Anyone else as basic as me when it comes to fall favorites? There’s nothing that beats a pumpkin spice latte the second fall hits. Pumpkin spice lattes have become the epidemy of fall (or should I say pumpkin spice anything?). Seriously you can find endless recipes incorporating the warming spices of pumpkin spice and I am here for it!
What is pumpkin spice?
Pumpkin spice is made with a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, four of the most comforting fall/winter spices that I’m obsessed with on their own, so obviously they are so wonderful when paired together.
I would talk about all the ways to cook with it, link to recipes that should inspire them to incorporate it, touch on what each ingredient lends itself to.. for instance, cinnamon adds sweetness, etc. Just don’t make health claims I guess? Thoughts?
Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, as well as fantastic antioxidants. It is such a warming spice that can be used in baking and cooking. Try my vegan cinnamon bun bread or famous cinnamon rolls with vanilla & chai.
Ginger is a gift from above. It’s so great for you whether fresh or dried. I love to use it in curries or even in dressings like the one I used in this bowl.
Nutmeg and cloves both contain antioxidants, and nothing screams fall or the holiday season more than these two spices. Nutmeg is great in baking but also to add to your coffee, milk, sprinkled on oatmeal, added as a marinade to veggies, the list goes on. Then there is cloves which packs the spice in things like chai lattes, mulled wine, even in pickling.
… as you can see this powerful combo of spices does so much more than just complement our beloved pumpkin spice latte.
How do you make a pumpkin spice latte?
My friends at Simply Organic have this amazing, simple recipe up on their website right now. They also have fantastic, organic pumpkin spice for you to make your latte with. Essentially all you have to do is:
1. Heat up your milk to boiling. I like to use oat milk here but you could use any plant-based or dairy milk.
2. Grab your blender and add in espresso, your hot milk, pumpkin puree (make sure it’s a pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling), syrup or sugar (I love maple syrup here), and pumpkin spice.
3. Blend it all up, pour, and enjoy!
For full quantities of each ingredient click here
Expert Tips & FAQ:
Do pumpkin spice lattes have real pumpkins in them? If you are heading to your local chain coffee shop, it’s very unlikely that they use real pumpkins in their pumpkin spice lattes. Often they just use a flavored, sugary syrup. However, if you want to make the real deal, then it’s so easy to use real pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to create a latte that is going to taste a lot flavorful, comforting, and delicious.
How do I make an iced latte? It’s essentially the exact same process except you don’t necessarily need to heat up the milk beforehand. Instead, you can blend everything together, and pour it over ice.
What kind of milk is best? Personally for lattes, I love oat milk because it has such a perfect frothy consistency that really lends itself well to blended or frothed drinks.
Other pumpkin recipes you’ll love:
- Pumpkin Scones with Vanilla Glaze
- Pumpkin Curry Soup
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Easy Pumpkin Hummus with Roasted Garlic
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