Fall is such a gorgeous season. I love taking in the colours of the landscape on our evening walks, slipping on boots along with chunky sweaters, layering textural throws and pillows on the sofa, and making hearty soups and stews that seem to warm the soul. The list could go on and on, couldn’t it?
Oh, yes, one more to add to my fall favourites, hot drinks…
One thing I can’t get to fast enough in the morning is my cup of coffee. Black with a touch of cream, that’s how I like it. It’s the time of day when it’s just me (my husband heads out the door way too early to see him off!) and everything’s quiet. I’m truly a morning person (if I get my one cup of coffee).
As the day wears on, however, I tend to switch to tea. Especially when it’s cold outside and it takes everything in me to stay warm (darn thyroid). Sometimes, though, it’s nice to try something a little different. Especially around 3 p.m. when I’m feeling that mid-afternoon slump and my body needs a little fuel to keep going. That’s where a pumpkin pie steamer (or a bit of heaven in a cup as I like to call it) comes into play.
I tend to like my steamer on the less sweet side. You can adjust the amount of white chocolate you add to make it more sweet (if that’s how you roll).
The nice thing about this steamer is that it doesn’t have caffeine or a bunch of sugar in it (like those from the coffee shop). Plus there’s no line up!
The milk and pumpkin have protein, which makes it a good after school snack for kids. To me, it tastes like pumpkin pie in a mug without all of the calories!
Skip the line-up and make your own white chocolate pumpkin pie steamer at home. The perfect treat for chilly fall days!
- 2 cups milk or almond milk
- 1/4 cup pure pumpkin pie puree
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice & cloves)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 oz. white chocolate + more for topping
- whipped cream (optional)
- Add milk, pumpkin puree, spice and vanilla to a blender and combine until smooth.
- Pour into a saucepan, add white chocolate, and heat on medium-low until hot, stirring often.
- Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, white chocolate shavings and a bit more pumpkin pie spice.
- Makes enough for 2 large mugs.
Looking for more fall drink ideas?
Check out these delicious recipes from some of my friends. Enjoy!
Vanilla Maple Latte from The DIY Mommy
Spiced Tea Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Steamer from Satori Design For Living (that’s me!)
Apple Cider Punch from Fynes Designs
Hazelnut Hot Chocolate from The Sweetest Digs
Autumn Chill Chai-Tea-Ni Martini from The Happy Housie
Chocolate Orange Martini from Suburble
Cinnamon Apple Spice Latte from Craftberry Bush
Cinnamon Spiced Ice Tea Cocktail from The Sweetest Escape
One more to add, Spiced Cranberry Apple Hot Punch from Clean & Scentsible.
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!
Enjoy your weekend!