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Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe

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“Pumpkin spice and everything nice” (pretty much my mantra for the fall season). Every year I love to make a few homemade pumpkin spice lattes (they’re better than Starbucks’ — I swear!), but this year I decided to try something a little bit different. This is a recipe that I have been wanting to create for a few years now, but just never got around to it. I’m so happy that I finally made it, though, because I love it! It’s similar to the pumpkin spice latte, but swapping out the hot coffee for something a little spicier.

This is a pumpkin spice chai latte (if you couldn’t tell by the title), and it is perfect for any kind of fall day. It warms you up when there’s a chill in the air and is perfect for either bundling up with a blanket at home or taking it to go for a day of leaf peeping. I sipped a cup of this on my way to the pumpkin patch this weekend, and it was the perfect fall festive day. So, without further ado, here is a my pumpkin spice chai latte recipe…

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WhatYouNeed_2For the pumpkin spice base:
01. 
1 cup pumpkin puree
02. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
03. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
04. 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

For the chai latte:
01.
2 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice base
02.
1 cup milk (almond, soy, or coconut — I used almond)
03.
1 bag of chai tea

For garnishing:
01. Vegan whipped cream
02. Pinch of pumpkin pie spice (or nutmeg)

 

WhatYouDo_2

For the pumpkin spice base:
01. 
Mix all of the base ingredients together until evenly mixed and a dark color. You can store this in an air-tight container (like a mason jar) in the fridge for up to two weeks.

For the chai latte:
01. Pour four ounces boiling water over the chai tea bag. Let steep while you follow the next step.
02. Stir the pumpkin spice base and milk together in saucepan until smooth. Heat over medium-high heat until steaming hot.
03. Pour the hot milk mixture into the chai tea, then top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg. Enjoy!

 

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check-these-out-too01. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
02. Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe
03. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
04. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe

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You guys already know how much I love Buddha Bowls. If you’re not familiar with what they are, it’s basically a big bowl of plant-based deliciousness. They usually consist of some sort of grain (I always use brown rice), and then all different veggies, beans, etc. on top.  The idea is that it’s such a big bowl that the top has a rounded look to it, like Buddha’s belly. I mean… Who wouldn’t love that, right?

Today’s Buddha Bowl is a recipe that my mom made while I was home last weekend, and I couldn’t NOT share it — I loved it so much. This is a fall-version of my classic Buddha Bowl recipe, which I wrote about last year here. So, without further ado, here is my fall harvest Buddha Bowl…

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WhatYouNeed_201. Cooked brown rice
02. Broccoli, chopped
03. Chickpeas, rinsed and dried
04. Sweet potatoes, cubed
05. Kale, stems removed
06. Red onion, sliced in small wedges
07. Goddess dressing (or tahini, whichever you prefer!)
08. Salt and pepper to taste
09. 1 teaspoon cumin
10. 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
11. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12.
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
13. Extra virgin olive oil

 

WhatYouDo_2

01. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
02. Spread sweet potatoes and onions out on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top, making sure sweet potatoes are well-coated, then flipping them face down.
03. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove baking sheet from oven.
04. Flip sweet potatoes and add broccoli to baking sheet, drizzling olive oil and adding salt and pepper to the broccoli.
05. Bake for 8–10 minutes, then remove from oven.
06. Add kale, then drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper to it.
07.
Bake for 4–5 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
08.
Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and toss with seasonings.
09. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and chickpeas. Stir frequently. 
10.
Once browned, remove from heat and set aside. (1o minutes over medium heat was perfect for me.)
11.
Place brown rice in bowl, add in veggies and chickpeas over top, then drizzle dressing on top. Enjoy!

 

Have you ever tried a Buddha Bowl? What is your favorite kind? Let me know how you like this fall Buddha Bowl if you try it out!

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check-these-out-too01. Buddha Bowl Recipe
02. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
03. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Fit & Fresh Fall Salad

I think many times people associate salads with the spring and summer months, but this does not have to be the case. I love a good leafy salad any time of year, and the flavors of fall are some of my favorite to incorporate in these fit and fresh meals. That being said, don’t ever get fooled by a “salad” label… Just because something is a salad doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. A lot of recipes weigh them down with unhealthy ingredients, like tortilla chips or ranch dressing. Load your salad up with healthy greens and other veggies, with a few fruits and nuts mixed in, too. And always, always, always remember to limit yourself to two tablespoons of dressing! Without further ado, here is my favorite fit and fresh fall salad…

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WhatYouNeed

  • Spinach (I think kale would be really yummy with this recipe, too!)
  • Apple or pear slices (I used apple this time)
  • Pecans
  • Cranberries
  • Light maple balsamic vinaigrette (2 tablespoons max!)

WhatYouDo

  1. Add all ingredients into bowl.
  2. Toss to mix all ingredients, before drizzling a little dressing on top. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite fall salad recipe?
Check out my favorite healthy fall breakfast here.

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Autumn Sangria Recipe

Sangria reminds me of cozy nights in during the fall and winter months, warming up by the fire and relaxing with family and friends. I recently made my new favorite sangria recipe, and I think it will be perfect for any of your fall get-togethers (especially Thanksgiving). If you have any dinner parties coming up, make sure you get assigned drink duty so that you can bring this! Any red wine fans will love it. It has a delicious blend of apples and cinnamon mixed in, and the cinnamon-sugared rim is probably my favorite part. Without further ado, here is my autumn sangria recipe…

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sangria recipe

sangria recipe

sangria recipe

sangria recipe

sangria recipe

WhatYouNeed

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 chopped apples
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar

WhatYouDo

  1. To add cinnamon sugar rim to glasses: First, combine sugar and spices on flat plate. Then, dip glass rim in water and then into sugar mixture.
  2. Muddle chopped apples and apple cider in a pitcher.
  3. Add wine.
  4. Serve in glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!

 

What is your fall drink of choice?

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Gourmet Caramel Apples

One of my favorite things about fall is fresh-picked apples. I love to go apple picking and find new ways to use up the bundles of apples that I bring home. Caramel apples are a staple for fall, but I don’t usually make them myself — I usually buy one at the apple orchard to eat while we’re there! This year, I decided to make them myself and add a little twist… Cue, gourmet caramel apples!

I’m so excited to share this post because this is such a fun idea that I just can’t get enough of. One of my favorite things about it is that it is fully-customizable, so you can mix and match toppings to get the exact flavor you want. I think this would be such a fun idea for any parties you may have this fall; you could set up a gourmet caramel apple bar so everyone could create their own. I know I would love it!

This recipe can get a little involved, but there are also ways to speed up the process and make it a bit easier. Start with washed and dried apples, and melt caramel to dip the apples in. Before you dip the apples, you have to make stems first! I used cinnamon sticks for the stems, but I think using little twigs would be just as cute! Then, dip one apple at a time, and then set them in the fridge to harden. If you are short for time, you can just buy premade caramel apples and move on to the next step.

Once the caramel is hardened, melt your chocolate(s) and dip one apple at a time. I chose to leave a bit of room at the top so that the caramel was still peaking through. Then, immediately roll the apple in your topping of choice, and put it back in the fridge. If you want to do a chocolate drizzle like I did on one of mine, use a squeeze tube with a very narrow opening and pour the melted chocolate in there to drizzle.

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gourmet caramel apples

gourmet caramel apples

gourmet caramel apples

I created three different combinations to share today, but there are so many different ones you could make. For mine, I did a milk chocolate layer with crushed Butterfingers. I love apples and peanut butter so that’s why I chose Butterfingers, but you could use any candy bar with it (I think toffee would be delish!). I also made one with white chocolate and sprinkles — I love the way this one looks! The last one is my favorite… I did a drizzle of the milk chocolate and then a drizzle of the white chocolate, and then sprinkled crushed Oreos onto the bottom half — yum!

What toppings would you choose for your gourmet caramel apples?

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Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

I’ve always considered myself a morning person. I love waking up and having a cup of coffee with a yummy breakfast and watching the news or catching up on my favorite blogs. Oatmeal is one breakfast that I always fall back on, because not only is it quick and easy to make, but you can create so many different combinations with various toppings and add-ins. My healthy fall breakfast recipe that I’m sharing today is super simple and jam-packed with classic fall flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple.

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healthy fall breakfast

healthy fall breakfast

healthy fall breakfast

WhatYouNeed

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened original almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional, but I couldn’t resist!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • A few apple slices

WhatYouDo

  1. Make oatmeal whichever way you prefer.
  2. Mix in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Dice apples and add on top. That’s it… Enjoy!

 

How quick and easy is this recipe? The brown sugar obviously takes away a little bit of the “healthy” factor, but my sweet tooth thinks it’s just too good to leave out! Next time I think I’ll try this with a little pumpkin pie spice and a homemade pumpkin spice latte — yum!

 

What is your favorite healthy breakfast for fall?

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, and I couldn’t be happier! Each year when the month of August rolls around, I start craving these delicious drinks. It’s funny, because as much as I love them, I usually only end up drinking about two or so each season because, well, let’s be honest… Have you taken a look at their nutritional facts?

Anyways, today I’m going to be sharing with you my recipe for homemade PSLs. These lattes are too delicious, and so easy to make! Enjoy them with a yummy sweet treat on your next cheat day, okay? Without further ado, here is my recipe for the pumpkin spice latte…

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pumpkin spice latte recipe

pumpkin spice latte recipe

pumpkin spice latte recipe

pumpkin spice latte recipe

WhatYouNeed

  • 2 cups milk (I use unsweetened original almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup coffee, brewed hot and strong
  • Whipped cream

WhatYouDo

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, canned pumpkin, and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming (be careful not to burn it!).
  2. Remove mixture from heat, and stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Transfer to a blender and blend for about 15 seconds, or until foamy.
  4. Pour into two mugs, add coffee. Garnish with whipped cream and a little pinch of pumpkin pie spice on top. Enjoy!

 

What’s your favorite fall drink?

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