Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte is a lightened up version of a popular fall beverage, with less than 200 calories.
So, it’s that time of year when pumpkin spice products are everywhere, including Starbuck’s popular Pumpkin Spice Latte.
I picked up a cup of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte this weekend and I have to tell you, I don’t think it tastes like pumpkin or pumpkin spice – it’s more of a vanilla flavor and it’s cloyingly sweet. I give Starbucks a lot of credit for eliminating artificial coloring and using real pumpkin, but they’re still using preservatives and fake vanilla flavoring.
So, I’ve come up with a clean, skinny version of this Pumpkin Spice Latte that you can make at home using cashew milk (1 cup of unsweetened Silk Cashew Milk has just 25 calories), maple syrup and real vanilla extract. You can even splurge with a little light whipped cream on top and stay under 200 calories!
I had my family do a side-by-side comparison of my Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte and the one from Starbucks and mine won hands down. So give it a try and let me know what you think.
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cashew milk or other non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons double strength vanilla or 3 teaspoons regular vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
- 1 pack Starbucks VIA instant coffee I used Columbian
- 2 tablespoons light whipped cream optional
Place cashew milk, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer; stir in instant coffee; transfer to a mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
For a vegan version, use cashew cream in place of whipped cream. Use 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup if you like it sweeter. Adapted from thekitchn.com
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rachel@ atheltic avocado says
this looks amazing! I would rather make this than buy a PSL from starbucks anyway! i bet its so much better and healthier than starbucsk too! Pinned 🙂
Thanks Rachel -we did a taste test and the boys liked this so much better.
I am all about making this drink at home instead of buying one that’s loaded with sugar. This looks like a great recipe to try out.
Thanks Allie – it’s really very easy to make at home
Sarah Grace says
PSL!!! yessss. Have to say, I agree with it being super sweet, but I still get the starbucks one sometimes :p This reminds me of my diy Gingerbread latte I made last fall 🙂
I’m going to have to check out your Gingerbread latte – I made a DIY Chestnut Praline Latte last winter. Love it when you can make these specialty lattes at home.
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Jeanette – thank you so very much for this recipe! My daughter LOVES Starbucks’ PSL so I cannot wait to make this cleaner version for her!
Shashi I hope your daughter enjoys this – my boys loved it.
LOVE that this is skinny and doesn’t have a bunch of artificial stuff! I love pumpkin spice lattes, so I’m making this ASAP 🙂
Kalee – there are so many fewer ingredients in this homemade pumpkin spice latte so it’s cleaner and easy to make at home.
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says
This looks so decadent and delicious! great makeover!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
less than 200 calories?! I’m making this!!! love!
Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says
Thanks Alice! Hope you like it!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
Horray for real food!! And look how gorgous this is! I can’t bring myself to order a PSL from the Bux, it’s just way to sugar laden for me, I don’t even think I would enjoy it at this point. But your version, sign me up for 2 please 🙂 This looks awesome. Gotta make this this weekend!! Pinning and yumming!
Thanks Sam – hope you enjoy this!
Hi Jeanette! I’ve got some confusion- is it vanilla extract you are using, or some other vanilla product? Thanks!!
Suzi – I use vanilla extract.
I’m so glad you made a homemade and skinny version of PSL, I can’t wait to try it 🙂 I really love your new blog design too, it looks gorgeous 🙂
Olivia – so happy your enjoyed this – thanks so much for trying this recipe and leaving a comment to let me know how it turned out for you!
Natasha Lafienere says
1- how much sugar is in this drink?
2- can I use almond milk unsweetened vanilla
I love pumpkin spice latte and if I can make it cheaper and healthier, I am totally in.
There are 16 grams of sugar in this recipe. You can use any non-dairy milk you like.