I like the way my boss puts it: Fall rolls around and the pumpkin spice latte comes back and “everyone loses their damn mind.” Yep, that’s the caffeine crowd I’m catering to today – myself included.
Remember when I made my 3 ingredient mocha frappe a while back? It was such a hit among readers that I decided to recreate it, but this time more fall friendly. I added some pumpkin butter to my milk “ice cubes” using this recipe, which I loosely followed. But if you don’t have pumpkin butter, you can just use pumpkin puree and add a bit more pumpkin pie spice and sweetener, or sub a pumpkin-flavored syrup.
I opted for cold brew coffee that I brewed the night before and strained in the morning, but any chilled espresso or bold roast coffee will do.
Once you add your pumpkin ice cubes to the blender, all you need to add is coffee. Anything else is completely optional: creamer, additional sweetener or spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.).
The result is a creamy, pumpkin frappuccino with plenty of sweet and spice. I opt to call it a pumpkin-cinno. Festive, eh? I believe this would make the perfect beverage for your morning work commute – it certainly does mine.
- 1 c cold brew coffee*
- 1 c milk (any kind)
- ¼ c pumpkin butter*
- 2 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- To prepare cold brew coffee, place 2 cup ground coffee – the bolder the better – into a bowl, top it with 4 cups of water and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Strain in the morning and reserve the leftover in the fridge.
- Prepare milk ice cubes in advance by pouring your milk of choice into a bowl and mixing in pumpkin butter, agave nectar and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk to ensure even distribution.
- Pour mixture into an ice cube tray, covering lightly with saran wrap, and freezing overnight.
- Choose non-dairy milk to make this vegan friendly. I went with 2% for an extra creamy texture.
- In the morning, place 1 cup coffee and 8-10 pumpkin ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add a packet of stevia or extra agave if you prefer a sweeter beverage. Additionally, add more pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin butter if you prefer a spicier flavor.
- Optional but recommended: Top with whipped cream and cinnamon for serving.
* If you are using pumpkin puree, still use ¼ c but compensate flavor by adding extra agave and pumpkin pie spice.