Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Now that the Christmas drinks are out, it’s only a matter of time before the pumpkin spice latte is gone.  I hate to think about waiting a year for one, and I honestly would prefer a healthier version.  So, I decided to create my own mix – using only whole food ingredients.

Since I LOVE coffee, it was a rough job . . .

but I came up with a version that is quite yummy!

I have to warn you, it ISN’T low in calories, but it IS yummy and would be a great alternative to dessert one night!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix:

Makes enough mix for about three drinks

1 cup pumpkin puree (1/2  of a 15 oz. can works well also)

3/4 cup organic whipping cream, half and half, coconut or almond milk (whipping cream is the most decadent, but the others taste good too)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 T vanilla

1 and 1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. ginger

1/4 t. cloves

pinch allspice

Step one:  Place all ingredients in your blender.  Blend.  Try not to eat it all with a spoon and pour into a container – this keeps for about a week in your fridge.

YUM! Good enough to eat with a spoon!

Step two:  Place about 1/4 cup in the bottom of your coffee mug.  Pour hot, very strong (I used my French Press to make it super strong) coffee over the mix.  Stir well.

Step three:  To make it REALLY decadent, top with real whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

I have to say it was a fun day of testing these drinks, and I think this is a yummy alternative to a chemical laden grocery store creamer!  It does take about five minutes to make, but then you have the mix on hand for a few more drinks later in the week.

Next I think I’ll work on the Peppermint Mocha’s as those are my husband’s favorites!

Want to know how I had time to play with drink recipes last night?  Simple – I had my dinner already planned and ready to go!  Thanks to menu planning I never worry about what we’ll have for dinner and on nights I know we’ll be busy I can make sure dinner is simple.  Check out my menu planning e-course and you can learn to make your dinnertime stress-free too!

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Comments

  1. Boy am I glad I linked up next to you today! Pumpkin spice is manna from HEAVEN! And the fact that you’ve got a healthy version will just tickle the toes of my girls! I’m sharing it with them right now! Blessings!
    Mindy @ New Equus – A New Creation recently posted..How to avoid becoming the perfectionistic procrastinator.My Profile

    • Enjoy Mindy! I really had to stop myself from just eating it straight from the jar. The mix would honestly also make a yummy little pudding (it’s pretty thick) with a dap of whipped cream on top.

  2. YUM!! I love this. I love pumpkin spice lattes but really dislike all the fake junk, too. :)
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