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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Cut Calories and Sugar With This Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Hack

The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food and written by Brittany Mullins, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

More pumpkin… are you surprised?

Probably not.

If you like the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks but would rather skip the extra calories and sugar, you are going to love the homemade version I'm featuring today. It's crazy to me that even the smallest size (a tall) non-fat, no whip PSL from Starbucks has 200 calories and 37 grams of sugar! The sugary syrup is the culprit. It contains sugar, condensed nonfat milk, sweet condensed nonfat milk and a few other ingredients including coloring and artificial flavors. It's also good to know this in case you are vegan; even if you order a soy latte without the whipped cream, it's not vegan since the syrup has dairy.

I'm all about keeping my food/beverages as natural as possible, which is why I love this homemade version. You can have this homemade PSL any day of the week (and feel good about it) because it contains all-natural ingredients, no added sugar and a low amount of calories. The best part: it doesn't cost $4 a pop.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Notes

I used cold-brewed Pumpkin Spice coffee from Fresh Market, which tasted divine, but you can certainly use any flavor coffee you love. And then the magic happens! I used to have a mini frother that does such a good job at making foamy milk without a milk steamer but I now own a Breville Milk Frother. It's more expensive but it's way better. I highly recommend it.

You might find some pumpkin pulp at the bottom of your glass and that's totally normal. Starbucks would have it too — if they were using natural ingredients and not syrup.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  3. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  6. 8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
  7. Sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a cup or saucepan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stovetop or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices, and sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk. You can also use a blender —  just process for 30 seconds or until foamy.
  3. Pour coffee into a large mug; add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!
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