A Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe You Can Make At Home
Probably one of my defining characteristics — you know the kind of visual cue I would give a stranger in order to be able to pick me out of a crowd — is the fact that there is almost always a coffee in my hand.
It’s not something I’m particularly proud or ashamed of, it just is. I love coffee. I love the ritual of making coffee in the morning, and of sipping coffee between thoughts as I work, and especially of popping into my local coffee shop on a cool fall day for an afternoon pick-me-up.
What I don’t love is all the filler pumped into coffee these days. Like, I’d love to get on the PSL train, but I just can’t get down with consuming a hot cup of carageenan, carcinogens, and a bunch of “artificial flavors made from substances like petroleum” — even when topped with a generous helping of whipped cream.
And, no. This isn’t a diet thing. This is a health thing.
SO. In order to get my PSL fix this season, I invented my very own healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe you can make at home. (You're welcome.)
And don’t worry, it’s been approved from outside sources — including my BF, who doesn’t even like coffee.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup of your milk of choice (I usually use almond milk, but any will do!)
- 1-2 shots of espresso OR ¾ cup strong coffee
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree (I stock up on this stuff every fall and use it all year long to make healthy sweet treats)
- 2 tbsp natural maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
How to Make It:
- First things, first — start with coffee. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can simply make some extra strong coffee using your regular ol' coffee maker or french press.
Next, combine coffee and milk in a small stove-top pot and heat on medium.
Whisk in the pumpkin puree and maple syrup.
Last but not least, add your pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
Continue heating and whisking until desired drinking temperature — careful not to scald!
Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy!
*Pssst...you can also make this warming fall beverage without the coffee for a sweet bedtime treat.