Now is the season where pumpkin spice is booming on every corner. Everyone wants a pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin spiced cheesecake, pumpkin spiced muffin, and pumpkin spiced oreos… The entire food industry makes the adjustment to create something special for the Autumn season to tantalize the taste buds of those who are addicted to pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING. One of the most popular during the autumn season is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Unfortunately, this drink is loaded with tons of calories and a gut wrenching amount of sugar that is bound to stagger your fitness progress especially if you drink too much of it often. The smallest size of Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte (Tall 12oz) without any whipped cream has a whopping 240 calories with 45 from fat and 37 grams of sugar. [Note: all nutrition facts can be accessed on the Starbucks website.] If you're really craving a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, don’t succumb to the unhealthy Starbucks version… instead try making your own with this healthy recipe that you won't have to feel guilty about.
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
8 ounces brewed coffee or 1-2 shots of espresso
3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
sprinkle of Stevia or other sweetener
In a saucepan, stir the almond milk and pumpkin puree on medium heat for about a minute. Then remove the saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla, spices, and sweetener. From here, you can choose to pour the milk mixture in with your coffee or you can create foam by pouring the milk mixture in to a blender (before mixing with your coffee) and process if for about 45 seconds until it becomes foamy/frothy.