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Level 3: Moderately Thick Pumpkin Spice Latte

A Level 3: Moderately Thick Pumpkin Spice Latte will make you into the autumnal vision of yourself that you’ve been missing!

glass of thickened coffee on a marble countertop with a brick background.

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Fall is the Best Season

Personally, I am not a coffee lover – but I am a fall lover!

I think fall is the best season, especially here in Arizona where the weather finally gets nice. Although, I do really miss the leaves changing color.

Here in Tucson people often will drive up Mt. Lemmon to see the fall leaves, but my dislike of mountain driving seriously limits my fall leaves addition.

I made this recipe with my Oster blender. It’s possible that if you use a more powerful blender you may need to increase the amount of pumpkin.

Always make sure to use the Flow Test to make sure liquids are the thickness you need!

 

Level 3: Moderately Thick / Liquidized

Level 3: Moderately Thick / Liquidized is appropriate for individuals who have reduced control of their tongue or reduced ability to move food to the center of their mouth for swallowing. Foods are completely smooth and have no lumps, fibers, or particles. Moderately Thick foods do not hold their shape when poured and cannot be eaten with a fork.

Foods are tested using the Spoon Tilt Test, Fork Drip Test, and Flow Test at this level. Foods must pour easily from a spoon when tilted, and do not stick to the spoon. The food should drip slowly through the tines of a fork and a fork cannot leave a clear pattern if pressed into the food.

The IDDSI Flow Test is a standardized test for determining the level of a liquid sample. You must have a 10ml syringe for this test, and not all syringes are created equal. Hold a ruler up to your syringe and the distance from the very bottom line to the 10ml mark must measure 61.5 mm. We recommend watching IDDSI’s Youtube video of the Flow Test as well as this comparison between Levels 1-3 before you cook as well as during the testing of your final modified portion.

Always test your food before serving to ensure that it meets all the IDDSI testing guidelines.

Level 3: Moderately Thick Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’ve been working on thickened coffee for a while now, and this is the best I’ve developed so far!

I tested it on many of my friends, both willing and less-than-willing, and received several excellent reviews.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Level 3: Moderately Thick Pumpkin Spice Latte FAQs

Does it matter which brand of pumpkin puree I use?

I’ve used both the brand name Libby’s as well as the Walmart brand. I suspect there will be some change in the amount of moisture left in the pumpkin, but I wouldn’t expect it to make much of a difference on the end product. As always, use the IDDSI Flow Test to double-check.

I’d rather have an iced coffee!

While I’ve had my best reviews for the hot version of this drink, it’s also delicious iced! Remember that you cannot add ice because that would thin the final product, but you should be able to place it in the fridge and wait until it cools.

Can I make a large batch instead of an individual cup?

You should be able to, but I’m still working out the proportions. You’ll have to experiment for now and stay tuned!

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Level 3: Moderately Thick Pumpkin Spice Latte

A Level 3: Moderately Thick Pumpkin Spice Latte will make you into the autumnal vision of yourself that you’ve been missing!
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Level 3: Moderately Thick
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 100 grams canned pumpkin puree
  • 100 milliliters boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee about 5 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice about ½ gram
  • 1 teaspoon sweetened condensed milk 57 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon maple syrup 1.24 grams

Instructions

  • Combine boiling water and instant coffee and brew until coffee is dissolved.
  • Combine pumpkin, brewed coffee, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and sweetened condensed milk in a blender.
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth, remember to vent the blender with a towel as blending hot ingredients can be dangerous.
  • Test the smooth product using the IDDSI Flow Test to ensure that it meets Level 3: Moderately Thick requirements.
  • Warm the coffee again if it cooled during testing.

Notes

This recipe makes about half a cup of coffee, but is very filling. Double the recipe if you’d like a larger cup, but watch out for your caffeine intake as a single batch already has over a regular cup’s worth of coffee in it!

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