Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin-Spiced Faux-Latte {Dairy-Free, Paleo}

Guess what absolutely fantastic special Starbucks just had last week? Buy one get one free Holiday Drinks! This got me thinking... wait a minute, it hasn't even been thanksgiving! Did everyone forget about PUMPKIN SPICED LATTES? Don't get me wrong- I love peppermint mochas! But, give the poor pumpkin it's glory for at least another week! 
So in honor of my dissatisfaction of time moving so quickly in the Starbucks world I bring you a Dairy-free Pumpkin Spiced Latte! Made in your own home (without the use of an espresso machine, although that would have been highly convenient!)

Interesting to note: Did you know that 'Latte' in Italian means "milk" so if you were to order a latte in Italy guess what you would get? A large glass of cold milk. Oops! By (italian) definition Latte's are made with considerably more milk than other espresso drinks. The standard "recipe" for a latte calls for around 7 oz of milk and 1 oz of espresso (one shot). 

1 c. Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 c. Strongly Brewed Coffee, or 1 shot of espresso (adjust to your preference, if you prefer MORE coffee flavoring then go ahead an add more)
1/2 tbs. Honey

: I've tried various methods to make this latte, like I said totally addicted to caffeine so I basically drink this at least 3 times a week (usually more than that!). So here are some variations in methods to suit your time constraints in the mornings.

Method 1: In a microwavable safe mug, pour in your almond milk and heat for 1 minute, checking at the 30 second interval. (Do not heat more than 2 minutes for the almond milk will burn and will NOT smell or taste good) Remove from microwave and add in your coffee, pumpkin spice and honey. I like to top mine with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top! Yum!

Method 2: Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium high heat, until bubbles begin to form. Next while still on stove top, add in pumpkin pie spice and honey. Stir well and remove from heat. Pour your coffee into your mug first and top it with your milk mixture!

Although it really doesn't matter which order you add the milk or coffee (since it mixes up together anyway) I was trying to be a little more "Starbucks-like" and do it the way they did! But it does not alter the taste in any way to add the coffee to the milk or vice versa. 

**I used my Keurig machine (which is the greatest thing for all coffee addicts out there!) which has an "espresso shot" measurement and brewed an Espresso Roast. I also have made this with a standard Medium Roast coffee. Both methods have turned out similar results, if you have a Keurig brew the smallest shot amount to make it extra strong. If you don't have one, it's okay! Just use your regular coffee maker to brew your coffee strong! ~ENJOY!


  1. Wonderful recipe! I surprised my coffee loving hubby with a cup of this today, Thanksgiving. A wonderful way to start our day!

    1. I'm so glad! I was lucky enough to share this with family this weekend as well! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

  2. thanks for sharing.

  3. Made this today and it was so tasty! So simple too! Thank you!