Vegan Copycat Caribou Pumpkin White Mocha

This scrumptious drink is filled with natural fall flavors - from creamy pumpkin puree to thick and sweet maple syrup. It's fall in a cup!
Servings: 1
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Time: 5 mins

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This Vegan Copycat Caribou Pumpkin White Mocha is warm, comforting, and full of flavor. This coffee shop favorite is easy to make at home and ready in minutes!

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If you’re looking for a go-to healthy homemade fall drink then look no further! This pumpkin white mocha recipe uses healthier alternatives at every corner and you’d never know it when you take a sip. It uses all natural sugar, is vegan and gluten-free!

Looking for more tasty drinks to make at home? Thy these: Vegan Coquito, Caribou Spicy Mocha, and Protein Hot Chocolate.

 

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Ingredients and Substitution Options

*All substitution options are a 1:1 replacement unless noted otherwise.

Pumpkin Puree:  This is the ingredient that gives this white mocha it’s pumpkin flavor.

Substitutions: While there is no substitutions for this, it can be omitted if you do not have it on hand. If using pumpkin puree, ensure it is 100% pure pumpkin.

 

Coffee: We use coffee instead of espresso for this recipe to make things simpler. More people have coffee makers than espresso machines.

Substitutions: Instant coffee or espresso (regular or decaf) can be used, just make as you normally would.  For an non-caffeinated version, you can also substitute this for plant based milk for a Pumpkin White Steamer.

 

Oat Milk: We prefer oat milk barista blends for this Caribou pumpkin mocha recipe due to its ability to froth and how creamy it is.

Substitutions: Any non-dairy creamer can be used. Try Sown for great mocha! If using a sweetened creamer, omit adding the maple syrup to this drink. Soy milk, coconut milk, skim milk, whole milk (if not vegan), and unsweetened almond milk are some other options.

 

Maple syrup: This recipe is all about the fall flavors, and using maple syrup as a sweetener amplifies the fall vibes in this Pumpkin drink!

Substitutions: Honey (not vegan), agave, or monk fruit syrup can be used.  

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice: No fall themed drink can be taken seriously without pumpkin pie spice, or at least some version of it.

Substitutions: Cinnamon or apple pie spice can be used. You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice using a recipe like this one.

 

Cacao Butter: Traditionally, the base for white chocolate is cocoa butter. We use cocoa butter in this recipe instead of white chocolate because it has healthy fats and less sugar.

Substitutions: White chocolate chips or baking chips can be used. Find our favorite Cacao Butter here!

 

How to Make This – Step by Step

Step One: Make coffee! Make a pot of hot coffee or cup of coffee as you would regularly (coffee pot, french press, pour over, however!)

Step Two: Mix! While the coffee is going, add the pumpkin, cacao butter, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and oat milk to an electric milk frother and heat/froth. You can also add everything to a heat safe jar and microwave for 1 minute. Once hot, either froth with a whisk or hand frother or cover with a lid and shake vigorously. CAUTION – If shaking by hand, hold the jar with a towel to prevent burning your hand should the liquid spill and for when you open the lid again. Heated liquids build pressure as you shake, so open carefully.

Step Three: Combine. Pour coffee into cups until it is 3/4ths full and top with oat milk mixture.

 

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Quick Facts and Common Questions

What is Caribou Coffee?

Caribou Coffee is the Midwest version of Starbucks and every year they come out with their fall menu! They have many tasty fall flavors ranging from every pumpkin drink you can imagine, to their Apple Blast and campfire cake pops. Our favorite fall drink of theirs is this Pumpkin White Mocha, which is so easy to make at home!

 

What is a Pumpkin White Mocha?

A pumpkin white mocha is like the cool cousin to the pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin latte. It’s warm and cozy with real pumpkin puree but with that classic pumpkin tang of all the extra spices of pumpkin pie spice. Unfortunately for me (since it’s one of my favorite drinks ), it is made with an espresso machine, vanilla extract, heavy cream, premium white chocolate, pumpkin syrup, and sugar syrup. Most of these items are not easily available or have way too much sugar for me. So, this homemade version gives you the fancy coffee drinks with simple and natural ingredients!

 

Fun Fact! 

Cacao Butter is the edible fat extracted from the cacao bean. Cacao Butter is the raw fat from the plant while Cocoa Powder is the roasted and ground chocolate powder that comes from the Cacao bean. Cacao Butter is a known superfood. It can strengthen the immune system and be used as lotion to avoid stretch marks and soften skin! When mixed with sugar, it heavily resembles the taste of white chocolate, hence why it’s perfect for this recipe! (Source)

 

Try these other fall recipes!

Mashed Potatoes and Butternut Squash

Bisquick Apple Cobbler

Easy Cheese Potato Bread

 

Did you make this and love it? Leave us a review, we’d love to hear from you!

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Vegan Copycat Caribou Pumpkin White Mocha

Servings: 1
Total Time: 5 minutes
This Vegan Copycat Caribou Pumpkin White Mocha is warm, comforting, and full of flavor. This coffee shop favorite is easy to make at home and ready in minutes. This coffee is gluten free, vegan, and made with only natural sugar!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caribou, coffee, Copycat, mocha, Pumpkin, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 105 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp oat milk unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cacao butter
  • 1-1/2 cup coffee

Instructions

  • Make a pot of hot coffee as you would regularly (coffee pot, french press, pour over, however!)
  • While the coffee is going, add the pumpkin, cacao butter, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and oat milk to an electric frother and heat/froth.  You can also add everything to a heat safe jar and microwave for 1 minute.  Once hot, either froth with a whisk or hand frother or cover with a lid and shake vigorously.  CAUTION - If shaking by hand, hold the jar with a towel to prevent burning your hand should the liquid spill and for when you open the lid again.  Heated liquids build pressure as you shake, so open carefully.
  • Pour coffee into cups until it is 3/4ths full and top with oat milk mixture.

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Notes

Nutrition is an estimate and for informational purposes only.  

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2429IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg
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