9.27.2016

Pumpkin Spice Lattes - Lightened!

You know it's fall when Pumpkin Spice Lattes pop up everywhere!

My teens have been running out of money lately and I know why.  They are on the pumpkin spice lattes "kick" again, and most likely have been buying them weekly at Starbucks or DD. Well, those lattes are loaded in fat and sugar with artificial colors and chemicals, and they add up to hundreds of calories.  It's time to show my girls how to make them better, quick and easy too.



This time of year, all the popular chains are displaying beautiful photos everywhere of these luscious pumpkin spice lattes topped with whipped cream; gosh it's hard not to want one yourself.

However, if you enjoy these pumpkin spice lattes as much as we do, they can definitely make you go broke and not to mention, they will add on large amounts of "unwanted calories!"
I decided to make them for my girls just to prove to them that I can make them and show them the way. They are super easy to make, and NO need for any fancy cappuccino machine to make them either. 

Just heat up some low-fat milk, carefully place it into a blender, add in some pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Then blend the milk until the milk becomes frothy. Using a blender is the quickest way to make your favorite lattes (and the cheapest) with this little kitchen tip!  Next, pour the frothy milk into mugs, add some strong brewed coffee or a shot of espresso and top each with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground  pumpkin spice.

The result? They turned into amazing lattes, with no artificial chemicals, no after-taste, and definitely lower in fat, sugar, and calories! The girls loved them as much as I did.

Now we can enjoy sipping a pumpkin spice latte in the comfort of our own home and without running out to get them. What could be better? Quick and delicious. Best of all, they're cost-effective!  ENJOY!


Here's a little tip:  Don't have an espresso or cappuccino machine?  Don't worry, NO need to have one!  Just heat up milk in a small pot on the stove. Then pour hot milk into your blender and blend on lowest speed until it becomes frothy.  Pour into mugs and add the coffee.



Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • 3 cups hot low-fat milk
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 ounces hot double-strength brewed coffee or espresso
  • whipped cream
  • 3 pinches pumpkin pie spice, as garnish

On stove top, heat milk in a small pot. Carefully transfer hot milk to a blender.  Add sugar, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice to the hot milk.  Hold a kitchen towel over the cover of the blender and hold it firmly.  Blend on low speed for a few seconds, then press medium speed until frothy.  Pour the mixture into 3 mugs, about 2/3 full.

Pour 2 ounces of hot coffee into each mug. Garnish each mug with whipped cream on top and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Yields: 3 servings

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

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19 comments:

  1. I've refrained from buying pumpkin spice lattes but that doesn't stop me from craving them! I totally want one of these homemade ones!

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  2. This sounds great. I am craving one NOW!

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  3. thank you for this! Starbucks is delicious - but expensive and all those calories - yikes! this is a gift - thanks!
    Mary x

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    1. HI Mary, So glad you understand. Thanks.

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  5. this is what I am talking about! I love pumpkin and my favorite drink at starbucks is the pumpkin latte. this looks delicious

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  6. Oh, I love that you made these. They look so tempting. I have never tried making these beverages at home, but you have inspired me to give it a go. You made it sound so easy. I do enjoy these treats, but they really do get expensive, don't they? This is definitely the way to go. Grazie!

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    1. Grazie Adri! I try to make them often to keep my teens from running out of money... I am sure you will this latte as much as we do. Enjoy !

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  7. This sounds wonderful and so perfect for Fall! love your elegant mugs, too.

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    1. Hi Amy! Thank you ! I think I bought those mugs at Target!

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  8. I need this so badly, Starbucks is putting us in the poorhouse!

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    1. Lol! You and me both! Thanks for a good laugh!
      Have a great weekend Sue!

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  9. I can't wait to try this! I can't bring myself to pay that much for a latte so this is great. Thanks

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    1. We feel the same! Have a great weekend!

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  10. What a great idea to froth the milk in a blender! This sounds delicious.

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  11. We make them all the time, especially when we have guests stay for the weekend, So much fun making them in the morning! Have a great weekend Sue!
    Xo

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  12. Love those lattes, but not the price. We just got a Starbucks in our area- I've managed to steer myself away for the most part, and this will make it even easier. Love the blender tip- I'll be trying it this weekend! :)

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  13. So glad to hear! You're very welcome!

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