Starbucks has their pumpkin spice latte and frappacino back for the fall season. This is wonderful because I love it so much, but it's terrible because I love it so much! We all know Starbucks is expensive and it doesn't help control my "girlish figure" (I use the term loosely as we all know I have more of a "plump figure"). Since Nick and I are desperate to save some money, I went searching for a copy cat recipe. I just found this yesterday, so I have not had the chance to try it out, but seems legit and YUMMY!
As much as I hate to just copy and paste someone elses blog posts, I feel there is no other way to share this with you, so a big huge THANK YOU to Ariela over at Baking and Books for her post about Pumpkin Spice Latte II. Here is her recipe:
Pumpkin Spice Latte II (Ariela's Recipe)
- Ingredients: Makes 2 servings
- 1 level tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1 cup milk (whole if you dare!)
- 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar (packed and leveled)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (+ a pinch for dusting later)
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups strong coffee (brewed using 2 tbs per 1 cup of water)
You can also use a shot or two of espresso instead of coffee.
- 4 tablespoons Coffeemate creamer
- 4 to 8 teaspoons of granulated sugar
- Whipped cream
Begin brewing coffee.
In a blender puree the milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour into a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the milk is warm and begins to froth slightly. (About 4-5 minutes.) Remove from heat.
For each serving: Pour 1/2 cup of the pumpkin mixture into your coffee mug. Add 2 generous tablespoons of Coffeemate creamer. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, then add 1 cup of brewed coffee. Add 2 to 4 teaspoons of sugar (depending on how sweet you like your drink, I added 3 tsps.) Top off with a touch more ‘pumpkin milk’ then cover with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.
I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT! THANKS ARIELA!
Now I'm off to search for a copy cat of the Pumpkin Spice Frappacino (both coffee based and creme based). Let me know if you find it first!
Please share your favorite drink recipe in the comments section below, either straight out or with a link back to your Thirsty Thursday post. If you do post a Thirsty Thursday on your blog, please link back to this post so others can join in the YUM!
You may also want to find other yummy comfort foods for fall over at Life As a Mom.