Espresso and milk combine with real pumpkin, warm spices, pure vanilla, sweet honey, and an optional dollop of whipped to create a whole food pumpkin spice latte that rivals anything you can buy at a coffee shop!
FACT: I spent $1,839.60 at Starbuck's last year ?☕️?.
The first step to changing is admitting that you have a problem.
You Know You are ADDICTED When:
- You visit Starbucks EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
- You buy gift cards at Kroger so that the frequency of your coffee visits are untraceable.
- You know every single employee by name.
- Every single employee may not know your name, but they know your drink order!
- When you go through the drive through with your husband, the employees know to keep the frequency of your visits a secret, they pretend not to know you!
Top 3 Reasons to Make my Own Coffee:
- It's economical - $1,839.60
- I have NO IDEA what is in my coffee. I justify this with the following statement, "I eat whole foods the rest of the time, soooooooo........" There are a ton of articles that get "Sciency" about exactly why drinking coffee from Starbucks is BAD. If you are interested check out Food Babe's take on the situation. Super informative! SPOILER... crushed bugs for color??
- Imagine what I could do with the time (½ hr. x 7 days = 3 ½ hours) I lose waiting in a mile long line while every single person in the city orders a Pumpkin Spice Latte...
In conclusion... this recipe is not only delicious, but it has the potential to improve your quality of life. Serve it up in a fancy mug and it's just like being at your favorite coffee house sans the lines, funky ingredients, and $$$$!
Time Saving Tips and Tricks
Make Ahead: You can make the pumpkin syrup ahead of time! When you are ready for a latte, just combine the syrup with milk and warm it up! To make a large batch of the pumpkin spice mixture (8 servings) mix ½ cup of pumpkin, 4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, ½ cup of honey, and ¼ cup of vanilla. Store in sealed bottle or bag in the refrigerator for up to one week!Print
- 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole milk or 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup of espresso or strong coffee
- ¼ cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form (Optional)
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon (optional)
- In a small bowl, comb pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, honey, and vanilla. Use a whisk and mix until smooth.
- Prep Options:
- MILK FROTHER: Combine pumpkin mixture with milk. Stir. Pour into "milk frother." Hit start. While milk is heating up, make a cup of strong coffee or espresso.
- STOVE TOP: Combine pumpkin mixture with milk. Warm gently over medium heat. Make sure that it doesn't boil! Once milk is warm, use an immersion blender or a traditional blender to create a frothy texture.
- In your mug, fill with desired amount of coffee, pour in milk mixture, top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired. (I did not give exact coffee/ milk ratios since it really is an individual preference).
- I LOVE my milk frother! It was a gift from Joe for Christmas and I use it everyday. They around around $50.00 on Amazon (10 Starbucks drinks). I have used several.. this one is my favorite!
- Using skim milk can be tempting to cut down on calories. Whole milk is less processed and makes a much creamier drink! Dairy is worth the splurge to buy organic.
- If you use almond milk make sure that it does not contain carrageenan. This is a potentially harmful chemical that is often present in dairy. Also, make sure that you select an unsweetened version!
- Honey should be raw and local if possible!
- Make sure to buy canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie! The only ingredient on the label should be "pumpkin."href="https://www.simplysissom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Pinterest-Whole-Food-Pumpkin-Spice-Latte.jpg">