With the start of fall, comes our favorite “pumpkin flavored” everything. I am a true lover of fall for that reason. I cannot lie, I like to indulge in some pumpkin flavored sweets and treat myself, but not without guilt. That is why I have come up with a guilt-free, but still totally delicious version of the pumpkin spice latte that I hope you will enjoy just as much as I do.
The Scary Truth
I was inspired to come up with this recipe after reading the very scary nutrition facts for Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte (PSL). Did you know that in one grande (16 oz) pumpkin spice latte, there are: 380 calories, 14 grams of fat, 52 gram of carbohydrates, and 50 grams of sugar! I always knew that the PSL wasn’t the greatest drink for you, but I have to admit that I did not know that it was that bad. I wanted to cry when I read those nutrition facts.
Even though I may not be drinking very many PSL’s from Starbucks this year, I will not be giving up on my pumpkin indulgences. Don’t be discouraged either because the truth is, natural pumpkin actually has very many health benefits.
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Here is a recipe for a healthy and guilt-free pumpkin spice latte. To get the best flavor, boil all of the ingredients in a small pan while mixing intermittently. Another option, if you are in a bit of a rush, is to blend all of the ingredients together in a small blender. I do this the same way that I do when I make Bullet-Proof Coffee. Simply blend it all together for about 10-15 seconds.
1 cup of Coffee or 2 oz shot of espresso
2 TBS of Pumpkin
½ tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
Optional Sweetener: 2 TBS of Pure Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
Both of these sweetener options are examples of unrefined natural sweeteners. When used in moderation, they are good alternatives to the normal white table sugars and high fructose corn syrups that many coffee shops use (which have absolutely no benefit to our health).
If you want a true latte, but don’t have an espresso machine at home, what I do is I go to Starbucks and just order the shots of espresso. I love Starbuck’s ristretto espresso (the espresso that they use in their flat whites). In order to get the 2 ounces of espresso needed for this recipe just simply order an “espresso doppio”. If you love the ristretto flavor like me, be sure to tell them that you want a “ristretto espresso doppio”.
I hope you give this recipe a try and love it as much as I do! Drink up, be happy, and be guilt-free. 🙂 Let me know how you like!
What is your favorite fall pumpkin recipe?