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Pumpkin Frappe & Book Giveaway

In my world, Sarah’s Espresso Hut should always be open, and thankfully it usually is! Today’s cold n’ creamy treat is a plant-based frappe that isn’t overly sweet. So, if you are craving sugar, ramp the maple syrup up! Perfect for dealing with a pesky head-cold…..and way healthier than a Frappe at ol’ Green Mermaid’s Hut.


If you don’t have 2 shots of espresso handy, use cold-brewed espresso, between ¼ to ½ cup – or use a teaspoon or two of  instant espresso powder, a packet of VIA or feel free to leave the coffee out for a pumpkin-maple smoothie.


Why, yes, I do have adult sippy lids for my mason jars 😉 No more messes when my toddler knocks my glass over for the 1,000th time…..

Pumpkin Frappe


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 shots espresso
  • ¼ cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup ice cubes


Add the almond milk through pumpkin spice to a high-speed blender, blend on low. Add in banana and ice, process on high, tamping as needed.

Serve with a large straw.

Serves 1 Venti or 2 smaller drinks (the mason jar above has about 20 ounces in it).

Book Giveaway:


When Kirk purchased my Breville Espresso Machine, it came with an offer to receive a copy of Joe: The Coffee Book. I snagged the deal and got my copy. The book practically screams “Hipster!”.

If you love coffee culture, it is a good read. It does lay open the love of it, and how hard some will go to find the perfect cup. And if you have never been a barista, you might just learn how to do latte art and how to pull a “perfect” shot. I put my 9 years in behind a hot machine, and I’ll be honest – the last thing I care about in the morning is crafting a pretty heart on my latte. Hehe. I just want my mental boost.

Anyhow, it is an enjoyable read, with many photos throughout, that tell the tale of a New York independent chain, but also of other independents across the country. It is a great coffee table book, a good conversation starter. Since I don’t ‘need’ my copy, I’d like to share it with one of my readers.

Enter below, using the Rafflecopter link, for a copy of the book. US residents only, please.

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13 thoughts on “Pumpkin Frappe & Book Giveaway

  1. I do this without the espresso, and with frozen pumpkin instead of ice! I bought a massive can of pumpkin on sale, and froze it in an ice cube tray. It works marvellously, and if you want to thin it out you can add a little water or extra almond milk.

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