT.  Also tastes great cold.

Optional: Add coconut whipped cream – Cool a can of full fat coconut milk for at least 6 hours in the fridge. Open can and scoop out the thickened cream at the top – use the rest of the liquid in a shake or smoothie. Place in mason jar (best also cooled an hour or two) with 1 TB. Pure maple syrup and ½ tsp. vanilla extract. Shake vigorously 3-5 minutes until thickened. Spoon on top of the latte.

*Sweetener options: There are so many alternatives to sugar, which these days is most likely a genetically modified mix of cane juice and sugar beets.  Coconut nectar is one of my favorites (as are the coconut crystals), maple syrup works well with this blend, but strongly recommend buying organic as often conventional tappers use formaldehyde.  Agave nectar has gotten a bad rap for the past few years but I have personally felt that, while it should not be your “go-to” sweetener, in moderate amounts, the fructose effect is not deleterious to the body.  Was happy to find this confirmed by a recent study by Bio-Energetics. 

**Teecino is a fantastic coffee alternative that comes in many flavors.  I have personally found (upon recommendation by a friend) that the French Roast (part of the Mayan connection) most resembles coffee.  For someone weaning themself from coffee, it is recommended that you use half and half.   SO much less acidic and this beverage contains antioxidants.  You can find it in most health food stores or online.  Here is their website.

NOTE:  Right after I published this post I found an article on the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte – 380 calories, 18 grams of fat, 49 grams of sugar etc.

Here’s a meme that says it all:

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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