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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fritz, king of breakfast, made banana pancakes this morning.

It was delicious, because there’s nothing better than waking up on a chilly Saturday morning and having an excuse to spend way too much time sitting around enjoying breakfast and coffee.

I decided to add my own little touch to breakfast and use up the leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge by mixing together a few recipes I’ve seen on Pinterest  and making us some pumpkin spice lattes.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (serves two)

  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1-1 1/2 C strong coffee

Heat the pumpkin, sugar, and spices over medium heat for a few minutes, then add the milk and whisk until smooth and blended.  Heat until the milk is simmering, then either pour into mugs, or, if you’re super fancy, blend for a few minutes until frothy.

Top off the mugs with strong coffee, and stir.  If you drink this pretty slowly, the pumpkin will settle to the bottom a bit, so keep a spoon handy to keep things blended up.

I loved this–I love the pumpkin spice taste, and the smooth texture that comes with pumpkin puree.  I wasn’t sure about putting pumpkin puree into a drink, but it blended really well.

Fritz was slightly less of a fan, especially when he got to the bottom of the drink and the pumpkin was stronger and thicker.  He did like the taste, but he’s never really been a huge fan of those fall spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg.

More for me!

I have Grandpa’s 80th birthday party tomorrow, and it should be lots of fun to see my family and take a million pictures.  Too bad this handsome guy couldn’t come:


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  1. florence

    It’s unfair that Henry, the star,not allowed to come.Ah,cat’s life,it’s really hard!So give it a big kiss, and have a nice day tomorrow.80th birthday is important in a life.

  2. Gena

    Great idea for the leftover puree! Do you typically always use natural light when you take your pictures? I’ve been struggling with lighting, so any helpful hints would be SO appreciated. Love all your photos :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Yes I use natural light as much as possible…luckily my apartment is really bright, but with all the rain and earlier sunset I’ve been struggling with lighting lately too. I also use a lightbox in the winter when absolutely necessary, but it’s still not as good as natural lighting

  3. Yadsia @ShopCookMake

    I’m always looking for the perfect pumpkin spice latte recipe. Hopefully this one will be it!

  4. Cyndeehule

    Hey! I love your website! If you are interested in ideas, my website is vegan, and vegetarian gourmet food! http://gangybuffet.com/
    I am a college student journaling my way through cooking.

  5. Nuts about food

    Beautiful pumpkin pics!

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