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Pumpkin Butter & Pumpkin Spiced Lattes

Such a fun weekend! I can’t believe tomorrow is back to the grind already. 🙁 Between 2:30am nights out and a late hockey game tonight, I am definitely going to be starting the work week in sleep deprivation mode…totally worth it 😉

Last week I made Gina’s pumpkin butter. I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin butter (best oatmeal mix-in ever, by the way), but the sugar content of most recipes scared me a way. Gina must have read my mind because a lower sugar recipe of hers popped into my inbox last week. Mucho gracias!

Pumpkin Butter from Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipes

3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup apple cider or juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)


Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Serves 14 (about 1/4 cup each)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 88 calories; 0.3 g. fat; 27.3 g. carbohydrate; 2.5 g. fiber; 1.0 g. protein

Result: Very good! Not the BEST pumpkin butter ever, but that’s because there’s less sugar than pumpkin unlike many recipes 😉 It is very easy to make and goes great in oatmeal, on toast, and in lattes (keep reading!).

And a creative way to use pumpkin butter…

Pumpkin Spiced Latte adapted from Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipe

1 1/2 cups fat free milk
2 tbsp pumpkin butter (recipe above)2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
fat free whipped topping
pumpkin pie spice for topping


In a small pan combine milk, pumpkin butter, coffee, pumpkin pie spice and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until boiling. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Using an immersion blender, Blend until smooth with a wire whisk. Pour into 2 mugs and top with pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Serves 2 (8 ounces each)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 98 calories; 0 g. fat; 4 mg. cholesterol; 92 mg. sodium; 19.5 g. carbohydrate; 18.5 g. sugar; 6 g. protein

Result: Delicious! These lattes do not need the whipped topping! If you order a 8 ounce Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte made with non-fat milk and no whipped topping, it runs 130 calories. Making the homemade version is therefore healthier and lighter on the pocket book!

Question: What’s your coffee order from Starbucks?

Hope it’s as gorgeous there as it is here…86 and sunny!! 😀


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  1. Astra Libris
    October 10, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    Wow, I’m sooooo excited about the pumpkin butter recipe and about the idea of being able to fix pumpkin spice lattes at home – SO cool!!! Thank you SO much!!!

  2. homecookedem
    October 10, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    I don’t like coffee at all. But I do love to order ginger green tea from Starbucks.

    That pumpkin butter looks incredible! I bet the apple cider adds a lovely touch of subtle sweetness! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. FoodFitnessFreshair
    October 10, 2010 / 8:08 pm

    Mmm, I love pumpkin butter. I’ve never made my own, but I know Trader Joes makes a pretty tasty one. They do have a lot of sugar, but if you use it sparingly like jelly, it doesn’t really bother me.

  4. losingmore
    October 10, 2010 / 8:33 pm

    you know, i made her pumpkin butter last week, and i thought it was the bomb! I really thought it was the BEST I had ever tasted. I also made the lattes, and they rocked as well. Today, I added some to pancake batter, along with a couple of shakes of pumpkin pie spice and about a 1/4 c of pumpkin puree ( I just used the boxed buttermilk kind for the batter) and made delicious pumpkin pancakes!!! Topped them with more pumpkin butter and didn’t even need any sugar free syrup.

  5. Meg
    October 10, 2010 / 9:43 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about pumpkin butter from TJ’s, and I can imagine homemade is even better ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Gahh Sbux! I am addicted – I love soy lattes with vanilla or hazelnut!

  6. kbwood
    October 10, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    ohhh my gosh. this sounds delish!! I just got pumpkin butta from TJS- ill have to try this when i get out!

  7. Slamdunk
    October 10, 2010 / 11:26 pm

    Clever. I am not a coffee drinker, but the Mrs. makes up for my slack.

    Sounds like you may have to drink a double on Monday morning to wake up.

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  9. Erika
    October 11, 2010 / 8:27 am

    Just got some Starbucks yesterday…I ordered a Grande Iced Coffee with SF Vanilla Syrup. *My favorite!*
    Gina’s recipes look so easy and creative…going to check out her site right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Faith
    October 11, 2010 / 5:46 pm

    I agree, OMG is pumpkin butter amazing on oats! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great minds think alike — I just made homemade pumpkin spice coffee this weekend! I made a pumpkin syrup for mine but using pumpkin butter is a great idea…I’d love to try that!

  11. Kerstin
    October 14, 2010 / 1:10 am

    Just saved the pumpkin spice latte recipe and will be making them this weekend – I’m so excited!!

  12. Kasey
    October 14, 2010 / 3:05 pm

    I just made this and blogged about it! It’s so delicious. I’m excited to try the lattes ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the awesome recipe idea!

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2010 / 4:19 pm

      Kasey, I’m so glad you liked it! The lattes are possibly even better than the butter …:)

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