Happy December! It’s gotten really chilly here in North Carolina and even though it’s warming up during the day it makes me want to snuggle up in bed a little longer. Plus I can’t get enough hot tea or coffee. Even Max, one of our dogs, is sneaking closer and closer to the fireplace to insure he’s toasty warm. (Don’t worry – he’s not so close he could get burned!)
I hope you’ll join me in a steaming pumpkin spice latte. Today’s recipe blends some of the best flavors of fall into a rich sauce that makes the best coffee you may ever have. It’s also pretty awesome in a cup of tea.
Not only is this much cheaper than your fancy coffee habit it’s almost as easy to make as it is to drive to your local coffee place. You really just toss everything in a small 1 1/2 to 2 quart slow cooker and cook 7 to 9 hours on low.
The fat content of your coconut milk and the water in the pumpkin puree will determine on how thick or thin the sauce is. The sauce will seem very thin when you take it out of the slow cooker, but it will thicken up in the fridge. If the sauce isn’t very thick then there is still no need to worry because it will taste just as good.
Don’t forget that you can change the spices to suit your tastes. Leave out the cloves or triple the cardamom until it’s just they way you’ve always wanted.
yield: about 3 cups (700 ml)gluten-free, soy-free, no added oilINGREDIENTS:1 can (13.5 ounces, or 400 ml) full-fat coconut milk
1 cup (225 g) packed brown sugar
1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch clovesAll all the ingredients to your 1 1/2 to 2 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Store in the fridge and use a few spoonfuls in your hot or iced coffee.
Nutritional Info: Per 2 tablespoon (28 ml) serving: 42.9 calories; 0.5 g total fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 0.2 g protein; 13.1 g carbohydrate; 0.4 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 7 to 9 hours