I share my healthy vegan pumpkin spice frappuccino, a must-try Starbucks copycat recipe to get you ready for fall without all the excess sugar!
Fall is just around the corner, and as much as I’ve enjoyed the weekend getaways to the cottage and the warm weather I think I’m ready for pumpkin season. From lattes to frappuccinos, we’ve gone pumpkin crazy but I’m okay with that because I love me a frappuccino. I’ve been on a Starbucks copy cat kick these days, and if you missed it last week I whipped up my own version of a Healthy Vegan Lemon Bar Frappuccino. So I’m keeping the frappuccino party going and whipping up a fall-themed fave. Can you guess it??
Here in Canada we’ve been experiencing some hella warm weather, and I have a feeling September is going to be no different, so I’m going to take advantage of that and whip up my own version of a Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino.
The Problem with the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
That’s a no brainer: it’s the sugar. A grande sized Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino clocks in at 450 calories with 73 grams of sugar. That’s basically a full meal, or a really large dessert. My healthy vegan pumpkin Spice Frappuccino is gluten free and has 200 calories less and only 15 grams of sugar. Plus it has REAL fibre-rich pumpkin in it, not some sickly syrup. Yes, it’s still a treat, but it’s far more satiating with far less refined sugar going on and you still get to honour the pumpkin spice tradition!
How to Make This Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
The best part of making this frappuccino is all you need is a blender! This vegan pumpkin spice frappuccino is a simple combination of almond milk, coconut milk, vanilla, maple, pure pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and ice. Oh and don’t forget the best part: finished with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream, a few sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice and crushed gluten free graham crackers.
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It’s obvious that I’ve been on a serious Starbucks copy cat kick these days, so let me know which frappuccinos or other Starbucks drinks you want to see me makeover!
Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
- Whipped coconut cream
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Crushed graham crackers vegan, and gluten free, if needed
- In a blender, puree all of the ingredients until smooth.
- Top with whipped coconut cream, pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers, if desired.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.