Crock Pot LOW FAT Pumpkin Spice Latte

For the last in her exotic coffee series, Naomi has concocted what may be my very favorite. If you love pumpkin, but hate the added calories that comes with a pumpkin latte, this one’s for you!

Adapted: Stephanie O’Dea

136As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I am a  huge fan of Stephanie O’Dea. I don’t pay full price for alot of ookbooks, but I  do for hers. They are used minimally of once a month and have a prominent place  on my bookshelves for easy access.

On that note, I love Pumpkin Spice  Lattes from Starbucks. Like Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s used to be for me.  Lightened up Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my new favorites that I have to wait for  once a year. Until now. I can have these as often as I like without the $5 price  tag! One other thing that I need to mention is that I am cheap…if I can make  it at home for less money, that is what is going to happen.

I have been  known to whip this up the night before and throw it in the crock pot as I am  getting ready for work. I then throw it in my coffee travel cup while heading  out the door for the day. It also reheats well so I can drink it over two days.

So, thanks to Stephanie O’Dea for this wonderful recipe and here we  go!!138

Ingredients the way I make it:

1 cup STRONG brewed  coffee
2 cups FAT FREE milk
2 T. canned pureed pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon  pumpkin pie spice
2 T. Equal
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
Fat Free  canned whipped cream
Extra pumpkin pie spice for  topping

Directions:

1) Place first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix  thoroughly.
2) Cook on high in a 2 qt crock pot for 2 hours.
3) Ladle  finished drink into a mug or coffee travel cup and top with whipped cream and  pumpkin pie spice, if desired.

Mid-Week Mixers are created and contributed by Naomi Blackburn, author of a food blog appropriately called The Pub and Grub Forum. You can enjoy Naomi’s fun recipes of Words. Wit & Wisdom every Wednesday, and you can catch even more wonderful recipes on her blog at http://thepubandgrubforum.blogspot.com

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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