Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 DAYS OF FALL: Pumpkin Spice Latte

DAY 10: PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

I LOVE Starbucks.  I get so excited for their holiday drinks.  I love them all....give me anything with pumpkin or gingerbread this time of year and I'm in heaven.  

I DO NOT love paying $5 per drink.  And now, thanks to Pinterest, I won't have to...EVER.

I discovered this recipe on Farm Girl Gourmet and tried it out last night.  When I told my husband I was making REAL pumpkin spice lattes, he immediately reacted with a "Yuck...you're going to put actual pumpkin in there?"

Here it is:

2 cups milk
2 TBSP vanilla
2 TBSP sugar
4 TBSP pumpkin puree (canned)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup strong coffee 
whipping cream and additional pumpkin pie spice for sprinkling.

The rules:

Heat the milk, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until it's nearly boiling.  Whisk to mix pumpkin puree.  Make your coffee...I used our Keurig and made the tiny cup so it was stronger.

Once well heated, put the milk into a blender and blend until it's frothing.  Now, this is the one step that didn't quite "work" for me.  I poured the  milk mixture into my lovely blender, held the lid down and the whole damn thing exploded all over my kitchen!  Lovely.  Maybe it would've worked if I had used less milk in the blender at a time?  I'm not sure....but this is where the little milk frother might come in handy...at least I wouldn't be wiping pumpkin milk off of my ceiling.  ;-)

Carefully divide the milk between two mugs.  Then, slowly, down the side of the mug, top it off with half of the coffee.  Add your dollop of whipping cream (which I made from scratch), sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice on top and...

ENJOY!  This was soooo delicious.  I was kicking myself for not having made it earlier.  Jim ate his previous words and was super impressed.  

yummy


I have no idea what the calorie count it, but I don't care.  I love that I know exactly everything that went into my latte and that there were no nasty chemical sweetners.  I'm sure you can use alternatives to the milk (almond, rice, coconut? etc...) and sugar (stevia?)  I did think it was a lot of vanilla, but it was perfect at 2 TBSP...you could always adjust that as well if it wasn't to your liking.

Friends, this is epic...go, run, pop open that can of pumpkin puree and start making that latte....you won't regret it!

Happy Wednesday!

--Mandy

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