Iced/Hot Pumpkin Chai Latte (for all you non-coffee drinkers)

icedhotpumpkinchaiMy husband  Jonathan is a pastor so he believes that all of our  joy, peace and hope can be found in Jesus, but a pretty close second would be the healing power of coffee.  The man comes from a long line of coffee lovers.  He cannot do a thing before he’s had at least one cup.  His mom lays her coffee on the kitchen sink and drinks it cold hours later because she thinks the true coffee flavors can be tasted best.

I’ve tried, people.  For 30 long years I have tasted, smelled and re-tasted.  And it just ain’t happening.  The aftertaste makes me want to gag.  Even worse, I hate mornings.  I spend every last waking minute I can in bed before my children wake up so Lord knows, I could benefit from the caffeine.  And then this time of year rolls around – that comfy, cozy, put-on-a-sweater, curl-up-in-a-Starbucks-with-your-pumpkin-skinny-latte time of year.  I feel so left out.  And then it happened.   I discovered chai!  It’s made me feel like I belong in a world amongst coffee-drinkers.  So happy fall to all my coffee-challenged friends…this one’s for you:)

Serves 1

1/2c chai tea mix ( I love Oregon Chai…it’s not as spicy as others I’ve tried and it’s like $4 at Trader Joe’s)

1/2c unsweetened almond milk (or soy or regular milk if you like)

2 Tbs pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 Tbs agave (or maple syrup)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg and all spice

Place all ingredients in blender and either put over ice or heat in coffee cup in microwave.

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