Gut and Adrenal Friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is here, ya’ll!

And I couldn’t be loving it anymore.

This time of year I crave warm, yummy, and somewhat sweet morning drinks.

With finals coming up, I’ve been especially busy. This gut (I hope “gut” is an okay word with you, I use it a lot 😉 ) and adrenal friendly pumpkin spice latte recipe has been an absolute go-to for me the past couple of weeks! It’s something quick and yummy that I’m able to easily put together and enjoy on the way to work or cuddle back up in my blankets and sip on on these cool, mountain mornings.

What makes my recipe different than the infamous Starbucks?

Let’s look at the ingredients in Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte:


Milk, Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], Brewed Espresso, Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Pumpkin Spice Topping [Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfiting Agents].”


Annatto, Carrageenan, Sulfating Agents, and Multiple Source of Sugar? No thank you.

As heavenly as these PSLs may seem, your body isn’t enjoying the ingredients quite as much as your taste buds.

With my recipe, your body will benefit from the ingredients, not be torn down by them.

Gut and Adrenal Friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte:

Coffee (as wonderfully delicious as it is) can be taxing to our adrenal glands (these control how our body responds to stress levels, think fight or flight syndrome) and irritating for our gut lining. When adrenal glands become fatigued and exhausted, so do we. Our energy levels dip, weight gain (or stall of weight loss) can happen, and our blood sugar regulation takes a hit. In addition to this, our sensitive gut lining can be irritated by coffee and any weaknesses in digestion will cause inflammation throughout the body.

So, the base of our latte is an herbal, coffee replacement: dandelion root tea. Dandelion root tea is non-caffeinated, so no taxing of adrenals and instead of causing inflammation and damaging the gut lining, dandelion actually helps us love our liver by supporting its efforts to remove toxins.

This recipe packs another beneficial punch with its addition of collagen hydroslate. Collagen is not only gut healing, but also helps to balance hormones and grow strong hair and nails. Not to mention it also helps to reduce joint pain!


Without further ado, here’s what you’ve been waiting for!

1 bag of  Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Root Tea

1 Tablespoon Sunfood Coconut Oil

1/2 Tablespoon of Cadia Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoon of Grass-Fed Whey Protein

2 Tablespoons of Collagen Hydroslate

1/8-1/4 Teaspoon Frontier Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4-1/2 Teaspoon BulletProof Vanillamax

Whizz together in a high-powered blender (We have a Ninja  ), pour, and enjoy 🙂

*Also, I haven’t gotten to try this, but! I think a Tablespoon or so of Pumpkin Puree would make this even better!*

The ingredients and measurements above are what I’ve been doing and are meant to be used as is, or a starting point for you and your own creativity!

Do you digest grass-fed dairy well? Add some raw whipping cream instead of coconut oil! Add a whole scoop of whey protein and enjoy the extra creaminess. Need a little more sweetness, a little more maple syrup never hurt anyone 😉 Add some extra cinnamon, some nutmeg, or a pinch of sea salt. Have fun with it! If you come up with anything awesome, comment below so others and myself can enjoy as well!

If You Are Interested in the Macro Breakdown of my Recipe they are the Following:

Protein: 19g  Carbohydrates: 8g  Fat: 14g  Sugar: 7g       Total Calories:228



Additional Benefits:

  • Quality Protein
  • Quick and Easy to Make
  • No Blood Sugar Highs or Lows
  • Naturally Sweetened
  • No Synthetic Fillers or Thickeners
  • Healthy Fats
  • Balanced Macronutrients


Starting my mornings with this has given me something to look forward to all while giving my body fuel to start the day.

This drink often gives me time to do some homework, housework, answer e-mails, and/or cook a breakfast before my belly begins fussing at me to sit down and eat a substantial meal.

The greatest part? Zero guilt.

How many times have we grabbed a drink like a typical pumpkin spice latte and felt guilty after drinking it? Not with this version. I know my body is grateful for the nourishment and is using the ingredients for its daily tasks of revitalizing and repairing.

Do you have a go-to morning drink?

Let me know what you like to enjoy in the comment section below!

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