Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Real Food Pumpkin Spice Latte

You know I'm a fan of Starbucks, but since our family's journey towards "real food," I have been trying to avoid going there as much (and when I do, I get Tazo tea sweetened with honey).  After hearing that Pumpkin Spice Lattes arrived in stores last week, I knew I had to recreate it at home!

This recipe is easy, cheap, and much healthier than the drink offered at Starbucks!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (original recipe found here)

6 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. heavy cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. sucanat (or desired sweetener)
6 ounces milk
12 ounces strong coffee or espresso
additional milk, for frothing (if desired)
additional cinnamon (for sprinkling on top, if desired)

In a small food processor, combine pumpkin puree, heavy cream, vanilla extract, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, sucanat, and milk.  Pulse until smooth.  Evenly divide mixture between two mugs.  Heat in the microwave until hot (about a minute).  Add 6 ounces of coffee or espresso to each mug.

(Optional) Heat a few Tablespoons of milk in the microwave and use a hand-held frother (or an espresso machine attachment) to froth the milk.  Pour on top of your lattes and swirl.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Serves 2.

Enjoy!

This latte goes perfectly with one of these pumpkin muffins!
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