To be 100% real with y’all I’m kind of over the flood of pumpkin everything showing up all over the internet these days. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin stuff, but this year it seems like overkill. I can’t get away from it. It haunts me in my dreams. So this morning when I woke up feeling good for the first time in 4 days (after fighting a stomach bug) I caved and decided to make these Pumpkin Spice Latte Waffles from Minimalist Baker.
It all started when I walked into Trader Joe’s two weeks ago and was immediately smacked in the face by the huge display of Pumpkin Extravaganza – a floor to ceiling presentation of all the seasonal Fall pumpkin items arranged to resemble, you guessed it, a smiling pumpkin. It’s tractor beam-like forces sucked me in and before I knew what was happening I was tossing a can of pumpkin puree in my basket. As I was unloading my purchases back at home I pulled out the can of pumpkin and cursed myself for giving into peer pressure.
Every time I’ve opened the cupboard since, that can has been staring me in the face just taunting me with it’s presence. “C’mon Kylie, you know you want to make something pumpkiny and full of Fall deliciousness. All the cool kids are doing it,” it proclaimed in its annoyingly pumpkin-like voice. “SHUT UP STUPID PUMPKIN,” I yelled back while slamming the cupboard door and choosing instead to stare into the fridge for 5 minutes looking for something to eat. This scene, or something frighteningly similar, replayed over and over every time I entered the kitchen.
Throughout the night last night, as I tossed and turned, I heard it whispering to me. Reminding me of that amazing looking Pumpkin Spice Latte Waffle recipe I saw on Pinterest earlier in the evening. I couldn’t drown out its voice no matter how many pillows I stuck over my head. I must say it had some valid points though, especially when it rationalized that if I used it, it couldn’t torment me anymore. Touché can of pumpkin. Touché.
Sometime around 5am I gave in and decided to just make the damn waffles.
And so here we are and I just scarfed down two fat waffles. I feel dirty. And weak. But my tummy is happy, so that’s a plus.
In all seriousness, this is a pretty decent waffle recipe. The pumpkin spice flavors were definitely present, but I didn’t taste the coffee at all and I brewed it fairly strong. Also, I wish it was just a bit more sweet. I’m not a huge fan of syrup so I use it sparingly and I like to get the extra sweetness from the waffle itself. That being said though, I know a lot of people go heavy on the syrup so these are probably perfect for them. Incredibly easy to make and no crazy ingredients you need to go hunting for (although that pumpkin is pretty loco).
The one HUGE drawback…it only calls for 1/4 cup pumpkin, so now I have tupperware with the rest of the pumpkin in my fridge. Hopefully the heavy door will muffle its voice until I decide what to do with it next.