A Super Health-Boosting Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you’ve read my recent article “The Ugly Truth about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte” and are ready for a delicious beverage that’s packed full of healthy and wholesome ingredients, then my recipe for “A Better Pumpkin Spice Latte” is for you.

This recipe can be made with your favorite coffee but I urge you to at least try it with roasted dandelion. When dandelion root is roasted it takes on a coffee-like flavor. You may be scoffing at the thought of a dandelion latte but roasted dandelion root is perhaps the most overlooked natural superfood available. It grows almost everywhere, so it is a renewable resource to say the least. It is packed with health benefits:

  • It boosts energy and immunity against disease according to a study in the journal Molecules.
  • It purifies the blood and helps alleviate anemia by significantly increasing both red and white blood cells, according to a study published in Advances in Hematology.
  • Recently researchers have added superbug killer to the dandelion’s impressive health-boosting resume, having found high antibacterial activity against E. coli, Bacillus subtilis, and MRSA.

I regularly use dandelion root with my clients to help boost kidney and liver function–common concerns in many health conditions. You can learn more about kidney and liver detoxification in my book Weekend Wonder Detox (DaCapo, 2014).

If the thought of pulling up dandelions from your yard doesn’t sound appealing, you can purchase dandelion root in most health food stores. It is available roasted or raw.

If you’re using raw dandelion, cut into small chunks, place in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for 1 to 2 hours depending on light or dark roast preference. Longer roasting times produce a darker roast taste. Grind in a high-powered blender or coffee grinder. Store in an air-tight glass jar. Some health food stores sell pre-roasted and ground dandelion root already prepared. It is often labelled “coffee substitute.”

If you’re harvesting dandelion root be sure to choose an area free of pesticides and lawn sprays. I’ve found it easiest to harvest after a rainfall when the ground is soft.

Super Health-Boosting Pumpkin Spice Latte

This delicious pumpkin spice latte is much lower in sugar and devoid of artificial ingredients that plague commercial varieties of the beverage. If you prefer a sweeter drink, simply increase the amount of coconut sugar used. You can serve it hot or iced, depending on your preference.

Serves 2

1-1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon roasted and ground dandelion root
1-1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon+ more for sprinkling on top
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/3 teaspoon nutmeg+ more for sprinkling on top

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy. In a small saucepan over medium to high heat, heat until desired temperature has been reached. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.


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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Genoveva M M.
Genoveva M M4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago


Maria Teresa Schollhorn

Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein4 years ago

Wow , Im going to make one right now!

Beverly S.
Beverly S4 years ago

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are scrumptious! One that has such health benefits is going to be all the more delicious.

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard4 years ago

thank you

Lady Kaira
None None4 years ago