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Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you find yourself needing a fix and can’t get to Starbucks or a local coffee shop, it's easier than you think to make your own!

Fall is the season for picking pumpkins, carving pumpkins and drinking pumpkin spice lattes. The lattes are warm, cozy, inviting and intoxicatingly good. I recently woke up one cool morning and could not get out to buy one... so I decided to make it at home. I stumbled on a great recipe that’s reminiscent of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not only is this recipe healthier, it’s fairly easy to make using the following ingredients.

Serves 2
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons coffee
1 cup milk (regular, almond, rice, or soy)
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree 
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
2 tablespoons Light CoolWhip or whipped cream 
1 pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)

Using the above ingredients, follow these steps to make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  1. Brew one cup of coffee using water and coffee.
  2. In saucepan over low heat, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey. (Optional: You can also mix these ingredients in a blender first and then pour the mixture into a saucepan for heating.)
  3. Add in coffee and mix well.
  4. Stir mixture for another minute or two until hot.
  5. Pour half of the mixture into your favorite mug, top it off with Light CoolWhip or whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg. 

It will take less time than getting into your car, heading to your favorite coffee shop and waiting in a long line to buy one. You can also control the ingredients that go into your latte. Homemade versions are healthier, just as satisfying and practically free!

Try making them for your guests at your upcoming Halloween parties, along with the pumpkin spice-kissed chocolate chip oat cookie from my previous posted blog...your guests will love it!

Darien resident Janine Vairo is the founder of PartyStyle Box. She can be reached at partystylebox@gmail.com.

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Lindsey Emm October 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
PartyStyle Box - this is an awesome recipe and oh how I love pumpkin lattes
Pat B. October 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Oh, how I love the pumpkin spice latte and now thanks to PartyStyle Box, I can make it.
Susan October 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I love pumpkin anything. I tried a DD and I don't know if it was naturally sweet or did the person put sugar in it when I asked not to since I am a diabetic. I threw that away so fast. I like the fact you can control the amount and what you put in it in this recipe.
Jaimie Cura October 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Sometimes the syrups taste really sugary to me too, Susan. I often ask for half the amount of syrup they normally put in a drink but this recipe definitely seems like a good option for folks who have to watch their sugar intake.
PartyStyle Box October 16, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Yes, you can control the amount of sugar that goes into this recipe. That is why it is so great! Agreed, as much as I really like the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, as I near the end of my cup...it seems way too sweet at the bottom most of the time.

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