03 September 2018

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

This skinny pumpkin spice latte has almost half the calories and one-third the sugars as the one from a coffee house, and it tastes amazing!

One of my guilty pleasures is stopping by Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for a fancy coffee.  It's not one that I partake in often just due to the cost and the calories, but when we have an early appointment or I just want a special treat, I'll stop to grab a cup.

I've been awaiting the pumpkin spice latte since last winter.  I want the flavor, but I don't want all of the calories and questionable ingredients, so I started experimenting at home to make a skinny pumpkin splice latte.

Most copycat recipes call for a milk frother.  I don't have one, nor do I want to clutter my small kitchen with specialty tools.  I skipped the froth and instead added whipped cream on top.

If you have a milk frother, feel free to use it.  You could also use a blender to whip this before you heat it up.

I'm all about keeping things simple, so I just heat it up and enjoy.  

I'm eating fewer carbs, so I'm okay with the whipped cream.  If you have other dietary needs, feel free to skip it.  
This skinny PSL recipe is kind of a base recipe.  You can use the milk and sweetener of your choice to fit your dietary needs.


According to Starbucks, a grande PSL with 2% milk and whip this year will have:
  • 380 calories
  • 14 grams of fat 
  • 8 grams saturated fat
  • 55 mg cholesterol
  • 240 mg sodium
  • 52 grams carbohydrates
  • 50 grams sugars
And let's be real here, we're not ordering a grande.  A venti is a whopping 470 calories and 64 grams of sugar.

The real PSL also has a preservative called potassium sorbate in the pumpkin spice sauce and whipped cream.  

I'm not a nutritionist, so I used Very Well to calculate this nutrition facts for this recipe using unsweetened almond milk, coconut sugar, and 2 tablespoons of whipped cream

While I wouldn't drink this daily, it's a much better choice for your PSL craving!
Just remember that if you use a different milk or sweetener, your mileage may vary.  Plug your numbers into the verywell website if you want to know the nutritional value.

The Starbuck's PSL also has "natural flavors" in the Pumpkin Spice Sauce and in the Vanilla Syrup.  By definition, natural flavors come from things found in nature, but that doesn't mean that they are from traditional foods.

Basically, we've found out that some plants taste like other plants.  NPR gave a great example that I'll paraphrase.  Instead of using an orange or orange flavor, they may use a grass or bark from a specific tree.

We have no idea of knowing what those natural flavors are or what they came from.

A PSL also has carageenan in the whipped cream.  This is a "natural" ingredient and comes from a type of seaweed.  It's thought to be linked to inflammation, so I avoid it because I have quite enough inflammation due to RA.


I prefer almond milk for my milk alternative.  I used unsweetened because it has fewer calories than vanilla almond milk.  You can also use regular milk or even coconut milk.

If you're eating low carb, use a whole milk.  Skim and 2% milk have more carbs than whole milk.


Coconut sugar is my white sugar alternative of choice.  I think it has a true sugar flavor with a lower glycemic index.  It doesn't dissolve well in drinks, but it will in this since you add it to the drink and warm it up.
You can also use liquid stevia, sugar, artificial sweetener, maple syrup, or honey.  I haven't used any of them, so you'll have to experiment with the amounts yourself.


When I want to make a skinny pumpkin spice latte, I just make a little extra coffee in the morning and reserve 1/2 cup of brewed coffee and put it in the fridge until I want to make it.  I'm the only coffee drinker in the house, so I don't want to brew another pot.

You could also use instant coffee.  If you want this in the evening, use decaf coffee.




Place the milk, pumpkin puree, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and .pumpkin spice in a medium sized pan and heat over medium low heat until simmering.  Use a whisk to stir it to add some air since we're not using a frother.


Add coffee and stir well.


Pour into a cute cup, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg, and enjoy!

If you want to make this for a crowd, you can easily scale this recipe up.  Keep it warm in a slow cooker or in a large pan on the stove.

Pumpkin freezes well!  If you don't have a use for the rest of the can of pumpkin, put it in the fridge or freeze it in an ice cube tray.  Thaw one ice cube per cup of skinny pumpkin spice latte.

You can also use the leftover pumpkin in a DIY skincare recipe.

Don't forget to use a cute coffee cup.  I donated the boring white coffee mugs that came with my dishes and I only use fun mugs now.  Here are some really cute ones that would be perfect for this skinny pumpkin spice latte recipe.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.