Pumpkin season is in full swing which also means pumpkin spiced lattes are hitting the shelves of every coffee shop you find. While pumpkin spiced lattes may sound like a nice way to welcome in the fall season, they don’t come without consequence. These lattes are loaded with sugar and unnecessary ingredients. The good news is that you can still enjoy a mug of this delicious latte by whipping up the healthiest pumpkin spiced latte recipe you will come across this season.
I have developed a recipe keeping flavor in mind while also boosting the nutritional value of this favorite recipe. Before I share it with you, I want to talk about why stopping at your local coffee shop and picking up one of these drinks may cost you more than just the $5 price tag.
Sugar in The Traditional Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Did you know that in a grande sized pumpkin spiced latte you will consume 50 grams of sugar? While many people may think that swapping certain ingredients such as milk or sugar for things like coconut milk or almond milk would cut down on sugar intake that’s not always the case. Many cafes still use non-dairy milk options that contain added sugar as well.
The Healthiest Pumpkin Spiced Latte This Fall
Instead of downing a cup of sugar and unnecessary ingredients, try making a healthier version with ingredients that will actually benefit your health. My pumpkin spiced latte recipe contains the following superfood ingredients making it the healthiest pumpkin spiced latte recipe you can enjoy this fall.
Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is not only what makes this pumpkin spiced latte super creamy, but it also adds some impressive health benefits. Coconut milk is dairy free making it a great option for those with a dairy allergy or sensitivity, is a rich source of minerals, and is known to help improve digestion. Coconut milk is also great for the immune system as coconut milk is rich in lauric acid giving it its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Pure Pumpkin Puree: Instead of using sweetened pumpkin puree, choose pure pumpkin puree for added health benefits. Pumpkin is great for digestive health, and it is also an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Pure Maple Syrup: Instead of sugar, this pumpkin spice latte is sweetened with pure maple syrup. While this natural sweetener should still be used in moderation, it is much better for you than regular table sugar. Pure maple syrup contains antioxidants, as well as zinc and manganese which are great for boosting the immune system.
- 1 cup of brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk (cream only, save the liquid portion to use in smoothies)
- 2 Tbsp. pure pumpkin puree
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Start by brewing the coffee and then adding all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until combined.
- Pour into a stockpot and heat over low/medium heat whisking until warm.
- Sprinkle with extra pumpkin pie spice and enjoy right away.
*For a caffeine free version, use decaf coffee or swap with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk.
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