Healthy(ish) Pumpkin Spice Latte – an autumn favourite!

I hate to admit it (as I try to eat and drink as healthfully as possible) but I really do love pumpkin spice lattes. I mean really love them. Autumn just isn’t autumn without them. But they’re an expensive habit and contain very high amounts of sugar as well as “natural flavourings”, which, let’s face it, could be just about anything. That, combined with having two little ones who won’t sit still for long in a coffee shop, has driven me to experiment and come up with my own recipe. Which I am going to share with you. You’re welcome!

To make the pumpkin spice sauce:

Servings: 8-10

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

• 1 cup water

• 2 cloves

• 1tsp cinnamon

• 1/2 tsp nutmeg

• 1tsp fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp dry ginger

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 cup butternut squash purée (I roast the squash in the oven, gasmark 7 for 45 minutes, cool, then purée)

• 1/4 cup single cream (or plant based creamer of your choice)

Method

Add the first seven ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for around 20 minutes. You should end up with a concentrated, dark syrup. Allow to cool. Add syrup to the butternut squash purée and single cream and blend in a blender or stir vigorously until smooth and thoroughly combined.

To make a 16oz/ 470ml latte:

Ingredients

• 2-3 tbsp pumpkin spice sauce

• 2 shots freshly made espresso

• around 2 1/2 cups milk of your choice, steamed and lightly frothed

Add two to three tablespoons of the pumpkin spice mixture to a large mug. Make a double shot of espresso in the usual way, then add the steamed, frothed milk to the mug (I like to use organic full fat milk but you can use whatever type of milk you like best!). Top with whipped cream (optional) if you want something truly decadent and dust with a sprinkling of cinnamon. This keeps well in the fridge for around a week but if you don’t think you will get through it all in that time (who are you kidding?!) you can freeze it in ice cube trays! Enjoy!

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