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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

DIY: Pumpkin Chai (Latte)

Pumpkin Spice is officially back at Starbucks and there are hundreds happy fall lovers rushing in to get their annual fix. I however live 45 minutes from a Starbucks and I find the syrup they use a little too sweet for my taste, so I have created a way to make my very own Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte at home!

I for one spend waaayyyy too much money on coffee and I know I'm not the only one. I also worry about the nutrition facts in drinks because HELLO sugar and fat! This recipe will not only save you money on your daily fix (something I am trying hard to do) and it's not going to use up a meal's worth of calories and sugar intake!

If you like super sweet drinks or something a little heavier this recipe probably isn't for you because instead of a syrup base like the one used in most coffee shops, this is actually made with tea! It's lighter and more like tea than the coffee drinks you're probably used to.

What you will need:
Two Pumpkin Spice Chai teabags: Tazo Teas are no longer at 
Starbucks, but this is the Pumpkin Spice Chai that I had left 
over from last year. You can get it on Amazon, too! 
Other options can be found here, here, and here.

A Milk frother and 1/2 cup your choice of milk.  I used Almond milk 
because I am lactose intolerant, but you can use whatever you prefer using 
real milk will make the drink a little heavier. If you don't have a 
milk frother you can try this method or get this less expensive one.

What you will do: 
Step 1: Steep two teabags in a mug until the tea is very dark. The
darker the tea the more pumpkin chai flavor you'll have once the 
milk is added. If you want even more flavor, use less water (I recommend 
using a little less than 3/4 of a cup, I used too much water in this photo) 

Step 2: Pour your milk into the frother. Mine has a max line, which 
is about 1/2 cup.

Step 3: Turn on the frother or use whatever method you chose to 
warm and froth the milk. 

Step 4: Pour the steeped tea into a larger tea cup. You'll be adding 
the milk so you have to have a cup large enough to accommodate both. 

Step 5: Add your warm frothed milk to the tea. If you're fancy you 
can learn to add a design with your foam, but I am not that skilled. 

Step 6 (optional): Add to your latte to make it taste just right. I like adding a 
shot of espresso to add in a coffee flavor. KB likes to add raw sugar 
or honey to make it a little sweeter. Try a few things until you create your 
perfect Fall treat!! I love this because you can try out so many variations!

If you prefer the Starbucks flavor then you're going to need the syrup! It's super easy, all you have to do is blend it with milk and voila! Another option if you're in a hurry is the Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Chai Mix! It's just like making powdered hot chocolate, but with a great fall twist!

Happy Fall! Love you lots,

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