Healthy Homemade Vegan Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
When we have cooler temperatures and overcast skies, I get the urge to blog more fall content. After posting a photo of my homemade pumpkin spice latte on my Instagram a few days ago, I had a ton of DM’s asking for the recipe. I was going to hold off until later this month, but since we’re having one of those cooler days, I thought it would the perfect time to cozy up on the couch and share my go-to pumpkin spice latte recipe!
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share this recipe. I’ve been making my homemade pumpkin spice lattes for the past couple of years, and they never let me down. They are much healthier and cheaper than the ones at Starbucks.
Let’s just say you were going to order a tall almond milk PSL at Starbucks without the whip. Here’s what you’re workin’ with!
Almondmilk [Filtered Water, Almonds, Sugar, Calcium Carbonate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)]
Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], & Brewed Espresso.
Starbucks: 180 Calories, 4.5g Fat, 31g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 28g Sugar, and 4g protein.
Pro tip: if you want to go lighter, ask for a tall, no whip, pumpkin-spice cappuccino with only one pump of the syrup. It’s just as good and pretty much cuts the sugar in half.
The drink is filled with a lot of added sugar. Lately, that has been my main concern with my eating habits. I’ve been trying to avoid added sugar as much as I can because it doesn’t agree with me. Now, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourself to a spiced pumpkin latte at Starbucks this fall, but it does mean you shouldn’t treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks every day. But, if you make them at home, you can treat yourself to one every single day without feeling any sugar crash.
The homemade pumpkin spices lattes I make have:
homemade: 66 Calories, 8g Carbs, 3g Fat, 1g Protein, 2g Sugar, 1g Fiber
ARE STARBUCK’S PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES VEGAN?
A lot of people assume that if they order the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks with almond milk and no whip that they are dairy-free, but that’s not true. The pumpkin spice sauce has condensed skim milk. So the rumor going around saying that the pumpkin spiced lattes were vegan is false. I believe that some of the Starbucks in Europe carry the vegan pumpkin spice syrup, but not over here in the U.S.
If you do not have an espresso machine or milk frother, no worries; you can warm up the milk on the stovetop, and the blender will give your warm milk the extra froth it needs. If you do not have espresso, make extra strong coffee, and use that instead. You can also buy canned espresso at the grocery store, which works great in this recipe.
All you need is 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp pumpkin spice, 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, two shots of espresso, and monk fruit if you like your coffee drinks sweet.
I started by frothing my milk and making my espresso shots.
I added the frothed milk, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice to the blender on high for 30 seconds. If you do not have a milk frother, this will be the step that fluffs up your latte.
I poured the pumpkin spiced almond milk into my mug with my espresso. You can add a coconut whipped topping if you’d like, but I keep mine pretty simple.
I seriously look forward to my pumpkin spice latte every afternoon. Whenever I’m doing any fall baking for the blog, I put myself in the mood with one of these!
Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spiced Latte
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (i use the 365 brand because it froths the best)
- 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice
- 2 Shots Espresso (or extra dark coffee)
- monk fruit optional
Froth milk and brew espresso
Add frothed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and vanilla to a blender on high for 30-seconds. (this would be where you add your monk fruit sweetener)
Add pumpkin flavored milk to the mug with the espresso
Sprinkle pumpkin spice (Or coconut whipped cream) on top.
I hope you all enjoyed this pumpkin spice latte recipe! Make sure to tag me if you make it at home. I love seeing your recipes creations and sharing your pics! 😊 Have a great day!
Questions for you!
- Do you love the pumpkin spiced lattes?
- My favorite drink is the peppermint mocha from Starbucks! Should I make that one this December?
- What do you look forward to in the afternoons?
PS: I finally got around to filming my pantry clean out the video!! It was SUCH A DISASTER! Make sure to check out that video!