It’s fall, the best time of the year for so many reasons, especially pumpkin spice lattes. You don’t need to spend a small fortune on a sugar-loaded coffee house drink because you can easily make a healthy pumpkin spice latte at home! My love for pumpkin spice runs deep, and I set out to create my own because of the following serious quandaries.
- I want pumpkin spice lattes every day.
- I can easily take a route to work to pass popular coffee shops.
- $5 a cup can start to add up.
- 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.
- 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 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?