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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SF Pumpkin Spice Kicker THM (FP)



Hello, my name is Kristy and I am a Starbucks addict. Okay, well maybe not an addict, but I have gained weight from drinking one too many Decaf Café Mocha's from there which has brought it to my attention that I either drink too many, or that they're not really good for my body. *gasp* I know, right. How can that be when they're so tasty?

I have one thing to say to that. My scale doesn't lie.

Real quick, before I give y'all the yummy weight loss drink recipe that will knock the socks off your taste buds, all the while warming you to your core AND shrinking your bum, I would like to bring something to your attention. It (sadly enough) was something I never put much thought into until recently.

If you're a fellow Starbucks drinker like myself (the employee knows my drink when I walk in *sighs*) have you ever really paid attention to the picture on their cups?

A couple of weeks ago I asked my Starbucks Drink Diva (she really does make great drinks) what that odd woman-mer-thing was. She told me that it is the "Siren." I had no clue what she was talking about so I asked and she kindly explained to the best of her knowledge, she too finding it a bizarre choice for a logo.
If you're like I was and don't know exactly what a Siren is, here's a definition for you.

si·ren
[sahy-ruhn]  
noun
1.
Classical Mythology . one of several sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners to destruction by their seductive singing.
 
I say: O.O
 
Taken from Starbucks own website about their Siren:
 
Starbucks: "She means something different to every one who sees her, who knows her. For me she’s kind of the final say on the spirit of everything I write and everything we do. Even as I’m writing this, I wonder what she thinks. (She likes it, by the way.)"
 
Me: hmmm...

Starbucks: "After all, who can resist her?
Not me."
 
Wanna read that from their site directly?  http://www.starbucks.com/blog/so-who-is-the-siren
 
Anywho...
 
Moving on :D I believe that it's just about time I share with you the recipe for this tasty drink. Only one more thing first. I want to share with you how I came up with it. I happened upon this recipe for Spicy Hot Chocolate Tea but sadly didn't have the needed ingredients. I had just put my kiddos down for a nap and wanted a Starbucks-ish drink so off to my kitchen I went and out I came with this!!
 
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used Silk unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bags of Oolong Tea
  • 1 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Truvia (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • A sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper
  • FF Ready Whip
  • A Cinnamon Stick (optional, but sooo good!)
 
 
  1. Heat Almond Milk and water to a boil (or almost)
  2. While heating, mix Cocoa, Truvia, Pumpkin Spice, & Cayenne together in a small bowl.
  3. When almond milk & water are heated add Oolong tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Take tea bags out and mix in spices.
  5. Add a little FF Ready Whip.
  6. Sprinkle a little Nutmeg on top and add your Cinnamon Stick.

    Now sit back, drink, enjoy and help your body burn those calories! It's even hubby approved!!
Happy Autumn drinking!

P.S.
This is the actual size of the drink.

 
 

6 comments:

  1. Coffee. That's what I want to recreate - and it didn't come from Starbucks. It's the more-than-three-hundred-calorie Iced Coffee w/Hazelnut. That's my treat on David's plasmapheresis mornings - pull into Mickey D's and order one of those as my comfort-food treat. Get that one down to minimum calories and I'll owe you tons!

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  2. lol, You know Grammy, I've never had one of those. So in order to try to recreate it I would have to drink one, or two, or three. LOL That drink sounds yummy!

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  3. Now this sounds wonderful! I am right there with you on the whole coffee addiction, whats-up-with-Starbucks!

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  4. Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it, but I'm with Phyllis, wondering how the same recipe would work with coffee in place of the tea.

    Donna @ Soul Survival

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  5. Yummy! Would love to try this - Pinned!

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  6. lol, Melanie, I have no clue. I saw a woman today carrying a pretty festive red Starbucks drink and I swooned for a moment. Then I came home and made this with a little extra cayenne. lol

    Donna, I would bet it would taste pretty darn yummy. You would just lose the weight loss effects of the Oolong tea. I would assume you would have one yummy coffee creation on your hands. If you try it, I'd love to know how it turned out. :)

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