Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Espresso or strong coffee: 2 shots of espresso or 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee.
  • Milk: 1 cup milk of your choice (whole, 2%, almond, oat, etc.)
  • Pumpkin puree: 3 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling).
  • Sweetener: 1-3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or sugar (adjust to your taste)
  • Pumpkin pie spice: 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional topping: Whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

Equipment

  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Milk frother (or jar with a lid)
  • Large mug

Instructions:

  • Make the spice mixture: In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sweetener of choice, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  • Heat and whisk: Place the saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk continuously until the mixture is hot and frothy, but not boiling.
  • Prepare your coffee: While the milk mixture heats, brew your espresso or strong coffee.
  • Combine: Pour the hot coffee into your large mug. Carefully pour the heated milk mixture over the coffee.
  • Froth (optional): If you want extra foam, use a milk frother to create a fluffy topping. If you don’t have a frother, vigorously shake warmed milk in a jar with a lid for a DIY froth.
  • Top and enjoy: Top your latte with whipped cream (if desired) and dust with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Tips:

  • Make your own pumpkin pie spice: Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and a pinch of ground cloves.
  • Adjust sweetness: Taste and adjust the sweetener level before serving.
  • Vegan option: Use plant-based milk and a plant-based sweetener like maple syrup or agave.
  • Make it a Frappuccino: Blend all the ingredients with ice for a cold and refreshing twist.

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