This is wonderful. Seriously a great drink and made my morning. I am not a regular coffee drinker. I adore coffee, but I don't do well with caffeine, so coffee is a treat instead of a daily thing. Well, this morning, I decided that what those pumpkin snickerdoodles needed was a cup of tea, or better yet, a pumpkin spice latte!
So, I did my norm. . . looked up some recipes on the internet and made my own. Now the pumpkin milk concoction is awesome on its own and if you have kids, I think they would love that alone as a warm drink. Mine were fighting over my leftovers. So, maybe double this recipe and warm some up for the kiddies? This makes enough for 2 or three cups of joe, so you will have some leftovers for a second cup, or a cup tomorrow. And you will want another cup. I am strategizing now on how I can justify a cookie and latte as my lunch.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
adapted from http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com
- strong coffee (2 TBSP of coffee per cup of water when brewing)
- 1/3- 1/2 cup (I did a bit more because I love pumpkin) pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- 2 cups milk (I used skim but can use almond, rice or even half and half if you dare!)
- 3 TBSP sugar (I like mine sweet so I used 4 or 5 TBSP, but I have a wicked sweet tooth)
- 1 tsp vanilla
Brew your coffee. Combine milk, sugar, vanilla, spices, and pumpkin in a blender or with a whisk until frothy. Warm over stove or in a measuring cup. I only warmed what I would need for my coffee in the microwave. Whisk again to make frothy and do about equal parts coffee and milk concoction. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. Note: Spices will not disintegrate completely.
*update- I subbed out 2 TBSP of molasses and 1 TBSP of honey for the sugar and unsweetened vanilla almond milk or the milk. Still delicious and the kids loved it just as much when I warmed up just the milk concoction!