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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte

In the pursuit of being Fed and Fit, eating clean 100% of the time may drive you mad. There are few individuals who are able to cut all the bad stuff out of their diet (processed grains, sugar, caffeine, dairy, alcohol, etc.) and never look back. I’m not one of those people. The tasty seasonal treat I occasionally spoil myself with is the Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks. Very tasty business.

Now, I have two problems with this beverage: the non-negotiable sugar and the cost. The price (of the two) just isn’t worth it. A few $4’s and sugar crashes later, I went on a mission to make a healthier alternative that won’t break the bank.

If the benefits to your bank account aren’t enough, here’s a quick approximate side-by side nutrition comparison:

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte (size = tall w/skim milk)

200 Calories; 38 Carbs (sugar?)

Fed and Fit’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte

30 Calories; 0.5 g Sugar

At that rate, you can make as many Fed & Fit PSL’s as your heart desires. That is, until your heart starts to flutter from too much caffeine. I recommend not getting to that point.

I’ve written to Starbucks (and actually got a very nice reply!) requesting that they start to offer Almond Milk. The gist of the response I got: “maybe one day!”

Until then, please, sip, smile, and enjoy the changing weather with this almost healthy taste of fall.

My creation:

Fed and Fit’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Serves 1 serving     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces espresso (or 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee)
  • 4 ounces steamed unsweetened almond milk (or 1/2 cup heated almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Truvia (a zero calorie natural sweetener made from the stevia leaf) *optional*

Instructions

  1. Stir the espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) with the pumpkin, spices, and optional sweetener.
  2. Pour the steamed or heated milk on top and stir lightly.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

30 Calories; 0 g Fat; 0 g Protein 0.5 g Sugar

   

9 Responses to “Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte”

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    Maryland Hadlerposted November 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Stevia is now approved as GRAS which means that it was shown not to cause cancer and gene mutation. ..

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    hepburn82posted August 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Does T stand for Teaspoon or tablespoon?

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      fedandfitposted August 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Tablespoon 🙂

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    Hayleyposted September 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    This may be a silly question, but how does the puree liquify? Isn’t it think & chunky in the latte?

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      Kellyposted October 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Hayley, if you mix it thoroughly, the liquid should incorporate with the pumpkin and it will not be as thick. You could also throw it into a blender to make sure it all combines well. Hope that helps!

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