I love coffee. Since the temperatures have dropped, I’ve recently made the switch from iced coffee back to hot, and it’s such a nice way to wake up. This morning as my coffee was brewing, I had a craving for a pumpkin spice latte. I didn’t even have any pumpkin creamer in my fridge, and I’m too far away from town to make a trip to the store just for flavored coffee creamer. So, I decided to try to make my own, using real pumpkin. I always keep plenty of canned pumpkin on hand this time of year, for spur-of-the-moment pumpkin bars, pumpkin waffles, or whatever else strikes my fancy.
Here’s how to make my pumpkin spice latte:
1 cup milk (you can use almond milk if you like)
2 Tbsp. of canned pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
Sugar or sweetener, if desired (I added a packet of French-vanilla-flavored artificial sweetener)
Place ingredients into a small sauce pan. Turn the heat on medium-high and stir constantly until the mixture begins to steam. The pumpkin really dissolves nicely into the milk as it warms.
Pour the milk mixture into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or so, until it’s fluffy and frothy. Pour into your favorite mug until it’s about 2/3 full, then fill the rest of the way with hot, strong coffee, and sprinkle the top with pumpkin pie spice.
This recipe filled up my big coffee mug perfectly. It takes a little more effort (and dirties a few more dishes) than just pouring some bottled creamer into a cup of coffee, but it was a wonderful treat! And why not pamper yourself a little in the morning and get the day started on the right foot? You deserve it!