A Pumpkin Spiced Latte that won’t blow your calorie budget or ruin your slimming or Weight Watchers plan? Count us in!
So we’re now into the Autumn season & that means two things. Leaves start falling from the trees and the world becomes infatuated with Pumpkin Spiced things!
What is a Pumpkin Spiced Latte?
I discovered the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, or ‘PSL’, on a business trip to the US a few years ago, I remember looking at my colleague and thinking to myself – pumpkin in coffee – this isn’t going to work! But to my surprise it really does. It’s a bit like pumpkin pie, only in a coffee. My idea of heaven!
As delicious as the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte is, it is hard to enjoy if you are trying to lose weight. Our lightened up version has all the tasty autumnal flavours without the guilt!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
How many calories is this Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe?
Our Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe is 109 calories per serving.
A grande Pumpkin Spiced Latte with whipped cream from Starbucks is an eye watering 380 calories, over 3 times as much!
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe?
There are only 2 Points in our Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe. The Starbucks version with whip is a minimum of 5 Points. You could have 2 of ours instead and still have a Point to spare!
What do I need to make this Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe?
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We could have taken a shortcut and just bought a Pumpkin Spiced sugar free syrup from Amazon (like this one), but we’re not keen on the taste of artificial sweeteners. You can use them of course if you’re stuck for time!
Making your Pumpkin Spiced Latte our way, you can control everything about it; the strength of the coffee, the sweetness, more or less of the pumpkin, and the amount of mixed spice. Not to mention, if you make it this way you’re actually using vegetables in your drink!
Pumpkins will be in season really soon, but in the meantime you can use butternut squash – don’t worry, it tastes just as nice and the preparation is a little easier to manage.
Making the puree is super simple. Just chop and pop in the microwave then attack with a stick blender or in a food processor. If you’re partial to a Pumpkin Spiced Latte or two, you can make some extra puree and keep it in the fridge. Keep it covered and it’ll last about a week.
Steaming the Milk
The easiest way to make this drink is to heat the puree up with the milk & some sweetener in the microwave. Then use a milk frother to froth the milk and drop your shot of coffee in, and it’ll look really pretty!
If you prefer, you could steam the milk and puree using the steam arm on your coffee maker, then add your coffee. It’s entirely up to you!
How do I make this Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe?
For the Pumpkin Puree
- Place the diced Pumpkin or Squash in a microwavable dish, cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes 30 seconds.
- Put the cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, mixed spice and coffee in a food processor and blitz until smooth. You can do this in advance and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
For the Latte
- Add the Pumpkin Puree to the milk and whisk well until it’s mixed together well.
- You can either:
Heat the milk & puree in the microwave, add the sweetener and stir. Then using a milk frother whisk the latte until there’s a decent froth.
Using a milk steamer, steam the milk, puree and sweetener until it’s hot and there’s a good froth on top.
- Add the 40ml of coffee, sprinkle some cinnamon on top and serve.
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