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Enjoy a holiday-inspired latte and save a few bucks at the same time…

Enjoy a holiday-inspired latte and save a few bucks at the same time... Follow Me on Pinterest Gourmet coffee houses separate many of us from quite a few dollars around the holidays on drinks like this pumpkin spice latte. Save a few bucks and use quality ingredients at the same time to splurge at home.

This recipe requires actual pumpkin puree, though you will get a richer flavor out of butternut squash (and maintain the holiday “orange” theme at the same time). We keep a container of extra puree in the refrigerator during the holiday season for recipes just such as this.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (dairy or coconut)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or puree of any winter squash)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 3 parts cinnamon to 1 part each nutmeg and ginger)
  • 1/2-1 cup strong coffee
  • Whipped cream and spices for serving.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Steps

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  1. Except for the whipped cream and spices, combine all ingredients in a sauce pan.
  2. Warm the mixture to drink temperature — close to boiling if you want a very hot drink.
  3. Move the ingredients to a blender, add the spices, and blend for about two minutes to make a fluffier mixture. (If your kitchen is as cold as ours, you may wish to warm your blender in advance.)
  4. Pour the mixture into individual cups, add a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of the spice blend.

This recipe makes two large lattes.