A healthified copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) recipe with real pumpkin. Why not just go to Starbucks for a #PSL? The reason will shock you!
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My version of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte: super healthy and with real pumpkin and whipped cream.
As promissed: my PSL recipeHey guys! As I promised on my Instagram, I was going to share my recipe for the yummie, healthified Pumpkin Spice Latte that I was drinking with you. I just got home from a lingerie photoshoot and installed myself at a lunchroom with a glass of coco juice and my laptop to keep my promiss.
My own version
To begin with: why do I make my own version of the PSL? The short version of my answer to this: it’s just much tastier. The long version of my answer is as follows: the past month I have walked across it many times. That Starbucks sandwhich board displaying a tempting-looking mug of coffee with a thick layer of whipped cream on top silently screams my name every time I pass it. ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ is the name of this special autumn variant of the more common café latte.
In the corner of the board a cute little pumpkin is pictured. Now I happen to know that pumpkin is beneficial for your skin because of the high amount of beta-carotene in it. Logically you would think that Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is super healthy. You feel it coming: this latte smells fishy.
‘Pumpkin’ … uh …?
So what’s the catch with this PSL? THere it comes: there is no trace of pumpkin in this latte whatsoever. Nothing! Nada! Shocking, right?! Food Babe came to this shocking conclusion after she thoroughly inspected the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which she was able to with the help of Starbucks itself.
So what exactly did she discover is in the Pumpkin Spiced Latte? Well, basically anything that does not belong in our bodies, including unnatural food coloring and processed sugars:
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte ingredients by Food Babe
Recipe: healthy variation of the PSL
Sorry Starbucks, but I can do better than that: yesterday afternoon I walked straight past Starbucks to make my own healthy version of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. Oh my, it was soo good; sweet, spicy and creamy. Exactly how an autumn coffee latte supposes to taste.
I made my own Pumpkin Spice Latte with unrefined, natural, healthier ingredients like almond milk, agave syrup, cinnamon (a super strong antioxidant), ginger, nutmeg (optional: substitute with pumpkin pie spice) and real, fresh pumpkin. But wait, there’s mor: I topped my PSL with whipped cream, made from coconut cream to keep my PSL all lactose free. How awesome is that?!
Ps: my copycat is only 220 kcal per serving; Starbucks’ PSL is good for a whopping 400 kcal.
Would you like to try my copycat PSL? Here is the recipe for two servings:
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- seeds of 1 vanilla bean
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of fine grind sea salt
- 8 drops of stevia
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup
- 2 cups strong coffee
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other lactose free milk of your choice)
- 4 tablespoons coconut cream (you can find it in a 14 oz can coconut cream)
- seeds of 1 vanilla bean
- 15 drops of stevia
- slivered almonds
- Combine the pumpkin puree, vanilla, spices (optional: substitute with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice), stevia, agave syrup and almond milk in a blender and mix until the mixture is smooth.
- If the mixture is too thick (it should resamble milk thickness) add more almond milk.
- Transfer the mixture into a cooking pan and turn off the heat as soon as it starts to boil.
- Add the 'pumpkin milk' to 2 cups of strong coffee.
- Drain the liquid from the can (save for later in your fridge) and only use the heavy cream that you will find stuck to the top of the can.
- Add the cream to a mixing bowl add vanilla and stevia and beat well until the cream becomes fluffy.
- Top your pumpkin spice latte with the whipped cream and top with cinnamon and slivered almonds.
What’s your favorite way to drink your coffee?
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