Skip the coffee shop and enjoy a simple and delicious butter pecan latte right at home!
I did something the other day that I rarely ever do. I bought a latte. I couldn’t resist; the Pumpkin Spice latte was calling to me. I typically avoid coffee shops because 1. I work from home and 2. I don’t need the extra calories and 3. I’m cheap. But the allure of the nutmeg and cinnamon hit me as soon as I walked into the grocery store. My feet made a beeline for Starbucks without any instruction from my head.
When it was time to pay, I handed the barista my money but couldn’t let go. He and I had a mini tug-of-war with my five dollar bill because the cheapskate in me didn’t want to part with my hard earned cash. After finally letting go I had a small bout of buyers remorse that only lasted until my steamy, hot latte was snug in my hands.
The thing about latte’s is they are so easy to make at home. You don’t really need any special equipment. I do have a tiny frother, but a whisk or even a blender would work just as well. The best part (aside from saving some cashola) is you control your ingredients!
This butter pecan latte is simple and light on the sugar. I used skim milk in this latte recipe, but you can substitute your favorite dairy (or non-dairy beverage). I used brown sugar for this recipe because the molasses flavor was needed to create the perfect butter pecan flavor. The butter pecan flavor comes from a combination of butter and nut extract and a splash of maple syrup. Adjust all the ingredients to suit your taste. You may like your latte’s less sweet. If that’s the case reduce the maple syrup. To really give your homemade latte a coffee shop feel, top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a few chopped pecans.
Butter Pecan Latte
A simple yet delicious tasting butter pecan latte!
- 2 cups skim milk
- 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or extract)
- 1 teaspoon butter & nut extract
- 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso
- whipped cream
- chopped pecans
- Whisk together milk, brown, extract and maple syrup until sugar has dissolved. Warm mixture over medium heat until it becomes slightly thick. Be sure to watch your milk mixture, you do not want it to boil.
- Divide coffee between two mugs. Froth milk with a handheld mixer, frother or a blender. Pour milk over coffee. Top with whipped cream and pecans for garnish.