Friday, February 10, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Latte

OK. So my obsession with finding new recipes has gone a little overboard recently.  There are at least five new recipes I want to post (usually I'm panicing trying to find something to post every week) and those are only the ones that come to mind that I've written down!  I'm sure there are more lost in my head that may or may not resurface.

My addiction to Pinterest has not helped the situation.  I found this recipe a couple weeks ago and debated (with myself mind you) whether or not to make it.  Cutting out all carbonated beverages left me craving flavor in my drinks -- so here we are!

I added this pumpkin spice goodness to hot chocolate since I'm not a coffee drinker, and it was unbelievbly good!  The hardest part . . . the waiting.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 c milk
2 Tbs canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 - 2 Tbs white sugar
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cloves (or a pinch of ground cloves)
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
1 to 1 1/2 c strongly brewed coffee

Mix first eight ingredients in a slowcooker.  Turn on low and leave for 2 hours. Strain mixture if you prefer.  Add coffee.  Pour into a mug and enjoy!
Hot Chocolate Option:  Using an 8 oz mug, add 6 oz hot water, 2 rounded Tbs hot chocolate mix and 1/2 c of pumpkin spice mixture.  Add whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
Frothy Option:  Blend pumpkin spice mixture and coffee in a blender before drinking to add that latte feel.
Recipe Source:  Take the Side Street

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