Foodie Friday: Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

Arguably, one of the best parts about fall is when Starbucks unveils its Skinny Pumpkin Latte. We look forward to the delicious, creamy taste all year long, and the first sweet sips of the seasonal beverage means crisp fall air, changing leaves and chunky sweaters are right around the corner.


But as much as we love Starbucks’ classic concoction – and the chain is now celebrating 10 years of the beverage! – waiting in line, paying the $4 and consuming the added calories are somewhat of a bummer. (Hint: Don’t read the nutritional facts on a pumkin spice Latte. Just don’t).

To enjoy one of autumn’s tastiest treats, make our version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte right at home. You don’t even need an espresso machine – just some strongly brewed coffee, spices and pumpkin puree. The best part? It’s lower in fat and sugar. And you don’t need to put on pants to order it, which is also a win.

I used skim milk, but you can use vanilla almond milk, or unsweetened almond milk for fewer sugar and calories. I also used white sugar, but you can use sweetener or even agave to taste. 

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee (or 1/2 cup of espresso)
  • 2 tbs of canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 1/2 tbs of sugar or sweetener (to taste)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • Fat-free whipped cream (for topping)
Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine milk, canned pumpkin and sugar. Keep stirring on medium heat until hot (but not boiling). Remove from heat, and stir in cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.

Pour mixture into a blender and blend until frothy. Pour into two mugs, and top with coffee (1/4 cup for each).

Top latte with fat-free whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

Serves

2

Photo Credit: Chocolate and Carrots

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