A Healthier Version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

With fall comes apples, Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything. You can have anything pumpkin spiced, including a pumpkin spice latte, a pumpkin spiced eggnog, and more. And if you’re anything like me, you LOVE it!

I’m A Pumpkin Lover

I am totally guilty of having a pumpkin obsession. I am also guilty of stocking up on pumpkin everything so I can enjoy it well after the Fall has come and gone. My pantry usually has a few boxes of Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pancake mix and a few (or 5) of their pumpkin butter well after the holidays.

One of my favorite guilty pleasures when the fall would roll around used to be the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. It truly became synonymous with the word Fall and now even has a cult following (it literally it’s own IG page). But as I started making healthier choices, including the foods and drinks I put into my body, I realized that I had to sever that relationship. Because honestly, the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte wasn’t a great, or nutritious, choice.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte didn’t even have real pumpkin in it at the time! While they claim that it now includes actual pumpkin (and not just artificial flavoring to make it seem like you’re drinking it), it still isn’t that close to the real deal! Plus, that drink could constitute as a whole meal when you look at the nutritional info!

My simple version of the pumpkin spice latte. 

After reading about the nutritional content of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own version. I love taking some of my old favorites, like the Starbucks PSL, and recreating them into a healthier and even higher quality version. To me, recreating a drink without chemical-laden ingredients is fun and exciting. Plus, instead of those gross chemicals, I can include ingredients that are fresh, simple, and easy to find.

Now, I’ve tried many different recipes to try and recreate the perfect pumpkin spice latte. Some have required 20 minutes of preparation, boiling, and way too much prep for my half asleep, coffee-craving self. But, I’ve taken my favorites pieces from those recipes and I’ve merged them into a pumpkin spice latte that is full of fall, rich in flavor, and so much healthier for you. And did I mention that it can save you a lot of money? And by a lot of money, I mean like a whole lot of money per year to make your morning cup of joe at home. If you’re ready to enjoy your fall with a delicious pumpkin spice latte that’s actually good for you, check out the recipe below!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 8 oz freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (skim, 2% or whole cow’s milk, almond, coconut, cashew)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tbsp Kerrygold butter (You can pass on this to reduce fat but I love the rich flavor it adds)
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (combination of cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, cardamom)

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in your super festive Fall mug and then use my favorite coffee accessory, the Aerolatte frother.  Once you have a nice foam head, add a dash of cinnamon on top and enjoy the heck out of it.

If you’re not sure about the frother I use, you can click this link to go to my favorite Aerolatte frother.  Not only does it create the perfect foam every single time, but it also reminds me of the fun and super expensive coffee drinks I typically get at a coffee shop! It’s a neat little tool that makes me feel like I’m enjoying a cup of coffee that wasn’t made by me.

Don’t be afraid to try it at home. 

This recipe for a healthy pumpkin spice latte rocks both in taste and nutrition. If you want to take it a step further, this is also another great place to add your Vital Proteins Collagen.  It is a supplement with all kinds of awesome benefits, including 10 grams of protein in one scoop.

What’s your favorite fall-inspired coffee drink?

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