Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
I have another pumpkin spiced drink for you today – a healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte. As I mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of pumpkin, but I’ve been testing some pumpkin recipes lately and here is another one of them.
I rarely buy pumpkin, but I needed to get some pumpkin pure for my new puppy, so I was tempted to try another recipe with pumpkin. I was pleasantly surprised with the pumpkin spice smoothie I made a few days ago. Every time I’ve tried a pumpkin flavored drink at Starbucks or other coffee shops, the pumpkin flavor was a little overwhelming, spices were way too strong and at times drinks tasted little fake. That’s why I gave up ordering pumpkin spice lattes. But they are our signature fall drinks here in the states and I discovered that homemade ones taste so much better. They are not as sweet and as packed with artificial flavors as the ones large coffee chains offer.
This pumpkin spice latte actually contains real pumpkin in it, and I’ve heard that for example Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte contains only pumpkin spice, but no real pumpkin.
I made my healthy homemade pumpkin spice late with a shot of espresso made with my Nespresso Pixie coffee machine. This coffee machine takes espresso to a whole new level. Coffee tastes amazing, clean up is easy and the only think I don’t like much about it is that coffee can be a little pricey. But I guess I get what you pay for.
I made a vegan version of this pumpkin spice latte, using coconut milk, but any milk can be used depending on your diet preferences.
I rarely sweeten my coffee, capuchin or latte, but agave nectar can be used to sweeten this drink. Another think I like about this drink is that you can actually control the amount of sugar in it, unlike getting it at the coffee shop. It is also much cheaper to make it home and it can be enjoyed all year-round.
Adding whipped cream is optional and I can say go right ahead. I personally decided to skip it this time, since I prefer to eat a chocolate cupcake, that add whipped cream to my drink!
All I can say is I’m starting to enjoy homemade pumpkin spice drinks . You can check out my recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie if interested.
- Prepare your espresso - long espresso, double shot espresso or 1/2 cup brewed coffee.
- Whisk milk and vanilla extract and warm it up. (Use a microwave or warm up on stove top).
- In a small bowl mix pumpkin pure, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
- Combine milk and pumpkin mixture. Transfer to a blender, add agave nectar or maple syrup and blend until smooth.
- Pour in a class and add coffee.
- Serve hot, with some cinnamon on top.
- You can definitely top your latte with whipped cream, but these are extra calories, I don't need.
I just wanted to share with you a couple of pictures of my new puppy. His name is Caesar and he is 15 weeks old English bulldog. He is a good puppy so far, likes to play, sleep and bite. He loves attention and I like spending time with him.
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