Pumpkin season is the best season in my opinion! A Pumpkin Spice latte is one of my favorite drinks during the fall. My wallet doesn’t love them so much though and let’s be real there is way more sugar in one Venti PSL than I should consume in a day. I actually like to order my PSLs with only two pumps because the full five pumps is just too much for me. So in an effort to keep money in my wallet and cut back on the extra sugar, I’ve started making my own pumpkin spice lattes at home with collagen and MCT oil added in!
This version is a healthier option with the added collagen and MCT oil than the beloved Starbucks PSL and uses real pumpkin. I know Starbucks changed up their PSL recipe to use real pumpkin but it’s still kind of questionable how much of it is “real”. I love Starbucks drinks but it’s nice to make my own version at home every now and then.
I’m not a morning person so you’re not going to catch me throwing this together Monday through Friday when I’m trying to rush out the door but I do like to make it on the weekends or at night when I’m ready to curl up for the night with a book. Yes, I drink coffee at night sometimes, I know I probably shouldn’t but it really doesn’t keep me awake at night.
If you’re in a pinch and craving pumpkin spice every day I suggest looking for Starbucks’ in-store ground coffee I shared last month. It’s a great substitute for busy mornings when I don’t have the time to froth up my milk and make lattes.
If you opened an entire container of pumpkin puree check out some of these other pumpkin recipes. I personally love adding pumpkin puree to my smoothies and oatmeal.
Good to Know
Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
A healthier alternative to coffee shop PSLs!
- 1 cup non-dairy milk I use almond or oat
- 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice & ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup strong coffee
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1 tbsp MCT Oil
Add milk, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup to a pot and simmer on a medium heat whisking frequently. Heat until it’s hot but not at a boil - about five minutes.
Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, collagen powder and MCT oil.
Pour mixture into a blender (I use my Ninja 16oz cups) and blend until frothy and well mixed. Instead of a blender you can use a handheld frother too!
Pour pumpkin spice mixture into coffee.
Top with extra cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
If you want that extra pumpkin flavor you can use Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice ground coffee
I use this organic MCT oil from Nutiva
and these collagen peptides from Vital Proteins
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can create your own using, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves.
This post is not meant to be a substitute for informed medical advice from a doctor. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
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