Mmmmmmm… Spiced Pumpkin Lattes

Ok, so these aren’t TRULY truly lattes, for the uber legalistic baristas among us. They are, however, WAY cheaper than you will find if you run to a coffee shop, and not particularly difficult, either.

Spiced Pumpkin Lattes (makes about 10 cups, but you can easily halve or quarter)

4 cups milk
2 cups brewed coffee
1/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp powdered creamer (if you don’t want chemicals, use a couple splashes of cream)
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice

Throw it all together on stove or in microwave. If you heat on stove, stir every so often, and heat on medium-low. Don’t let it boil. If you nuke it, stop every 90 sec or so to stir and tell how long you need to heat it. You DON’T want it to boil, though.

VERY important step: After this is heated, you must strain it. Otherwise, you will NOT be impressed with the grit at the bottom of your cup, lol.

This is not as icky-sweet as a coffee shop version, but if you want it that way, add some more sugar. Tweak as you like. Add more spices, top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg, whatevah.

I can’t wait to make this on a truly frigid morning, after I’ve dropped kids off at school, and sitting down to do Bible study or before I start laundry or whatever. It just sounds so warm and cozy. Oh, I also think this would be really good even if you put the ingredients together and froze them so it’d be ready when you are, OR you could thaw it just a bit and throw it in the blender. Yummy!

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