I am happily one of the many fans of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. I get a little pang of joy when I see those signs go up each September telling us that the beloved PSL is back in action. However, I a. happen to think their PSL is a little on the sweet side and b. can’t bring myself to spend $4 and change every time I want one. So, I took it upon myself to play around with a recipe for an at home PSL that is not as sweet, a fraction of the cost, and kinder to your waistline!
It all starts with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter. If you’ve never tried it… well, you’re welcome for bringing it into your life. Just to clarify – it is not butter in the typical sense but more of a spread, similar to peanut butter or a thick marmalade made from pumpkin puree and a bunch of delicious autumn spices.
I eat this with EVERYTHING. On my toast, in my yogurt, on my ice cream, waffles, pancakes… You name it, I’ll eat it. It also has a recipe for thinning it out with chicken stock and making it into pumpkin soup on the back of the jar. So… yeah.
Ingredients:1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Butter 1/2 Tablespoon Honey 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon Fairy Dust (just kidding, there is no fifth ingredient)
You can vary the sweetness by adding more or less honey.
Mix all ingredients into one cup of coffee and allow flavors to marry for about 3-5 minutes.
Strain through once to filter out any residue.
Add milk of your choice, stir and enjoy! You can add whip cream and another dash of cinnamon if you’re getting really festive. It helps if you serve it in a fall-themed mug.
I was just delighted by how creamy and delicious this latte turned out. It’s obviously a bit more work than your normal pour and go cup of joe, but it’s perfect for sleepy Saturday mornings and rainy afternoons. And it’s at your fingertips whenever your heart desires.
Oh yes, and my favorite feature of this treat: a grande Starbucks’ PSL has 420 calories where as our at home pumpkin delight comes in at about 100 calories (both with whole milk)!!! If that’s not a reason to try this baby out, I don’t know what is. Happy sipping!