Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Claudia and I are lucky to live in the most amazing and resilient city in the world. New York City was in superstorm Sandy’s path, along with much of the east coast. The response to all of the damage, especially downtown – has been incredible. We live uptown so we still have power but the streets are still very dangerous with high winds and debris flying around.

A lot of stores are closed throughout the city, in addition to our beloved Starbucks. This morning I thought I’d make a homemade treat for Claudia and myself:  Pumpkin Spice ‘lattes.’ Not only are they cheaper than the real thing, they are actually healthier! I brewed regular coffee and added half the amount of milk. We both couldn’t believe at first sip that they taste just like the real thing! Below are my step-by-step simple instructions for creating a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte – at home!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee – Step by Step

1. Brew some strong coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.  In the microwave or over the stove heat up about a half cup of milk per cup of coffee. (I use almond milk because I like the taste.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. 2 Tbs of sugar, or 1 Tbs of sugar, plus 1 Splenda pack will do the trick for sweetness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.  1 tsp of cinnamon, and a half tsp of ‘pumpkin pie spice’ will give it all of the flavor you need. (If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, look for any of the following in your spice rack:  ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamon – use any/all very sparingly – just a pinch.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Vigorously whisk the warmed milk with the spices and sugar with a fork or a small whisk. Get it nice and frothy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6.  Pour in coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Claudia likes it the Starbucks’ way – with a yummy dollop of whipped cream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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