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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted by Alexandra C. | Wednesday September 28, 2011722 comments

One of my all time favourite flavours is pumpkin. It's nostalgic aroma brings back all those memories of Thanksgivings and Halloweens. Chicks, tell me now, is there anything better than curling up with a good book, magazine or DVD with a pumpkin spice latte? I think the answer to that would be no. Being thrifty and a DIY adventurer, I set out to find a pumpkin spice latte recipe that could easily be done at home. 

Also- a pumpkin spice latte is the perfect excuse to cuddle with someone. This recipe is for two, so why not curl up with that cutie you've been eyeing? (Call me Cupid, Chicks!) 

What you'll need:
2 1/4 cups milk
2 1/2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons sugar 
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or more if you like the spice! (Cinnamon and nutmeg will work just fine, use 3 parts cinnamon to 1 part nutmeg) 
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine.)


In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. 

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice.To froth up the mixture, you can transfer to a blender for 15 seconds or simply whisk the mixture at a fast pace until it becomes foamy. 

Pour into mug then pour espresso on top. Mix together and you are done! 
Optional: For those of you with a sweet tooth, make it extra special with some whipped cream on top, sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg! 

There you have it- sweet and simple pumpkin spice lattes for two! 

What's your favourite fall drink chicks?

(Recipe and directions adapted from thekitchn.com
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on October 05, 2011  MdA said:

Pumpkin Spice Latte - I never ever thought of mixing those together. I like Pumpkin Soup, so this should be OK.

on October 03, 2011  avasmama  558 said:

Yummy. I love the ones from Starbucks but my budget will love this recipe!

on October 03, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

@chicky82 - I think you probably could, but double check the ingredients on the can to make sure.

on October 03, 2011  curlysue10  6,981 said:

I tried this on the weekend and it was SO yummy!! I added about double the pumpkin though because I wanted a stronger pumpkin flavour and it turned out great!

@sthom, I'm going to use the extra pumpkin for these: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/09/29/pumpkin-whoopie-pies-maple-cream-cheese-frostin/

on October 03, 2011  chicky82  2,625 said:

I wonder if you could do this with leftover pumpkin pie mix and omit the spices and sugar? I made mini pies and had filling leftover.

on October 03, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

@sthom - try pumpkin scones! So delish! Here is a knock-off Starbucks recipe for pumpkin glazed scones that I've personally made:


on September 29, 2011  sthom  369 said:

Pumpkin is great! I am tempted to try it but i wouldnt know what to do with the rest of the canned pumpkin. Suggestions? haha

on September 28, 2011  Bren  24,545 said:

Thanks for sharing!This looks sooo good I love pumpkin as well.

on September 28, 2011  GlamGal  2,378 said:

I can taste it now! Very festive....I <3 this!

on September 28, 2011  LadyFlash  8,805 said:

oh yum! I love the ones from Starbucks but my town doesn't have one. So I only one when I'm in the city. Will definitely try this out!

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