This pumpkin spiced latte recipe will give Starbucks a run for their money – trust me.
If you are a fan of all things sugar and spice and pumpkin and Autumn (or Fall) then you’ll love love this very easy recipe to make for the spookiest month of the year.
Of course, channeling my inner Fall and Autumn for my face spooky season halloween can be super challenging (as I have mentioned before), as it’s very warm here in Australia and the season is actually spring. So where I probably should be celebrating all things floral and pretty, I am channeling my inner Autumn and Fall coated with a sprinkle of pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin pies.
I do spend the months of September and November enjoying the whole spring fling vibe and only really focus on channeling my fave season for the month of Halloween. So in two weeks I will be back to my old Spring self.
Though I am not a huge fan of Starbucks coffee, they do make an amazing pumpkin spiced latte and I absolutely love enjoying a sneaky one here and there during the month of October for Halloween. And I feel super blessed that we are able to enjoy this delicious treat when it’s not really a major celebration here in Australia. Especially as it’s not really Autumn (or Fall).
The thing is, I am seriously trying to cut down on my sugar. So, I decided this year to experiment a little in the kitchen and attempt to make my very own pumpkin spiced latte at home. And here’s what I came up with.
For the spices:
- 1 x teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
These spices are great for keeping in a container in the cupboard for use in a variety of yummy recipes, like pumpkin pie (recipe for that coming this weekend). So if you need to double up the ingredients so you have them on standby, you can do that.
For the pumpkin:
- You’ll need at least 1 cup of pumpkin puree
Much like your spices, you can make extra pumpkin puree and keep in the fridge for other recipes, like soups, pumpkin pie, more lattes or even yummy pancakes.
To make the puree, you’ll need to either steam or boil up half a butternut pumpkin, or any other type of pumpkin of your choice. I do favour steaming it over boiling, as there will be less water afterwards.
This means, even after steaming, before you puree the pumpkin, you do need to remove as much moisture as possible so the puree is not too wet. If you boil it, then it takes more time to reduce the water out of the pumpkin before you puree.
Now it’s time to make the latte – here’s what you’ll need to make ONE pumpkin spiced latte only.
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spices
- You can also add in star anise if you wish (maybe just one or two)
- 1 cup of chosen milk ( I alway use almond, it tastes delicious)
- Strong coffee. You can either use espresso, instant or French press. Just as long as it’s strong coffee. I had an espresso machine, so that’s what I use.
- Extra cinnamon for sprinkling
- Whipped cream if you want it
First you’ll need to make your coffee, especially if you are using a French press, or having in instant, as you need prep time to make the coffee. As I use an espresso machine, I don’t need to make right away.
In a pot on the stove, pour in your milk, the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and star anise (if you’re using it) and bring to the boil. Switch off and strain the mixture into a bowl or pouring cup.
NOTE: depending how sweet you like your lattes, you can add in one teaspoon of sugar (brown or raw is best). However I am cutting sugar from my diet, so I don’t use any.
Pour your coffee into a mug and then pour in your pumpkin spiced milk. Top with whipped cream and then sprinkle with your extra cinnamon.
If you like to add a little more sweetness, you can also drizzle some caramel topping overt the whipped cream too. Entirely up to you.
And there you have it, your very own Pumpkin Spiced Latte, which I guarantee, will give the Starbucks one a real run for their money.