By Stephanie Eckelkamp
I've never actually purchased a Starbucks PSL because: 1) they’re freakin' expensive, 2) a grande clocks in at around 50 grams of sugar (that’s the same as a 16-ounce bottle of Coke!), and 3) I’m afraid I’d get totally hooked and never be able to forgive myself.
So, what’s a basic (but health-minded) chick to do? Create her own, that’s what. Given my background in health coaching and my day job as a nutrition editor, it’s probably not surprising that I love morphing recipes that are total sugar bombs into guilt-free treats. So, after some trial and error in the kitchen, I’m happy to report that this recipe is the result—pure, just-sweet-enough deliciousness with a hint of fall.
Better-For-You Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk*
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk*
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until hot. It will begin to simmer and bubble. Pour mixture into a blender (with the cover ever so slightly cracked, but held securely with your hand, to release steam) and puree until frothy, about 10 seconds. Pour into your favorite mug, and drink that goodness up.
*Feel free to use regular milk, preferably organic. But if you’re dairy-free, I find that this ratio of coconut to almond milk makes for a creamy treat that’s not over-the-top rich.
Peace, Love, & Pumpkin Spice!