Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

‘Tis the season for everything pumpkin right?!?! Living in Southern California we have had a few days that have felt like fall, but for the most part we are still having what feels like an endless summer. (But don’t take this as a complaint! We do have the best weather year round!) This week it has finally started to feel a bit more like fall….at least in the mornings!

I haven’t had a cup of coffee in a really long time. I typically drink more tea than coffee, but this morning I decided it was going to be a pumpkin spice latte kind-of a morning. The other day I had a friend send me a photo of her homemade pumpkin spice latte. I have not been able to stop thinking about it! I LOVE pumpkin anything (well almost anything)! I have never been a fan of the Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes… can you say: too sweet, too many artificial ingredients, no real pumpkin, and burnt coffee? Did I mention how much sugar is in a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? NO Thank You! Definitely not my go to.

So with my friend’s tips I put together this homemade pumpkin spice latte this morning! It was SO good I just had to share it with you!

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots of espresso
  • steamed milk/almond milk/coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons real pumpkin (canned)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or coconut sugar

Directions:

  • make your latte (espresso and milk OR coffee and milk)
  • add the canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice and maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • mix throughly (I used a mini frother, but not necessary, you can use a whisk or even a fork)

We have an espresso machine, but this would also work with coffee and milk, but I would recommend  using a mini frother to make it more like a latte and be able to froth it up a bit. They are super cheap and come in handy for all sorts of things. Think of it this way…the frother costs as much as one drink at Starbucks.

What’s great about using real pumpkin is that pumpkin is high in Vitamin A (which is great for eye health), contains antioxidants, and can boost your mood.

Happy Pumpkin Season!

 

 

 

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