Pumpkin Pie Steamer

Want to hear something that you probably already know?

I love pumpkin.

I know that pumpkin is something that most people associate with the fall, but for me, it’s something that I use year-round (and generally have at least 3 cans of it in my pantry at all times). And I’ve been known to be somewhat of a canned pumpkin hoarder and stock up whenever I can find a good deal on it…

How my cart typically looks when I shop at Wegman’s, where my favorite brand of pumpkin puree is always $1.99!

When September rolled around, everyone was suddenly excited about the return of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.

They’re good… but I’ve got something that (to me) tastes even better.

This little cup of deliciousness right here: the pumpkin pie steamer.

It’s SO good, and makes for the perfect after-dinner drink (but could certainly be enjoyed at any time of day!) It’s also incredibly easy to make, and just requires a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

And in less than five minutes, you can turn this

Into this.

I’ve been drinking this every single day… and have no plans of stopping any time soon.

Here’s how to make it:

Pumpkin Pie Steamer
(serves 1)

1/4 c. pumpkin puree

2-3 T water

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

sweetener, to taste (I used one packet of NuNaturals stevia)

8-10 oz. milk (I use Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

Place the pumpkin puree and water into a mug and stir well. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and sweetener. Pour the milk into the mug and stir well. Heat for an additional 60-90 seconds, depending on hot you want your drink to be. Stir and enjoy. Optional: top off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

I’m pretty sure that a little bit of rum or whiskey would pair really well with this drink, but unfortunately, don’t have any on hand to experiment with. If you do, please try it out and let me know how it is!

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And hey- if you want some entertainment today, I’ve got a video of my favorite yoga pose over at Lindsay’s blog for my very first ever Tuesday Trainer! Please try not to laugh… let’s just say I’m a little awkward in front of the camera…

If nothing else, you can hear how I talk (and I don’t know why, but I’m always fascinated to hear how bloggers’ voices match up to how I expected them to sound!).

Have a great Tuesday!

What’s your favorite “fall beverage?” (Mine are various pumpkin and Octoberfest beers. Hands down.)

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