Every October my taste buds are delightfully pleased when the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean release their seasonal sips. Whether it’s a peppermint flavored mocha or an eggnog latte, I’m always a sucker for hot drinks and sweet treats. While store-bought specialty drinks will run you anywhere from 300 to 500 calories for about $4 a pop, homemade versions are healthier, just as satisfying and practically free!

I have a particular love for Starbucks’ famed Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s warm, inviting and intoxicatingly good. As luck would have it, I recently found a lovely recipe that’s reminiscent of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Upon the discovery of this recipe, I took matters into my own hands and changed it up to my liking. The result? It’s a little something I like to call the Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte.

Not only is my recipe healthier, it’s fairly easy to make using the following 10 ingredients…

Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte

Serves 2

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons coffee
  • 1 cup milk (regular, almond, rice, or soy)
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
  • 2 tablespoons Light CoolWhip
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)

Using the above ingredients, follow these steps to make your own Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte:

  1. Brew one cup of coffee using water and coffee.
  2. In saucepan over low heat, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey. (Optional: You can also mix these ingredients in a blender first and then pour the mixture into a saucepan for heating.)
  3. Add in coffee and mix well.
  4. Stir mixture for another minute or two until hot.
  5. Pour half of the mixture into your favorite mug, top it off with Light CoolWhip and a dash of nutmeg. Enjoy!

Are you going to make my Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte?

If you have another restaurant inspired recipe, share it in the comments below!

XO Lauren

Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie