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You’ll swoon for this creamy, frothy Pumpkin Spice Latte! It’s just like your favorite coffee shop makes but without all the sugar and other junk. This deliciously rich beverage is the perfect way to usher in Fall and only uses real food ingredients that won’t leave your blood sugar on a roller-coaster all day long. Completely customizable to suit your own tastes and dietary needs, this pumpkin spice latte recipe is sure to become a family favorite in no time!
My Love Affair with Pumpkin Spice Lattes
If you’ve been a reader of this website for any amount of time you know that I have a total love affair with anything pumpkin spice latte related. Well, anything pumpkin spice actually.
I personally enjoy pumpkin spice throughout the year, but I keep it relatively under wraps until fall rolls around. But at the first glimpse of Fall, I let my pumpkin spice love shine for all the world to see.
Many years ago when I was still eating more of a Standard American Diet (SAD), I lived on pumpkin spice lattes during the fall and winter season. Yeah, there are some days where I would drink two of them. And, quite often I’d pair it with some sort of pastry too.
A pumpkin spice flavored pastry of course. My favorite was Starbucks® Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. Dang, those were good. Good thing I recreated the recipe for those Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (recipe here).
But I digress. This post is about pumpkin spice LATTES, not muffins!
My Starbucks® Addiction…
My Starbucks® addiction was deeply rooted because to be 100% honest, I was working a job at the time that I was not happy in and food was a big source of comfort for me. Plus it didn’t help that a couple of my really good friends at that said job were also Starbucks® addicts so it made going to coffee shop down the street before work or during our lunch even more fun.
There’s nothing like getting out of the office and complaining about everything (and everyone) that was bugging us that day. And all of that over a hot, frothy, sweet concoction of pumpkin spice coffee goodness to boot.
Food is a sensitive thing. Since this time in my life I have learned so much about teh role that food plays in all areas of our health — mind, body, and soul. I think back on this period of my life and have deep compassion for myself because I was simply doing the best I could to cope with a lot of stress and uncertainty.
Giving Up Coffee for Good…
Since then I’ve had to give up coffee because I discovered it was a serious migraine trigger for me. Sad face. I still go to coffee shops for tea here and there and the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans delights my senses every. single. time.
There are times that I really do miss coffee and I wonder if it misses me… Well, I doubt it does, but I bet Starbucks® probably misses all the money I used to give them. LOL!
Also, I have since given up the Standard American Diet as well and now I kinda cringe at how much sugar I was eating at that time. Not to mention all the dairy (cue whole milk and whipped cream!) which was certainly not sitting well with me (even though I didn’t know the symptoms of my dairy intolerance at the time).
In just a brief glance at the pumpkin spice latte nutrition calculator on the Starbucks®, I can see that I was consuming 64 grams of sugar per latte… Eek!
My Love Affair of Pumpkin Spice Anything
OK, it’s not just pumpkin spice lattes that get me excited. It’s pretty much pumpkin spice anything. That’s probably why I have so many pumpkin recipes on my site… I am simply addicted. What can I say?
I love pumpkin, and pumpkin spice, and I cannot lie.
Even More Pumpkin Spice Recipes
If you are a fellow pumpkin spice lover, then check out some of my favorite (and most popular) recipes:
- Instant Pot® Pumpkin Pie with Jaggery Crust
- Chewy Pumpkin Spice Candy
- Pumpkin Spice Bread (version 1)
- Pumpkin Spice Bread (version 2)
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Pumpkin and Spice Granola
- Light and Airy Egg-Free Pumpkin Mousse
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
- Crustless Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
And, I even have a non-food pumpkin recipe. Who wants to try this amazing Pumpkin Sugar Scrub? Pumpkin all over, pumpkin for everyone!
Recreating My Beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte
Recreating my beloved pumpkin spice latte was at top of my to-do list once I switched to a real food diet. We published one on this site a few years ago (which you can check out here), but I have since updated that version and today I’m sharing that new recipe with you. Just in time to usher in fall wherever you are.
Oh, and Fall certainly has come here to Denver. As I sit here writing this, we are actually forecasted to have snow tonight. Say whaaaat?!! Quite honestly, I welcome the cooler weather, and yes, even the snow, because this was an exceptionally hot summer and I don’t do hot.
Unless it’s a hot pumpkin spice latte that is.
Regular or Herbal? It’s Your Choice!
For this recipe, you can use regular coffee or you can use any coffee substitute of your choosing. If you can’t do coffee, I’ll list a few of the most popular coffee substitutes below. Keep in mind that when you are looking for a coffee substitute that many are made from gluten-containing grains. So if gluten is an issue for you, you need to make sure you read the labels.
- Pero Instant Natural Beverage (contains gluten)
- Teeccino Dandelion Dark Roast (some varieties of this brand contain gluten, some do not)
- Dandy Blend (gluten-free, though trace amounts could be present for those who are UBER sensitive)
- Ayurvedic Roast (contains gluten)
I personally like to use my own herbal coffee substitute blends, which I used to sell via Etsy. Remember that? Can you believe it’s been over 3 years since I closed down production of those? 🙁 I still miss that part of my business, but I am so honored that I have been able to reach more people than I ever could on Etsy with my best-selling DIY Herbal Coffees eBook: A Complete Guide To Making Delicious Herbal Coffees to Support Healing & Stress Relief.
Now, people all over the world can make their own 100% gluten and grain free herbal coffee blends using nourishing and health-supporting herbs. Oh, and psst. There’s something a little extra special for you below the recipe. Make sure you scroll on down to see what that is. 🙂
Secret Ingredient Alert!
Oh, one more thing before we get into the recipe! One of the secret ingredients that I add to all of my hot drinks is collagen powder. Not only does collagen powder give you a boost of nutrition via easily digested amino acids and protein, but it also helps improve the mouthfeel of beverages like this, making it smoother and creamier. More like the drink you would get in your favorite coffee shop — though the thickness of those beverages are often due to the sugary syrups they use for sweetening and flavor.
The collagen is totally not required, but it definitely makes a difference so I encourage adding it if you have some on hand. The brand I use (Perfect Supplements) is completely odorless and tasteless so you won’t even know it’s in there. And, it’s REALLY good for you hair, skin, and nails so what’s not to love?!
Alrighty! Who’s ready to dive into the newly updated Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe? Let’s go!
- 1 cup STRONG coffee, herbal or regular (see above for recommendations on brand, or check out my DIY Herbal Coffee Substitutes guide here)
- ¼ cup coconut milk (I prefer Aroy-D brand) or milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp grass-fed collagen powder (I get mine from Perfect Supplements - Use coupon code DELICIOUS10 to save 10% on your order)
- 1 tsp - 1 tbsp sweetener of your choice (I currently use Anthony's brand erythritol or NOW Foods Better Stevia, but you could use any sweetener you like)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (Flavorganics is a good brand that is not completely outrageous in price right now)
- ¾ tsp pumpkin spice blend (I like Simply Organic brand, or you can make your own using my easy recipe here)
- pinch of real sea salt (helps balance the sweetness)
- Whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish if desired
- Optional Add-Ins
- Grass-fed Butter
- Grass-fed Ghee
- MCT Oil
- Medicinal Mushrooms
- Heat coffee until hot.
- Remove from heat and place in blender with all of the other ingredients.
- Blend until completely combined and frothy.
- Pour into your favorite mug and savor.
- Alternative Preparation Method
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until hot.
- Remove from heat.
- Using an immersion stick blender (like this one) or a milk frother (like this one), blend until combined and frothy.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.
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