Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you are anything like me, you find it almost impossible to pass Starbucks at this time of year.  You know what I mean, right?  It’s the fall weather, the leaves are changing, the stores are selling holiday items and your favorite Latte Stand is advertising Pumpkin Spice Latte’s – $5 Today Only.  Yep, five buckaroo’s for one little drink, and that’s if you’re being good and only get the medium sized one.  Well, today I’m going to show you just how easy and quick it is to make your own at home.  You don’t even need a fancy shmancy espresso maker.  Yes, really.

Here’s the ingredients: strong coffee (brewed in the coffee maker or espresso machine), milk, pumpkin puree from a can, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and some whipped cream on top!  You can even make the milk mixture ahead, pop it in the fridge in a sealed container and have it on hand for a quick latte in the morning.

Imagine how much money you’ll save not going to the latte stand every day?

You can thank me later.

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups milk (any % you choose)
4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso
canned whipped cream

1 Add the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil.  Remove from heat and add to a blender.  Blend on high until the milk begins to froth, about 2 minutes.  Divide milk mixture between two mugs.  Add the coffee slowly down the side so you don’t disturb the milk froth, add a squirt of whipped cream and a pinch more of the pumpkin pie spice and enjoy.

NOTE:  Alternatively, you could add the milk mixture to a 2 cup Pyrex measure and heat in the microwave to the desired temperature.

Make 2 – 10 ounce latte’s

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