Fall Spice Latte

fall spice latte

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If you have been following the blog for a while or flipped back through the archives, you may have noticed my affinity for a certain round, orange fall vegetable. From this you may also have inferred that I’m one of those people who enjoy a certain oft-maligned seasonal latte from a particular coffee chain.

Guilty as charged! I do, in fact, partake in an annual PSL. However, the drink is too sweet and rich (not to mention pricey) to drink frequently. And because I own a fancy coffeemaker designed for lattes, I’m plagued with guilt about buying a special drink that theoretically I should be able to make at home.

So this, friends, is my answer to the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. It’s not a direct substitute, of course. You’ll quickly note the lack of pumpkin (though until this year, the Starbucks version didn’t have any either). This drink instead relies on the spice part of the equation, with plenty of warm cinnamon accented by touches of earthy nutmeg, spicy ginger and peppery cloves. Maple syrup provides a forward sweetness*, while the molasses adds greater depth and richness.

(*One note on that point: This is not a super-sweet drink. With the amounts of maple syrup and molasses listed, it’s noticeably and pleasantly sweet, but not “drinkable pie filling” sweet like that beloved PSL. Adjust the amounts as you wish.)

pumpkin pie spice
My homemade stash of pumpkin pie spice.
This spice blend is also great in oatmeal, applesauce and baked goods.
This spice blend is also great in oatmeal, applesauce and baked goods.

You can use a commercial pumpkin pie spice blend, or make your own as I did. For this latte, I recommend a blend of about 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp ground cloves and just a dash of nutmeg.

I’m using my Mr. Coffee Latte Maker for this recipe, which features a brewing basket and water reservoir like a regular coffee maker, but has a heated pitcher with a little whisk inside powered by a motor. While your coffee is brewing, the pitcher heats and froths your milk, combining it all together! But, you don’t need a nifty device like this to make the latte. Below, I’m including instructions for making the latte both with and without the latte maker.

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Fall Spice Latte

Yield: 1 latte

Calories per serving: 139

Fat per serving: 0 g

Carbs per serving: 27 g

Protein per serving: 6 g

Fall Spice Latte

You don't need to be a barista to get your latte fix. This fall spice latte can satisfy a craving without a fancy coffee maker, milk frother or inconveniently small amounts of pumpkin puree.

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp molasses
  • ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp ground espresso
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 oz water
  • 6 oz milk* (you’ll get the best froth from low-fat cow’s milk, but any milk or nondairy alternative will work)
  • Cinnamon, for dusting

Instructions

    With latte maker:
  1. Combine the vanilla, molasses and maple syrup in a mug and set aside.
  2. Add the espresso and pumpkin pie spice to the basket of the latte maker. Add the water to the reservoir.
  3. Add the milk to the pitcher. Start the brewing cycle.
  4. When the latte is done, pour a bit of the liquid into the mug and stir to dissolve the sweetener. Pour in the rest of the liquid and spoon the foam on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
    Without latte maker:
  1. Combine the vanilla, molasses and maple syrup in a mug and set aside.
  2. Combine the espresso and pumpkin pie spice and brew espresso however you prefer, using only 4 oz of water to get a strong brew.
  3. Heat the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan until hot and steaming, but not boiling. Use an immersion blender to beat the milk until frothy. Or, add the milk to a regular blender and blend until frothy. Even easier: Put the milk in a glass jar with a lid, screw the top on and shake until frothy. Microwave, uncovered, about 30 seconds until hot.
  4. Add the hot coffee to the mug and stir to dissolve the sweetener. Pour in the milk and spoon the foam on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

*Nutrition facts calculated with skim milk.

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