Let’s be honest, pumpkin spice lattes are probably one of the most popular drinks at Starbucks. And rightfully so, THEY ARE DAMN DELICIOUS.
But, what if I told you that you could make a healthier & better than Starbucks vegan pumpkin spice latte at home?
- Easy to make & much cheaper than going to buy one at Starbucks everyday!
Would you try it? I KNOW YOU WOULD.
But wait, that’s not all that’s good about it. What if I ALSO told you that the ingredients list was as clean as it could be… and moreso, what if I showed you the ingredients list for the one at Starbucks? NOW THAT IS GOING TO SHOCK THE HECK OUTTA YOU. Like, it will make you think twice next time before ordering it. And I’m not here to bash Starbucks, but when your ingredients list looks like this… do you blame me?
Milk, Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], Brewed Espresso, Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Pumpkin Spice Topping [Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfiting Agents].
- UGH. I’m so bothered by this list, guys.
- Sugar. White, processed, refined sugar.
- Condensed skim milk… Most of the fat in canned milk is from saturated fat, that can be harmful & unhealthy, especially for those that have cardiovascular concerns.
- Fruit & vegetable juice for colour?!
- ANNATTO? A.K.A. FOOD COLORING / DYE!
- SALT. Like table salt… WTF.
- CARRAGEENANS… are you kidding me? It’s a common food additive that is extracted from a red seaweed, HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE & has been used as a thickener & emulsifier to improve the texture of processed, refined foods.
That’s where this version comes in! Nobody said you couldn’t have your pumpkin spice latte baby! YOU JUST HAVE TO CHANGE IT UP A BIT!
All you need for this baby is 8 ingredients: pumpkin puree, brewed coffee, homemade almond milk, nutmeg, ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, pure organic maple syrup & allspice! AND WITH JUST THESE MINIMAL INGREDIENTS, IT TASTES FREAKING HEAVENLY. Legit like a decadent coffee drink, but get this?
- Without the use of any BS.
- No artificial syrups, preservatives, table salt, refined sugars, carrageenan or any of the other crap in the Starbucks version.
P.S. If you don’t care for coffee, or let’s be honest, if you’ve already had 5 today & don’t want to start making your way to the double digits, you can also replace the coffee with more almond milk for a caffeine-free warm & comforting drink!
So, what do you need to make this baby?
- 1/2 cup of homemade vanilla cinnamon almond milk (RECIPE HERE: Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Milk a.k.a. Oh-Really?-Store-Bought-Almond-Milk-Still-Exists?-No-Thanks!) or any other plant-based milk (or regular milk, if you prefer!);
- 1/2 cup of freshly brewed coffee (I used 1 Nespresso capsule);
- 1.5 tbsp. of organic pumpkin purée (NOT PIE FILLING!);
- 1/2 – 1 tsp. pure organic maple syrup (or coconut sugar / raw organic unpasteurized honey);
- Sprinkles of Ceylon cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice & ground ginger;
- TOPPINGS: Ceylon cinnamon, vegan coconut whipped cream (or regular), cacao nibs, cacao powder, vanilla ice cream, etc.
Now, for the HOW-TO?
- Add all the ingredients to your blender & blend until they are combined & it looks frothy & creamy! (You can also just add the ingredients to a stockpot & whisk away until fully combined & frothy).
- For me, the Breville Boss Blender is thebombdotcom.
- Top with some more Ceylon cinnamon & if you wanna go all out? Some vegan coconut whipped cream (or regular), cacao nibs, cacao powder or vanilla ice cream!
- SIP AWAY! (You might want to warm it for a few seconds in the microwave if you’re someone who likes your lattes really hot!).