Love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but hate the calories, price tag, and FIFTY grams of sugar? Follow these easy instructions and make a delicious and healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte year round!
I’m a huge fan or turning the recipes I love into healthy, guilt-free recipes.
Because, let’s face it, I like to eat, and I like to not feel guilty.
I also like to be healthy.
When I can get these two loves together (1-eating and 2-being healthy), it’s the stuff of magic.
Each time, my focus is on maintaining the flavor and enjoyment factor of the food, but finding ways to remove refined sugars, oils, fats, and so on.
So, naturally, it was time for me to take a look at my pumpkin spice latte recipe.
Because a healthy pumpkin spice latte that’s just as good as a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte would just let me win at life.
How To Make A Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte At Home
The good news is you don’t need an expensive espresso maker. Let’s go over what’s in a pumpkin spice latte and how to make it healthier.
First, to make it healthier, I replaced the brown sugar with pure maple syrup which is a clean, unrefined sweetener (and because I kinda got a thing for maple syrup). More on refined sugars here, if you’re interested.
Then, I replaced the cream with unsweetened almond milk and vanilla protein powder. The protein powder creates a frothy texture when emulsified with the almond milk using a stick blender, plus adds a ton of protein which is just awesomeness.
If you don’t have a stick blender, you can use a sealable jar (like a mason jar with a lid) to shake the milk and protein powder into a foamy texture.
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes Vegan
The only ingredient in this recipe that isn’t vegan is the protein powder which you can easily fix by choosing a vegan protein powder of your choice to make this a vegan pumpkin spice latte. Also, as written, this recipe is gluten-free, high protein, and low carb. And, if (like me), you are okay with calling protein powder “clean-ish,” then this is a clean pumpkin spice latte for ya, too.
So, just how healthy is this healthy pumpkin spice latte? One large cup will provide you with 290 calories, 17 grams of protein, 4.6 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of fat. Compare that to an equal sized Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, which contains 420 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of fiber, 50 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of fat. Plus the cost is much, much lower and you can make it at home year round.
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
Now, you can totally make a homemade pumpkin spice latte without an espresso maker, not pay a ton of money at Starbucks, and have a delicious, healthy latte this Fall (or any time of the year! Plus you can change up how much coffee you add to your recipe and whether it’s caffeinated by easily adjusting the amounts.
What Are The Best Healthy Protein Powders?
This is a question I get A LOT. Unfortunately, protein powder, while useful in adding lean protein into your diet, can often get extremely processed and carry a lot of refined ingredients and chemicals. Look for protein powders that have a very short list of ingredients and do not include any artificial sweeteners, if possible. The list below of healthier protein powders are the ones I’ve found to contain the least amount of ingredients PLUS taste good.
- Natural Force Organic Whey Protein Powder
- Less Naked Whey Protein Powder
- Less Naked Egg Protein Powder
- Naked Pea Protein
- Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder
Love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but hate the calories and price tag? Follow these easy instructions and make a delicious and healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte year round!
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, strong coffee, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger and protein powder and mix well.
- To make steamed milk without an espresso maker, I like to use my immersion blender and it has a handy little measuring cup that came with it.
- Pour the almond milk into the jar or cup.
- Use the immersion blender in the milk for about 20-30 seconds to allow for the milk to get a little bubble.
- If using a sealable jar, shake the milk vigorously for 30-45 seconds with the lid on tight.
- Remove the cover, if there is one, and place the milk into the microwave.
- Heat on high for 30-40 seconds, or until the milk starts to bubble up almost to the top of the jar.
- Take care not to let the milk overflow the jar or to bubble too much and then fall flat.
- Repeat these two steps (emulsifying and then heating) a second time until the milk is nice and frothy.
- Pour the coffee-pumpkin spice into a mug.
- Holding back the milk foam with a spoon, carefully pour the steamed almond milk into the mug.
- Gently spoon the foam over the top.
- Sprinkle with some ground nutmeg if you wish (and I totally recommend that you do!)
* To make strong coffee, add 1.5 - 2 times the amount of coffee you'd regularly use in relation to the water.
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