Pumpkin mania is in full force. Everywhere I look I’m seeing pumpkin breads, pumpkin latte’s, pumpkin french toast casserole.
Mr. Crumbs even treated me to a full-priced, complete-splurge and 100% authentic pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks just a couple weeks ago. When I shared this on Facebook, several of you chimed in asking for a recipe.
My dear Crummies, your wish is my command!
I’ve been fiddling with several spice combinations to try to find something that could essentially take any beverage you want – coffee, tea, milk (dairy and non-dairy) – and instantly make it pumpkin-spiced. There were a few upfront requirements though:
- It had to be really good.
- It had to be really easy.
- It should not require cooking (see #2 above).
So that basically ruled out using real pumpkin. Frankly, I’m not all that upset. I don’t want pumpkin in my coffee. Or in my tea, milk or anything else that I drink.
Pumpkin puree goes in pies. And pancakes and waffles and breads and a whole host of other wonderfully delicious foods. Just not my coffee.
Some may complain that your concoction won’t truly “pumpkin” spiced without the pumpkin. Give those nay-sayers a pat on the back and applaud them for measuring out and cooking up pumpkin puree with milk before the sun comes up, just to enjoy a cup of coffee.
I, on the other hand, don’t have the patience for all of that. Especially when I haven’t had a cup of coffee yet!
A few experiments and several cups of coffee later, I finally have the winning combination that meets all of the requirements above AND can be made in under 10 seconds. Now that’s my kind of beverage.
Create Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend (PSB)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (recipe below)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
A full tablespoon of maple syrup may seem extreme, but the famous PSL is sweet. Trust me – if you’re looking for the authentic flavor, don’t skimp out until you try it once.
Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible if you decide to make every beverage and food you consume pumpkin spiced and you can’t fit in your pants come Thanksgiving. 😉
Also, don’t try to substitute regular sugar or another sweetener instead of the syrup unless you absolutely must. If that’s the case, know that your pumpkin spiced beverage may not be spot-on to the real thing (but you’ll probably be close enough to still enjoy it!).
Curious about the cost? 1 tablespoon of maple syrup costs about 25¢ if you buy it in bulk. Pumpkin pie spice is no more than 10¢ for the small amount, and since you’ve already accounted for all of the foods you could add this to in your grocery budget, you can have your own pumpkin spiced whatever for only 35¢ – MUCH more affordable than the $3-4 at Starbucks. 😉
Armed with the easiest pumpkin spiced blend recipe ever, now what? Here are a few simple recipes to help create your own favorite pumpkin spiced beverages and snacks:
- Coffee Creamer: one serving of PSB + 2 Tbsp half & half
- Latte: one serving of PSB + 1 cup strong coffee + 1/2 cup preferred hot milk (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Tea: one serving of PSB + 1 cup of chai tea (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Warmer: one serving of PSB + 1 cup warm milk
- Hot Chocolate: one serving of PSB + single serving of homemade instant hot cocoa
- Kid-Friendly “Latte”: one serving of PSB + 1 cup warmed apple juice/cider + 1 Tbsp half & half (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Yogurt: one serving of PSB + 1 cup regular or Greek yogurt
- Smoothie: use in your favorite smoothie recipe, or make a high protein option found in my ebook High Protein No Powder
Want more ideas? Add to milkshakes, ice cream, plain oatmeal…
Are you dairy-free? Check out my allergy-friendly recipe for a non-dairy pumpkin coffee creamer. It’s SO good!
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 t freshly ground cinnamon
- ¼ t freshly ground nutmeg
- ¼ t freshly ground cloves
- ½ t freshly ground dried ginger
- pinch cardamom (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar and shake to mix well. Use within 6 months. Makes approximately 2 teaspoons.
Bonus recipe: All-Spice Mix
All-Spice is one of those mysterious mixes added to holiday recipes. I never was quite sure what “all-spice” was until I looked it up! You can make your own organic all-spice following this recipe and save money.
- 1 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp freshly ground cloves
- 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar and shake to mix well. Use within 6 months. Makes 3 teaspoons.