Friday, November 4, 2011

Make Your Own Caramel Spice Latte

So you made The Apple Crisps Martinis and are wondering what to do with the leftover cinnamon simple syrup. I found the perfect thing: use it to sweeten your coffee! We recently got a new coffee maker and have been enjoying the taste of pure, delicious coffee. I had my old coffee pot forever and it was actually starting to disintegrate. While I regularly cleaned it, over time my coffee just wasn't tasting up to par. It was time for a new maker.

I decided to try the cinnamon syrup in my coffee along with my new favorite creamer: Nestle's Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss in Caramel Flavor. It was heavenly! In fact, I think it was a lot like Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce Latte. The best part is I'm sure it is A LOT less calories than Starbuck's. Now, I like to drink huge mugs of coffee, a la Gilmore Girls (fans of the show will understand). I have several mugs that hold 4 (5 oz.) cups of coffee. That's 20 oz. of coffee. Mmmmmmm.......So my recipe is based on that fact and has around only 100 calories. By the way, why aren't "coffee cups" the same amount as "regular cups" (i.e. 8 oz.)? Typically "coffee cups" are 6 oz., but my coffee pot has 5 oz. in each "cup." Why????

Caramel Spice Latte
(This is not a low-FODMAP recipe)

1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon simple syrup
1 Tbsp. caramel flavored coffee creamer
1 splash skim milk
4 (5 oz.) cups of coffee

In the bottom of a really large mug (almost the size of your head), pour the cinnamon syrup, creamer and milk. Add the coffee, letting the pour of the coffee mix it all together. Top with whipped cream if feeling indulgent and not minding the extra calories. You can also adjust the syrup and creamer measurements to your liking.

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