It’s a pumpkin spiced world

Food Babe is quite possibly the Sherlock Holmes of all nutrition mysteries everywhere. Her most recent sleuthing project is seasonally apropos and deals with the one and only #PSL.

This latte is like a weapon of mass destruction – it breezes into coffee shops nationwide and effortlessly dominates the coffee scene. Why? I’m sure Food Babe can spill the beans about a secret additive, but I have my own theories. As the air gets crisp and the Patagonias return, we just want something warm to hold. Curling up with a book or running errands is that much better when you’ve got a cup full of autumn beside you. Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful and I reckon there’s a connection between fall scents and the sentimental, feel-good memories that arise when we recall previous Halloweens, Thanksgivings, family bonfires and football games. The end of September marks the end of back-to-school chaos and we get to prepare for the holiday season. Who doesn’t love that?

But reality cannot be ignored. As delightful as PSLs may seem, there are some hidden ingredients lurking in them that don’t jive with a clean-eating lifestyle. I’m sharing Food Babe’s breakdown of Starbucks’ PSL and then I’ll provide a recipe or two for making your very own, healthy latte. Fear not friends – you can still have seasonal warmth!


Scary, right?

So here are some substitutes. The base ingredients are the same and most recipes include pumpkin puree. If you want to attack a pumpkin with a knife and get your own, fresh puree, go for it. Otherwise, shop around for a brand you like.

Chocolate Covered Katie gives us variation #1:

pumpkin spice latte

Huffpost provides a PSL for those on a budget using average household ingredients you probably have on hand:

Lunch Box Bunch also has a great recipe which I’m including below because it provides a how-to for pumpkin foam…how fun does that sound?

Coffee/Soymilk Base:
1 1/2 cups vanilla soymilk
1-2 shots espresso OR 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
1 1/2 Tbsp canned pumpkin (unsweetened)
sweeten to taste (I used agave syrup)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice OR cinnamon/nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
dash of cayenne (optional, but recommended!)

Sweet Pumpkin Foam:
1 tsp canned unsweetened pumpkin
1/4 cup warm soy milk
1 tsp agave syrup
dash of spice
tiniest pinch of salt
tool: hand foaming tool

Click here for directions (you have to scroll a bit to find them)

So there you have it: pumpkin beverages for the health conscious. Be sure to #cayisa when you hit the kitchen so we can repost!


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