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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

By JulieVR |

It’s that time of year – when pumpkin spice lattes pop up on Starbucks menu boards and I gaze longingly at anyone walking by with a cup, wondering which of the festive flavors they’ve picked. Of course as a freelancer I don’t have the budget for a daily take-out latte, so it’s nice to know that not only can I brew a good cup of coffee at home, I can whip up an authentic pumpkin spice latte to sip at my desk, or share with friends, at a fraction of the cost.

Although it seems like a coffee shop extravagance, it really doesn’t require special skills to make your own. If you don’t have a coffee maker, use instant – I prefer instant espresso, which has a smoother flavor. Now to whip up a batch of Starbucks petite vanilla bean scones to serve alongside…

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

adapted from AllRecipes

3 cups whole milk, warmed
1 Tbsp. sugar, or to taste
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3/4-1 cup double-strength brewed coffee
lightly whipped cream
a shake of pumpkin pie spice

Combine the hot milk, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; blend until frothy. Pour the mixture into 2-3 coffee mugs, filling them about 2/3 full. Divide the coffee between the mugs, and top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Serves 2-3.

For more delicious ideas, check out Julie’s other Family Kitchen posts or visit her blog, Dinner with Julie! Join Julie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for updates!


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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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