Five Minute Pumpkin Spice Latte #PSL

DSC_0232While I agree that the pumpkin craze that starts in October and whips into a frenzy by Thanksgiving is a bit ridiculous, I usually join in the fun and pick up a few cans of pumpkin puree at the grocery store.  Yesterday I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Pork Tenderloin {in your Crockpot} and today I’m continuing the pumpkin love with a simple recipe to make the Starbucks’ classic Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Starbucks debuted this drink in 2004 after, according to their company legend, the recipe was born in a lab when testers tried espressos with pumpkin pie.   If you’ve got a little extra time you can skip Starbucks and make this delicious and easy drink first thing in the morning or as an after dinner treat.  Take it up a notch by spooning on some whipped cream and sprinkles of nutmeg and cinnamon before serving!

What to buy (serves 2):

  • 2 and 1/2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • whipped cream, optional

What to do:

  • combine all of your ingredients (except whipped cream) in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat
  • pour into mugs and enjoy!




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