SKIP THE ‘BUCKS. Starbucks’ version of a pumpkin spice latte comes with 330 calories and 40 grams of mostly refined sugar. The worst way to start your day is with a ton of sugar, so I learned how you can make your own pumpkin spice latte at home, you can even just do this with a blender if you don’t have a fancy-schmancy coffee maker.
1 shot of espresso or 4 oz. of very strong coffee
3/4 cup of milk of choice (taste best with locally made almond milk)
3 TB organic pumpkin puree (optional)
1.5 TB of real maple syrup
1/8 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice* (cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, cardamom) – (where to buy)
1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract
* You can make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 50% cinnamon, 35% ginger/nutmeg, 10% clove, 5% cardamom.
Once you have your coffee ready, put in mixing glass and add your pumpkin, spices, vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp maple syrup. Use an immersion blender (another awesome investment for soup season) to whip together. If you don’t have one, use a blender.
Meanwhile, add .5 tb maple syrup to your 1 cup of milk and heat with your espresso maker. If you don’t have a machine, you can put milk in a saucepan over a medium flame. Once the milk is simmering, remove and put in blender. Blend on high with the other ingredients to create a nice foamy milk. Pour into mug of choice and enjoy!
You can make the latte without the pumpkin puree too.
You can use stevia or honey if you don’t have maple syrup.