September 26, 2011

recipe of the week | homemade pumpkin spice latte | the kitchn

It’s officially fall and I’ve yet to have a pumpkin spice latte — from Starbucks. Instead of spending $4 for a cup of pumpkin-flavored syrup, milk and espresso, I decided it’d be more fun and frugal to make my own pumpkin spice latte.

After making Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies with a can of organic pumpkin, I had about a cup of leftovers. What do you do with a cup of leftover pumpkin mush? You mix it with milk, coffee, sugar, vanilla and spices and drink it!

I searched for homemade pumpkin spice latte recipes and found one from one of my favorite websites, The Kitchn. It took all of about five minutes to make and yielded about two cups of the best pumpkin drink ever. I substituted “pumpkin pie spice” with my own concoction of ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cloves would have rounded out the flavor, but hey, you use what you have on hand!

ingredients for homemade pumpkin spice latte

{Just a few simple ingredients go into a pumpkin spice latte. Notice there is no bottle of syrup!}

stirring pumpkin and milk

{Heat the pumpkin and milk on the stovetop and stir, stir, stir!}

coffee

{I'm not cosmopolitan enough to own an espresso machine, so I just made a quick cup of "Dark Magic" Green Mountain Coffee in my Keurig.}

mixing homemade pumpkin spice latte

{While my homemade latte lacked the nice froth of a professional latte, I had fun whipping the coffee, pumpkin, milk and spices together. Bubbles were almost as good as froth!}

pumpkin spice latte

{Sweet success! My organic pumpkin spice latte was a great afternoon pick-me-up.}

What’s your go-to coffee drink?

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  • kristina@beancakes ❤

    hey kim! this looks genius! i’m going to hafta try it because i too really cringe at the hefty $4 price tag each time i purchase this drink. and yours actually looks better and is probably a lot more natural and healthy! that nail lacquer that i’m wearing is a couple of colors actually: black matte from a japanese company i can’t read the name!, and sally hansen extreme wear in black out. the gold flecks are also a combo of another japanese brand and deborah lippmann in boom boom pow ~ phew! did you get all that?? ;) ;) happy monday to you my friend!
    xoxo ~ ks

  • Stacy A

    I’m totally going to make this. I’ve already put canned pumpkin on my grocery list. I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin this time of year and have been trying not to go to DD or Starbucks on a daily basis. I’ll also be using my Keurig. I’m thinking of trying it with my Hazelnut blend, it might be a good combo. So glad you shared this!

  • kimberlyloc

    @stacy hope you like it! such an economical option :)

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