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Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink.

Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink. | iowagirleats.com

Hello, hello my friends! How was your weekend?

Ben was in Minneapolis for the Ryder Cup (jeeeealous!) so I took the opportunity to get a ton of much needed baby prep stuff done. Got some freezer meals made then packaged (trying very hard not to eat all three gallon-sized ziplock bags of this soup, which I doubled and used half ground turkey / half Italian sausage, before the freezer has a chance to do its job,) Ben and my Mom tag teamed painting the baby’s room (he taped before leaving for MSP then my Mom painted it the same blue as our main floor hallway + accent wall – looks SO fresh,) and finally, Lincoln, my Mom and I took a day trip to the Kansas City IKEA to get a bookcase, side table, and decor for the room (how a 101 kitchen items made it into my cart I can’t say for sure… #foodbloggerprobz) – WHEW!

I was worried about taking a toddler to IKEA for half a second before realizing it’s a tiny person’s dream come true because you get to TOUCH. EVERYTHING. That said, there were no issues with boredom. 😉

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I also got the chance to welcome October the proper way – with a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte – WHEE!! Guys, this drink turned out so insanely delicious that I scrapped my plans for the post I was going to share today to quickly photograph this one for ya. Do not wait another minute to try this yummy, fall treat which is…

  • EASY. We’re talking 6 fridge and pantry staple ingredients – pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, milk (any kind,) vanilla, and coffee or espresso – combined to make a cozy, homemade drink in less than 5 minutes.
  • Customizable. Don’t have an espresso machine? No problem. Use strongly-brewed coffee instead, which, spoiler alert: I might like better than the espresso version!
  • Cheap. Think spending $5-7 on a coffee shop’s PSL sounds insane? That’s because IT IS!
  • Low(er) in sugar. I did some calculating – a short, nonfat, no whip Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks has 24 grams of sugar. That’s crazy and not just because nobody orders a short, nonfat, no whip PSL from Starbucks, right? The at-home version has less than 13 grams of sugar.
  • Kid-friendly. If your child wants in on a little pumpkin spice action like Mom and Dad, give it to him or her with this warm drink made without espresso or coffee. Lincoln went bananas for it and has asked for a mug every single day since Friday!

Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink. | iowagirleats.com

Honestly I can’t tell you the last time I had a pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop – for one they can’t guarantee they’re gluten-free, two I get annoyed that they’re only available for a limited time (I have no idea why this irritates me,) and three they just don’t taste very good in my opinion. Way too artificial and sickly sweet, plus there’s zero pumpkin involved.

Take it from me, spend 5 minutes on this lightly sweetened, creamy, pumpkin spice – pumpkin containing! – latte on a cool and crisp fall morning and you’ll never go back!

Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink. | iowagirleats.com

Start by adding 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling which is already sweetened and spiced,) with a slightly heaping 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until the mixture is very fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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Next add 1 Tablespoon sugar (or more or less) then stir until smooth and bubbly, another 30 seconds.

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Slowly pour in 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk but use whatever you’ve got on hand,) while whisking then add 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla and stir until the mixture is hot, 2-3 minutes, being careful not to let it boil.

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Last step is to pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve/strainer to remove any thicker pieces of pumpkin and chalky spices. This step is optional but takes like, 5 seconds to do, and makes for such a creamy and velvety drink. Totally worth it!

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Onto the caffeine portion. You’ve got 3 options:

  1. 1 shot espresso (love my Nespresso!)
  2. 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee (I use the “strong” brew option on my Keurig.)
  3. Serve as is – great for kids.

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Like I said, Lincoln loooooooved this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte sans caffeine. He took a couple sips then sat back and said, “Ahhh, a warm hot chocolate in my special chair.” Sure!

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Last step, which is optional but especially good for a weekend treat, top with a dollop of regular or coconut whipped cream, sprinkle with a bit more pumpkin pie spice, garnish with a cinnamon stick, and start sipping. I hope you LOVE this super simple, seriously delicious, fall-spiced treat!!

Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink. | iowagirleats.com

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Description

Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink.

Ingredients

makes 1 drink

  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • slightly rounded 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (or more or less)
  • 1 cup milk, any kind (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 shot espresso OR 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • whipped cream or coconut cream for topping, optional

Directions

  1. Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir with a spatula until very fragrant and bubbly, 30 seconds - 1 minute, then add sugar and stir until smooth and bubbly, another 30 seconds. Whisk in milk then add vanilla and stir until drink is hot, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Brew espresso or coffee into a mug (or omit to keep this kid-friendly) then strain milk mixture into the mug and serve. The straining step is optional but it catches any larger pieces of pumpkin and any chalky spices.

Notes

Adapted from TheKitchn.com

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink. | iowagirleats.com