Pumpkin Spiced Latte

I think it’s universally understood…Fall is just lovely.  Even if you’re not a baker or some sort of homemaker…you get a hint of that different smell in the air.  I love it.  I officially have my “Harvest” decorations on my front door and all the ornamental pumpkins and gourds are strewed about.  Today I wore rust-colored pants with a mustard-yellow shirt, and brown suede oxfords…yep, I’m Fall’s poster child.

I love cardigans.

I love driving around town and seeing pumpkins and scarecrows piled up at street corners.

I love having the excuse for my house to smell like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

While I was in North Carolina I bought this bar of soap at a little Amish food store.  The soap is made with olive and coconut oil, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.  It has a festive harvest-looking ribbon tied around it.  It’s going to smell like I’ve been baking in the bathroom!  Gross?  No way!!

Jason and I actually started dating in the Fall, and that is really the best reason to love the season for me.  We fall all back in stupid love and reminisce our first times together.  I love Halloween.  It’s my absolute favorite holiday.  I have no idea what we are going to do for Halloween this year…I don’t know if I can beat last year’s costume.  I actually got a wedding dress from a thrift shop for around $20 bucks!  I painted my own face, of course.

 

 

Well for those of you who may not care too much about Fall — I bet you love coffee nonetheless.  In order to keep this time extra special…I only make these in the Fall.  Isn’t that fun?  Quick story:  Growing up my mom was always so good about making holidays extra fun for me and my brother.  We lived out on a farm and didn’t really have any neighbors.  We did what we could to entertain ourselves, which trust me…throwing M60’s in canals, building our own ant farm and testing how long it would take the sun to fry a piece of bologna in a shoe box lined with tin foil was enough.  …but when it came to holidays like Halloween and all of our friends were trick-or-treating…we didn’t have any houses to visit.  Our grandmother lived next door — but she gave us candy all the time!  No fun.  Anyway, mom always had her own little traditions.  Long story short — every Halloween she would make Witch’s Brew.  AND ONLY ON HALLOWEEN.  I found out many years later…that Witch’s Brew was only chili.  Chili!!  At any rate, we had chili every Halloween evening.  🙂

Kind of the same thing with these pumpkin spiced lattes.  I only make them in October…and they are truly worth the wait.

Make moments like these special.  Spend time with the folks you love and truly make the time count.  Look at me becoming a softy at the cusp of the holidays!  Ahahhh!  Enjoy.

 

Ingredients

The following amounts will be enough for two good-sized mugs…so enjoy it with someone!

  • 1 c. brewed coffee (I would recommend unflavored, but today I used Texas Pecan which was outstanding.)
  • 2 c. coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut nectar (you can use maple syrup here if you prefer)
  • 1.5 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of cocoa powder

 

Process

  1. Start by brewing your coffee — however you like it.  As I said — unflavored is probably best, but if you have a flavored coffee that would compliment the pumpkin flavoring then go for it.
  2. Combine your coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and nectar in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, using a whisk to incorporate.  Cook until coconut milk begins to bubble up and get foamy.
  3. Remove from heat and add your vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.  Whisk spices in and blend well.
  4. Pour coconut milk mixture into two mugs — only about halfway up.
  5. Then, pour your hot coffee into the coconut milk — filling up each mug until it’s full.
  6. Top each mug with just a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

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5 Responses to “Pumpkin Spiced Latte”

  1. Oh my god, Kevin and I totally did the Day of the Dead thing last year! I didn’t get a wedding dress, but I had a long skirt and a wrap and Kevin did our makeup. It is such a fun costume and it was cheap. 🙂 I also have no idea what I am going to do this year!

    I might have to try that latte this weekend…looks yummy and I love pumpkin.

    • jennifer says:

      Haha yeah Jason dressed up like a groom with his face painted! I actually loved the photos of us so much that I got one printed on my debit card and every time I hand it to a cashier they say, “oh ya’ll got married that way!?” haha…no…just Halloween. 🙂

  2. Oh snap, thank you very much for posting this! I found an awesome recipe for an Iced Green Tea Latte. You should try it, it was a piece of cake(lol)! So delicious!

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