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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (Better & Healthier Than Starbucks)

A homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that's better than Starbucks and vegan-friendly! This version uses a blend of real pumpkin puree, raw sugar or maple syrup, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and dark roast coffee or espresso. Making it at home allows you to save money and create a healthier version with less sugar.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (Better & Healthier Than Starbucks)

I can't begin to describe how excited I am to share this recipe with you guys! 

Last week I made my own pumpkin pie spice. It took all of five minutes and was much less expensive than buying the tiny, pre-mixed bottles from the grocery store. 

I've used it four times since then. Once while cooking butternut squash (mmm) and three times making pumpkin spice lattes.

The Quest For a Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Better Than Starbucks


Since it was my first time concocting this drink at home, I perused the internet and bookmarked two or three recipes. I eventually settled on one particular recipe that labeled itself as "healthy" and included a beautifully shot and styled photograph. 

Looks can be deceiving folks. 

It was cringe-worthy. 

After my first three gulps (I thought it would get better) I spit it into the sink and dumped my cup. The ratios were all wrong. Not enough milk, sugar, or vanilla and WAY too much pumpkin pie spice. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (Better & Healthier Than Starbucks)
Lesson learned: just because a recipe looks delicious on Tastespotting or Foodgawker, does not mean it will actually taste good.

Thankfully, during my second attempt, I chose another recipe that included a lot of positive comments. This time, though, I tweaked the recipe to make it vegan. 

Why a Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe?  


Yes, I know I'm not vegan and neither is my blog (my food philosophy is similar to the 80/20 rule); however, I do have friends that practice this food lifestyle and I've partaken of many fantabulous vegan recipes. 

But, the main reason I chose a vegan variation for my pumpkin spice latte is...

Three words: vanilla almond milk!



Yep. I could have used cow's milk or coconut milk, but almond milk mixed with vanilla extract takes it to a whole new level. 

And, it really compliments the warm pumpkin spice flavors.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe with Vanilla Almond Milk

Almond Milk + Vanilla + Pumpkin Spice = Heaven  


I usually make homemade unsweetened almond milk and add my own homemade vanilla extract. It has less sugar & calories than the store-bought cartons and none of those weird emulsifiers that often upset people's stomachs. Plus the vanilla carries through more without the extra sugar.

That said, get yourself to a kitchen and make this delightful drink! 

It takes barely five minutes (not including coffee or espresso brewing time) and makes enough for two drinks. 

That means you can either share with a friend, treat yourself to a refill (can't do that at Starbucks without paying double the price) or save the rest for the next day. 

Heck, you don't even need coffee in it. The pumpkin spice milk mixture is super tasty all by itself.

Yield: 1-2 servings

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (Better & Healthier Than Starbucks)

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 15 mins
A homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that's better than Starbucks and vegan-friendly! This version uses a blend of real pumpkin puree, raw sugar or maple syrup, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and dark roast coffee or espresso. Making it at home allows you to save money and create a healthier version with less sugar.

INGREDIENTS:


INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Brew 1-2 cups of fresh strong coffee (I prefer dark roast). Alternately, you can reheat homemade cold brew coffee (it will be strong & very smooth) or if you have an espresso machine, pour 2 fresh espresso shots.
  2. In a small pan set over medium heat, measure in the pumpkin puree and sweetener, then slowly stir in the almond milk. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the pumpkin and sweetener dissolve and the mixture is steaming. (Do not let it boil.) Remove from the burner and mix in the vanilla extract and slowly add the pumpkin pie spice while stirring so it doesn't clump.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of coffee into a medium to large mug then pour the pumpkin spice milk mixture into the mug until it reaches the top. Note: If using espresso, add the milk mixture first, then pour the espresso over the top.
  4. Stir well, garnish with whipped cream (regular or dairy-free), sprinkle with ground cinnamon or extra pumpkin pie spice, and serve immediately.
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Adapted from The Kitchn's Autumn DIY Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Notes & Tips
  • If using sweetened vanilla almond milk, reduce the sugar to only 1 tablespoon instead of two.
  • If using plain milk, increase the vanilla extract to 2 tablespoons.
  • If you let the drink sit for awhile, or you have leftovers, the pumpkin puree will naturally settle to the bottom of the mug/container. If this bothers you, just give it a good stir to recombine. :)

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I'd like to hear from YOU!

What's the most creative way you've used pumpkin pie spice in a recipe?  

A homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that's better than Starbucks and vegan-friendly! This version uses a blend of real pumpkin puree, raw sugar or maple syrup, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and dark roast coffee or espresso. Making it at home allows you to save money and create a healthier version with less sugar.


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