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Real Deal Pumpkin Spice Lattes


real deal pumpkin lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pumpkin #fall #recipe

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is, hands down, my favourite holiday. I love that Thanksgiving hasn’t been entirely commercialized and that there is no material gift giving involved. Thanksgiving is a lot about food, but it is also about giving thanks, and expressing your love and gratitude to those around you. I spent my food-filled weekend with loved ones eating Chinese food and a big Thanksgiving meal. Right now, my stomach is still full to the brim with sweet potato mash, green beans, brussel sprouts, stuffing, and my veggie alternative to turkey: acorn squash with purple kale and lentils. It was a wonderful end to a stressful and busy week of moving into my new home in downtown Toronto, which is why I haven’t been posting much. With no internet at home and no data on my phone, the past week has been a healthy break from the world wide web. It’s hard as a blogger, because I almost always feel the need to be on social media in order to connect with readers, potential readers, and other bloggers.

Anyway. Onto these real deal pumpkin lattes, because I’ve been meaning to share these forever.

real deal pumpkin lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pumpkin #fall #recipe

Recently, the pumpkin spice latte was declared the choice beverage of “basic bitches” around the world. Basic or not, I remain a devoted fan of not just the pumpkin spice latte, but of all things pumpkin. I think you can tell just how much I love pumpkin from the post I published last week with 31 Pumpkin Recipes To Get You Through October… Although I’m a big fan of the pumpkin spice latte, I refuse to buy the “PSL” from Starbucks. As ridiculous as this sounds, I am a pumpkin latte purist, settling only for lattes made with real pumpkin purée and real maple syrup. Not only does Starbuck’s beloved pumpkin spice latte have zero pumpkin, but the drink also contains more than 50 grams of sugar, has two doses of a carcinogenic caramel colouring made with ammonia, and artificial flavouring and preservatives. Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • espresso
  • pumpkin spice flavoured sauce
    • sugar
    • condensed nonfat milk
    • high fructose corn syrup or sweetened condensed nonfat milk
    • annatto (for colour)
    • natural and artificial flavours
    • caramel colour (class iv)
    • salt
    • potassium sorbate (preservative)
    • whip cream (whipping cream, vanilla syrup, caramel colouring, among others)

How many of those ingredients would you have at home? Not very many, I suspect. Pumpkin spice lattes are, in fact, very easy to make, and require just a few ingredients. This recipe is adapted from The Kitchn.

real deal pumpkin lattes // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #pumpkin #fall #recipe

REAL DEAL PUMPKIN LATTES
Yields two servings.
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, to top

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk the pumpkin purée with the spices over medium heat.
  2. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract, and continue to stir.
  3. Pour the milk into the saucepan. Whisk to incorporate the milk with the pumpkin, spices, maple syrup, and vanilla. While the milk is heating up, prepare your espresso.
  4. Froth the milk with a milk frother or a blender. I use an aerolatte frother, which costs around $25.
  5. Pour the espresso into two cups. Top each cup with the pumpkin spice milk, and sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Best served with a good book and a cozy sweater. Enjoy : )

What’s your favourite fall drink? Pumpkin lattes: yay or nay? Let me know in the comments below!

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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more latte recipes:
green tea latte by manu’s menu
spiced chai tea latte by dine and dish
maple cinnamon chamomile tea latte by pickles and honey 

21 Comments

  1. Roxanne
    October 14, 2014

    sounds yum! can’t wait to try this! :)

    Reply
  2. erin {yummy supper}
    October 15, 2014

    I think I may be the last woman in the western world who hasn’t tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte;) Your homemade version looks super tasty…. maybe I need to get with the program!
    xo
    Erin

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      October 15, 2014

      Erin, I am such a big fan of your blog! Thanks for stopping by. It’s okay if you haven’t tried a pumpkin spice latte yet- sometimes I think they are overrated, but I really love them when I’m in the mood for one!

      Reply
  3. amanda @ fake ginger
    October 15, 2014

    I won’t lie, I’ve had waaaaaay too many Starbucks PSLs this year. I’m totally going to start making this at home though!

    Reply
  4. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom
    October 15, 2014

    I love this recipe. Just pinned it and can’t wait to try it. Everything I love whipped up into one yummy, warming beverage.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      October 16, 2014

      Thanks Liz! If you’re feeling indulgent, these lattes are delicious topped with coconut cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon :)

      Reply
  5. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    October 15, 2014

    EVERYONE has a recipe of a PSL. I need to try one!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      October 16, 2014

      It’s never too late to start making your own! Let me know how it goes- hope you like the end result :)

      Reply
  6. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
    October 15, 2014

    I refuse to buy the “PSL’s” too. These look amazing!

    Reply
  7. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen
    October 15, 2014

    Sounds like the perfect drink to cozy up with on a cool day.

    Reply
  8. Lauren Kelly Nutrition
    October 15, 2014

    I can’t wait to make these pumpkin lattes!

    Reply
  9. Jeff the Chef
    October 15, 2014

    Nice post! Gorgeous pictures. – from a devoted pumpkin fan who also does not like the ‘Bucks PSL.

    Reply
  10. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    October 16, 2014

    Genius. The world needs to know this.

    Reply
  11. Brittney
    October 16, 2014

    YUM!! This sounds amazing!
    -Brittney

    Reply
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