October means it’s officially Fall – and officially pumpkin spice season for the gourmet coffee addicts of the world. But even though pumpkins and spices are perfectly Paleo-friendly, pumpkin spice syrup from the coffee-shop-that-must-not-be-named is officially out. Sorry.
Instead, here are 25 ways to get your pumpkin spice fix with real food. Scroll through the list at your leisure, or jump down to your favorite category:
- Coffee, Smoothies, and Shakes
- Puddings, Custards, Ice Cream, and Mousse
- Crunchy Pumpkin Treats
- Cookies and Cakes
Coffee, Smoothies, and Shakes
Even if you’re avoiding dairy, you can still enjoy a Paleo-friendly pumpkin spice latte made with your favorite non-dairy milk! Or maybe a cold drink is more your style – in that case, why not try an iced coffee, smoothie, or pumpkin spice shake?
(The notes after each link indicate what kind of non-dairy milk is used and the temperature of the drink)
- Pumpkin spice latte (Seasonal and Savory) – coconut milk; iced
- Pumpkin spice coconut latte (Cook Eat Paleo) – coconut milk; hot
- Pumpkin spice hot buttered coffee (Healthy Living How To) – butter; hot
- Pumpkin spice smoothie (Elana’s Pantry)
Puddings, Custards, Ice Cream, and Mousse
Here you’ll find all the options for smooth-textured treats that you eat with a spoon, not out of a cup – it’s like pumpkin pie with just the good stuff! These are especially good options for anyone trying to avoid nuts.
- Pumpkin spice ice cream (A Calculated Whisk) – made with coconut milk.
- Banana pumpkin ice cream (Real Food RN) – here’s a version with bananas instead.
- Pumpkin spice mousse (The Primalist)
- Family-Style Baked Pumpkin Custard (Savory Lotus)
- Pumpkin maple walnut butter (Leaf Parade)
- Pumpkin spice chia pudding (Mary Vance)
- Paleo pumpkin pudding with maple cinnamon whipped cream (Homesteading Mom)
Crunchy Pumpkin Treats
- Pumpkin spiced Paleo granola (Just Jessie B.)
- Chewy Pumpkin Spice Candy (Delicious Obsessions)
- Pumpkin Spice Granola Crunch (Colorful Eats Nutrition)
- Pumpkin spiced nuts (Bare Root Girl)
Cookies and Cakes
If you really want something to munch on, try one of these Paleo-friendly baked goods! But just be aware that eating a bunch of nut flours as a staple food isn’t the biggest favor you could be doing for your health. Coffee with a few tablespoons of coconut milk and pumpkin puree is perfectly fine for every day; almond-flour Paleo muffins should be saved for a special treat.
But now that the buzzkill’s over, here’s your Paleo baking extravaganza!
(The notes after each recipe indicate what kind of grain-free flour is used)
- Pumpkin spice poppers (Rubies and Radishes) – coconut flour
- Pumpkin pancakes with bacon and pecans (Against All Grain) – coconut flour
- Cranberry pumpkin orange spice muffins (Gutsy by Nature) – coconut flour
- Pumpkin spice cake (Paleo Table) – coconut flour
- Pumpkin spice cookies (Primal Palate) – almond flour
- Mini pumpkin pies (Jules’ Fuel) - no flours
- Pumpkin pie donuts frosted two ways (Leaf Parade) - coconut flour
- Pumpkin Pie Bites - no flours
- Vegan + Paleo Pumpkin Blondies (Food Faith Fitness) - almond butter
So…what’s your favorite pumpkin spice treat? Did we miss anything big? Let us know on Facebook!