Monday, 28 November 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte season at Starbucks may be over but you can still enjoy delicious Pumpkin Spice Lattes all winter long. Last year I discovered a great Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe online but I quickly realized that I was wasting my money. The recipe called for a tablespoon or two of pumpkin puree and all I can find are big cans of it, so I would make a few lattes and then forget about the rest of the puree for a week or two. By the time I came across it in the fridge I am sure it was well past it's prime. So I pretty much forgot about making my own PSLs and this incredible hot chocolate became my new favorite winter drink.

Last month I came across a blog called gluten free easily and when I saw their recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes I knew I must subscribe to the post right away.

There are many reasons this recipe has me hooked:

  1. It's for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
  2. It is delicious with or without espresso (kid-friendly!).
  3. It is so much healthier than the Starbucks version (actual pumpkin, natural sweetener of your choice).
  4. It is very inexpensive compared to the Starbucks version.
  5. There is no waste. This recipe has two parts to it...First you make pumpkin butter, which lasts much longer in the fridge than pumpkin puree, and then you just use it as needed. Apparently it's supposed to stay good for about 6 months in the fridge but I know that in my house it will always be used up long before then.
  6. It's multi-purpose. The pumpkin butter can be used for all sorts of things! Spread it on your biscuits, waffles, crackers, mix it in with plain yogurt.
  7. You can use whichever type of milk you prefer - regular, almond, rice, soy, lactose free...and you can customize it by the cup.
  8. It makes a great gift, and with Christmas coming up this is going to come in really handy. Fill a mason jar, tie a little ribbon around it, and attach a small card with directions. Perfect little Christmas gift idea for someone who already has everything or who is difficult to buy for.
  9. Oh's gluten free!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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