Ingredients in pumpkin spice frappuccinos
If you know anything at all about my Starbucks obsession, then you know that I need to start making more copy cat recipes at home so I can start saving a little more money.
Believe it or not, Starbucks has a PUMPKIN SPICE FRAPPUCCINO on their menu! OMG! And I've recreated it at home – it's super easy! Here's everything you need below:
espresso homemade simple syrup (see the recipe below) 2% milk – any type of milk (skim, whole, non-dairy) will work here pumpkin puree homemade pumpkin spice mix (see recipe below) ice cubes Whipped cream (optional garnish)
How to make pumpkin spice frappuccinos
I think as I'm getting older I have a more natural aversion to overly sweet things, so that's the other reason I prefer to make my fancy cappuccinos and lattes at home.
Not only do you save a TON of money making frappuccinos at home, but once you have the ingredients on hand, you can make some fancy coffee drinks ALL THE TIME. No driving, no walking, no spending. Here's how to make these frappuccinos:
Make the simple syrup and make the pumpkin spice mix. Add espresso, simple syrup, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice mix and ice to a blender. Mix together until smooth. Add whipped cream and garnish with a pinch of pumpkin spice mix. Serve and enjoy right away!
How to make the simple syrup
It is SO easy to make simple sryup. All you need is 1 part boiling water, 1 part sugar. Here are the measurements I use:
1/3 cup boiling water 1/3 cup sugar
You can make even more syrup and store leftovers in a mason jar in the fridge up to 2 months.
What type of coffee to use
Espresso is key with these frappuccinos – you want strong coffee, not drip coffee as that's what's used in most lattes and cappuccinos. You also don't want the liquid-ice ratios to be thrown off.
You can even use one of those coffee machines that uses pods (Keurig, Tassimo, Nespresso, etc.) Just be sure to choose espresso and brew them short.
If you're looking for a great tasting espresso blend and have a fancy espresso maker, I prefer Lavazza coffee – it's my fave store bought brand. You can also pick up specialty coffee from small, independent coffee shops too!
How to make them dairy-free
With just a few small changes, this drink can easily be made vegan/dairy-free!
I use dairy milk and whipping cream for the pumpkin spice frappuccinos, but they can easily be switched with non-dairy milk and whipped cream. Coconut milk is a great option because it is thicker and more creamy than dairy milk, and you can even find coconut whipped cream in many grocery stores these days!
Making homemade pumpkin spice
Here's what you need for the homemade pumpkin spice blend:
2 tbsp cinnamon 2 tbsp nutmeg 1 tbsp ginger
You can store leftover spice mix in a plastic bag or small mason jar in your pantry up to 3 months.
Tricks to blending
If you have a good blender, you should be able to add all the ingredients all at once and just blend everything up!
If you just want to make one frapp at a time, cut the recipe in half and then add to Magic Bullet for a personalized drink.
If you have a cheaper blender, I'd recommend adding half the ice at a time so that the liquid has a chance to develop. I also recommend adding the liquid ingredients in first, then adding ice bit by bit.
Storing components for future frappuccinos
I make the simple syrup and pumpkin spice blend in advance so that it's easy to make a frappuccino in no time! You can store both components of the drink in your kitchen up to 2-3 months. You can also store leftover pumpkin puree in a glass container up to 2 weeks so that you can enjoy multiple frappuccinos!
I don't recommend making these drinks in bulk because they will become watered down – they are best to enjoy right away!
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Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos!
These Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos are a tasty spin on a fall fave, especially if you love iced coffee – and you won't even need to go to Starbucks!
4 espresso shots 1/3 cup simple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you like things) 1 cup 2% milk (1% or skim if you want a low-fat version)) 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 2 tsp pumpkin spice mix 12 ice cubes Whipped cream (optional) Pumpkin spice mix for garnish Simple syrup 1/3 cup boiling water 1/3 cup sugar Pumpkin Spice Mix 2 tbsp cinnamon 2 tbsp nutmeg 1 tbsp ginger Make simple syrup by boiling water and mixing it with sugar. In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin spice mix and set aside.
Add espresso, simple syrup, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice mix and ice to a blender.
Mix together until there are no chunks of ice left.
Add whipped cream (if desired)and garnish with a pinch of pumpkin spice mix. Serve and enjoy right away!
*nutritional info is for 1 frappuccino minus the whipped cream – add 25-30 more calories for the whipped cream
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