So it's sort of a 'family tradition' for the three (ahem, four) of us to walk down to Starbucks every Saturday morning and treat ourselves to two coffees and one cake. Usually the traditional coffee or a berry cake is what wins out, but we've also tried the orange cranberry scone too and that's pretty yum. It's something we look forward to and obviously can't do every weekend (because things do come up on a Saturday morning) but we try to let our bodies get up naturally (around 7:30am) and head out. We also take a treat for Zola so she can partake in the fun too.
Well, last week I opted for their uber famous Pumpkin Spice Latte and was shocked at the price. I think my jaw dropped and the sweet checkout guy looked at me like I was losing my mind. I said, ridiculously enough, 'For a small coffee, it's almost five dollars...are you sure you took my order correctly?' He said it was correctly, I paid the steep price and walked out totally rolling my eyes. Why? Because I think it's rather ludicrous to pay that much for a coffee.
So the second we got home, I was hot on the search for the perfect (and moderately healthy/easy) pumpkin spice latte recipe. Found one HERE via Pinterest and added a few adjustments and then decided today was the day to get er done! Talk about starting your Friday off on the right foot, it's honestly scrumptious and perfect for our first official big time cold snap here in Austin. It's 52 degrees outside and I'm sipping on my P.S. Latte and loving it!
Adjustments from Motherload's recipe: I opted for 1 cup of normal coffee (don't want our lil' Man to be all amped up but if you want it strong, check out the recipe link above for the 'how to') and a tad bit more of the pumpkin pie spice. Love me some pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
2 cups milk
1 cup coffee
2 tablespoons vanilla
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon spice
2 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin
2 tablespoons whipped topping/cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon for garnish
Pour all of the ingredients into a pot and heat over medium-high heat until the coffee is steaming hot, whisking with a wire whisk until the ingredients are incorporated and a little frothy. Pour into mugs and top with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon and enjoy immediately. Or pour remaining latte into a glass container to re-heat later when you're ready for your second cup (this is what I did!)
All the ingredients in the pot...let's get that burner started!
Whisking non-stop created this yummy frothy goodness!
I poured the entire pot into a big Pyrex measuring cup. This also made it much easier to pour into my coffee mug, as you can see there were even a few counter spills during this process. I can't imagine if I was attempting to pour it into a mug...it would've been EVERYWHERE, ha!
Mmm, how amazing does that look? And literally this one is about 1/10 the price of the Starbucks version. Plus I'll be having P.S. Lattes for weeks to come...cha-ching!
Sidenote: I will still be partaking in the seasonal P.S. Latte from Starbucks so I'm not boycotting at all. But I do want to share THIS great deal (and I love this site too) for the weekend for anyone that has a Randall's/Safeway near by. What's the dealie-yo? $2 Starbucks drinks (Tazo Chai Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Salted Caramel Mocha) at all their in-store locations! I haven't tried the Salted Caramel Mocha but I'll surely be grabbing one tomorrow morning, on the way to our (get this) cloth diapering class, bwah haw haw! Oh wait, no I won't...I forgot that the deal is only after 2pm! Ok caffeine junkies, that's all you. But still wish us luck with our class!
Take a minute and check out our other awesome weekly recipe re-caps we've featured so far: Healthy and Hearty Meat Soup, Easy and Healthy Banana Whip Dessert, Bon Appetit's Strawberry, Lemon and Basil Flavored Soda, Momma's Breakfast Strata, Quick and Easy Shredded Chicken and Black Olive Enchiladas, Yo Momma Blind Man Barbecue Chicken, Real Simple's Yellow Cake with Fresh Strawberry Filling and Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting, Banana Bread, Linguine with Zucchini and Chickpeas, Homemade Ziti, Creamy Fettuccine With Corn and Arugula, Maple BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joe's, BHG's Greek Spinach Veggie Burgers, Mark Bittman's Chicken in a Pot, My Momma's Monkey Bread, CC Hubby's Easy Chicken Parmesan, Sophie Dahl's Chicken Stew with Green Olives and Asparagus/Edamame Salad, Ryan's Poached Egg Breakfast Ramekin Surprise, Momma's Homemade Chili, Christina's Paprika Chicken, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Dog Treats, Momma's Crockpot Pot Roast, Vanessa Barrington's Almond Milk, Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie, Sweet Frozen Lime Slices, Amy's Awesome Homemade Pizza Crust, Brownie Caramel (Pecan) Cake, Papa Horner's Grill Top Paella, What's New Cupcake's Chocolate Chunk Surprise, Green Monster Smoothie, Bacon/Onion Compote Served on Crostini with Gruyere, Eat Clean's Meal in a Bowl Soup, Elie Krieger's Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut Curry Broth, Williams Sonoma's Cauliflower with Orange Zest and Green Onion, Williams Sonoma's Summer Fruit Parfaits, Williams Sonoma's Grilled Beef Fillets with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce, Eat Clean's Tam's Constitutional Muffins, Healthy for Life's Stuffed Peppers, Mango, Dill and Cilantro Gazpacho, Women's Health Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew, Real Simple's Vegetarian Tacos, Aunt Beth's Pineapple Souffle, 15 Minute Cream Biscuits, Sunset Magazine's North Indian Style Spinach Chicken, Mrs. O'Callaghan's Soda Bread, Jordan's Momma's Quiche Lorraine, Shelby's Leek and Lima Bean Soup, Rosemary Grilled Kabobs, Homemade Tomato Soup, Easy Fruit Cobbler, Macho Man Meatballs, Super Bowl Dip Trio, Nana's No Bake Cheesecake, Rum Cake and Microwave Spiced Nuts.