Pumpkin Spice Latte made in a Crockpot

Maple Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Vegetarian • Gluten free • Makes 14 cups

Ingredients

3/4 cup Pumpkin, canned plain
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/3 tbsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp Vanilla
4 cups Espresso or very strong coffee
1/2 gal Milk

Combine, cover, & cook. Add everything to a slow cooker, whisk it together, and cook on high for 2-3 hours. This makes 14 cups. I make it in a 6-1/2 qt Crock Pot. If your slow cooker isn’t big enough, you can make a smaller batch or cook it in a large pot on the stove. On the stove top, heat it at a low setting so the milk doesn’t scorch. Whether in the slow cooker or on top of the stove, it needs to cook awhile to mull the flavors.

Note about the pumpkin: Some of the pumpkin dissolves into the liquid and flavors it throughout, but some pumpkin will remain undissolved and settle into the bottom of the cooker. I prefer to ladle my latte’s off of the top, leaving the pumpkin in the cooker. But that’s up to you. If you want the actual pumpkin in your mug and not just the flavor, stir the mixture and dip from the bottom when you serve up a cup.

A FEW TIPS AND SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • To brew espresso strength coffee for this recipe, in a drip coffeemaker use 1.5 cups ground coffee to 4 measuring cups of water. Or, use a cold-brew coffee concentrate; see my post on making iced coffee to learn how to make cold-brew concentrate.
  • To make your own pumpkin pie spice mix, it’s easy to combine the spices from your pantry.
  • For an iced latte, after cooking to mull the flavors, chill in refrigerator and serve over ice.
  • To make it caffeine-free, substitute decaf coffee or espresso.
  • To make it sugar free, substitute your favorite sugar substitute for the maple syrup.
  • Don’t like maple? Substitute brown sugar for the maple syrup.
  • Spike it with a shot of rum in each mug before adding the hot latte mixture.
  • Top with whipped cream.  Sprinkle top with cinnamon or nutmeg, garnish with a cinnamon stick. (all of these are optional)
  • Have leftovers? Refrigerate the leftovers and reheat them later. You can even reheat these latte’s a cup at a time in the microwave.
  • To make Spiced Mocha Lattes. Same recipe, except omit the pumpkin, add 1 cup cocoa powder (or more, to taste). If not sweet enough, add some sugar or honey.
So I sound this recipe on Pinterest this morning and figured this would be great to share.