What’s in it: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Creamer (recipe by Dairy Free for Baby), Nespresso Double Shot Espresso (Scuro), Whole Foods Pumpkin Spice Whipped Topping
Price: Cheaper than Starbucks
Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Creamer- This was absolutely delicious and everything I hoped for! It was quite easy too. The creamer only requires four ingredients: oat milk, pumpkin puree, honey, and pumpkin spice. All four ingredients are simply combined in a pot and simmered for 1 to 2 minutes on the stove. I doubled the recipe and had enough to make three to four lattes (depending on how generous your servings are). I made three extra big lattes. The recipe calls for extra creamy oat milk, but I used the regular Whole Foods brand “365 Everyday Value” oat milk. Since I put a lot of creamer with a small amount of espresso rather than less creamer with a full coffee, I didn’t want it too thick. It ended up being perfectly creamy because heating it on the stove thickened the oat milk slightly. The pumpkin flavor from the puree came through wonderfully. I prefer my coffee to be less sweet, so I only added two tablespoons of honey. I added more honey for the other two lattes I made. With the five tablespoons of honey the recipe recommends, the creamer comes out slightly less sweet than a PSL from a coffee shop which I find to be ideal. The recipe uses the perfect amount of pumpkin spice to give it that delicious fall flavor. The creamer is the most important part of the latte and Dairy Free for Baby made an excellent recipe. I will definitely be using it again.
Espresso- I used Nespresso’s darkest roast double shot espresso, Scuro. This was perfect because the bold flavor came through the sweet pumpkin creamer while complimenting it with its chocolatey notes. If you cannot make espresso, a dark roast coffee would still be delicious with the creamer and have a similar flavor profile to a latte.
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Topping- This made the latte really special. It is not dairy free though. Sadly, there is no dairy-free pre-made whipped cream in stores. There is dairy-free whipping cream though if you would like to make your own. The Whole Foods whipped topping was perfectly light, not too sweet, and had the perfect amount of pumpkin spice flavor. It tasted like pumpkin cheesecake. The flavored whipped cream brought the latte to the next level.