When I started graduate school for organic chemistry, nearly everyone had a coffee cup permanently glued to their hand by the end of the second week. First year students were required to take two classes, teach two undergraduate lab sessions, and attend three seminars each week. Add in grading the lab reports for those lower division classes, as well as completing our own problem sets, and caffeine immediately became a necessity. We barely got any sleep!
There was a reason the Chemistry Department always offered both cookies and coffee at those required seminars… They started at 4 pm, and without them, the entire lecture hall would’ve started snoring by the time the guest speaker finished their introduction!
Most grad students brought their own coffee in the mornings, usually in a travel mug since nearly everyone biked to campus. Armed with a pencil in one hand and coffee in the other, they sat through the early morning classes while scribbling down notes from the old-fashioned blackboards. Even the professors brought their own coffee to class!
Many of the first years walked across the courtyard to the student center in the afternoons to grab another pick-me-up from Starbucks on the days without seminars. With our very small grad student income, the majority opted for inexpensive plain cups of black coffee instead of fancier frappuccinos, cappuccinos, or lattes, but every once in a while during the fall… Someone would splurge for a pumpkin spice latte.
When my brother moved into his new graduate school student housing, I started thinking about my own grad school days… And I started craving this copycat ultimate healthy pumpkin spice latte as a result! It tastes — dare I say it? — even better than the original from Starbucks, and it costs just a fraction of the price!
Even better, this homemade pumpkin spice latte contains entirely wholesome and clean eating ingredients (along with delicious dairy-free options!). Nothing artificial, no sugar or refined sweeteners or syrups… And yes, unlike the very first PSLs way back in the day, this homemade one actually does include real pumpkin!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HEALTHY HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Let’s go over how to make the best healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte! It’s really quick and easy to whip up, and you only need a few ingredients.
This healthy pumpkin spice latte (or PSL, for short!) starts with extra strong coffee. Yes, traditional lattes always use shots of espresso, but because most of us have regular coffee makers at home, not espresso machines, we’re using coffee. Since you’re adding more milk than coffee, it’s important to make the coffee extra strong so you can taste it. Besides, very few people turn down extra caffeine, right?
To that, we’ll add the hot milk mixture. You’ll make this by heating milk and pumpkin purée on the stove until they start to simmer. If you’d like, you can easily make this healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte vegan and by using your preferred dairy-free milk! Soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk all work.
Tip: My favorite non-dairy milk is unsweetened cashew milk. It’s thick and creamy with a very neutral flavor, and it’s a great way to make this copycat pumpkin spice latte dairy-free, sugar-free, and low calorie too!
As for the sweetener, we’ll use liquid stevia. Stevia is a no-calorie, plant-based sweetener, and this brand that I use can be found at most health-oriented grocery stores. (However, I typically buy it online here because it’s the best price I’ve found!)
Hint: Many stevia brands and products have different sweetness levels, so they’re not necessarily 1-for-1 substitutes for one another! If adding a different stevia product than the one I used, you may need to tweak the amount to suit your tastes.
Tip: If you’re not a stevia fan, then many other sweeteners work too! Pure maple syrup, monk fruit, sucralose, sugar-free maple syrup, coconut sugar… If it can dissolve in liquids, you should be able to substitute it! Again, just remember that you may need to adjust the amount to suit your tastes.
Once you’ve whisked the hot milk mixture until it’s frothy (which shouldn’t take very long at all!)… Then pour, sip, and enjoy your healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte! ♡
HEALTHY HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE – RECIPE VIDEO
Ahhhhh. Pure bliss! And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your ultimate healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte!
The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Add the milk and pumpkin to a small pot. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk, until the mixture begins to simmer. Add in the stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Whisk the mixture until it becomes frothy.
- Add the coffee to a large mug, and pour the milk mixture on top.
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