I am a huge fan of coffee… (read: coffee is needed to turn my brain on) and I become a total addict every year when Starbucks comes out with their pumpkin flavored lattes and treats. Unfortunately, its not exactly low cal or cheap on the daily budget, so below is a yummy pumpkin spice latte recipe you can make yourself from home. You can completely adjust the recipe according to your taste- I don’t like mine too sweet so I don’t use the syrup or much sugar- I know it takes some of the fun out of it, but I do add a little whipped cream… yum!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sweetener
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee)
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour the mixture into a large mug or one of our ceramic eco cups with comfort grip sleeve and add the espresso/coffee on top.
Drop in a dollop of whipped cream if you like and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top and enjoy!