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article imageOp-Ed: Making your own pumpkin spice latte

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Oct 12, 2011 in Food
As the air gets cooler, sometimes there is nothing like being cozy with a nice, warm drink. While I'm a fan of seasonal lattes, my favourite coffee houses aren't always looking for my health. But in the spirit of moderation, I decided to make my own.
A typical Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, for instance, contains 380 calories, 13 grams of fat and about 49 grams of sugar. Does this mean I will swear them off forever? No. I believe in living a balanced lifestyle, which means it is alright to treat one's self occasionally.
But since pumpkins are packed with nutritional power, I did decide to start making my own version of this popular drink, which is healthy, lower in sugar and made with wholesome ingredients.
Loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants, a single scoop of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) will go a long way in revving up your morning brew.
The results were delicious and made me want to point and laugh the next time I dodged the long lineups.
Home-made pumpkin spice latte :
Prep time : 10 mins. Cook time: 5 mins. Total: 15 mins.
Pot of coffee
1/2 cup of milk
Large spoonful of pumpkin puree
1 tbsp maple syrup
Sprinkle other spices as you like, such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Optional: whip cream ontop, for an added touch of elegance.
1. Make a pot of hot coffee
2. Blend milk, puree, maple syrup and spices in a blender
3. Heat up on stove, using a small pot
4. Mix blend and coffee together.
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