This homemade healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe is a clean alternative to Starbucks that’s perfect for Fall. It’s made with six simple ingredients like coffee and real pumpkin, is refined sugar-free and high in Vitamin A and omega-3s. This dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free recipe is super easy and affordable to make at home, too!
UPDATE: This post originally appeared in October 2016.
It’s no secret that we’re all about eating real, whole foods over here on Root + Revel.
That means minimal processed foods, fast foods, or any “food” that isn’t made with whole food ingredients.
Of course, this isn’t always easy…especially during Fall when pumpkin spice flavors abound.
Wait what?! You might be wondering… what’s wrong with pumpkin spice flavors?
Unfortunately, there’s almost nothing natural about most store-bought products flavored with pumpkin spice.
Take Starbucks’ ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte, for example. Up until 2015, their famous PSL wasn’t even made with pumpkin. How messed up is that?!
It also contained Class IV caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, and a practically lethal dose of sugar.
Though Starbucks has since gotten rid of the caramel color–their sauce is now colored with “fruit and vegetable juice”, though I have no idea why this coloring is needed at all–and now uses real pumpkin…but it’s still VERY FAR from clean and healthy.
Their PSL is made with Monsanto Milk (GMO), natural flavors (which we know aren’t any better than artificial flavors), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), and Mono and Diglycerides and Carrageenan (causes obesity, metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease) if you get whipped cream on top.
And if that weren’t enough, the latte still contains an obscene amount of sugar.
A grande pumpkin spice latte with skim milk and whipped cream contains 51 grams of sugar!
I know it’s delicious and I know for many people it doesn’t feel like Fall without a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, but come on. This stuff is terrible for you!
The good news: you can create a homemade healthy pumpkin spice latte at home in less than 2 minutes and you’ll still get all of those delicious pumpkin spice flavors, without any of the negative additives, excess sugar and the expense (we haven’t even mentioned the absurd price of one of these PSL’s!)
Take a look:
How to make a healthy pumpkin spice latte at home
Do you have a blender and access to a grocery store? Then you can make a pumpkin spice latte at home!
Seriously, with just a few real food ingredients (pumpkin puree, coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup and pumpkin spice) and either coffee or espresso, a quick, easy and affordable pumpkin spice latte is in your future.
And it’s DELICIOUS!
It’s also super customizable, so if you prefer espresso to coffee, great, use that! If you want to make it more or less sweet, no problem. If you prefer to use ghee instead of coconut oil, that works too!
Simply toss the ingredients into a blender, and give it a whirl. Seconds later, a delicious, homemade, healthy and clean pumpkin spice latte is yours!
Why you should DIY Healthy Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Not only are homemade pumpkin spice lattes a breeze to make, but they’re also way cheaper than buying a latte at Starbucks, and most importantly, they’re way healthier.
While Starbucks’ PSL contains 51 grams of sugar, this recipe contains just 6 grams of sugar. Plus it’s from a real food source (maple syrup!).
Not only that, but this entire recipe is 100% organic (see the recipe for my specific product recommendations).
AND using real pumpkin gives this latte a big Vitamin A boost, while the coconut oil adds a healthy dose of omega-3s.
The coconut oil also replaces dairy in this recipe, making the latte creamy and frothy without any of the risks of dairy (antibiotics, hormones, acne, stomach upset, etc.).
So what are you waiting for? Toss that Starbucks PSL for good and embrace Fall with this clean, at-home alternative!
If you try this Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag the recipe #rootandrevel/@rootandrevel on Instagram.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (Vegan + GF)
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser