Guys, I am really excited to share this recipe with you all! The moment it hit October and even the thought of cooler weather was approaching, I told you all over Snapchat (lauren_smith6) that I would come up with a healthier version of the beloved, Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Because I hate to break it to ya’ll, but incase you didn’t know it or have just been avoiding it, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are terrible for you. Like it hurts to look at the nutrition. Cough, cough…. 380 calories, 13 (g) fat, 50 (g) carbs & 49 (g) of sugar all in one 12 oz latte.
You literally might as well have a milk shake.
When deciding to take on the task, I realized, I didn’t even know what a latte actually was -lol. Is that bad?
Any who, so of course, I did what any normal human would do. I googled it. It ends up, a latte is basically an expresso + steamed milk. Easy enough. The problem is, I don’t know about you guys, but I do not have an expresso machine. So in place of the expresso, for this recipe, I used really strong coffee.
What makes the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte so bad for you, is their steamed milk & pumpkin concoction. Which is all of our most favorite part. So this is where the creativity came in. To make the steamed pumpkin milk, in a saucepan, I heated almond milk, organic pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, honey and cinnamon. The result?
Literally pure, sweet heaven.
Most the time when making recipes for you all, saying that I go through trial and error would be the understatement of the century, but I honestly cannot tell you how well this turned out. I’m talking so good that I had to run into our room & wake up Colton to try it. He isn’t a big pumpkin spice latte person -ha, but even he enjoyed it! It was just so comforting to have, early on a Sunday morning.
The recipe below calls for (1) Latte but if you want to make more, just double the recipe! You can also save your milk & pumpkin concoction for later! Just keep it in the fridge and heat it up when you want to use it!
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
-6 Oz Strong Coffee
– 1/2 Cup Non Sweetened Almond Milk
-1/4 Cup Pumpkin Purre
-1 TBSP honey
-1 TSP Pumpkin Spice
-1/2 TSP Cinnamon
-Heat saucepan over medium heat for 3 minutes to fully allow it to heat up. Once heated, pour in Almond Milk. You will notice it start to steam a little and create a little bit of foam. This is good. Keep stove on low – medium heat for the remainder of the recipe.
-Next, stir in the Pumpkin Purre until it fully becomes a liquid and mixes in with the milk. Once mixed, add the Honey & Pumpkin Spice.
-Let the mixture sits in the heated saucepan while you make your coffee. Make coffee to your liking, using a coffee maker or Keurig, and fill coffee to about 6 oz. Once coffee is made, pour milk & pumpkin mixture over the coffee and top with cinnamon.
-Wait to cool down to your liking & enjoy!
Nutrition: Calories (109); Fat (1.8g); Sugar (19g); Carbs (23g)
***I would like to note. In the nutrition, yes, there is still 19 (g)s of sugar, but this is okay because the sugar content is only from the honey. Honey is good for you! It’s an all natural sweetener with endless benefits. You can read them all here. Think of it this way, one banana has 14 (g)s of sugar. So do not fret over the number.
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