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.
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!)
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.