Homemade, Lower Calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Love it or hate it, it is that pumpkin spice time of year. One of the most popular items on that one-flavor menu is the pumpkin spice latte. And you do not need to own an espresso maker to enjoy making one for yourself.

After the initial purchase of supplies, making the latte yourself will be cheaper and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas (OK, maybe you wouldn’t anyway) or leave the house to get one.

This recipe is for two servings.

Ingredients

1 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso (start by adding +1/3 coffee if not brewing espresso)

1 cup coconut milk (dairy eaters feel free to use real milk)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (vanilla flavor will work in a pinch)

1 tbsp pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice (made by hand: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice, and 1/8 tsp ginger)

1 pinch sea salt (regular salt is fine too)

maple syrup (or other sweetener to taste)

whipped cream topping (we hesitate to call this optional!)

Instructions

Split the coffee into two large mugs. Add (coconut) milk, vanilla, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice salt all into a small saucepan. Place pan on medium heat. Whisk to combine ingredients.

When temperature is to your taste, remove from heat and blend until smooth if you wish. Be careful blending hot liquids, steam can make the blender lid pop! (Blending not required if whisked well). Divide the mixture between the two mugs. Sweetener to taste. Top with whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of pie spice.

 

Chai Flavored Coffee

Chai means tea but it has a distinctive flavor. To make your coffee have a similar flavor, try adding the flavors below to your filter basket and brew. Spoon the amount of the mixture you usually use for the amount of water you usually use and then brew normally.

Ingredients:
1 cup ground coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger

Using Coffee Grounds

We’ve talked before about what to do with used coffee grounds. We found a few recipes on Livestrong.com that had some good ideas. We didn’t seem too crazy with the idea of the first one called “Spent Coffee and Salt Baked Heirloom Carrots” but there were some others that we might like to try.

You can use coffee grounds in “Red-Eye Gravy” by adding used coffee grounds to bacon grease. Another idea which sounds totally good is to add a tablespoon to overnight oats along with the chia – it would be fun to figure out which spots are chia and which are grounds!

Another totally good sounding idea is to add about 1/3 cup to brownie batter. One last idea they gave was to add it to marinade for beef or pork recipes. Add the grounds to cacao nibs, vinegar, honey, and basil. Sounds very different but might be really good.

See the recipes here

Dalgona Coffee

A newish coffee drink making the news these days is a frothy whipped coffee called dalgona coffee. This coffee drink seems to have viral in Korea during the Covid-19 quarantines.

You roughly need about 2 Tbs instant coffee, 2 Tbs sugar, and 2 Tbs hot water. You mix them together in a bowl and whip with a whisk (or beat with beaters) until thick and creamy. It is helpful if you have an electric whisk because it can take a while to get the right thick whipped consistency. The reason to use instant coffee is because it dissolves.

To make the drink, pour milk into a glass over ice cubes about 3/4 of the way and then top with the frothed coffee.

Coffee at Home

Since everyone is more or less stuck at home due to Covid-19, you might be bored or looking for some kind of diversion. Why not explore some recipes using coffee?

The Victor crew found some recipes on Starbucks site. They range from coffee drinks to smoothie bowls to cakes. There are also recipes for chocolate covered coffee beans and how to do latte art!

Many of the recipes are coffee go-withs and some are made with coffee as an ingredient. Make a coffee cake or frittata to go with your brew. Or perhaps you want to make a fancy coffee drink.

Check out their recipes here: https://athome.starbucks.com/recipe/