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The easiest—and healthiest—pumpkin spice latte you’ll ever make

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Photo: Courtesy Cafe Gratitude

Starbucks may be dipping a big green straw into the superfood pool with its new cayenne-infused chile mocha, but that anti-inflammatory winter sip doesn’t have anything on Café Gratitude’s newest creation.

The high-vibe SoCal restaurant group recently debuted its own version of everyone’s favorite holiday guilty pleasure—the pumpkin spice latte—and its ingredient list is about as transcendent as you’d expect.

It’s full of energizing adaptogens—namely maca and rhodiola—and packed with seriously immune-boosting roots, including astragalus, licorice, ginger, and red root. It’s high in antioxidants thanks to goji and rooibos, and turmeric gives it inflammation-fighting properties And, of course, it’s got the typical PSL flavorings—cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, and mesquite—which all add up to give you a pretty close approximation of the OG seasonal sensation. (Except, um, without the 50 grams of sugar.)

The best part? You don’t need to clear out a cupboard (or take out a loan) to score all of the ingredients for this dreamy drink. As it turns out, even Café Gratitude takes a few shortcuts—they use a pre-blended powder from Essential Medicina, which includes all of the superfoods listed above.

So score a bag for yourself and serve up your own PSLs at Thanksgiving dinner, at your holiday parties, or while you’re laying on the couch watching Elf for the fifteenth time.

Here’s how to make Café Gratitude’s immune-boosting pumpkin spice latte.  
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Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Essential Medicina Seasons Change spiced latte powder
2 shakes ground cinnamon
1 cup steamed almond milk

1. Add maple syrup, Seasons Change powder, cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of steamed almond milk to mug and whisk to dissolve.

2. Top off with remainder of steamed almond milk.

3. Optional: Add a shot of espresso and top with a maple caramel sauce.

Still need more pumpkin in your life? Check out these super-simple recipes for Paleo pumpkin breadpumpkin-peanut butter molten cake cups, and maple-pumpkin almond butter