24 October 2009

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins with POMx Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee from POM Wonderful?

The folks at POM Wonderful recently sent me another great product to try: their new POMx Iced Coffee. I got bottles in two flavors, Café au Lait and Chocolate. When it first arrived I have to admit I was curious. What would it taste like? Would it have some hint of fruitiness?

The answer is no. As Pom says itself, in an ad with googly-eyed talking sheep, “that would just be weird.”

While these coffee drinks are made by POM Wonderful, the pomegranate juice people, and while it has all of those great nutritional benefits found in pomegranate juice, those benefits come from “a super-pure, super-concentrated, 100% natural blend of polyphenal antioxidants” rather than pomegranate juice itself. This concentrate contains all of the benefits of an 8 ounce bottle of pomegranate juice…. except the exotic flavor. Instead POMx iced coffee, especially the Café au Lait flavor, actually tastes like, well, an iced coffee drink.


For me that’s a good thing. Because of the antioxidant boost in these POMx beverages I would buy them over other brands of bottled coffee drinks given a choice. And from the energy drink angle, well coffee is my energy drink of choice so that works too.

Choc-ola Remembered

I will have to say I found the chocolate flavor interesting too. I suppose, in the world of coffee drinks, it is similar to a mocha. Oddly though, what came to my mind when I first tasted the chocolate flavored POMx Iced Coffee was a chocolate beverage I remember fondly from my childhood: Choc-ola. (Does anyone else remember those?)

Choc-ola came in a glass bottle, like many other soft drinks of its day, and had to be shaken to fully mix the chocolate you could see at the bottom of the bottle. Icy cold on a summer’s day, they were fantastic. Sometimes they were available in coke machines of that era and if I could find one I would choose it over Coca-Cola every time.

Chocolate Flavored Drink Weirdness

What's more, I have this indelible memory from sometime before I was six years old of buying a Choc-ola at a roadside souvenir stand in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and giving it to a big black bear that was chained beside the building. He sat up on his hind legs and promptly downed the whole thing.


Does the Pomx Chocolate flavor iced coffee taste like that? Well something brought Choc-ola to mind when I tasted it. Maybe it was a weird association between the bear and the sheep. Or maybe there was some similarity in the silky smooth chocolate flavor that reminded me of that retro soft drink I favored of as a child. Actually I think both flavors of the POMx Iced Coffee were really good.

....and Muffins

What else can you do with these drinks? I got to thinking that what other coffee drinks might have over the POMx Iced Coffee is a seasonal spin. I also started thinking, as I drank my Café au Lait, that what I was missing here was a muffin. After a little recipe tampering I came up with these tasty Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins. This recipe is adapted from my recipe for Java Monkey Muffins. It includes some pumpkin that was leftover in my refrigerator, a bottle of Pomx Café au Lait flavored iced coffee (you can substitute coffee and milk if you prefer) and some pumpkin pie spice. Then they are topped with an espresso/pumpkin pie spice glaze that really gives it that pumpkin latte flavor.

These muffins are soft and luscious, low in fat and sugar (at least before the topping) and are made with wholesome oatmeal and mashed pumpkin, not to mention the added nutritional boost of the POMx antioxidant concentrate. Tasty, nutritious and maybe just a little bit weird, these muffins make a terrific, and seasonally sensitive, breakfast treat.

Give them a try to add an energy boost to your morning and a little seasonal stimulation to your table.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

1 cup old fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup POMx Café au Lait Iced Coffee (or ½ cup coffee + 1 teaspoon espresso powder + ½ cup milk)
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

Mix oats and coffee drink in a medium bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.

Add egg whites, butter, pumpkin and vanilla mixing until well blended.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl and mix well.

Stir dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture, just until moistened.

Fill muffin cups nearly full. Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown. Cool muffins in tins on a wire rack. After 5 minutes remove from pan. Drizzle with Pumpkin Spice Latte Glaze.

Yield: 12 muffins

Pumpkin Spice Latte Glaze

1 teaspoon espresso powder
½ -1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ Tablespoons hot water
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Dissolve the espresso powder in the hot water. Add ¼ teaspoon vanilla and mix gently.

In a small bowl, mix 1 Tablespoon of the espresso mixture into the confectioners’ sugar. Add more of the espresso mixture, one teaspoon at a time, until it is a nice consistency for a glaze.

When thoroughly mixed drizzle from a spoon over cooled muffins, or put the glaze in a quart sized ziplock bag, seal the bag, snip of ¼ inch of a lower corner, and squeeze the glaze in a random pattern over the muffins.

Serve and enjoy!

10 comments:

Pam said...

I got to sample those too, I thought they were wonderful. I've never had Chocola, but I told my husband it tasted like a Yoo Hoo. Have you ever had those?

Grace said...

what a unique use for some of your bounty! had it been me, i would've chugged the bottles down straight away, but i'm glad you saved some for these delicious muffins. :)

Cathy said...

POM's new products look delish and so do your muffins. Coffee and pumpkin sound like a tasty combination. The glaze looks pretty darn good too.

the epicurean's market said...

Your muffins look so gourmet! Nice twist to the recipe.

Velva said...

These pumpkin latte muffins looks so good. A good cup of coffee and a couple of these muffins-Yum!

MaryBeth said...

We love all things pumpkin and my husband loves latte's so the 2 together would just be over the top

the southern hostess said...

These look amazing, and I'm totally gonna try the POM iced coffee now!

Lisa said...

Pam - I have never tasted Yoo Hoo. My brother tells me it is similar to Choc-ola but tastes a little different. Funny that an innovative new energy drink would strike a retro chord. Of course, in a sense, that makes it all the more charming.

Grace - Chugged some but guarded one bottle. The muffins were worth it! :-)

Cathy - Honestly, I'm always a little guarded about pumpkin flavored drinks. In a muffin the pumpkin and coffee flavors seem perfect together.

Epicurean's Market - Thanks!

Velva - I have to agree, but then a good cup of coffee makes almost anything special. Thanks for stopping by!

Mary Beth - These muffins have a good balance, not too pumpkin-y but still soft and flavorful with a hint of fall spice.

Southern Hostess - The POMx Iced Coffee is worth tasting. If you do try it, I'd love to know what you think.

the ungourmet said...

I don't remember Choc-ola for some strange reason.

These muffins look wonderful though. I love this combination of flavors and the way the icing looks on top!

Michelle said...

muffins from my dreams!