It’s fall, which means it’s once again pumpkin spice latte season! Instead of pulling out your wallets to drop cash on one from a coffee shop, head to the grocery store. There’s only a few ingredients to pick up to make cup after cup of this fall favorite. Plus, this recipe makes a Homemade Real Pumpkin Spice Latte that blows all these cafes out of the water.
It’s really pretty simple to make this pumpkiny brew. My favorite part of making this drink at home, is that I get to use my coffee of choice. I’m sure like most of you, there’s a certain brand and blends that I like more than others. What’s better than taking coffee I already enjoy and kicking it up a few notches with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and even a dollop of homemade whipped cream. There’s one special ingredient that I add to my pumpkin spice lattes and I definitely recommend trying it. Fresh ground black pepper. I know it sounds a little crazy, but trust me, it’s so worth it!
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Fresh ground black pepper (highly recommended but optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
- Heavy Cream for whipping
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it's hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.
- Add the sugar and continue to stir until you have what looks like a pumpkin syrup.
- Remove from heat and set aside
- Using a whisk, add in the cream and the vanilla and warm over medium heat, continually whisking so that it doesn't scorch or boil over.
- Pour into blender or use a hand blender until frothy and completely blended
- Using a whisk or handmixer and beat until stiff peaks are formed
- Into an oversized mug, add the pumpkin mixture, and coffee or expresso,
- Add the frothed milk slowly
- Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The healthy measure of black pepper cuts through the sweet of this drink and adds a unique spicy flavor. I highly recommend this!
What no pumpkin pie spice in the house? Make your own.
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground mace
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Add each spice in the exact order listed in a medium mixing bowl. Don't skip any of the spices.
- Using a whisk, carefully blend the spices together .
- Pour into a small ball jar and cap tightly, store in a cool dark location.
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