Sunday, August 26, 2012

How to Make a (Vegan) Pumpkin Latte at Home!

Now, I don't like my lattes super hot (and actually usually ice them), but this is a good recipe for a windy evening (or.. when it's 90 degrees out, like right now).  It's super easy and you don't even need a stove, though how you choose to boil your water is up to you; if you only have a hotplate instead of a microwave, of course boil your water that way.  I have an electric kettle, and would usually use that, but I don't know where the heating base is right now.  If you enjoy tea (or instant coffee, or even ramen noodles or miso), I highly recommend an electric kettle.

Also, this is a great way to reuse a glass bottle and have a portable latte like what you'd buy at the gas station or grocery from a certain big chain.  =]  My bottle used to be a Taste of Nirvana Coconut Water.  These bottles are the perfect size for this, and coconut water is so good for you.

You need:
1/2 cup water (estimated)
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk (I use light vanilla, which I steal from j0hn; again, estimated)
1-2 teaspoons turbinado sugar (or sweetener of your choice & how sweet you like it)
1 bag of Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Autumn Spiced Tea (use two if you really like it concentrated)

In my case, I fill my glass bottle more than 1/3 of the way full, but slightly less than 1/2 of the way full (if that makes any sense at all?  See the photo) and pop it in the microwave for a minute and a half.  You may need to adjust this according to your microwave, mine is pretty weak.  My water is just boiling when I remove it from the microwave (with a hot pad, it will be hot!).

Steep your tea bag for 2-4 minutes.  Squeeze all of the liquid out of your tea bag (read: pure flavor) and toss it.  Add your sugar/sweetener first, because it tends to dissolve better in warm liquid.  Then add your soymilk to the top.  Cap it, shake it, and enjoy it!

Alternatively: leave some room at the top & add some ice if you like it cold.  If you like it hot, steam or boil your milk beforehand, but be careful; you need to make it in a mug instead, or you WILL burn your hands!  Glass bottles are great heat conductors, haha.


  1. Yay, pumpkin latte season <3 I have to admit that my favorite is the gingerbread latte, though. I figured out that using pumpkin pie spice with your latte makes it taste a lot like starbucks, but does anything beat a coffee somebody else made for you? lol I have the same theory about sandwiches ^.^;;

    1. I am definitely a fan of coffee made by someone else! =D Especially when that someone else is my awesome baristas.