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 of turning the recipes I love into healthy versions.
Because let’s face it, I like to eat, and I like to feel great about it.
When I can get these 2 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 the pumpkin spice latte.
Because a healthy pumpkin spice latte that’s just as good as a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte would just let me win at life.
Never made homemade pumpkin spice latte?
DIY pumpkin spice latte is very easy so you don’t have to worry. This healthy pumpkin spice latte will allow you to welcome Fall with open arms every year.
I know you love to have options so this healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe comes with 3 options. In this way, you get to enjoy your pumpkin spice latte just the way you like it. You can make regular pumpkin spice latte, vegan pumpkin spice latte, or iced pumpkin spice latte.
HOW TO MAKE A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
There’s really not a big difference between making a regular pumpkin spice latte and a healthy pumpkin spice latte. Not in technique anyway. And the good news is you don’t need an expensive espresso maker. <— Although, they are pretty and fancy!
Let’s go over the pumpkin spice latte ingredients and see how to make a pumpkin spice latte healthier:
- I use good-quality, organic coffee (which I love brewing from my very own Better Than Yesterday blend which you can try HERE!)
- 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.
- 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 an immersion blender, plus adds a ton of protein which is just awesomeness. If you don’t have an immersion 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.
- Instead of using a high sugar syrup for the pumpkin spice flavoring, I used dried spices.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE NUTRITION
A pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks has 420 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of fiber, 50 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of fat! No, thank you. That’s enough calories for an entire meal and waaaay more sugar than anyone needs in one sitting.
What about this healthy pumpkin spice latte?
Healthy pumpkin spice latte nutrition
One large cup will provide you with…
- 290 calories
- 17 grams of protein
- 4.6 grams of fiber
- 14 grams of sugar
- 11 grams of fat
Now, you can totally make a pumpkin spice latte at home without an espresso maker, not pay a ton of money at Starbucks, and have a delicious, pumpkin 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 and type of coffee.
WHAT’S IN PUMPKIN SPICE?
I get this question A LOT, especially during this time of the year. So, what’s in pumpkin spice? Pumpkin spice is a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and, most of the time, allspice.
While you can buy pre-blended pumpkin spice, I prefer to make my own homemade pumpkin spice. The best thing about making your very own pumpkin spice recipe is that you can adjust the spices to suit your taste. For example, in this pumpkin spice coffee recipe you can add more cinnamon and less ginger. Or more nutmeg and less cinnamon.
MAKING A VEGAN PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
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.
BEST VEGAN PROTEIN POWDERS
This is another 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.
My advice is to 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.
- Cleanish Plant-Based Protein Powder – this vegan protein powder is a mix of organic pea protein, organic brown rice protein, and chia seeds protein. For my healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe, I recommend using the vanilla flavored one but this vegan protein powder has other flavors available including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla and Cookies & Cream.
- ALOHA Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder – a mix of pea protein, hemp seed protein, and pumpkin seed protein, this vegan protein powder contains no additives and it is sweetened with coconut sugar. This protein powder comes in 4 flavors: vanilla, banana, mixed berry, and chocolate.
- Yuve Vegan Protein Powder with Superfoods – this protein powder includes whole chia seeds plus other healthy ingredients that are good for you. And you have 2 options to choose from – vanilla and chocolate.
HOW TO FROTH ALMOND MILK
Pumpkin spice latte, and any latte for that matter, is a mix of coffee, milk, and milk foam. Texture perfection, if you ask me. And this healthy pumpkin spice latte with almond milk is no different.
Here’s how to froth almond milk:
- Use an immersion blender or a sealable glass jar that can be microwaved.
- Pour the almond milk into the cup of the immersion blender or in the jar.
- Use the immersion blender for approximately 30 seconds on the almond milk to allow it to get a little bubble.
- If you use a sealable jar, shake the almond milk vigorously for 30-45 seconds with the lid on tight.
- Place the almond milk into the microwave.
- Heat on high for 30-40 seconds.
- Repeat these 2 steps a second time until the almond milk is nice and frothy.
- Pour the coffee and pumpkin mixture into a mug.
- Hold back the milk foam with a spoon and carefully pour the steamed almond milk into the mug.
- Spoon the foam over the top.
ICED PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Most of the days, I like my pumpkin spice latte hot. However, there are days when I prefer it iced and refreshing.
To transform this pumpkin spice latte into an iced pumpkin spice latte:
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture over ice.
- Pour the coffee.
- Pour the almond milk and add the foam as I explained earlier.
Yes. It’s just this easy.
HAVE ANY COFFEE BEAN RECOMMENDATIONS?
If you’re grinding/ brewing your own coffee at home (which is super fun and I suggest it to all my friends), you likely recognize the difference between good quality beans and ones packed without much mindfulness.
I always recommend coffee beans that are organic and certified fair trade. This way you know you won’t be drinking unethical product, or trace fertilizers and pesticides – Yikes! If you wanna have what I’m having, try out my Better Than Yesterday blend.
3 MORE HEALTHY COFFEE RECIPES
I know Fall is all about pumpkin spice coffee recipes, but in a true coffee lover fashion, I have to talk to you about other coffee recipes. And I really don’t want you to go out and buy an expensive coffee drink that’s not good for you when I have these healthy coffee recipes I can share with you. Ok, 2 of these coffee recipes are for coffee drinks. The 3rd one is for coffee ice cream. Which, in my book, means that this coffee recipe list is the perfect list for when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings and coffee cravings while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
HEALTHY COFFEE SMOOTHIE
Let’s begin this list with a Healthy Coffee Smoothie. Just as my pumpkin spice latte, this coffee smoothie is healthier than the sugar-filled coffee drinks you can buy at a coffee house.
Ready in 5 minutes and perfect for busy mornings, this coffee smoothie is breakfast and coffee in one drink. Get the recipe.
ALMOND BUTTER, CHOCOLATE & COFFEE BEAN PROTEIN SHAKE
Another breakfast-perfect coffee recipe I want to share with you is this Almond Butter, Chocolate & Coffee Bean Protein Shake recipe.
This recipe includes 2 of my favorite things – coffee and almond butter. And it’s yummy and easy to make. Get the recipe.
COFFEE ICE CREAM
Now the Coffee Ice Cream recipe I teased you with. Healthy, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free, this coffee ice cream is coffee and ice cream deliciousness.
Not to mention making this ice cream is super easy and you won’t even need an ice cream maker. Get the recipe.
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!
- 1/2 cup strong coffee* or espresso (Try the best coffee beans here)
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp dried ginger
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
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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