I have not always been a coffee drinker. In fact, I can remember exactly when the coffee addiction started. I was on a deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, affectionately known as PSAB (pronounced P-SAB). Our schedules were getting switched around from days to nights very often and I couldn’t keep up with the changing sleep patterns. Everyone else in my shop was a coffee drinker and there we were, playing a game of spades and I was watching everyone enjoy their warm beverage and they all seemed very awake. I needed that. So, I was hooked on sip #1.
Since then, I don’t use coffee to keep me awake…um, I am only sort of lying there…I don’t use it all the time to keep me awake. I really do just enjoy the taste. While some people MUST have their morning cup of coffee, I don’t. I really just LOVE to have a cup because it tastes so good.
Let me back up for a minute. I’m not a black coffee girl, never have been, probably never will be. I do love a little flavor in my coffee, that’s the good stuff. I can still, however, tell when I am partaking in a bad cup of coffee. No one wants that.
But, really, as a dietitian, I should drink my coffee black, right? I mean, I wouldn’t buy those foo foo creamers with all the chemical gunk in them, right? Well, again, sort of. I truly don’t like drinking sugary coffee creamers with carrageenan and disodium phosphate, so I really try to stay away from them. Back in the States, I opted for the more “natural” and organic creamers and that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I felt better about the sugar.
Fast forward to this dietitian’s move to Germany. They, the German grocery stores, apparently do not share the same love for refrigerated coffee creamers as Americans do. This was very problematic for me.
My trip to the big German grocery store may have caught a security team off guard as I scoured the refrigerated aisles looking for something that would resemble a coffee creamer. I found a few in the shelf stable aisle, but the refrigerated ones were alluding me. I walked and I looked, and I walked and I looked and I…you get the idea. I finally found something that resembled what might be a coffee creamer, but the picture on the front was of ice cream. It showed a vanilla cream substance being poured onto ice cream and it was right by the regular cream. This must be it. I contemplated the thought of only having vanilla coffee creamers for 3 years and I settled with the fact that I have put up with much worse. Ok, vanilla it is.
Well, I should have trusted the picture, it was definitely not coffee creamer. Please don’t ask me what it actually was, it did not look appetizing. Recycle bin bound.
Ok, my other option was the military commissary. I saw the coffee creamers there and decided to look one more time for “my kind”…none. I felt defeated. What was I going to do? Could I really drink the chemical laced creamers for 3 years and I definitely would try not to think about the fact that they are shipped from the United States? That fact alone sometimes grosses me out. Not that the U.S. is gross, but bringing refrigerated food over to Germany just so that we can have U.S. brands? Ridiculous.
And then it hit me, I can make my own.
It was like the heavens opened and granted me a sign. Oh, yeah! And I want pumpkin spice!
And there you have it – make your own – it is amazing!
I added all the ingredients and placed them over medium heat.
After about 5 minutes, little bubbles start to form, that’s when you turn off the heat.
I put mine in a canning jar, but you could use what ever you have. I let my 6 year old have a taste and I’m a little worried that she would drink it straight out of the jar if she could.
- ½ cup fat free milk
- ½ cup half and half
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- Put all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat
- Heat until small bubbles begin to form at the sides
- Remove from heat and transfer to a container (you may let it cool down a little if transferring to glass)
- Refrigerate for up to 7 days
- Shake before using