One of my favorite things about fall is Pumpkin Spice coffee! Yes, it’s true! I just adore all things pumpkin, but if I can combine it with my daily coffee, it’s even better 🙂
My homemade vanilla coffee creamer post has been so popular that I thought I would try to create a pumpkin spice coffee creamer for the fall.
I’ve tried making homemade pumpkin lattes in the last few years, but each recipe that I sampled left me with a big glob of squash down in the bottom of the cup, which just ruined the whole thing for me. So I set out this week to figure out a way to get the pumpkin flavor into my coffee creamer without all the pulp at the bottom.
Nailing down the perfect pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe
My first thought on obtaining pumpkin flavor without actually having to use pumpkin pulp was to start out with a pumpkin syrup. So I headed down to my local grocery store, only to find out that they carry only caramel, vanilla and hazelnut syrups. I thought about ordering some, or driving to a few other stores to see if I could find it, but that would sort of go against my aim to create a frugal and homemade creamer.
Next, I considered baking a pumpkin and using the liquid from the pan to add pumpkin flavor to my coffee. But it seemed like too much work for the quick creamer recipe I wanted, plus I didn’t know how much pumpkin flavor it would give me.
In the end, I decided to cook some canned pumpkin puree with some milk and pumpkin pie spice, then add it to the sweetened condensed milk, as I did in the homemade vanilla coffee creamer recipe. Turns out, that did the trick!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
Using the same proportion of ingredients from my vanilla creamer recipe, I added the milk to a small saucepan with half a can of pumpkin puree and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Stirring well, I let it cook until the milk started to scald. (You don’t want to let it boil) This step took only about 5 minutes or so.
Next, I poured the milk and pumpkin mixture into a strainer and pressed it through with a spoon. This helps get rid of all the extra pulp that usually collects in the bottom of the cup.
Some of the pulp will come out of the bottom of the strainer…you want to make sure to scrape that off and mix it into your milk. These bits of pumpkin are fine enough that they will mix well with the milk and won’t settle at the bottom of your cup. Discard the pulp inside the strainer, and add your condensed milk into the pumpkin milk and stir well.
That’s it! A simple, all-natural and frugal pumpkin spice coffee creamer that will take you through fall without having to stop at the expensive coffee house 🙂
I hope you enjoy your own homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer!