Prep Time: 10-15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Pumpkins are the only vegetable I actually enjoy eating so I try to put them in all of my food. Luckily for me, September is nearly here and they will soon be bountiful and in season! Naturally, not only do I like to cook with pumpkins, but I enjoy adding this versatile vegetable to my coffee. Yes, I am indeed one of those people who adore the pumpkin spice latte. I figure that if I’m going to be a cliché, I may as well do it properly, and make the darn latte myself, right?
Also, I live far away from any Starbucks (woe is me), so nipping to the shop is not an option. Do we even know what’s in those drinks, anyway? Tasty as they are, sometimes you need to take your latte into your own hands.
Here is my vegan version of the pumpkin spice latte. If you like your beverage much sweeter (no judgments) you can substitute the pumpkin filling for pumpkin pie filling. I no longer do this, as I have a compulsion to eat the entire tin.
- Makes 2 servings.
- ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup of maple syrup. You may also substitute this with simple syrup, made from cane sugar if you prefer a less maple taste, or are not Canadian.
- Hot, strong coffee – about 6 cups.
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice – which is basically just a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract (I like my lattes nutty). You may also use vanilla.
- 2 cups of non-dairy milk. I prefer sweetened coconut milk for this recipe, but it doesn’t really matter if you use soy, almond, sweetened or unsweetened. I say, use what you like.
- Make your coffee.
- Mix the puree, syrup and coffee in a pot at medium heat.
- Add in the non-dairy milk, spices, and almond extract, making sure to stir constantly.
- Stir until well mixed (a couple minutes should do it).
- Pour the mixture through a strainer into your mugs.
- Dust with extra cinnamon.
For a more “adult” drink, or aperitif, instead of adding almond extract, substitute 1 shot of amber rum to the mixture before serving.
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