CounterCultural Kitchen: DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

Dad’s old espresso machine back in action

Has anyone else seen the number of #PSL tags on Twitter and Instagram recently? Belonging to a family who abstains from Starbucks, unless it is the only decent coffee at the services, I had no idea what a PSL was or why everyone was crazy about it. So I did a little bit of research on good ol’ Pinterest and discovered that these were in fact Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Starbuck’s biggest Autumn/Fall seller. All the flavours of autumn combined with the warming comfort of a milky latte. It sounded too good to be true…

Unfortunately, these autumn warmers are too good to be true. Not only are they a Starbucks speciality (a.k.a. no-go zone) but they are about 300 calories a go. Considering that I’m aiming to get down to around 10 stone or a comfortable size 12, 300 calories in a drink iwas something I wanted to avoid. And I couldn’t imagine I was the only one… So on turning to Pinterest again I sought out some skinny PSL recipes to make at home and add to my food board. I pinned two different ones but in the end I went for The Happier Homemaker‘s recipe (here). And as the result was so darn tasty I thought I would share a little of the pumpkin spice love with you.

pumpkin spice latte food recipe

I did make a few alternatives to Melissa’s original recipe but nothing too dramatic. Firstly, rural supermarkets aren’t great at stocking slightly obscure ingredients. So instead of pumpkin puree, I used tinned pumpkin and puree it through a nylon sieve. It works pretty well but it means you have a whole tin of pumpkin to use. I also don’t own pumpkin pie spice so use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger instead. I personally like it heavy on the cinnamon but when I made it for Annabel we had more ginger so there is more flexibility with the flavours.

I used (l to R): ground cinnamon, Alpro almond milk, decaffeinated coffee
tinned solid pumpkin, Tate & Lyle light brown sugar, ground nutmeg, Madagascan vanilla extract.

Stirring everything apart from the coffee together.

Add coffee to the pumpkin-milk mixture and voila, one pumpkin spice latte!

I’ve made a couple of these since the original testing and can highly recommend them. Just the thing to warm you up now the drizzle of autumn has arrived. Thank you Melissa for adding this little bit of joy into my autumn!

Enjoy! xxx

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