Homemade, Lower Calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Love it or hate it, it is that pumpkin spice time of year. One of the most popular items on that one-flavor menu is the pumpkin spice latte. And you do not need to own an espresso maker to enjoy making one for yourself.

After the initial purchase of supplies, making the latte yourself will be cheaper and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas (OK, maybe you wouldn’t anyway) or leave the house to get one.

This recipe is for two servings.

Ingredients

1 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso (start by adding +1/3 coffee if not brewing espresso)

1 cup coconut milk (dairy eaters feel free to use real milk)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (vanilla flavor will work in a pinch)

1 tbsp pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice (made by hand: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice, and 1/8 tsp ginger)

1 pinch sea salt (regular salt is fine too)

maple syrup (or other sweetener to taste)

whipped cream topping (we hesitate to call this optional!)

Instructions

Split the coffee into two large mugs. Add (coconut) milk, vanilla, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice salt all into a small saucepan. Place pan on medium heat. Whisk to combine ingredients.

When temperature is to your taste, remove from heat and blend until smooth if you wish. Be careful blending hot liquids, steam can make the blender lid pop! (Blending not required if whisked well). Divide the mixture between the two mugs. Sweetener to taste. Top with whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of pie spice.

 

Fall Coffee Flavors

Now that fall is here, many turn to their favorite flavor … pumpkin. I want to discuss pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. I say “flavored” because I cannot be sure there is any pumpkin actually in the drinks.

Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Blended Beverage. Pumpkin spice may just refer to the spices used with pumpkin as they do not list the ingredients. They come in three sizes: Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz), and Venti (24 oz).

You can figure out the calories on their site for the different options.

Another Starbucks drink is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The sizes of this drink are Short (8 oz), Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz) and Venti (20 oz).

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Dunkin’ Donuts as well. They have several pumpkin drinks as well. The Pumpkin Latte comes in Small, Medium, Large. You can also figure out the calories and other nutrition content on their site.

You can get a plain Pumpkin flavored coffee. You can go to the page and figure out the calories by choosing sweeteners, size, dairy products. You can also check out the Pumpkin Mocha page or you can check out the Pumpkin Creme Brulee.

Want to make your own? Here are a couple links to recipes to get you started: Pumpkin Spice Latte, another Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Jody Victor