During my summer trip back home, my mom and brother showed us pictures from their England vacation. They plugged my brother’s laptop into the TV so we could view the photos as large as possible, and they told us stories about each one.
Their 10-day trip actually revolved around roller coasters. My brother loves those as much as I love baseball and baking, so he planned an itinerary that stopped at many of the major British theme parks, which meant he (and often Mom too!) rode as many roller coasters as they could.
While they usually booked hotel rooms, they stayed at a B&B for two nights in York, which offered a full English breakfast to the guests each morning. Eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, toast… Along with coffee and tea, of course!
As a result of those full English breakfasts throughout their trip (and the lack of American coffee shops!), Mom realized her daily chai latte tasted much too sweet once she returned home. Although she still loved the spice flavor, the amount of sugar felt unnecessary (and off-putting!) after drinking so much plain English breakfast tea.
Since Mom flew into town to visit me this weekend, I wanted to surprise her with an updated homemade, not-too-sweet version of her old favorite breakfast drink… And with pumpkin season right around the corner, I whipped up this Healthy Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte!
It tastes really cozy with lots of spice flavor, and I used zero sugar and Mom’s favorite non-dairy milk—plus real pumpkin for that iconic pumpkin spice flavor! And as a result, this “fancy” pumpkin spice chai latte is only 36 calories!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE CHAI LATTE
Let’s go over how to make this healthy pumpkin spice chai latte!
To start, you’ll obviously need… Chai. Chai actually refers to a specific type of black tea also made with spices. Cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice are the most common ones!
Instead of Mom’s usual chai concentrate, I bought regular chai bags. Just steep and brew like regular tea! To make sure the chai flavor was strong enough, I used 2 tea bags and steeped them for 10+ minutes to make this healthy pumpkin spice chai latte.
Psst… I learned a while ago that saying “chai tea” is just as redundant as saying “ATM machine.” Nerdy food fact for ya! 😉
Next comes the latte part… aka the milk! For Mom’s healthy pumpkin spice chai latte, I used her favorite unsweetened vanilla almond milk. That’s the only kind of milk she buys these days, and since she loves pouring it in her morning bowls of cereal, I figured she’d love it in this too!
Just about any milk will work, so feel free to use whatever you normally stock in your fridge! Nonfat milk, low-fat milk, soy milk, oat milk… They’re all great options!
Tip: If you use almond milk like I did, then your healthy pumpkin spice chai latte is dairy free and vegan! (My other favorite is unsweetened cashew milk. It’s thick, creamy, and so good!)
I also stirred in pumpkin purée (like this—NOT pumpkin pie mix!), cinnamon (this is my favorite type!), a hint of nutmeg and ginger, and a tiny amount of liquid stevia (this kind!) for a bit of sweetness. Because Mom mentioned her traditional chai lattes were too sweet, I only added a teeny bit of liquid stevia to her healthy pumpkin spice chai latte. You can definitely add more if you prefer!
Tip: Stevia is a plant-based, no-calorie sweetener. It contains nothing refined or artificial (aka it’s clean eating friendly!), and it’s also really concentrated. I buy mine online here because that’s the best price I’ve found (and you’ll use it in all of these recipes of mine, too!).
Once the chai has brewed and tastes strong enough… And your milk + pumpkin + pumpkin spice mixture is warmed through… Just pour it in…
And enjoy every sip! 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 healthy pumpkin spice chai latte!
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
- Bring the water to a boil. Pour into a mug. Add the chai bags, and let them steep for 5-10 minutes (5 minutes for normal strength, 10 minutes [or more!] for stronger chai flavor).
- Add the milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and liquid stevia to a small pot. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the milk is hot. Pour into the brewed chai.
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You may also like Amy’s other recipes…
♡ The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
♡ The Easiest Ever Healthy Chai Latte
♡ Healthy Chocolate Chai Latte
♡ Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Cinnamon Rolls
♡ Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones
♡ …and the rest of Amy’s healthy pumpkin recipes!