While it may technically still be Summer for a few more days, I am craving all things Fall. Fall wreaths, apple picking, pumpkin picking, turkey, soups, stews, cinnamon scented potpourri, and of course pumpkin spice lattes.
Ever since Starbucks announced that the ever-so-famous pumpkin spice latte was back I have been craving one daily. Of course being pregnant and on a budget, I cannot afford to be satisfying that craving on a regular basis.
So for weeks now I have been on the hunt for pumpkin pie spice. It felt like every store I visited had the spice out of stock. I even read somewhere online recently that there is a pumpkin pie spice shortage. I’m not sure how factual that claim is, but I’ll tell you after the manhunt I went on to find it… I would be lead to believe that the spice is either crazy popular given the time of year or there is a supply shortage.
Either way this morning luck found me, and I managed to pick up the last bottle of it at Walmart. The shoppers may have noticed me doing a little happy dance in the aisle. Yes… I was that excited!
This morning I experimented and came up with my own version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte that can be enjoyed at home. My version is made with decaf coffee, as I need to moderate my caffeine consumption for the next 5.5 months. However, I’m sure it could be enjoyed with a regular bold blend or a shot of espresso.
My husband will just be happy to know that I will not be dishing out $5 for a latte on a regular basis this Autumn.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
1/2 cup brewed bold coffee
3/4 cup skim milk
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
whipped cream (for garnish)
- In a pot combine the milk, sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and pumpkin puree. Bring to a light simmer.
- While you are preparing your pumpkin milk, brew your coffee and set aside.
- Once your pumpkin milk has reached a light simmer. DO NOT OVER BOIL. Whisk in your coffee.
- Transfer to a large mug, and garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
It is seriously like a taste of heaven in a mug!