I love a latté. I also have college bills and a hungry gas tank so stopping at Starbucks on the way to class at $4+ a pop isn’t in the budget. I also don’t like all the syrupy sweetness in the flavored lattés. So, with my garage-sale espresso machine find and a little imagination I’ve been creating my own lattés and saving big money and lotsa calories. I made a almond-joy inspired latté after lunch today, and just finished sipping on a pumpkin spice mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
If you don’t have an espresso machine, no worries. Brew some extra-extra strong coffee in place of the espresso, and just heat up the pumpkin and milk on the stove. You can throw it in the blender really quick to get a nice foamy consistency before adding it to the coffee. (I’m probably making all the baristas and coffee-snobs cringe right now…)
Pumpkin Spice Latté
- 2 Shots Espresso
- 1/4 tsp Stevia (or other sweetener to taste)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 c. Lowfat Milk
- 2 TB Pumpkin Puree
- All Spice
Start with a little pinch of each spice, remember you can always add more!
The from-scratch pumpkin flavor is so much better than a syrup! I like making things myself, then I know exactly what is in them and can make them just the way I like them.