Soo I totally used to be one of those girls who waited for the return of the Starbucks PSL every year. The day it was back (+ almost everyday for the rest of the PSL season) I was there at Starbucks getting my fill.
Sooner or later I began to really think about what goes into that baby: TONS (I mean TONS) of sugar, IV Caramel Coloring (the absolute worst!) + quite a bit of other junk that does not belong in our body. Food Babe explains the nastiness in full detail here. Knowing what went into it stopped me from ever ordering it again. Along with many other Starbucks drinks.
The terrible news made me a little sad but also super excited to experiment in the kitchen with my own versions. Some were good + some not so good. I’m not one to follow recipes very well. I really like to do my own thing + adjust to what I like + don’t like. With that being said, I never really paid enough attention to the yummy recipes I was creating + was super excited to find that my Spirit Animal had! I checked this recipe out + it was pretty bomb.com.
I substituted coconut sugar for stevia + coconut milk for almond milk + it was just as DELISHH.
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte:
- 1/2 cup organic full fat coconut milk (whatever milk you use here, PLEASE make sure it does not contain Carageenan!)
- 4 TBS organic pumpkin puree
- 1 TSP pumpkin pie spice
- 1 TSP vanilla
- 1 TSP coconut sugar <<I don’t like the way stevia tastes so I prefer the coconut sugar. I also don’t like things too sweet so add a little more if you want it sweeter!>>
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- Cinnamon to top off
In a saucepan, mix the coconut milk + pumpkin puree together over medium heat. Remove from heat + add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla + your sweetener of choice (stevia, coconut sugar or even honey would be great!). Combine the milky pumpkin-ness + the coffee in your nutribullet or blender and blend for 30 seconds. Put into a cute lil mug, top with cinnamon + enjoy!
100% real pumpkin has so many health benefits: sharper vision, better immunity, aids in weightless, lowers cancer risk, younger looking skin + may help treat diabetes.
I will gladly eat/drink more pumpkin if it helps with all of the above!
Who needs Starbucks’ PSL when you can make your own skinnier, healthier version!