Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

As soon as September rolls around, I’m ready for fall and looking forward to one of my favorite fall treats – Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The problem is, I live in South Carolina and we still have temperatures in the 90s, making those PSL’s much less enjoyable.

Last year, I came across the idea of an iced pumpkin spice latte for the first time and I was hooked. Of course I had to play around with some ideas and come up with a recipe of my own. (Let’s face it, I can’t afford to head down to the local coffee shop once a day to pick one up there).

This is such a great lunch time treat or afternoon pick-me-up. My favorite time to fix it is right before I head out to pick my daughter up from school. I get to relax for a few minutes in the car pickup line, do a little knitting and sip on my drink.

Ready to give it a try? Here’s the recipe.  You can make your own pumpkin spice mix to use in this recipe or your favorite pumpkin pie one.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp honey, sugar or low calorie sweetener to taste
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • ½ cup of strong coffee
  • Ice
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Dash of pumpkin spice mix (optional)
Instructions
  1. Brew your coffee and allow it to cool. You can use one or two shots of espresson instead of coffee if you like.
  2. Heat the milk, pumpkin puree and honey or sugar in a small saucepan until everything is well blended.
  3. Add the vanilla and pumpkin spice and stir until well combined. Allow this mixture to cool a bit as well.
  4. Fill a large glass with ice. Pour the coffee in and top with the milk mixture.
  5. Add a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice mix if desired.

 

Iced pumpkin spice latte with whip cream on top

If it’s already plenty cold where you’re at, I have a hot pumpkin spice latte recipe as well.

 

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Last fall I got addicted to all things pumpkin spice, particularly Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I don’t have to tell you that these tasty drinks can eat quite a whole in your purse if you head out and order them at your local coffee place.

Add to that the fact that I’m eating clean and try to stay away from refined sugar and dairy. But with chatter all around about these tasty coffee concoctions, I wanted my PSL fix.

Let’s start with a basic recipe that creates a very tasty latte. Of course I’m using my own pumpkin spice mix that I shared with you a few days ago. Below the recipe I give you variations that include a sugar-free and dairy-free options.

What I love best about this recipe is the fact that it includes actual pumpkin. You can use either canned or freshly cooked pumpkin puree. You can also roast a whole pumpkin, process the flesh into puree and then freeze it in ice cube trays. When you’re ready for a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a pumpkin flavored hot chocolate, just thaw a cube and use. Yum!

Note - Since I’m the only PSL enthusiast in my house, the recipe is for 1 latte. You can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe if you need to make more than one :)

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large tbsp pumpkin purree
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sugar*
  • 1 cup milk *
  • 1 small cup of strong coffee (or a shot of espresso)
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix or cocoa powder for dusting on top
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk together. Heat until the mixture is hot and bubbly.
  2. Pour the hot coffee or espresso into a large mug. Add the pumpkin milk mixture. Top with either the foamy part of the milk or some whipped cream.
  3. Finish with a dusting of spice or cocoa and enjoy.

 

Cup of Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte* Variations

As promised, I have some variations for you. Feel free to mix and match depending on your own preference and dietary restrictions.

Sugar Free Version

Replace the sugar with a sweetener of your choice. For a natural sugar substitute use honey, maple syrup or stevia. Stevia is my preferred low calorie sweetener, but this will also work with splenda and the likes.  When using honey or maple syrup add 1 tbsp to replace the sugar. With low calorie sweeteners, leave out the sugar and add the sweetener to the finished latte to taste.

Dairy Free Version

Replace the milk with an equal amount of coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or rice milk. My personal favorite is coconut milk. It makes for a nice thick latte.

Paleo Version

Use honey or maple syrup as your sweetener instead of sugar. Replace the milk with coconut or almond milk.

Green Tea Lemonade – Starbucks Inspired

I had a request today to come up with a recipe for some green tea lemonade. This recipe is inspired by the green tea lemonade sold at your local Starbucks.  It’s such a fun iced drink with just a right bit of kick to it to get you through your hot summer day.

Please note that I said inspired. I don’t consider this a complete copy cat recipe but encourage you to give it a try.

This was surprisingly easy to make and turned out quite tasty. I’m giving you several options for sweetening your new favorite drink. I used local honey in mine, but feel free to substitute to your liking and sweeten to taste. My drink was only very slightly sweet… just enough to take the edge of the lemon juice.

Green Tea Lemonade - Starbucks Inspired
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp of honey or 1 packet of stevia or 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 green tea bag
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • juice from 1 large lemon*
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Pour the honey, sugar or other sweetener of your choice into a mason jar or similar container. Add the tea bag and pour the boiling water into it. Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Don't let it go longer than 5 minutes or you'll end up with a bitter tasting drink. Discard the bag and stir until your sweetener is completely dissolved.
  2. Add a cup of very cold water and the lemon juice to the mixture. This will allow it to cool down considerably. Give it a little taste and add more sweetener if needed.
  3. Pour over lots of ice and enjoy.

You can easily double this recipe and store the resulting tea lemonade concentrate in the fridge for the next day.

* Tip for getting the most juice out of your lemon. Either roll it on the counter for a few minutes, pressing down with the palm of your hand, or stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds.

Looking for a great lemon juicer? This is the one I use.

Variation:

Try making it with your favorite flavored green tea (like strawberry, pomegranate etc.)

A glass of green tea lemonade

German-Style Iced Coffee or “Eiskaffee”

On a hot afternoon like today, I wish I could head back to my German hometown and stop by the local ice cream place for an “Eiskaffee”. It’s a sweet, delicious take on iced coffee. It’s quick and easy to make and the end result is more of a sweet treat than a beverage. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

You can just as easily turn this into a treat for the kids by making an “Eisschokolade”. Just replace the coffee in the recipe below with chocolate milk.

Iced Coffee Made With Ice Cream
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz cold coffee
  • 1 to 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • sweetener of choice to taste
  • Optional: instant coffee of cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass. Pour the cold coffee in and top with whipped cream. Add a sweetener of your choice if needed. I find the vanilla ice cream sweetens up the coffee enough for me. If you prefer it sweeter, either use an artificial sweetener that dissolves well in cold liquids, or add a little sugar to your coffee while it's still hot, then allow it to cool and use the sweetened version in your iced coffee.
  2. If you're making this for company, consider adding a sprinkle of cocoa powder or instant coffee to the top of the whipped cream.

 

 

Eiskaffee - German Style Iced CoffeeVariation: Try making your german style “Eiskaffee” with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla for a yummy Iced Mocha style drink.

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

I love Chai Tea and used to spend a small fortune at my local coffee shop. Next I found some premade mix at the grocery store, but it got quite pricey as well.

After some experimentation, I came up with this mix that tastes even better than the store bought stuff. Adjust the sugar to your liking.

From “Homemade Mixes” (Kindle Cookbook)

Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups white sugar
  • 1½ cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. white pepper
Instructions
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder.
To use:
  1. Boil 1 cup of water or milk and add 3 tablespoons of mix, stir well.

 

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

Ginger Mint Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. How about starting the day with a yummy green smoothie packed full of stuff that’s not only tasty but good for you too.

If you’re making this smoothie for the kids, leave out the ginger (or only add a tiny piece) and consider making it with apple juice or adding more fruit to make it a bit sweeter.

Green Smoothie with Mint and Ginger
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of baby spinach, washed
  • enough fresh water for consistency you want
  • 1 pear, core remove and diced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ to ½ cup fresh chopped mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Put the spinach in your blender and fill about half way up with fresh water, then blend until smooth, adding more water to get the consistency you want to drink. Once you have it blended, add the diced pear, ginger root, and ¼ cup mint leaves. Blend, add more water if necessary, and taste. Add more mint if you like, then blend until frothy.
  2. Serve immediately. Will make 1 serving and is easily doubled.

 

Glass of healthy green vegetable smoothie with mint and ginger

On St. Patrick's Day Everyone Can Be IrishOn St. Patrick’s Day Everyone Can Be Irish

St. Patrick’s Day gives us all an excuse to have some fun and eat delicious comfort foods.

Just thinking about corned beef, cabbage & soda bread give me goose bumps.  Those classic Irish dishes are among some of my favorite but it’s fun when you can find new recipes that make your tummy happy.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner I thought it would be nice to put together some recipes and crafts and create a kindle ebook to celebrate.

You’ll find delicious Irish food along with a bunch of crafts that your family will enjoy creating together.

And remember, with all Kindle ebooks, you don’t need a Kindle to download them. Amazon makes it easy to put right on your computer, laptop, or other e-reader or device. And the price is right, too!

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Watermelon Coolers

We were recently blessed with two large watermelons from the garden of a family friend. They are treat just cut up into chunks, but there’s only so many slices of watermelon you can eat, no matter how great they taste. With quite a bit of watermelon leftover, I did some searching and came up with some ideas for watermelon coolers. They make the perfect summer drink and all you need is a blender. I had already removed the rind and cut the watermelon into chunks. They were sitting in a covered bowl in the fridge waiting to be turned into yummy (and healthy) drinks.

Watermelon Coolers
 
Recipe type: Drink
Ingredients
  • watermelon chunks (fill up your blender to the top)
  • juice of half a lime
  • sugar to taste
Instructions
  1. Fill your blender to the top with watermelon chunks. As you start blending, feel free to add a few more if your blender can hold more. Add the lime juice and sugar and blend until liquefied. I start with a teaspoon of sugar and add more if needed.

Serve the coolers right away, or store them in the fridge for a day. If you have leftovers, freeze them in ice cube trays and use them to add a little flavor to plain water.

Easy Mango Smoothie Recipe

I love smoothies for breakfast on a warm summer day. Here’s one of my favorites. You can make it with fresh or frozen mango chunks. If you’re using frozen, you can skip the ice.

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
  • sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice

Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. I start without sweetener. Most of the time the sweetness in the Orange juice is enough to balance out the tartness of the Mango. If you want it a little sweeter, try adding a bit of sugar, honey or your favorite low-calorie sweetener.

Mango smoothie

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Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

We love lemonade in the summer time. This watermelon lemonade recipe adds a whole new refreshing twist. It's super healthy too.

  • 6 cups watermelon, peeled, seeds removed and cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • a handful of strawberries or raspberries

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and the sugar has dissolved. Chill in the fridge for about an hour and serve.

A delicious and refreshing summertime drink!

Summer CookingWhen the weather gets warmer, the last thing you want to do is stand over the stove, cooking a big meal. Not only is it hot in the kitchen, but the thought of eating a hot, heavy meal just doesn't sound very appetizing.

That's exactly why I put together this ebook –
Summer Cooking – Keeping It Cool

Summer is the time for easy meals and refreshing beverages. You want to get in and out of the kitchen fast, but, you also want a meal that's satisfying. A bowl of lettuce and tomatoes just won't do.

In this ebook you'll get lots of fresh and fabulous meals that will get you out of the kitchen fast, but also be flavorful and filling. Click on and buy this great little ebook and start enjoying deliciously simple Summer meals today! www.hillbillyhousewife.com/ebooks/summercooking.htm

Homemade Eggnog

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 quarts milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ground nutmeg

Beat eggs then place eggs, sugar and salt into a large saucepan. With stove temperature low, gradually stir in milk and keep stirring until the mixture starts to thicken (it takes about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and cool in the refrigerator. Once mixture has been cooled, pour into punch bowl and stir in vanilla extract and 1 tsp ground nutmeg.

Topping:
Beat whipping cream with mixer until it forms soft peaks. Gently add to the top of the eggnog mixture. Dust with nutmeg.

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How To Make A Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon smoothies are a great healthy way to stay cool and refreshed this summer. They are very simple to make and you can very them up quite a bit. These smoothies are also the perfect way to use up all that extra watermelon that’s left when you buy a big one. Here’s how to make these simple smoothies.

Start by cutting some of the watermelon into bite sized chunks. Make sure the rind is off and you remove any seeds. Now you’re ready to work on your smoothie.

Watermelon Smoothie

  • 3 cups watermelon chunks
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (option)
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • sugar to taste if needed

Put everything into your blend and blend until smooth. If the watermelon is good and ripe you should not need any extra sugar. It should also provide enough moisture to turn this into a deliciously creamy smoothie. If the mixture seems a bit try, add a splash of milk or fruit juice to thin it out.

You can also leave out the yogurt if you prefer and just increase the watermelon chunks to 4 cups.

Thanksgiving Smoothie Recipe

I love this smoothie as a healthy breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving morning while I’m busy cooking.

  • 1 can (16 oz.) cranberry sauce
  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen unsweetened peach slices, partially thawed
  • 1 container (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Add everything in blender and blend until smooth. Depending on how sweet your peaches are and how tart the cranberry sauce (and of course depending on your personal taste) you may want to add a little sugar or sweetener to your smoothie.

I always grab a few extra cans of cranberry sauce, just for this smoothie. Cranberries are full of antioxidants and I need all the help I can get after eating all turkey and stuffing.

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Makes 6 servings

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 sticks cinnamon

1. Heat all ingredients to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.

2. Strain cider mixture to remove cloves and cinnamon if desired. Serve hot.

Hot Buttered Rum Spiced Cider: Make as directed. For each serving, place 1 tablespoon butter (do not use margarine or vegetable oil spreads), 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar and 2 tablespoons rum in mug. Fill with hot cider.

Submitted by HBHW reader Christine from Dine Without Whine