Make a PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) at Home
It’s my favorite time of the year… PUMPKIN TIME! You’re either cheering along with me or rolling your eyes. Some of us just can’t get enough of fall and everything that comes with it – the changing leaves, the fresh scent, cool nights, hikes on crunchy leaves, scarfs and boots, and everything pumpkin!
I love a PSL from Starbucks as much as the next gal, but let’s be honest… I don’t really need the calories, and I don’t really want to spend my hard-earned money on a $5 latte whenever I have the hankering. Though I treat myself to a store-bought pumpkin spice latte every season, I generally stick to making my own.
I play around with the recipe every fall, but this year I’m more focused on getting the nutrients I want. This means no calories from sugar, fiber from real pumpkin puree, and the addition of protein powder to help me reach my daily goal. For those of you who don’t care about the protein content or don’t have protein powder, feel free to skip it altogether!
My favorite blending strategy is using my Milk Frother, though you could toss everything in the blender in you don’t have one. Milk frothers are awesome because they’re easily portable and cut down on dishes (since you don’t require a shaker). They’re also wonderful for a slow morning when you can take time to froth milk and scoop on top of your coffee or tea. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and you can pretend you have the most gourmet coffee in town!
If you like your lattes sweet, feel free to add more sweetener (such as agave, maple syrup, or coconut sugar). I like Monk Fruit because it is calorie free yet doesn’t have any of the artificial ingredients we usually have to watch out for, such as fillers and aspartame. A bag will cost you about $20, but unless you’re baking cakes weekly with the stuff, it will last you months. I use about a teaspoon a day in my coffee, and I haven’t had to buy a new bag in 6 months. Store in the pantry and enjoy the calorie free treat!
PSL On The Go
Don’t have time to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home? Check out this recipe for homemade pumpkin spice creamer you can take on the go!
High Protein Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan)
Makes 1 serving
2 Tbsp Pureed pumpkin (homemade or store bought)
8 ounces coffee
½ serving of your favorite flavor protein powder*
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp sweetener or substitute (I used Monk fruit) depending on your preference
2 Tbsp milk (I used coconut)
Sprinkle of pumpkin spice (alternatives: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or a combination)
Directions: Place all ingredients except milk and spices into mug and blend with your milk frother.
Rinse off frother. Place 2 Tbsp milk in a shallow glass and froth for about 10 seconds.
Use a spoon to scoop milk on top of latte. Sprinkle with spices.