Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, with or without an espresso maker!
Using real pumpkin puree makes this SOOOOO much better than Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte - and making it at home makes it so much more affordable too! You can make it sugar-free, dairy-free, whatever you like! I would drink this every day - but probably skip the whipped cream (well, maybe every other day. . .).
Step 1: Ingredients
Of course you can make this recipe with pre-made Pumpkin Spice Syrup, but I don't know where to buy that, and I'm pretty sure it's not available all year 'round anyway. So I substituted actual canned pumpkin. If you can only find pumpkin pie filling, you can use that too! Just cut out the extra sugar and spices.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 shots espresso (or really strong coffee if you don't have access to an espresso maker - which I don't)
Step 2: Brew Some High-octane Coffee
If you have an espresso maker, you'll do this step last. But if you don't, you'll want to get your coffee brewing now.
I made my coffee triple strength!
To learn about how to make perfect espresso, check out this great Instructable, Espresso Coffee.
Step 3: Prepare Milk Solution
Now is time to prepare your coffee's milk bath.
If you have a steam wand on your espresso maker, completely combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and spice, and froth it up. Once you've achieve a nice head, sink the wand in to heat the milk. Make sure you clean your steam wand immediately!
Step 4: Assemble
If you don't have access to a frother, combine the milk, pumpkin and sugar in a bowl and microwave for approximately one to two minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
After your milk is heated, add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Give it a good whirl with a frother or immersion blender.
Gently add your coffee or espresso to the milk.
Step 5: Decorate
Dress your pumpkin spice latte with some freshly whipped cream, a cinnamon stick, and some fresh shaved nutmeg, and you've just shown Starbucks where to stick it!
whackydoughnut made it!