It has begun: pumpkin flavored everything. And I will not apologize for it. I love love love pumpkin treats and admit to shelling out the $4 for a small pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks a couple weeks ago. I immediately regretted paying that much for a small coffee when I found this recipe from Recipe Girl. It tastes just like it! And I can alter it to how pumpkin-y I'm feeling. I can't believe I just said "pumpkin-y." Anyway, save your money and check out the steps below to make your own pumpkin spice latte!
You need 1/2 cup of milk (whatever percentage you like but whole will be richer), 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie purée, and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Recipe girl also taught me how to make my own pumpkin pie spice. Just mix up some allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Super easy.
You don't have to use the whole mixture and, in fact, I probably only used 1/4 for my small mug. At first I used a lot of it but it was way too much when I tried it. It really depends on how you like your coffee, how strong your coffee is, and how much you're drinking. I like my coffee strong and dark (please no "like my men" jokes) hence only using 1/4 of the pumpkin mixture. It was enough to get the pumpkin taste and it was yummy!
-your caffeinated friend, lisa