Although it does not feel like Fall it is, which means that Pumpkin spice is all over the place. From September 1st to October 31st all you hear about is pumpkin spice. Well, I am here to tell you all about my budget-friendly pumpkin spice latte. With my open up my own coffee shop, I cannot keep giving Starbucks $6 for a grande PSL with almond milk. I could drink them daily but if I do I will end up poor. So, I decided to look on Pinterest and find an easy pumpkin spice latte that won’t break my pockets. I had to go through several recipes before I found one that I liked. Sometimes Pinterest can go overboard with the ingredients and equipment that they want you to have, so found the simplest one. The recipe that I used also gave recipes to how to make homemade almond milk, vanilla extract, whipped cream, and cold brew coffee. I didn’t try any of them because it was way too much work and I am always on a time limit. But what I did like about the recipe was it was short and to the point. A lot of blogs do that whole 3 page back story that no one cares about then give you a recipe. This recipe was right to the point. I actually had all the intendants which surprised me because I normally am missing something. The recipe is seen below.
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice season
½ cup of coffee
Brew 1/2 cups of fresh strong coffee or if you have an espresso machine, pour 2 fresh espresso shots.
In a small pan set over medium heat, measure in the pumpkin puree and sweetener, then slowly stir in the almond milk. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the pumpkin and sweetener dissolve and the mixture is steaming. (Do not let it boil.) Remove from the burner and mix in the vanilla extract and slowly add the pumpkin pie spice while stirring so it doesn’t clump.
Pour 1/2 cup of coffee into a medium to large mug then pour the pumpkin spice milk mixture into the mug until it reaches the top
Stir well, garnish with whipped cream (regular or dairy-free), sprinkle with ground cinnamon or extra pumpkin pie spice, and serve immediately.
I thought this recipe was easy and it tastes good. I ended up having a lot of milk left over so I just saved it in a mason jar for tomorrow. If I was to make this again I would cut the milk to ¾ of a cup. So that it is nothing left over. I am glad I found this recipe because of It just as good as Starbucks coffee. If I want a stronger pumpkin taste all I have to do is add more pumpkin spice. The most expensive ingredient was the pumpkin spice which was on sale for 4.49 and you only need ½ of a teaspoon. Which means you can get your money worth, you make PSL all year around.
So, after a few days, I tried the left-over milk and I did not like it. I would rather make it fresh every morning. This recipe must be adjusted with the milk everything else will be good. This recipe took about 7 min to make at tops which is about how long you wait for Starbucks when they are busy.
Please try this recipe at home and let me know what you think. The link to the original recipe is below.