This vegan-friendly Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe is the BEST and ONLY essential Starbucks PSL Copy Cat Recipe you’ll ever need to get your PSL fix this fall.
You know Summer is over when people start posting about how excited they are to crush their first PSL of the year. If you’re fortunate enough to not know I’m talking about, you’re a) probably not a millennial or b) have somehow avoided all social media since August of 2014 when Starbucks launched their elusive Pumpkin Spice Latte (affectionately called PSL by fans across the world). PSL isn’t just a drink, it’s a religion to some people, and it’s the SOLE REASON why many even get out of bed after labour day. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s totally festive. It gets us excited about Fall when we otherwise would be crying inside about the end of Summer.
Now the bad news. A typical grande pumpkin spice latte has 350 calories and 50 grams of sugar. That’s just in your coffee drink… That has nothing to do with the pastry you enjoy alongside your morning Joe. I don’t know about you, but that’s just a little too festive to enjoy on the regular. That’s why I created this healthy vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte.
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Why This Recipe Works
I promise you this is the only healthy vegan pumpkin spice latte copy cat recipe you’re ever going to need because
- It’s so simple.
- It’s delicious.
- Made with whole food ingredients.
- It’s made with almond milk and REAL pumpkin puree instead of a sugary-sweet syrup they use at Starbucks.
Espresso — You can use a wide variety of coffee beans and roast degrees so use your favourite coffee beans for this pumpkin spice latte.
Pumpkin puree — Be sure to use 100% pure pumpkin puree. Pumpkin pie filling is usually near it at the grocery store and they’re not the same. Pumpkin pie filling is sweetened and seasoned.
Pumpkin pie spice — Pumpkin pie spice is usually made up of a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger. If you use it often enough, you can just purchase the spice blend for ease.
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk — I love using vanilla almond milk for my pumpkin spice latte. If you prefer different milk, feel free to swap it.
How to Make This Recipe
Step 1: In a mug, mix together the hot espresso with the pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
Step 2: Steam the milk and add it to the espresso.
Step 3: Top the healthy pumpkin spice latte with pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers, if desired.
You can also add a little coconut whipped cream if you want to make it more indulgent, but I like a little sprinkle of crushed graham crackers to make it taste like pumpkin pie. It’s your morning coffee, so you do things your way and enjoy!
Make this an iced healthy pumpkin spice latte by adding all ingredients to a jar with a lid, stir to combine, then add ice. Place the lid on and shake vigorously. Shaking the drink with ice will get the drink cold, faster.
It is as sweet as you’d like for it to be! You can also control the amount of sugar by adding just enough maple syrup, to taste. I personally don’t even like sweetener in my coffee so I can do without.
Skip the espresso and instead steep 2 chai tea bags in half a cup of hot water for a few minutes. Discard the tea bag and assemble the drink with tea instead of coffee.
You sure can. You can try agave, honey (if you’re not vegan), stevia, or another sweetener of your choice.
More Recipes You Might Like
Want more delicious drinks like this healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe? Try these easy drinks:
- 3 Healthy Fall Holiday Cocktails | Lightened Up Party Drinks
- Vegan Chocolate Eggnog | Egg Free, High Protein, Low Sugar
- Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cider Punch | Holiday Healthy Cocktail
- Healthy Homemade Frappuccino with 3 Dairy Free Flavours
So tell me lovelies, what is your favourite fall drink?
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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe | Vegan + Starbucks Copycat!
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Crushed graham crackers gluten free and vegan, if desired
- In a mug, mix together the hot espresso with the pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup.
- Steam the milk and add it to the espresso.
- Top with pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers, if desired.
- You can also add a little coconut whipped cream if you want to make it more indulgent, but I like a little sprinkle of crushed graham crackers to make it taste like pumpkin pie. It’s your morning coffee, so you do things your way and enjoy!
- Make this an iced healthy pumpkin spice latte by adding all ingredients to a jar with a lid, stir to combine, then add ice. Place the lid on and shake vigorously. Shaking the drink with ice will get the drink cold, faster.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.