This dairy-free Pumpkin Spice Hemp Creamer comes together in minutes with only 6 simple ingredients - one being real pumpkin!
Let's be real. What's not to love about Pumpkin Spice? Folks out here wanna yuck the yum of the "basics" - not realizing that they're being basic as hell not allowing people simple pleasures while existing on a spinning rock filled with molten lava doomed for self-induced extinction. So I mean, there are bigger things to worry about than criticizing folks for loving a PSL, ya know? I don't care if you drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte while lighting your Pumpkin Spice candle while also living in an actual pumpkin. You do you, boo. Pumpkin Spice represents all things good. The ringing in of Autumn - a time for renewal and gratitude. A time that signifies literally the best time of the year. Don't agree? You can fight me.
My only bugaboo here with the ol' PSL is that it's practically synonymous with a certain coffee chain. Let's just call them Starbucks. Well, "Starbucks" has some major issues and we're not gonna dive 100% down that rabbit hole right this moment. Just know that there have been slave labor issues where they purchase their beans, racism allegations, LGBT discrimination, and a long list of other things that make ya go "YIKES." On a dietary note, the Pumpkin Spice Latte's are made with loads of "pumpkin sauce". I don't know about you, but that sounds perverted. Middle school jokes aside, the "pumpkin sauce" contains dairy here in the US. So, unfortunately, even if you order your latte with oat milk - it won't be dairy-free or vegan. Don't get me wrong - I still go there from time to time. Don't mistake this information as a full-blown boycott on my part. I'm an imperfect person of this world that really loves an iced peppermint green tea or their nitro? Fahgetaboutit. Delicious. With a "Starbucks" on every corner, a damn DRIVE-THRU, and no doubt an ever nostalgic connection to the corporation - information is power and we do our best. Let's all do better at supporting our local coffee shops. I'm 100% certain that they can make a better version of whatever you want and we get to stick it to the man.
After reading all that I'm 100% positive that ya'll are ready for this recipe, but I've still got some things to say about it. So you can scroll your lil booty down there if you haven't already or you can read the next paragraph where I gush about this PUMPKIN SPICE HEMP SEED CREAMER. Choose your own adventure. You're grown. I trust ya.
Okay okay okay. Listen. This recipe contains literally 6 daggum ingredients and, with the help of a blender, comes together in minutes. If you don't have a blender, I'd recommend investing in a bullet type one if you're able. I, personally, have this set up from Ninja and use the bullet blender attachment the most for daily use. Since doing plant-based, I have never used a blender more in my life and you'll find many recipes here that need one. I'm also a huge fan of immersion, or stick, blenders. I don't think that will work in this case.
Ya see, when these hemp seeds are blended together with the water and pumpkin, it creates a dreamy creamy non-dairy cream that I've only seen from cashews - but hemp seeds are more ethically sourced and a hell of a lot more sustainable. With minimal straining needed, you're able to get all the essential fatty acid goodness that this seed contains. If you so choose, you can strain this through a fine mesh nut milk bag or cheesecloth but I find that once through a run of the mill sieve is enough for me. With minimal straining, there will be some sort of sediment at the bottom. Just treat it like a shot and swig it down the ol' hatch because that ish is good for you. I'm sure this varies from blender to blender. I'm posi that a Blendtec wouldn't need straining at all but like who's got that money? They're wild with those prices for real. Unless they wanna sponsor me. In which case - Heeeeeeeeey, Blendtec. How's your mom and them?
Okay Okay. Back to the creamer.
When you blend this baby together you're gonna notice that it's a little bit thicker than your average coffee creamer. This is totally intentional, I swear. You can choose to thin it out if you'd like, but you'll find that you'll have to add way more cream. This velvety thick creamer allows you to add the same amount that you typically would. Also, please feel free to play around with the amount of agave in this recipe. I formulated it so that you wouldn't need to add extra to your cup but coffee is very personal. So, you measure that with your heart. When you taste this without coffee, it's gonna taste really sweet. Once added, I think it makes a perfect cup. Try it as instructed and then add more if you need too. If you're not a fan of agave, try this with maple syrup. I'm certain that it would make an out of this world flavor combo - Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, anyone?
Without further ado...
Pumpkin Spice Hemp Creamer
Author: Megan Thompson Aston
Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 cups
5 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
1 cup of filtered water
2 tsp pumpkin spice
a pinch of sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to a blender cup.
Pulse until completely smooth.
Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a wide mouth mason jar.
Add to coffee and store in the fridge for up to a week.
If there is just too much sediment for you, strain through a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or new pantyhose.
Play around with this recipe by adding a splash of vanilla extract or vanilla bean.