7 Coffeehouse Holiday Drinks to Make at Home

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I certainly do my fair share of popping out to the neighborhood coffee shop, but sometimes I like to make my drinks at home. A lot of people are unsure about doing this, worrying their drinks won't turn out like their coffee shop favorites. But with these recipes I guarantee you can make all your store-bought favorites at home. It is much easier, and less expensive, than dashing out to a cafe on cold winter days! These are a few of my favorites that are full of holiday flavors and are guaranteed to keep the whole family warm.

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1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Start with this fall and winter coffee favorite, the Pumpkin Spice Latte! No need to rush out to your neighborhood Starbucks every morning. This easy-to-follow recipe will insure you have pumpkin spice latte's at your disposal in the comfort of your own home!

Ingredients:
Makes two servings

• 2 cups milk or non-dairy alternative, such as soy milk
• 2 tablespoons canned or fresh pureed pumpkin (unsweetened)
• 2 tablespoons Truvia or sweetener of choice
• 1 scoop (about 2.5 Tbs) Vanilla Nutrimeal
• 1 tsp Fibergy Plus
• 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 2 shots of espresso (about 1/4 cup) or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee

Directions:

1. In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sweetener and stir on medium heat until steaming (you can also microwave on high for 2 minutes).

2. Remove from heat, stir in Nutrimeal, Fibergy, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, then transfer to a blender and whirl for 15 seconds until foamy, then stir in espresso. If you don't have a blender, whisk thoroughly with a wire whisk.

Optional: Top with light whipped cream if you're feeling decadent and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over the top.

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2. Spiced Chai Latte
I love a good hot chai tea latte to get me going on cooler mornings. It is also a favorite when I need a quick pick me up in the afternoon. Sure, I could pop over to Starbucks each time I wanted one but it would costs a fortune and add a lot of calories to my diet. Instead, I make it at home. It is so easy to do you wouldn't believe it.
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3. Spiced Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Adding sweet pumpkin taste to hot chocolate is a total cinch, and makes for an unexpected holiday drink. It's the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up for the season!
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4. Mexican Hot Chocolate
While you can serve a cup of this Mexican Hot Chocolate all by its lonesome, I happen to think a dollop of Cayenne-spiced Dulce de Leche cream seriously turns up the heat on this addictively-warm beverage, elevating it from 'dang good' to 'muy, muy delicioso!' Enjoy!
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5. White Hot Chocolate with Toast Marshmallows
Dark and milk chocolates are the norm, but white chocolate, which is softer and creamier to begin with, melts beautifully into milk, making creamy white hot chocolate that's like a warm milkshake, only better.
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6. Caramel Macchiato
This isn't a traditional caramel macchiato, but it's still a tasty drink that you can enjoy in your own home even if you don't have an espresso machine. It's easy to toss together with everyday ingredients, and soon you'll be satisfying your craving for the coffee shop without spending the $5 in your back pocket.
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7. Easy Peasy Mocha
Mocha is the hot chocolate for coffee lovers…or is it the coffee for hot chocolate lovers? Regardless, it can be a tasty treat, and with this method, it can be a tasty treat in your very own home. No espresso machine necessary.
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