Healthy pumpkin spice latte - It's Simply Lindsay

I realize it’s August, but I don’t see why there is a limit to the pumpkin spice season, so in fact, I enjoy it year-round, and you should too! With my love for pumpkin spice being said, I’ve been finding myself in four serious quandaries.

  1. I want pumpkin spice lattes every day.
  2. I can easily take a route to work to pass popular coffee shops.
  3. $4 a cup can start to add up.
  4. I’ve been actually starting to care about the junk that’s in my food.

I also have various specifications when I order, and sometimes I forget to mention my preferences (my old order was a tall skinny decaf pumpkin spice latte with coconut or almond milk). While I used to think the “skinny” part of my order meant healthy by cutting calories and fat, I realized that any sugar free foods are more dangerous for you. You can read about the dangers of popular sugar-free substitutes like Sucralose here. If you think you’re being healthy by ordering a sugar-free drink, think again – it would be better to have real sugar than a sugar substitute (that goes for your own cooking, too).

 

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I decided I could have my favorite drink year-round, save money, and control what goes into my pumpkin spice latte by making it myself. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Pumpkin latte - It's Simply Lindsay

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C strong coffee
  • 1 C milk of choice (coconut, almond, cow’s)
  • 2-3 T pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T real maple sugar (honey or real sugar can be used)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and shredded coconut for garnish (optional)

Make your own pumpkin latte - It's Simply Lindsay

Directions

  • Make 1/4 C of strong coffee. I use instant decaf.
  • Put milk, pumpkin, vanilla, spices, and syrup in a saucepan over medium low heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until it reaches a slow simmer. Or put in microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  • Take off heat and either use an immersion blender or pour into a blender to mix until the milk is frothy. I prefer an immersion blender and blend right in the sauce pan for about 45 seconds for a good froth.
  • **Note: If you don’t have time or don’t want that delicious latte froth, you can skip this!**
  • Use a large spoon to separate from milk foam from the liquid. Pour liquid into mug with the coffee, and add the milk foam to the top.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and shredded coconut.
  • Sit outside where there’s a crisp, chilly breeze, sip, and enjoy.

Are you willing to give up your favorite coffee shop’s lattes to make your own, healthy version at home?

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  • Umm…100% YES! This looks amazing, girl! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hooray!!! Hope you try it soon!!

  • Natalie @ AFitPhilosophy.com

    Oh girl! You have no idea how bad I need this in my life!!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      hahahah yesssss so happy you’re just like me : )

  • Ooooh yes, yes, yes!!!! PSLs are a regular phrase in my vocabulary 🙂 What a great post. I try not to get them all of the time because of all the sugar..the MAPLE sugar sounds heavenly!!! Yay!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Chelsea, you will love love love this. It’s great that I can now make them at home ; )

  • Yes!!! I can’t wait to make this! I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Thank You for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You will love it – enjoy : )

  • Yummy!! I need to try this!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      They’re so good! Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

  • Ohhh this sounds amazing, I’m always looking for ways to avoid paying $5 for a cup of coffee!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes, I love lattes but hate paying the steep price for such cheap ingredients.

  • Autumn Dickens

    This looks so delicious and the fact that it’s healthy makes me so happy! I love pumpkin spice lattes, but 300+ calories per cup is a bit too much for me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I know, I have the same problem with the latte nutrition, so this is a great alternative : )

  • I’ve never tried making one of these at home! What a great way to control the ingredients being used!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes, I love that you can control the ingredients you use; you can customize it to your EXACT specifications and taste, too!

  • This recipe looks delicious to make with plant-based milk either almond or cashew milk! Thank for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Rosalyn! Do you not drink cow’s milk? What kind of milk do you prefer?

  • Yum! I love finding healthier alternatives to fun treats!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I do, too!

  • Laura@theaverygrace

    This is great! I am so excited that you shared this!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I was so excited to share it with you!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    OMGOSH yes pumpkin spice lattes are my weakness. But spendy and full of junk I don’t want in my body. Love how simple and healthified this recipe is!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Chrissa, it sounds like we’re on exactly the same page – hope you enjoy this!!

  • Shann Eva

    Are you using pumpkin puree from a pumpkin you’ve carved out or is it store bought? Either way, it does sound yummy. I actually have never even had a PSL.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Pumpkin puree is from a can – I have actually never used pumpkin from an actual pumpkin, but I probably should now that you mention it! Thanks for the idea. I think you would really enjoy this.

  • You are so smart to come up with a recipe yourself! I’m in the same boat…I pass multiple coffee shops on my way to work and it is SO tempting to pick up a latte! I’ll have to try this. This would be fun to make for a big gathering of people too! Maybe in a crockpot to keep warm for a party? Yum!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Ooooh Lauren, what a great idea to make it in the crockpot! You’re so very smart.

  • Donnica Smalls

    PSLs are a weakness, and it’s hard not to feel guilty about the price and all of the calories. I’ll definitely have to try this just replacing the skim milk with almond milk.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Great thinking! I also play around with the ratio of milk to coffee because I’m trying to cut back on milk.

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Yes yes yes, thanks for sharing this! I am cheap and don’t want to pay so much for this, but I still want to drink it (and hold its warmth). Will try this weekend hopefully 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Ooooh, I hope you try it soon and love it like I do!

  • Yum! I love PSLs so this was right up my alley.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hooray!! You’ll love this then.

  • Paige Allison

    I’m SO PROUD of you for ditching the “skinny” nonsense! Sugar free and nonfat is NOT healthy! I get 3-4 pumpkin spice lattes every fall with 2% milk and real sugar from a local coffee shop. Man, is that good! This looks awesome too! A fun treat to make on a Saturday morning 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yes, ew, gross – I wish there was a disclaimer like, WARNING: we are poisoning you. Enjoy. Hope you’ll enjoy this over the weekend ; )

  • That looks so delicious! These lattes are my treats once Fall rolls around and it really helps me feel like the season is changing even though it’s still 95 degrees out 😉

    • Lindsay Katherine

      hahaha yesss, these would definitely bring you into the season, despite the heat.

  • Taylor Smith

    Ok that looks AMAZING. Count me in!!!! 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      YES! You will love it, Taylor.

  • OH MY GOSH I’m dying…I JUST went on a SNapchat rant yesterday about so badly wanting a PSL! And this one is healthy?!?! Sign me up, like, yesterday.

    Coming Up Roses

    • Lindsay Katherine

      hahahah wow perfect timing!!!!! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do : ) And when pumpkin hits the shelves, buy a TON of it.

  • I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love adding creamers to my hot cocoa. I’ve always wanted to try pumpkin spice but for some reason it just didn’t sound right. Now my pregnant brain is telling me it would probably taste like pumpkin chocolate chip cookie and I need to get on it asap! I’ll have to try this out since I don’t think they’re selling pumpkin spice creamer in stores yet. Oh boy. I need this now 😉

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I think you would love this now Rebekah! You could make it your own without coffee even – let me know how that goes!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    This sounds so delicious! I am going to save this recipe to my Pinterest for later! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Ooooh, yay!! I hope you enjoy it : )

  • AH YUM!!! Thanks for the recipe. I know when it gets cooler in London (which will probably be tomorrow) I will surely make this! xx

  • Ummm I’m ALL ABOUT the pumpkin drinks all year! Andddd that coconut on top?! Yes please!

  • welll… HELLOOOO new fave drink!

    I actually have a drink frother that also heats up the contents (from Starbucks, it’s amazing, put it on your Christmas wish list) so I might be able to skip the stove… either way though it looks delish.

    … I’m really excited for Fall

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Lindsay Katherine

      That’s amazing, Laura!! Thanks for telling me about that frother!

  • LOVE THIS! Perfect to not feel guilty and still enjoy the yummyness!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Yessss exactly!! Hope you enjoy it sometime soon.

  • This sounds delicious. I work at said coffee shop that made the PSL famous and the calories can really add up! If people do want to splurge even one pump of the syrup creates a delicious flavor and far less calories.

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  • Loveliness! I’ll have to try making this in the fall!

  • Casey Oakley Bennevault

    I have a feeling I’ll be making these all the time now:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Yummy yummy! Fall is in the air, and this sounds like the perfect drink. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Yum! I’m trying to stay away from Starbucks and the like because it’s so pricey and so bad for you. But I do love pumpkin spice lattes so this is a great option!

  • Yummy Linds!!! This looks perfect. Just like you, I’m obsessed with pumpkin spice things!!

  • I just came across your blog and I love it!! I was just thinking today about how excited I am for all things pumpkin spice & this sounds delicious 🙂

    XO,
    Amanda
    misslulupearlblog.blogspot.com

  • Maggie Malson

    Yum! I found a Pumpkin Spice flavored tea last year. I add milk and sugar; it makes a perfect mock PS latte!

  • Diamond Designs Uniform

    Yummy! This sounds delicious!
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  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Okay I may actually have to try this now that the hubs cut my coffee budget (insert sad face emoji). And yes for sugar free junk! People have no idea that it’s worse for you than the full fat, real stuff.