A Pumpkin Spiced Latte that won’t blow your calorie budget or ruin your Slimming World 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 Slimming World Friendly is this Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe?
A Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte can cost you as many as 20 Syns!
Our version is Syn Free if you use half of one Healthy Extra A choice, or 3 Syns if you don’t.
As you will probably know Slimming World have brought out some new recommendations regarding the Syn value of granulated sweeteners. Slimming World have confirmed what this change means.
Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.
The recipe for this Syn Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte uses sweetener to taste (0.5 -2 tablespoons) so it is recommended you add 0.5 syns on to the whole recipe, making it 0.5 Syns per portion, if you use over 1 tablespoon of sweetener.
As always it’s not our place to tell you whether you should follow these recommendations and Syn the sweetener, the decision and journey is yours and yours alone.
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
Check out our other Pumpkin Spiced treats..
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We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available for pre-order!! The book will feature 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use! Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. The book will be released on the 21st March 2019, and if you pre order now you won’t be charged until it’s released.
Pre-Order Our Cookbook Now!
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available for pre-order!!
The book will feature 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing.
The book will be released on the 21st March 2019, and if you pre order now you won’t be charged until it’s released.Check out our cookbook page for more information!