There are so many wonderful things to enjoy during the fall season, like the crisp, cool air, the changing colors of the leaves, and of course, all things pumpkin flavored. One of the most popular treats at this time of the year is a warm, delicious pumpkin spice latte. Luckily, you do not need to leave home in order to enjoy one. Here’s a simple recipe for how to make a DIY pumpkin spice latte:
First, you will need to gather up all the necessary ingredients. It may require a quick trip to the store, unless you typically bake pumpkin pies. You will need pumpkin pie spice, canned pumpkin, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and 2 shots of espresso.
Start by heating up 2 tablespoons of pumpkin in a saucepan. Add about a teaspoon of spice, stirring continuously over medium heat. Next, slowly stir in about 2 tablespoons of sugar. One of the benefits of making this drink at home is that you can control the sugar amount, so add less if you need to. You could also switch out the sugar for a substitute sweetener, if necessary.
The mixture should thicken up and bubble before you add the milk. Once it’s become syrupy, you can whisk in 2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Make sure that you whisk constantly, keeping it over medium heat, and not allowing it to boil over.
Next you will need to transfer the mixture to a blender. Be careful, as it will be very hot, and you don’t want to burn yourself. Be sure you have secured the lid on the blender before turning it on. Allow the mixture to become frothy to ensure that it’s blended completely.
Finally, you will need to prepare the espresso. Pour it into a mug until it is half full, and then add the mixture on top. Stir with a spoon, and enjoy!