This is one of my favorite recipes of the season!
At the fraction of the cost of stopping off at Starbucks for one, you can enjoy the creamy goodness right at home in your jammies in front of the fire! (Um, purely hypothetical scenario...)
I can't take any credit for it; I originally found it at prairiecotttagerose.blogspot.com!
Without further ado...
2 c. milk
2 T. canned pumpkin
2 T. sugar or sugar substitute-adjust to taste
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. strong brewed coffee (or 1/4 c. espresso)
In a saucepan, stir together milk, pumpkin, and sugar. Cook and stir over med. heat until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, transfer to blender and process for 15 sec. or until foamy. (The whole blender step can be skipped and just whisked in the pan with no loss in taste).
Pour into a large mug (or more if you decide to share), 1/2 full. Add the coffee or espresso on top. (Or, if you're like me and decide to serve to a large number of people for a special occasion, it can just as easily be doubled or tripled and all be mixed into your crockpot and kept on warm for a few hours). Of course, whipped cream on top with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon takes it to a whole new level!