I am on a quest.

For what, you ask?  I am on a quest to find the PERFECT at-home version of a knock-off Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Because I am a coffee junkie.  And this time of year, I only want to eat or drink something if it has pumpkin in it.  Believe me, I am well aware that I’m not alone in this.

Not only am I looking to save some moolah by not going to Starbucks for my pumpkin-goodness fix, but I’m also hoping to cut back on the calories involved in this delicious drink.  Healthy doesn’t always mean tasty, though.  I re-learned this last night with my semi-failed attempt.

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INGREDIENTS (makes 2 servings):

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons agave

Mix all of the ingredients together.  I used an immersion blender and whipped it all together really quickly.  And then brewed coffee (over ice because I’m not quite ready for hot drinks yet), made about a 50/50 combination of coffee and pumpkin milk mixture.

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It was good…but not quite as uuber delicious as the Starbucks kind.  My main issue was that there was too much spice in it.  I think I’ll cut back on the cinnamon next time around, if I try and tweak this recipe.  Regardless, I got to drink a homemade pumpkin drink last night.  So I won.

Final conclusion?  Round 1: Does NOT pass the test.  Hopefully I can try again this weekend!