5 Cozy Pumpkin Spice Latte Alternatives
The season is shifting, and there's no better cuddle companion (other than maybe your baby) than a warm mug of something delicious. Around the time we put our iced coffees to rest, a certain 3 letter drink seems to take over the collective consciousness. We aren't here to yuck anyone's PSL yum, instead we're sharing the breadth and restorative power of 5 functional fall drinks.
1. Purity Coffee
But first, coffee. This one might not seem earth shattering but hear us out. Purity makes the purest coffee around by ensuring full transparency in growing, harvesting, storing and lab testing their beans. Their coffee isn’t just organic, it’s also laboratory tested to ensure that it’s mold free and super high in antioxidants. ICYMI, most coffee beans are contaminated with mold because of the way they are stored - yuck. If the straight stuff makes you jittery; try blending their Focus and Calm roasts 50/50. It might help you sleep when the baby sleeps, or whatever.
How we like it: Half caff latte with Elmurst cashew milk and a sprinkle of Burlap & Barrel’s Royal Cinnamon.
2. Maple Matcha
Our friend and founder of Tea Bar, Erica Indira Swanson, shares her latest creation, the Maple Matcha Latte. Pairing zippy green matcha with pure maple syrup, Ceylon cinnamon and a hint of pink Himalayan salt, she’s concocted an autumnal delight that will keep you coasting through all the wake windows. Tea Bar's organic, vibrant green matcha is imported monthly from small family farms in Japan. Bonus: matcha’s l-theanine content promotes alertness without the energy crash that often follows caffeine consumption.
Maple Matcha Latte
- 1 tsp Tea Bar organic matcha
- 12 oz almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt
- dash of Ceylon cinnamon
3. Golden Milk Latte
Because no one (moms especially) have time to measure a bazillion spices for a relaxing drink, Kola Goodies has taken the effort out of one of the most delicious and supportive cozy drinks. An anti-inflammatory powerhouse, golden turmeric pairs up with mood-soothing ashwagandha and warming spices. The mix already includes coconut and oat milk powder, so whip it up in your milk frother with just water or add milk of choice to make it extra creamy. Dreamy.
4. Holy Cacao Cocoa
After one sip of this perfectly balanced superfood cocoa blend, you will never utter “PSL” again. Handcrafted on the Island of Kaua’i, this mood enhancing, synergistic blend of herbs provides balanced energy levels, aids in memory (cough **mom brain**), normalizes hormones and supports immune function. This blend is not only my favorite afternoon pick me up, it’s also my savior when hormonal chocolate cravings hit. Where else can you find a delicious and indulgent cocoa formulated by a doula and all-star herbalist?
5. Caffeine Free Dandy Latte
All the drinks listed are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, but this one takes the cake for providing the most fourth trimester support. Nourishing new families is central to chef and holistic nutritionist Johanna Glaser’s approach. At Gather Around Nutrition, she curates postpartum meal delivery services based on traditional approaches to facilitate healing. Johanna loves incorporating warming drinks that put healing and breastmilk supply first, and her Dandy Latte also includes other favorites: a dose of iron, spices that boost circulation, plus healthy fats for hormone production and mood regulation.
- 1 quart coconut milk (the beverage kind from a carton)
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dandy Blend