One of my favorite things about fall, and there are many, is the all too brief appearance of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. That being said, I hate Starbucks. They have a social agenda that makes my hair stand on end and they are waaaay too expensive. I really crave a pumpkin spice latte everyday but I am not willing to spend $5.40 a pop and then have my money go toward all of that. If they were pouring money into Life Centers I would drive through everyday but that doesn’t seem too likely to happen. So the appearance of the drink at Starbucks merely reminds me to start making them at home. There is a Starbucks in my local grocery store so the drink of the season is always displayed prominently.
Last year, due to a longing for the drink, I spent some time Googling and experimenting and I came up with a really close match. It tastes remarkably close to the expensive version and its quick to make for an afternoon treat. I use my Cocoa-Latte Machine but a regular pot works fine.
~~Pumpkin Spice Latte~
2 cups milk
1 cup very strong coffee (using organic decaf these days)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar (or one packet of Splenda)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
2 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin (canned is fine)
all of the ingredients into a pot and heat over medium-high heat until
the coffee is steaming hot. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream
& cinnamon. Enjoy!
If I am feeling decadent I will top this with whipped cream. Since I am pregnant the whipped cream is a given. This is really the only flavored coffee I drink (does Irish coffee count as flavored?) so I am picky about it. I promise this recipe will make you happy and save you mucho dinero. Which you should then donate to your local Life Center.