Ahhhh, the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know what you might be thinking, “Not another white girl blogging about #psl’s.” Hey, whether we like to admit it or not this drink is a trademark of the fall season, and don’t lie- it’s still really damn good. The spiciness of the cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with the subtly sweet flavor of pumpkin can get anyone excited, and then you mix it with coffee? How does anything stand a chance against that?
However, I have to start off by acknowledging the scary reality of a typical, “unhealthy-fied” Pumpkin Spice Latte. Most people don’t consider a morning cup of coffee like this to be a healthy diet foe, but it can be one of the worst for you if you’re not reading the fine print. For example, here are the nutrition facts for a tall 12 oz. Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.
Woah, what the heck right? Three hundred calories… 11 grams of fat… 40 grams of carbs… and 39 grams of sugar?? That’s almost enough sugar to beat out a can of soda people! And that’s just the nutrition facts, don’t even get me started on the actual ingredients of this concoction. Just a word to the wise, be careful about liquid diet killers like sweetened coffee drinks that can destroy a healthy morning routine. Unhealthy liquid beverages are the scariest because we tend to not think twice about them since they’re not a solid food. Luckily, there is a way to get a fall favorite fix like the Pumpkin Spice Latte without all the guilt the generic, Starbucks-like versions so lovingly provide.
I know there are 10,001 different Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes out there, but this is not your average cup of joe. This recipe is vegan, caffeine-free (tune into my lemon water post if you’d like to know why), has no sugar added and is just 89 calories a cup! And the best part? It contains THREE of my favorite things- pumpkin, coffee and dark chocolate. Here’s the gist:
- 1/2- 3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk (depending on desired thickness of drink)- $2.99, half gallon @ Stater Bro’s Grocery Store
- 2 Tbs pumpkin puree- $1.99, 15 oz. can (organic) @ Trader Joe’s
- 1 tsp cinnamon- 99 cents, bottle @ 99 Cent Store
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice- 99 cents, bottle @ 99 Cent Store
- 8 oz. hot caffeine-free coffee (can sub for caffeinated coffee)- prices will vary (I buy the caffeine-free K-Cups from Trader Joe’s because I have a Keurig Coffee Maker)
- Blend almond milk and pumpkin puree in blender on high speed for 2-3 minutes until evenly incorporated and milk begins to froth.
- Add all spices to milk mixture and blend again for approximately 30 seconds to one minute.
- Mix milk mixture and hot coffee in a separate coffee mug, top with cinnamon and enjoy!
This recipe is beyond simple, beyond cheap and beyond good for you. The dark chocolate almond milk does have more sugar than the unsweetened almond milk I typically use in my recipes, but it gives this PSL such a flavorful edge so allow yourself to splurge a little. It’s definitely a lot healthier than the 40 gram Starbucks brew, but if you’re still not buying into it of course you can always sub it out for the traditional unsweetened version.
Nothing beats a warm morning or night in bed cozying up with one of these babies, so embrace and bask in the PSL trend… the healthy way, of course.
To health infinity and beyond!