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Friday, November 6, 2009

Pumpkin Latte

One of my favorite things about fall is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I first noticed them at Starbuck's years ago, and now it seems like every major coffee place carries a version of this delicious drink. As good as they are, I find it hard to shell out almost $5 for a drink, so last year I found this Pumpkin Latte recipe. I really enjoyed! Bob has a bit of a problem with the texture of the drink (it has pure pumpkin puree in it so it's not quite as smooth as the more artificial drinks out there). What I like is that you can make this recipe any way you want (kind of like at Starbuck's!) - decaf, half caf, lower sugar, etc. It's a nice alternative that allows you to stay in your warm cozy home and save a little money for the upcoming holiday season! :)

Pumpkin Latte

Serves 2 (8-ounce servings)

1 cup strong coffee
2/3 cup (5-ounce can) evaporated fat free milk
1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 to 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

Optional toppings:
whipped cream
sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

1. Combine coffee, evaporated milk, pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in a 2-cup microwave-safe glass measure or small saucepan. Heat until very hot. If using stove, use medium-low heat and stir occasionally.

2. Carefully pour into mugs. Top as desired.

Tip: To make a foamy top to your latte, prepare as above and carefully transfer the mixture to a blender. Cover with lid, hold lid down with folded towel or potholder. Blend for 1 minute, then serve.

Source: Adapted from


  1. My sister would love this.

  2. I love pumpkin lattes but have never thought to make them at home - great recipe.

  3. I love the idea of using pumpkin puree. I can imagine it just kicks up the flavor beyond anything Starbucks can create. I need to try this as I am with you, I find it hard to pay $5 for a latte. Crazy.

  4. This one's so interesting, I have never even heard about pumpkin in a latte! I must to try this one! :)

  5. What a yummy treat to make at home! I bet this is so much better than anything you can buy. This has the real thing in it - not flavoring! Delicious!

  6. Looks great! I love hot beverages of all stripes.

    Heh, I used to work at a Starbucks and I remember people would get furious when they couldn't get seasonal drinks out of season. It was kind of amusing.

  7. Oh My! I'm gonna love making this! And we get to make it all year!

  8. LOVE this! I am totally making one tomorrow! I like that you can get it frothy by putting in the blender too - yum!

  9. Ooh, I cannot wait to try this because of the actual pumpkin in it. I always look forward to the pumpkin lattes at Starbucks and right now I'm counting the days until the gingerbread latte is back! It's so fun to have seasonal things to look forward to!

  10. Surprisingly I don't make too many drink recipes--but I think I should totally start with this one, yumm!

  11. I'm so happy you posted this recipe. I absolutely love pumpkin and this looks great for the holiday season. I actually work with Del Monte, and if you're looking to expand our dessert file, there are these new Fruit Chillers out that are great for frozen desserts. If you want to check out our site, you can get a recipe for a great homemade frozen yogurt! :) Check it out and get some coupons too


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