This Healthier Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Actually Delicious
Less of the added sugar, all of the seasonal delight.
Now that summer is officially over, we're all peeling that last tab off of our Pumpkin Spice Latte advent calendars.
At BuzzFeed Health, we love a seasonal coffee drink as much as the next person. But we couldn't help but notice that the #PSL packs a not insignificant amount of added sugar.
A tall PSL made with whole milk and no whipped cream has 37g of sugar.
Now some of that sugar is from the naturally-occurring sugar in whole milk. For example, a tall whole milk latte made from Starbucks has 13g of sugar. Since a latte is an unsweetened and unflavored version of a PSL, it makes sense to assume that a PSL of the same size has 13g of natural sugar.
Which means that a tall PSL has 24g of added sugar.
(We checked our nutrition math with registered dietitian Abby Langer of Abby Langer Nutrition.)
And, look, some added sugar is not the end of the world.
But if you're interested in a less sugary (just as delicious) version, we have just the thing.
BuzzFeed Food editor Christine Byrne has developed the ultimate recipe for a healthier PSL. Bonus: It's cheaper, too!
It has about a third less added sugar (13.25g total) and it's made with brewed coffee (as opposed to espresso), which means it's easy to make at home.
And it's still a delicious, cozy, seasonal drink that's perfect for crisp fall mornings. Or warm and still-humid fall afternoons. Whichever.
Here's how to make it:
And here's the full recipe:
• 8 ounces (1 cup) hot coffee
• 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
• 2 teaspoons maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
• 2 ounces (1/4 cup) whole milk
Pour the coffee into a 12-ounce mug, then add the pumpkin puree. Stir until it's dissolved and totally mixed in. Add the maple syrup and the pumpkin spice and stir. Pour the milk into a small, heatproof mug or bowl and heat in the microwave until steaming (or, heat it in a small pan on the stove).
If you're feeling fancy, you can use a milk frother (like this $7 one) to make a super legit, foamy drink, but it's isn't essential.
Pour the milk into the coffee and serve with a little more pumpkin spice sprinkled on top!