‘Tis the season of woolly sweaters, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything. So I’m doing a little series of some of my favorite pumpkin spice recipes… done Real Food style, of course.
Because I love a warm, spicy mug of coffee on a brisk morning as much as the next person…
But you know what I’m not fond of? The price tag those drinks carry.
And you know what I like even less? The amount of sugar and other crap they have in them. We’re talking on the order of 45 grams of sugar for a 12 ounce pumpkin spice drink at Starbucks, and a whopping 52 grams for the medium at Dunkin’ Donuts. Um, hello. Even without talking about “natural” flavors and milk from factory farmed cows there’s no getting around the fact that that stuff is Bad For You.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make your very own Pumpkin Spice Latte using good, wholesome ingredients. And I’m not much of a calorie counter, but I’m pretty sure you can do it all for about 6 grams of added sugar which means when you combine it with the milk you’re looking at about 19 grams of sugar.
So you can go ahead and enjoy every single pumpkin spice sip.
And just like Starbucks, this particular recipe doesn’t have a speck of pumpkin in it. Basically it’s just my plain old Start Your Day Off Right Cafe Latte all dressed up for fall!
First things first…
In order to make pumpkin spice anything, you need pumpkin spice. You can get my recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix here.
(This is the sort of thing that happens when you try to take pictures with a brand new kitten in your house.
Crappy picture of coffee, cute picture of kitten.)
Start Your Day Off Right Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 2 servings
2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole milk from grass-fed cows that is vat pasteurized and not homogenized.
1 cup brewed espresso. We use dark espresso ground coffee, and this adorable little espresso maker to brew it.
2 Tablespoons gelatin, like this – optional
2 Tablespoons butter from grass fed cows, like this
1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) pumpkin spice — get my recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix
1 Tablespoon unsulphered molasses, like this.
Brew coffee. Meanwhile, warm the milk, pumpkin spice, gelatin, and butter almost to the boiling point. We love this little pan for warming the milk.
When the milk has warmed, divide it evenly between two mugs and use a whisk to create foam, by rolling it between your hands.
When the coffee has finished brewing, pour it into a measuring cup, add the molasses, and stir it in well. Then, pouring carefully, so as not to disturb the foam, divide the coffee-molasses evenly between the two mugs.
If you like, you can add another sprinkle of pumpkin spice on top.
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