I love Fall! Crisp air, leaves changing color, warm & cozy sweaters, & PUMPKIN!! Anything pumpkin I have a slight addiction to. Pumpkin ice cream, pancakes, waffles, cookies, bread, pie, & of course Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)!! I remember the first time I had one, I was working downtown Chicago in the Sears Tower. I would get one every morning on my way to work. What a treat it was – I would literally go to bed each night excited to wake up & get my next PSL! I was suck a Starbucks addict!! Then I would be devastated when they would run out of the Pumpkin syrup which meant I would have to wait another year for it to come out again.
This year, I was shocked to learn how unhealthy the Starbucks PSL was! All those years I was unknowingly consuming: high fructose corn syrup, Caramel color level IV that has been linked to Cancer, LOTS of sugar (a Grande has over 50 g!), & NO PUMPKIN!!!! So, that spurred me to try to find a healthier way to make my own. I tried about 3 different recipes, then found one I liked & tweaked it to my own liking. Mine is A LOT cleaner – contains unsweetened vanilla almond milk, real pumpkin, & agave nectar in place of SUGAR!!! Best of all, its always ‘available’ & I can make one anytime!
Below you’ll find the recipe along with nutritional information. Try it & let me know what you think!!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
3 T. pumpkin puree
1 T. agave nectar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6-8 oz strong brewed coffee (or 2 shots of espresso)
Combine almond milk, pumpkin, agave, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a small saucepan over a medium low heat. Whisk everything together and as soon as the milk begins to simmer, shut off the heat and transfer the milk mixture to a blender.
Add the strong brewed coffee to the blender and blend for 10 seconds or until light and frothy.
Pour into your favorite mug. Top with fresh nutmeg or more pumpkin pie spice, and enjoy!
Nutrients for entire recipe (aka 1 drink): Calories: 112; Total Fat: 2.5g; Saturated Fat: 0.0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 19.4g; Dietary Fiber: 2.2g; Sugars: 17g; Protein: 1.8g