Not Your Basic Pumpkin Spice Latte!
We have a confession to make: before wondering how to create a healthier version of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, we’d never actually tasted one.
But for research purposes, we decided we had to try it to understand what all the fuss was about. Starbucks offers a “short” sized cup, presumably for espressos or kids’ drinks so we asked them for a short PSL with all the works. “Make it as basic as you can,” we told the barista.
To this day, we don’t know what the fuss is about. What we tasted was mainly sugar with a hint of cinnamon. But that’s most gimmicky drinks, I guess.
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Our version, needless to say, is better! You can taste the coffee in this coffee recipe (gasp!) and actual pumpkin. We used real pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and browned butter to add some serious flavor to our morning brew. You can say this is somewhat of a butter coffee or Bulletproof coffee variation since it does contain butter and is quite filling. Emulsified butter adds a velvety texture to your coffee but if you’d like to cut some calories, you can omit it!
For a completely dairy-free option: replace the butter with coconut oil (however, it will not brown!), and replace the heavy cream with coconut cream.
We thoroughly enjoyed this Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is something we never thought we’d say. The results tasted far better than Starbucks and felt much more luxurious to drink. The fresh, real ingredients all lend to the flavor and texture of this super indulgent morning or afternoon treat.
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 shot espresso
- 2 tbsp So Nourished erythritol sweetener
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp heavy cream (or coconut cream)
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/2 cup hot almond milk
- Start by setting some butter to lightly brown in a small pan on low heat.
- Brew a shot (or two) of espresso. You can also choose to brew a cup of strong coffee (but then you may want to omit the almond milk in the end).
- Combine the erythritol and hot coffee in a blend and allow to dissolve for a few seconds, whisking lightly.
- Then, add the pumpkin puree, browned butter, heavy cream (or coconut cream), pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. If you used espresso, add in some hot almond milk to thin the latte out.
- Blend on high for about 10 seconds. Open the blender slowly and carefully, the contents will be a bit pressurized from the heat.
- Pour into a serving cup, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!
Loved this recipe? Let us know! Something didn’t quite turn out right? Ask us in the comments below – we respond to comments every day and would love to hear from you and help you out! And check out all our drinks recipes to learn to make more delicious and healthy drinks that take no time to prepare!
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Do you have to use Espresso? I do not have an espresso maker. Would coffee work?
Sure! Just don’t add too much almond milk since regular coffee is much more watery than 1 shot of espresso.
Wonderful recipe. So pumpkiny! I am new to this site but it is fast becoming my low carb bible. Wonderful job on creating a useful resource. The recipes are outstanding. Much better than Atkins recipes. Those are mostly bulls**t I’ve found. These are the real deal.
Thank you for the kind words, Brian! It really means a lot 🙂
This was so yummy! I liked it better than the PSL from Starbucks!
I love this idea. Popular as pumpkin spice lattes are, they can get pretty boring after a while. It’s always nice to vary things up – and this is an approach I hadn’t heard about previously.
Love your recipes! Seems like you always have new ideas and fun options.
Aww thank you, Vince!
… I may have missed it, but am I melting the butter for the smell? Or when is it added?
It adds a different sort of flavor to the coffee. You’re browning it, not just melting it 🙂
I c… Didn’t see it b4 or… But now I do: Then, add the pumpkin puree, browned butter, heavy cream…. Thnx
You’re welcome, I hope you enjoy it!