Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

by on October 10, 2012

More pumpkin… are you surprised?

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Probably not.

If you like the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks but would rather skip the extra calories and sugar, you are going to love the homemade version I’m featuring today. It’s crazy to me that even the smallest size (a tall) non-fat, no whip PSL from Starbucks has 200 calories and 37 grams of sugar! The sugary syrup is the culprit. It contains sugar, condensed nonfat milk, sweet condensed nonfat milk and a few other ingredients including coloring and artificial flavors. It’s also goo to know this incase you are vegan considering even if you order a soy latte without the whipped cream, it’s not vegan since the syrup has dairy.

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I’m all about keeping my food/beverages as natural as possible, which is why I love homemade version. If I do, on a rare occasion, order a PSL from Starbucks I usually get a tall soy latte or soy misto (coffee with steamed soy milk) and have them add 1 pump of the pumpkin syrup. I think they usually use 3-4 pumps in a tall latte so this cuts down the sugar A TON and it still have the pumpkin flavor that I enjoy. Definitely a treat.

On the other hand, I can have this homemade PSL any day of the week because it contains all natural ingredients, no added sugar and a low amount of calories. The best part = it doesn’t cost $4.00 a pop. :)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a cup or sauce pan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stove top or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices and sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk. You can also use a blender - just process for 30 seconds or until foamy.
  3. Pour coffee into a large mug, add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!

I used cold-brewed Pumpkin Spice coffee from Fresh Market, which tasted divine, but you can certainly use any flavor coffee you love.

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And this is where the magic happens! The mini frother does such a good job at making foamy milk without a milk steamer.

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Time to drink up!

You might find some pumpkin pulp at the bottom of your glass and that’s totally normal. Starbucks would have it too – if they were using natural ingredients and not syrup.

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I’m actually feeling a bit under the weather this morning. I woke up yesterday with a cough and sore throat and went to the doctor. They gave me some medicine but also realized I hadn’t had a tetanus shot in years and decided it would be a good idea. Ugh! So…esterday afternoon wasn’t horrible but I woke up this morning with nasty cough, sore throat and a throbbing arm. The nurse told me that my arm would feel like someone had punched me. That would have been helpful except for the fact that I’ve never been punched before. I guess I know what it feels like now. OUCH!

Time for me to heat up some tea and take some Umcka and Emergen-C. I have to get better before the weekend because Saturday is my bachelorette party!!!!!

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikki October 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

You’ve never ever been punched before?!? Are you an only child? I have two brothers and I barely made it to adolescence, let alone punch-free!

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char eats greens October 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

That’s what you took away from the post?!

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Nikki October 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

Definitely:-)

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I’m not an only child – I have two sisters and lots of boy cousins that act like my brothers. They never punched me though. I guess I’m lucky.

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Nikki October 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

And I’m very jealous:-)

char eats greens October 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

Ahhh, I’ve seen one of those mini frothers before and thought how badly I needed one. Totally scoping out where to find one soon!

I love your alternative because yes, as someone who follows a vegan diet, sucks when the pumpkin urge hits!! Plus, I WANT a PSL that actually has pumpkin in it – so I’ll take the pumpkin residue at the bottom of a mug any day ;)

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Kelli October 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Ikea sells a frother for around $4-5. Bed, Bath & Beyond sells one for around $20.

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NYC Fit Girl October 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

Have so much fun at your bachelorette party! Do you know where you are going? I don’t like latte’s but I love Pumpkin! hehe

I got punched by my brother growing up a lot. He played football and always would make me play with him. My mom would always tell me to go do gymnastics or something but I always wanted to play with my brother :-)

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Thank you! We’re going to be in the DC area. :)

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Carlyn October 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

Feel better!!

Also I am making this this weekend..thank you! xo

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Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free October 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

I hope you feel better soon!

Also, I am making this latte ASAP! You know my pumpkin obsession runs deep :)

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Yes!! Me too. :)

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

I also woke up sick yesterday and went to the clinic and got some antibiotics. I have a history of getting strep throat so I wanted to get proactive with this. Hope you feel better!

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Oh no! i hope you feel better as well lady!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

LOVE this idea – I’ve made it with pumpkin puree in the past, but heating it with the milk probably makes it a lot smoother. Using pumpkin coffee too is a great idea. :)

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset October 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

I make my pumpkin spice latte with 1 or 2 tsp of organic, unsulphured molasses. It really takes it to the next level ;)

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

That sounds awesome!

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Maria @powerpeanutlife October 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

It’s like I wrote this post. 1. We were just looking at milk frothers at whole foods this weekend. 2. Woke up with a sore throat and downed some emergen-c. I need to feel better before the weekend bc we’re headed to Ft. Lauderdale for 4 days. 3. Love pumpkin and will have to try this recipe. Once in awhile I’ll treat myself to a coffee with ONE PUMP pumpkin. I don’t like all that sugar. This is a FANTASTIC alternative.

Hope you feel better so you can enjoy your weekend!

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Gina October 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

I adore that mug. I’m guessing Anthro? Last time I was there I liked every single fun initial mug EXCEPT the one that had G on it. Figures.

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Yes!! Hopefully you’ll find one with a G next time you go. :)

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Jennifer October 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thanks so much for this yummo-gem. I shared over on my page and a number of my biz friends picked right up on it and shared along. Will share at http://www.facebook.com/fuel4lifeconnect and through my fb page and blog http://www.facebook.com/lifeschoolinc and http://www.lifeschoolinc.wordpress.com, as I connected on your fb page. Great thoughts, ideas and pics! Thanks, Jennifer

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allison October 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

ughhhh im sick too britty! steve and i both have wicked colds right now, and we have a wedding on saturday that we have to be well for! i cant believe your b party is this weekend!!!!!!!!!!! so exciting!! (and this looks amazing btw)

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Brittany Mullins October 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Oh nooo!!! I hope you feel better by this weekend too. UGH!

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Liz @ IHeartVegetables October 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

So I’ve actually never HAD a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks!!! I know, I’m lame. But I should just make this instead and then I’ll never even KNOW the difference ;) haha

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Meg October 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

You’re not lame! I haven’t had one either ;)

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies October 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

OK so many things to say about this post 1) It makes me sad how sugary and loaded with crap the pumpkin syrup is at Starbucks, I was craving something like this and went to order one but thankfully when I ordered it with soy the girl working told me about the dairy in the syrup so I passed. 2) I have that mini frother and I am not sure what I am doing wrong but I never can get my milk that frothy. Any tips? 3) Great photos :)

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Kem October 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

If you get it with soy, it also may be sweeter than the default 2%. The soy Starbucks uses is a sweetened vanilla soy when soy milk is requested. So, just FYI, if anyone thinks they are by passing calories by choosing soy, think again.

Another thing, be sure if you are getting a PSL with soy, you tell them if you want it without whipped cream. That is another default for the beverage.

Finally, for all the vegans out there, but just in case you don’t consume bee products don’t get a soy chai. The chai syrup, yes it is syrup (no coffee in this beverage), contains honey. However you could ask for a hot chai tea, the one with the tea bag and ask them to top it off with steamed soy. The steamed soy shouldn’t be extra, unless you want to forgo the hot water. I wouldn’t recommend that though because your tea bag won’t steep correctly.

Hope this helps!

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Meg October 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I’m so impressed! I’ll definitely make this :)

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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen October 11, 2012 at 5:05 am

Yum!! I love the treat of a pumpkin spice latte, but I soo need to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing :)

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heidi kokborg October 11, 2012 at 5:19 am

Oh my! I am a sucker for pumpkin spice latte so I really have to try this! :)

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Rachel October 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

Love this! I actually haven’t even had a pumpkin spice latte yet this season haha

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Amila October 12, 2012 at 3:22 am

Hello from Spain

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Courtney October 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

So excited that you posted this! I’ve missed out on the Starbucks PSL for the last three years because 1. I developed a strong dislike for Starbucks coffee (too bitter) and 2. just don’t feel right about ordering the healthier version (me and soy do not get along). Sitting down to enjoy my Saturday morning mug of coffee, as opposed to gulping it down on a work day, has become a ritual in my house, so I will be making this tomorrow. I don’t have a frother, so hopefully my blender will do the trick.

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Meg October 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

HUNNIE! This is the BEST EVER! I’m sipping on it right now and am IN LOVE!

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Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

OH yes-perfect for Fall!!!
Feel better and have a great time at your party!

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Danielle October 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Definitely going to try this lovely warm beverage!

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Cassandre October 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

yum, this looks so good. Beautiful mug as well. where’s it from?

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Brittany Mullins October 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Thank you! It’s from Anthropologie

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Life's a Bowl October 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

This looks absolutely divine, yum! Perfect for a crisp fall morning like today :)

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Bea March 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Wish I had found this one cup sooner. Thank you. Haven’t tried it yet so can’t rate it but from the recipe I used, it looks like a 5.

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Penny Pincher October 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

Love this recipe! It’s so easy to make with my cold-brewed coffee (did a 1:1 coffee/water ratio for a more expresso-y taste). I don’t write comments often, but I just had to thank you for saving my wallet and waistline from Starbucks, this tastes even better than the PSL!

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Amity October 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I just wanted to say I am so very thankful that there are people out there that realize the way to better health is not “low fat” or sugarless and full of nonfood junk that it is ALL NATURAL. I analyzed this recipe and it came in at

50 Calories from Fat 17
Total Fat 1.9g3%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 98mg4%
Total Carbohydrates 8.4g3%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 1.4g
Vitamin A 148% • Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 18% • Iron 8%

Verses: Starbucks
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 38g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A15%Vitamin C0%Calcium40%Iron0%
Caffeine 75mg**

OUCH is all I can say. I did make sure to keep it oh so healthy by using my own organic sugar-pumpkin puree and my own fresh almond milk with real vanilla bean.
thank you!

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