My obsession with pumpkin is growing.
I have been drinking pumpkin lattes like it is my job.
I know many people who wait anxiously for their favorite coffee shops to bring out the pumpkin flavored coffees and lattes in the fall. I was never a huge fan, since cinnamon is not my favorite flavor. I wait for the Peppermint Mocha during the holidays.
My brother in law mentioned a few weeks ago that he tried a pumpkin coffee at a very popular coffee chain. He said it was gross.
So I did some sleuthing and found out why.
America runs on coffee + Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
A syrup that has artificial flavors, preservatives and 34 grams of sugar! (in a medium coffee).
(I apologize if I just ruined your favorite morning beverage)
I like to think my pumpkin latte is just as delicious, and a whole lot healthier.
- prepare one shot of espresso or 2 oz of very strong coffee
- mix 1/3 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
- heat milk/pumpkin and add to coffee
- stir in 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup
- garnish with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Since the cinnamon is not my favorite I add 1/2-1 teaspoon to my espresso (or coffee) grounds, so I just get a hint of spice.
I also use the frothing attachment on my espresso maker to steam my milk.
Its not a big deal if you don’t have one, but they make a nice, inexpensive milk frother at IKEA.
|Under 75 calories and less than 13 grams of sugar|
The maple syrup in this is wonderful!
You may want to make a double.