It’s that time again, the kids are filing back to school with all of the haste and conviction of cats to a bath, and when that happens our family goes pumpkin crazy! Muffins, pancakes, porridge, and of course the grandfather of them all, the PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE!! [read that with a super deep announcer voice]
But, is there an easy alternative to spending 10-minutes in line at Bucky Bucks then shelling out $5 for a quick hit of autumn?
LET’S GET COOKIN’
- homemade pumpkin puree (canned puree works just fine, but the flavor you get from homemade is incredible… and it’s actually waaaay easier to make than you might think).
- maple syrup
- sea salt
- pumpkin spice mix
- high-grade butter (I suggest Kerrygold, but any grass-fed, high-nutrient butter will do).
- milk or milk substitute
- Espresso shot or ¼ cup your favorite coffee (cold brew works really well for this [obvs heat it up first])
To start, you’ll need to bring the spice! I use this homemade spice mix. It’s more flavorful than a traditional pumpkin pie spice mix, and you get the satisfaction of making it yourself.
Next, prep the drink.
Top Tip: if your milk substitute is vanilla flavored, that will add to the drink, not detract from it.
Layer your obnoxiously seasonal ingredients (everything except the coffee) in a cup and microwave it. I suggest placing your mug on a plate, because overflows happen. #overflowshappen
While that’s in the microwave brew up a concentrated oz of your favorite coffee, or, if you’re fancy, pull an espresso shot and pour it in your blender so it’s ready for the heated pumpkin concoction. Combine. Blend. Enjoy.
Not fancy? An AeroPress works just as well and will save you some serious dough.
If you’re doing it for the Gram (and who isn’t?), top with homemade whipped cream, dust with some of your spice mix, sprinkle colorful leaves around a tablecloth and you’ve got at least 47k likes. At least.
Again, this takes about 5-minutes once you’ve got your spice mix dialed in. It’s easy. Go make it.
Don’t drink crappy pumpkin spice lattes. Just dont.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Can I make this dairy-free?
Absolutely! To make this Pumpkin Spice Latte dairy-free you can substitute the milk for the same amount of your favorite milk alternative (oat, rice, coconut, almond, or soy milk all work great!). Instead of adding butter, I suggest one teaspoon of MCT oil.
Can I make this caffeine-free?
You betcha! My wife actually prefers this without caffeine. To make this a caffeine-free Pumpkin Spice Latte, just omit the espresso shot. It tastes just as wonderful.
Can I make a pumpkin spice latte without pumpkin?
Actually, yes. If I have the choice, I use homemade butternut squash puree. It’s all the warm seasonal flavors of a Pumpkin Spice Latte with butternut squash puree. Try it!