Make it Monday - Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte
Tempted by the versions on offer at seemingly every coffee shop? Instead of dropping $5 on a pumpkin spice latte that doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin, make your own.
It's delicious and super easy, and also is 100% natural and can be made with organic ingredients,” Now you can now drink pumpkin spice lattes as early/or late into the season as you like.
• 3/4 cup milk, ideally 2%, for the latte (if you’re making cafe au lait, 1/2 cup milk will give you a 2:1 coffee/milk ratio)
• 1 espresso shot for the latte (or 1 cup drip coffee)
• 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mixture (or mix your own cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg blend)
• 1 teaspoon maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Optional: cinnamon sticks and/or maple pumpkin butter as garnish
Measure and pour milk into a saucepan on your stove. Add in pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Stir well. Heat the mixture on medium/hot heat, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, brew coffee or espresso. For cafe au lait, you can use a pumpkin spice blend such as Dunkin Donuts or Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice coffee.
Remove milk from the stovetop once it’s hot ( just about to boil) and use a milk frother to froth it. The mixture should double in size and create a nice foam. If you don’t have a frother, use your blender.
Once milk is frothed, combine in a mug with espresso or coffee. Garnish with *pumpkin pie spice. If you’d like, add a cinnamon stick or drizzle with a bit of maple pumpkin butter.
*Pumpkin pie spice recipe
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 6 months
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- Carole Zellers