PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE WITH A HEALTHY TWIST

It’s PUMPKIN SPICE everything season!

Have you had your infamous pumpkin spice latte this fall season? I mean let’s be real, who doesn’t love a pumpkin-y cup of happiness? It’s seriously fall in a cup. Oh so festive.

But here’s the deal- your standard #PSL is approximately 50 GRAMS OF SUGAR! I mean, need I say more?

Look, I’m all about living the 80/20 balance, and sometimes you just need the basic fall PSL- maybe it’s for the gram, maybe it’s for your stroll through Target, or maybe you just want to indulge- and that’s totally okay! You do you, girl. However, being that I’m oh so fall basic, I crave a PSL at least a few times a week, and I just cannot justify 50 grams of sugar every time I step into the coffee shop. And to take that a step further, if I’m going to have 50 grams of sugar, girlfriend is going to have a chocolate on chocolate ice cream situation, maybe throw in a chocolate chip pumpkin cookie? Gluten-free, of course. But that’s just me.

So with that, I’ve learned some healthy options and tips & tricks along the way to make this festive fall drink actually doable, even healthy.

For the girl on the go who needs her daily Starbucks:

Okay girl, I get it. You like the Starbucks ritual. So here’s my tips for dramatically decreasing your sugar AND CALORIES with your PSL, k? It’s still festive and pumpkin, just won’t make your blood sugar have such a dramatic spike.

Order a grande Americano with only 1 pump of pumpkin, and a splash of almond milk or heavy cream. 

For the girl who loves making her coffee at home:

I love making my coffee at home. Not only does the standard $5.00 a day on a coffee add up, but I actually really love the ritual of waking up and crafting my morning brew. I’m very specific with the coffee situation, and even more specific with my homemade pumpkin spice latte! Did I mention my latte has LESS THAN 1 GRAM OF SUGAR. Trust me, you need this in your life this FALL!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients ( Nikki style ):

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Nut Pods pumpkin spice unsweetened dairy-free creamer ( obsessed )
  • Pumpkin spice stevia drops
  • Cinnamon ( my fav spice )
  • Nutmeg
  • Brewed coffee ( bold! )

K, so let’s discuss. First of all, I just discovered the Nut Pods pumpkin spice creamer, and it’s DELISH! It’s Whole30 approved, keto approved, all that good stuff. I bought it in bulk on Amazon because it’s just that good. So here’s the secret PSL formulation-

First, I heat up the almond milk, being honest, I really don’t measure anything, I like to eyeball. So I just fill my mug about a quarter way with almond milk and heat. Second, I brew my extra bold coffee, it has to be bold to get that rich coffee flavor, and add that to my mug of hot almond milk ( it’s a large mug ). Third, I add a splash or two of the pumpkin spice creamer, which makes your make-shift “latte” really creamy and pumpkin-y! Fourth, add 2-3 drops of pumpkin Stevia. If I’m feeling really creative ( maybe it’s a lazy fall Sunday morning ), I’ll use my handheld milk frother, and froth the creamer before adding to the coffee! So official barista, right? And finally, garnish with your cinnamon and nutmeg on top.

Viola! You have yourself a homemade pumpkin spice “latte” with less than 1 gram of sugar, yet still tastes plenty sweet, decadent, and so fall festive. You won’t feel deprived of your PSL fix. In fact, you’ll be obsessed with your healthy version!

Will you try my pumpkin spice latte recipe? If you do, please, please, please tell me your thoughts! Tag me in your PSL photos on Instagram so I can see all the pumpkin-y goodness!

Thank you for reading, see ya soon, pumpkin!

XO,

Nikki

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