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This week, Starbucks unveiled their infamous “Pumpkin Spice Latte” or as many fans call it “the PSL” to the special customers that want to unlock a code in order to have their overpriced Pumpkin drink before the actual unveil of Sept 2nd.

Not only is Starbucks’ (and pretty much ALL coffeehouses’ “pumpkin” drinks) NOT made with any Actual Pumpkin,( Read This Article to Find out why), it is way over priced and cost you a fortune at over $3 for the smallest size…

Making your own is a cheaper and healthier option for you, plus its pretty easy! Here’s the Recipe:

You will Need:

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Ingredients (serves 2)
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper (for your liking)
2 tablespoons sugar (or a natural sugar substitute like Stevia)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk (or your preferred milk/milk substitute)
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup (or dark roast coffee)
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form

Equipment
Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
Saucepan
Wooden spoon
Whisk
Blender

Instructions

  1. Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.PSL-8051
  2. Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.
  3. Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  4. Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended. (I recommend getting a Milk frothier/steamer like this one from Target)
  5. Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired(Recipe and Photos Courtesy of thekitchn.com)

For an even “Skinnier” Version, try adding MochaTonix in Cappuccino Flavor for a “fat-burning pumpkin latte” 🙂

Will you try this one at home?