Using real pumpkin puree makes this SOOOOO much better than Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte - and making it at home makes it so much more affordable too! You can make it sugar-free, dairy-free, whatever you like! I would drink this every day - but probably skip the whipped cream (well, maybe every other day. . .).
Step 1: Ingredients
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 shots espresso (or really strong coffee if you don't have access to an espresso maker - which I don't)
Step 2: Brew Some High-octane Coffee
I made my coffee triple strength!
To learn about how to make perfect espresso, check out this great Instructable, Espresso Coffee.
Step 3: Prepare Milk Solution
If you have a steam wand on your espresso maker, completely combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and spice, and froth it up. Once you've achieve a nice head, sink the wand in to heat the milk. Make sure you clean your steam wand immediately!
Step 4: Assemble
After your milk is heated, add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Give it a good whirl with a frother or immersion blender.
Gently add your coffee or espresso to the milk.
Step 5: Decorate
Dress your pumpkin spice latte with some freshly whipped cream, a cinnamon stick, and some fresh shaved nutmeg, and you've just shown Starbucks where to stick it!