I am not a fan of Starbuck’s ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte.’ It tastes fake. That being said, I love pumpkin spice: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. All favorites in my kitchen and, to me, scream of happy fall.
I recently found out the same can be said of pumpkin spice teas — they are not all made the same. I grabbed a box of Twinings tea thinking that would be reliable. Horrible. It has a fake pumpkin taste. Republic of Tea, however, was a light tea, but full of real flavors. Moral of this story: pay for the good stuff, hunt for the good stuff. Don’t bother with the bad stuff, or be willing to throw it out when you find it.
And then, this morning, I had a thought: why not make my own pumpkin spice latte? So, I opened a can of pumpkin puree and commenced. Friends, this is the good stuff. I will perfect it in the coming weeks, but this is the starting point.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or mixture of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 – 1 cup milk (approximately)
- sugar to taste
Mix pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a saucepan and cook until it smells lovely. Whisk in milk and cook until nearly simmering. Add sugar to taste. Add some espresso. (I make espresso on my stove using my moka pot — not exactly espresso, but it is pretty darn great. If you don’t have a moka pot, check out Ross or other discount stores as they often have them on great sales.)
Should you be lazy, you could do this in the microwave with yummy results.
There you go. Don’t settle for the fake flavors when the real ones are so darn good!
ps – If you need something to do with some of that extra pumpkin puree, try out these ‘Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies.’ Add 1 Tbs sugar to the recipe. And know that they are more yummy breakfast bar than cookie. Add a layer of peanut butter or eat with yogurt.