Pumpkin Chai Latte and #everydayluxury

Warm and comforting, with some exotic spices, this low carb Pumpkin Chai Latte is just the thing for cooler fall mornings.

Low Carb Pumpkin Chai Latte with straw

When I was a young woman about to be married, I did what so many young women who are about to be married do:  I registered.  And I had an absolute ball with it, walking into stores like Crate & Barrel and Hudson’s Bay Company, pointing my little gun at this and that, thinking about the household items that would help me start my new life with my husband.  In reality, we’d already embarked on our life together well in advance of our marriage, but we were young and on a tight budget, so the registry afforded us the opportunity for a little household luxury.  Good pots and pans, some decent linens and bedding, and a few coveted kitchen gadgets made up the bulk of our registry.  And then we pointed our little gun at some pretty china.  12 place settings and all the extras like coffee pots and butter dishes.  Because we were going to host lovely dinner parties and be elegant,  just like real grown ups.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Chai Latte with cinnamon and ginger

Do I need to tell you what has become of all that china?  It sits in my china hutch almost all year and makes an appearance during the holidays.  And although we’ve hosted many a dinner party, they generally consist of sitting around the kitchen chatting casually over easy recipes that would look out of place on fine china.  There may or may not be small children running around wreaking havoc.  So the china gets saved for special occasions.  Because it’s pretty and delicate and requires hand-washing.

Low Carb Pumpkin Chai Latte top down

But it’s a shame to always “save” the luxury items for special occasions, don’t you think?  Why can’t every day have a touch of luxury to it?  Villeroy & Boch wants the world to see that their everyday crystal glassware can make the every day routine a little more special.  I was sent a lovely set of the Bernadotte Everyday Crystal to review and I have to say, I completely agree with their mission.  The goblets, tumblers and old-fashioned glasses are certainly beautiful enough to be a luxury item.  But they are also incredibly well made and sturdy enough to be everyday drinkware.  As evidenced by the fact that I knocked a full water tumbler off my bedside table in the middle of the night.  My regular glasses would have shattered instantly on the hardwood floor, but the Villery & Boch tumbler just rolled under my bed without the littlest chip.  Phew!  They also happen to be dishwasher safe and that’s a big plus an everyday item.  I have too many other things to do every day than to handwash crystal glassware.

Bernadotte everyday crystal drinkware

To show off how well these glasses stand up to every day use, I thought I’d put a fun little drink in them. I considered a cocktail, but with fall approaching, I really wanted to make something warm and comforting, like these low carb Pumpkin Chai Lattes.  And because they are hefty crystal glasses, I knew they would withstand hot liquid better than any other glassware I own.  It really did feel like a little everyday luxury to sip my warm drink out of beautiful crystal.

These don’t go in the china hutch.  Oh no…they’ve earned a place in my kitchen cabinets, in among all the regular drink ware.  Because I really do plan on using these  as every day items.  And it really does make even a glass of water a little more special.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Latte

Disclosure:  I was received a set of Bernadotte glassware from Villeroy & Boch to review.

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

Yield: 3 servings

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

Warm and comforting, with some exotic spices, this low carb Pumpkin Chai Latte is just the thing for cooler fall mornings.

Ingredients

    Chai Tea Base:
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 black tea bags
  • Lattes:
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 6 tbsp half and half, almond milk or coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp Swerve Sweetener
  • Garnish:
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/8 tsp stevia extract
  • ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. For the Chai Tea base, combine water, cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds, ginger root, cloves and peppercorns in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and steep 10 minutes.
  3. Bring water back to a boil, then add tea bags and let steep another 3 to 5 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve remove solids and return to pan.
  4. Chai tea base can be made ahead, refrigerated and reheated as needed.
  5. For the lattes, whisk pumpkin puree into chai tea base.
  6. Divide half and half, almond milk or coconut milk between 3 mugs (2 tbsp per mug). Add 1 tbsp of sweetener to each mug. Divide chai tea base between mugs and stir to combine.
  7. Garnish:
  8. In a medium bowl, whip cream with stevia extract until it forms stiff peaks. Divide between prepared mugs and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Notes

Serves 3. Each serving has 3 g of carbs.

113 Calories; 11g Fat (84.3% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 38mg Cholesterol; 21mg Sodium.

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Comments

  1. Yummy! Love the addition of ginger and it looks absolutely beautiful!

  2. So happy to see this recipe as the peer pressure for a certain coffee shop’s pumpkin spice drinks is getting to me, lol!

    • This would be so easy to do with coffee, if you’re eager for a conventional PSL. I am about to make one right now with their VIA packets, some pumpkin, some cream and some sweetener.

  3. Ok, I’m not sure which I want more, the glasses or the stuff that’s in them. Can’t I have both? The glasses are gorgeous. We’re all about non-fru fru stuff here too and considering that I just had a glass shatter on Saturday with two little barefooted girls running around, I’m liking your fall off the nightstand story a lot! But the latte definitely makes the glasses look good. Wow, it looks delicious.

    • I’ve finally come to learn that sometimes paying a little more for the “good stuff” ends up saving money in the end. I’ve gone through a lot of glassware lately, but I think this villeroy and boch stuff won’t be prone to chipping or breaking easily.

  4. Oh, the goblets!! I can imagine them with tea candles down the middle of a table with those same china pieces that never get used… and YUM, to the anti-Starbucks autumn latte! How exciting to have the option to have an autumn-themed coffee drink that I can actually drink!!!

    I’ve taken to thrifting for incomplete china sets, and just using them, because, truly: daily luxuries are A Good Thing.

  5. This latte looks so delicious, Carolyn! Definitely a way to get in the mood for fall with something sweet but not sinful. I love it!

  6. What lovely glasses! I like being fancy just for the heck of it too! And I am all about pumpkin chai lattes right now!

  7. ONLY 13 kcal per serving?…Am I reading this correctly?!…Stunning and delicious it must be!! Love that you use your “good” glassware…Truly a recipe to be celebrated with such crystalline beauty.

    • No! That doesn’t sound right, I must have cut off a number when I copied it over from my recipe calculator. I bet it’s more like 113, but I am not home now with my big computer so I can’t check.

  8. You’re recipe looks like just what one of my closest friends will get as a surprise next time she’s over. I’m not a chai flavor lover, so will probably adjust the seasonings for my drink.

    My ‘good’ china sits in the hutch too. I’ve been considering using it daily, but it too needs to be hand washed. I love, love, LOVE the crystalware! Smart Villery & Boch to send them to you.

    I went to the Villery & Boch website, but found it hard to navigate without knowing the pattern name of these tumblers. Do you have any idea which pattern it is?

    Thanks.

  9. Is the coconut milk option canned coconut milk, or the carton variety, or does it matter? I wouldn’t have though of putting the canned stuff in a drink.

  10. This looks AMAZING! Thank you so much for this blog, I absolutely love it. Your recipes are all delish and the photography is just beautiful. You’ve made my ultra low carb lifestyle fun, exciting and very satisfying. Seriously! :)

  11. Me again!…Did you ever find out if the calorie information is correct?…Thanks so much and love your Chai Spice mix…wonderful flavor!

    • I won’t be home until Monday. Sorry. You should be able to calculate it yourself on something like Myfitnesspal, if you’re in a hurry.

  12. Chai lattes are the best. I would love this pumpkin version.

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