Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

One day, not too long ago, I was sitting around and minding my business, maybe giving into some sort of baking-related temptation (the sort I'm not so good at resisting) when my life changed... forever! (not to be over-dramatic or anything, but I'm totally serious)

Kimberly from The Cupcake Cuppy commented on my pumpkin scone post and mentioned that she had just made pumpkin spice lattes. Um, excuse me? Where have you been all my life Kimberly? I replied, begging her for the recipe to this holy grail of autumn-time treats. She sent me a link to the blog A Year of Slowcooking and my head exploded. Okay, I was being over-dramatic there. But really, I was totally blown away.

These are delicious,  and they are the easiest thing evveeeeeer.

First, throw all the ingredients (except coffee) into your snazzy red $5 doorbuster mini-slowcooker from Black Friday '09. Or, you know... whatever you  have.

Stir with a whisk, turn the slowcooker on low, and wait...

...and wait... (ugh!! I hate this part!)

After you wait an excrutiating hour or two, add the coffee (or don't... I know some people don't drink coffee and if you like steamed milk this yummy mixture might just make your day on its own).

Then choose your fate: you could whip it up in a blender if you want it to feel more whipped-coffee-shop-fancy, or you could strain it to remove any floaty pumpkin bits that will settle and possibly gag you out a little bit when you get to the bottom of your mug.

Or...you could just pour it and drink it because you've already been waiting a couple hours and you can't wait any longer!!

Friends, meet my poorly styled DIY pumpkin spice latte photo:

  I'm not a food blogger, I have no beautiful mugs or cutely-patterned napkins! I have no time (or desire) for whipped cream or fancy cinnamon stick garnishes. I? just want my drink.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte (adapted for taste and laziness from A Year of Slow Cooking)

2 c. milk (I used skim)
2 Tbs. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 - 2 Tbs. white sugar (depending on your love of all things sweet)
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cloves (or throw in some ground cloves, whatev!)
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
1 - 1 1/2 c. strongly brewed coffee

Mix first eight ingredients in a slowcooker, turn on low and leave for 2 hours. Add coffee, pour into a mug, drink, repeat. Or pour into two large mugs and share... but then you'll just have to make it again because you'll want more.

I'm linking this recipe up to Remodelaholic
and Hope Studios -- go check it out!


  1. I kind of love you for posting this. :P One question: Do I really need to buy a pumpkin and scrape out and puree some of it?

  2. Oh gosh NO. From a can, most definitely. Canned pumpkin is one of those things I've even heard professional chefs talk about using -- supposed to taste *exactly* the same (and no, I don't hang out with lots of professional chefs... I just watch food network, haha) :)

  3. That is great! I"m so glad you made them and enjoye them! I will definitely be making them again soon! THanks for linking to my blog! Happy fall!

  4. I feel like I'll be cheating on my coffee house. ;) I always wonder why they don't sell a mix like they do with chai. I would buy the shtuff up. :)

  5. Sounds delicious! I have a friend who adds a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to her coffee grounds before brewing to make pumpkin spice coffee :)

  6. Found you through Remodelholic, love this idea! I think I'll make 3-4 batches at once and then stick it in the fridge for the week.

  7. That's a good idea! I would probably leave the coffee out and add it fresh each day, if it was me. :)

  8. Well now I must fall at your feet and worship you!!! Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is my ALL TIME FAVORITE LATTE! I wait impatiently for 9 months every year for it to come back on the menu.
    You are my coffee hook up God! (Am I being too dramatic-nope!)
    Anyway, I made pumpkin chocolate chip blondies today, and I know what I will be enjoying them with tomorrow! thx. I stopped by from Sunday Showcase.

  9. Hi Anna, What a neat recipe. I would have never thought of using a crock pot! Thanks for sharing! I featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. Sounds great!!!! Can't wait to try it!

  11. I'm going to make it this year again! Taste delicious and easy to put together .


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