Pumpkin Spice Latte: A Fall Favourite, with a Twist on Nutrition

Pumpkin Spice Latte: A Fall Favourite, with a Twist on Nutrition

In 2003, Starbucks first introduced its now iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte in 100 locations in Vancouver and Washington. The rest is history as they say, with ‘PSL’ available in over 50 countries today.

While nothing says fall like a pumpkin-infused treat, PSL’s are around 380 calories (Starbucks version), meaning this autumn staple probably isn’t one you should have every day.

To avoid excess calories, you can either be smart about your order and make it a nonfat, non-whipped cream version, or make your own homemade pumpkin spice latte.

With the right ingredients, making this delicious fall mainstay is cheap and easy.  This recipe from popsugar.com’s Brittany Mullins comes in at a mere 30 calories and contains practically no sugar or carbohydrates.


  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener or choice
  • 8 ounces brewed coffee (regular or pumpkin flavored) or 1-2 shots of expresso
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon


  • In a cup or saucepan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin puree.  Cook on medium heat or microwave for 30-45 seconds
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices, sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk.  You could also use a blender or skip this step if foamy milk is not a must
  • Pour coffee into a large mug, add milk mixture on top, sprinkle with cinnamon

Enjoy your homemade PSL!

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