Pumpkin Spice Latte #PSL: DIY or Buy? a guest post by @annelw

Despite the fact that Starbucks infamous red cups are now available, our fall favorite – the pumpkin spice latte, has not been forgotten. In fact, it remains one of my favorite warm holiday drinks through the month of November. (I figure if pumpkin pie is still in season, so is the PSL!)

Image from my personal Instagram @annelw11

Image from my personal Instagram @annelw11

I’m a big fan of homemade concoctions, so I decided to try and make my own in comparison to some of my favorite PSLs from around town. Now, I always order my PSL’s “skinny,” so I attempted my homemade version the same way. Here’s the recipe I followed:

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte:
3/4 c. skim milk (or almond milk)
3/4 c. pumpkin spice flavored coffee (I used the Keurig version)
1 tsp canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 dash pumpkin pie spice
Optional: artificial sweetener

How-to: In a saucepan, combine the milk and pumpkin at medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Blend until smooth (I used a whisk, although a blender would likely work better). Pour mixture into a mug and top with coffee (add optional sweetener if you like). Add some whipped cream and sprinkle some pumpkin spice on the top.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Some of my favorite PSL’s around town from “chain” stores are of course Starbucks, Panera Bread and surprisingly McDonalds. I definitely think of the chain stores Starbucks reins supreme. McDonalds is definitely the sweetest (you can smell the sugar!) and you can barely taste the coffee – I would definitely recommend if you’re not a huge coffee fan. If you want to shop local, which I certainly encourage, Taylor Books, Moxxee and the South Hills Market all have delicious versions of our favorite fall drink!

Ultimately, the homemade PSL was definitely delicious, and you have more control over what you’re putting in, but the store-bought versions are significantly less time consuming and better for when you’re on the go!

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  1. Connie White - November 13, 2013

    This almost makes me wish I liked pumpkin!

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