Every October my taste buds are delightfully pleased when the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean release their seasonal sips. Whether it’s a peppermint flavored mocha or an eggnog latte, I’m always a sucker for hot drinks and sweet treats. While store-bought specialty drinks will run you anywhere from 300 to 500 calories for about $4 a pop, homemade versions are healthier, just as satisfying and practically free!
I have a particular love for Starbucks’ famed Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s warm, inviting and intoxicatingly good. As luck would have it, I recently found a lovely recipe that’s reminiscent of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Upon the discovery of this recipe, I took matters into my own hands and changed it up to my liking. The result? It’s a little something I like to call the Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte.
Not only is my recipe healthier, it’s fairly easy to make using the following 10 ingredients…
Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons coffee
- 1 cup milk (regular, almond, rice, or soy)
- 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
- 2 tablespoons Light CoolWhip
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
Using the above ingredients, follow these steps to make your own Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte:
- Brew one cup of coffee using water and coffee.
- In saucepan over low heat, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey. (Optional: You can also mix these ingredients in a blender first and then pour the mixture into a saucepan for heating.)
- Add in coffee and mix well.
- Stir mixture for another minute or two until hot.
- Pour half of the mixture into your favorite mug, top it off with Light CoolWhip and a dash of nutmeg. Enjoy!
Are you going to make my Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte?
If you have another restaurant inspired recipe, share it in the comments below!