Hot, Steaming, Pumpkin Spice Coffee

25 Oct

I just love this time of year when the leaves start to turn, and the air is fresh and crisp. I start digging in the closet for warmer sweaters, thinking about heartier recipes, and planning what to do with Pumpkins around Halloween. Pumpkin Pie comes to mind, and along with that, one of my favorite “go-to” spice blends, Pumpkin Pie Spice.

You might enjoy a Pumpkin Latte at Starbucks, but my quick version (without any pumpkin puree) can be made at home for a fraction of the price. Try to find Organic Pumpkin Spice and buy in bulk if you can find it so it’s more affordable…

For every cup of coffee you are brewing, add 1 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice to your coffee grounds. I like to mix it into the grounds but you may sprinkle it on top as well (or alternatively, stir 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon directly into your brewed cup of coffee–it will float but eventually sink after frequent stirring).

Proceed with brewing your coffee in whichever way you normally make it (Drip, French Press, etc). The sweet-scented flavor will seep into the coffee. You could also add a 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla per cup of coffee–I prefer mine without.

If you really want to indulge, whip up some Heavy Cream and add a dash of the Spice blend and/or Vanilla when whipping it, then spoon a big, fluffy dollop in your mug (sweetener is optional, but in my opinion, you really don’t need it and saves on calories).

The warmth of Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Nutmeg will definitely put a smile on your face when you start your day! I hope you’ll try it. It’s delicious!

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