Fall hasn’t even officially started yet and I’ve consumed so many pumpkin spice lattes I really should be embarrassed…but I’m not. I love pumpkin spice lattes any time of year really, but there is something about fall that just makes them taste better. Anyone with me on this? If you don’t like pumpkin spice lattes, or pumpkin anything, that’s okay. We can still be friends. I promise this will be my only post this fall on pumpkin spice lattes. Really and truly.
The Best Pumpkin Spice Latte I Ever Had
If you do like pumpkin spice lattes then you are definitely in the right place! Normally this time of year it’s still quite warm where we live, but the other day it was cool enough that I sent my second-grader off to school in long pants. Crazy! That crisp cool morning air got me thinking about a time when my now second-grader was just five months old and we took him to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival where we had the very best pumpkin spice latte made with real pumpkin.
As much as I love lattes I usually don’t remember any certain ones in particular, ha! However, something about the real pumpkin in the latte combined with the cool, salty ocean air, the fog rolling in, overcast sky, and being surrounded by pumpkins everywhere at the festival turned that latte into a sublime sensory experience. Even my husband agrees and can recall that latte in detail!
Alas, we live in Iowa and will not be going to the festival this year, so I decided to recreate my own. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and thought I would share. This recipe is super easy to customize to your own particular tastes…more or less pumpkin, more or less coffee, more or less sweetener, more or less pumpkin spice. You get the idea.
Ingredients for pumpkin spice latte with real pumpkin
- 1.5 cups of milk
- 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon of sweetener (I used honey)
- 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 4 – 5 teaspoons instant coffee
I know I just about lost some of you coffee lovers with that last ingredient…the instant coffee. Instant coffee gets a bad rap, but it can be really useful when you need that concentrated coffee flavor but don’t have access to an espresso machine. Trust me. It works in this recipe. Using brewed coffee would result in too diluted a coffee flavor by the time you add enough milk to give the drink the creaminess of a latte.
Process for making the pumpkin spice latte
Grab a microwave safe mug large enough to hold all these ingredients, or your handy dandy Pyrex measuring bowl and heat the milk and pumpkin for 3 minutes, stirring after every minute. Add the other ingredients and voila! You now have yourself a pumpkin spice latte at a fraction of the cost of one from the coffee shop. Plus, it has real pumpkin. Nothing like vegetables in your coffee to start the day off right, ha! But really, it is delicious.
Curious about the Really Raw Honey you see above? It is my very favorite honey. It’s unfiltered, unprocessed, and contains little bits of pollen and propolis. Special disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I have any formal medical training. Please consult your doctor before using honey for medicinal purposes. Researchers are looking into possible medical properties of propolis, which is a substance bees make using the sap from needle-leaved trees. Some researchers believe it to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. In addition, honey itself is antimicrobial. Did you know that archaeologists have found honey in ancient Egyptian tombs and found it to be still edible? I find that fascinating. I’m not saying it will cure diseases, but I have found this honey in particular quite useful in easing early cold symptoms. Plus, it is just delicious. Interested? You can find Really Raw Honey here if you can’t find it in you local grocery store.
After you’ve enjoyed your delicious pumpkin spice latte in peace and quiet (jk, if you are a mom there’s no such thing, right?) make sure you don’t let the rest of the canned pumpkin go to waste. You could make some pumpkin bread (anyone have a really good recipe they’d like to share? I’ve never found one I’m quite happy with). Or you could freeze the rest of the canned pumpkin in an ice cube tray for making more pumpkin spice lattes.
Perhaps you are now inspired to bring a little more fall into your home? If so check out my post on How to Make a Stunning Fall Wreath. I dare you not to drink one of these pumpkin spice lattes while making a gorgeous fall wreath for your home!
Happy latte making all you pumpkin spice lovers!