It’s here, ladies. The annual orange invasion is upon us…
’tis the season for pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING.
Out come the “do you even have to ask?!” Starbucks orders, the “look at my infinity scarf and UGG boots!”-latte drinking attire, and (most importantly) daily #PSL Instagram posts.
There’s no denying that a crisp autumn morning feels incomplete without a pumpkin spice latte. Like an extension of fall itself, you NEED that PSL! Your whole world teeters off-balance until you utter those magic words, and a barista comes to the rescue. Then, you inhale the spicy aroma…relish the steam on your face…and take that first sip.
Yeah. That. First. Sip.
Hello, glorious deliciousness! Hello, pure perfection! You aren’t even aware of anything else at this point.
But – about halfway through slurping whip cream at record pace – you casually wonder just how wholesome this sweet temptation really is. Can’t be that sugar-dense and empty calorie-loaded, can it? After all, pumpkin is a vegetable.
Well…you might want to rethink the PSL obsession. Or, at least, how frequently you indulge. There are 330 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 37 grams of sugar in 1 tall latte. Not gonna lie: that’s quite the “tall order” (pun intended!) to consume on a regular basis.
But, if you just can’t resist this fall favorite, try my lighter version of the Starbucks PSL we all know and love.
It maxes out at only 155 calories, uses all-natural ingredients, and tastes (almost) as yummy as the original.
- 1 cup Black Coffee (brewed)
- 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (organic)
- 1 cup Rice Milk
- 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- 3 packets Stevia
- Pour all these ingredients together into a blender.
- Pulse the blender until this mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.
- Transfer the latte into your favorite mug and warm it in the microwave.
- Sprinkle a few dashes of cinnamon or nutmeg on top.
5. Enjoy! But, that goes without saying, so…