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Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Just because it’s November does not mean it’s Christmas season already. After Halloween comes American Thanksgiving and that means pumpkin season is still going strong and I think you all already know how much I enjoy pumpkin flavored anything. PSLs are up there as one of my favorite drinks during the fall. My wallet doesn’t love them so much though and let’s be real there is way more sugar in one Venti PSL than any human should consume in a day. I actually like to order my PSLs with only two pumps because the full five pumps is just too much for me. So in an effort to keep money in my wallet and cut back on the oh so yummy sugar, I’ve started making my own pumpkin spice lattes at home with collagen and MCT oil added in!

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
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A delicious healthy alternative to coffee shop PSLs
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1 cup of non-dairy milk (I normally use organic almond milk or soy)
  2. 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  3. 1 or ½  tablespoon pure maple syrup
  4. ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  6. ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  7. ½ cup strong hot coffee
  8. 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Powder
  9. 1 tablespoon organic MCT oil
  1. Add milk, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup to a pot and simmer on a medium heat whisking frequently. Heat until it’s hot but not at a boil - about five minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, collagen powder and MCT oil.
  3. Pour mixture into a blender (I use my Ninja 16oz cups) and blend until frothy and well mixed. Instead of a traditional blender, you can use an immersion blender.
  4. Pour pumpkin spice mixture into coffee.
  5. Top with extra cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
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This version is a much healthier option with the added collagen and MCT oil than the beloved Starbucks PSL and uses real pumpkin. I know Starbucks changed up their PSL recipe to use real pumpkin but it’s still kind of questionable how much of it is “real”. I’m not trying to bash Starbucks because I absolutely give them a lot of my money but it’s nice to make my own version at home every now and then.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

I’m not a morning person so you’re not going to catch me throwing this together Monday through Friday when I’m trying to rush out the door but I do like to make it on the weekends or at night when I’m ready to curl up for the night with a book. Yes, I drink coffee at night sometimes and nope it doesn’t keep me up at all. I can drink an espresso and fall right to sleep.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

If you’re in a pinch and craving pumpkin spice every day I suggest looking for Starbucks’ in-store ground coffee I shared last month. It’s a great substitute for busy mornings when I don’t have the time to froth up my milk and make lattes.

Now that you opened an entire container of pumpkin puree check out some of these other pumpkin recipes. I personally love adding pumpkin puree to my smoothies and oatmeal.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

Good to Know:

If you want that extra pumpkin flavor you can use Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice ground coffee

I use this organic MCT oil from Nutiva and these collagen peptides from Vital Proteins.

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can create your own mixture to your liking using, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves.

If you’re lazy like me sometimes and don’t want to whip out the blender or immersion blender pour the pumpkin mixture into an airtight container (like a mason jar) and shake vigorously.

This post is not meant to be a substitute for informed medical advice from a doctor. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.

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  • Reply Sheismelrose

    Looks amazing I need a sip to try lol

    November 6, 2017 at 9:41 AM
  • Reply Valerie

    Great timing on this post – the PSL is no longer available for another year! I’m going to have to try this one to get my fix 🙂

    November 6, 2017 at 3:47 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I️ was a bit sad last week when it wasn’t on the Starbucks menu anymore. I’m not ready to let go of pumpkin season lol

      November 6, 2017 at 4:06 PM
  • Reply sweetbasilthyme

    I love homemade pumpkin spice lattes, so much cheaper and healthier than Starbucks! And I don’t have to leave the house for them 🙂

    November 6, 2017 at 4:08 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      It does keep more cash in my pocket and keeps me in my PJs!

      November 6, 2017 at 4:10 PM
  • Reply Andolina

    This looks delicious, but do you think it would taste good without the syrup?

    November 6, 2017 at 5:31 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I️ think so! I️ just like a bit of sweetness in my lattes and the syrup gives it that without being too sweet

      November 6, 2017 at 5:55 PM
  • Reply Melissa Chapman

    PSL are a great way to enjoy your caffeine. I never indulge in coffee on the outside except for a rare occasion. Your PSL looks amazing and inviting I will use that recipe.

    November 7, 2017 at 11:41 AM
  • Reply The Real Couponer (@TheRealCouponer)

    Well, considering the way that i feel right now, this sounds like it would hit the spot 🙂

    November 7, 2017 at 12:02 PM
  • Reply Cecil

    Great recipe for the PSL, will definitely make them for guest this Thanksgiving. Also, great suggestion for adding the pumpkin to oatmeal, excited about trying this out as well.

    November 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM
  • Reply Beth Davidson

    Stop trying to make me drink coffee again! Lol. I’m trying not to drink it while I nurse and attempt to lose baby weight, but this is so tempting.

    November 7, 2017 at 12:28 PM
  • Reply Taylor Aube

    I love this imagery, and this latte sounds so good! I could use one of these like right now, haha!!

    November 7, 2017 at 12:40 PM
  • Reply streetsmartnutrition

    I usually love the DIY version of most drinks better than the original! This is great for swapping ingredients and adjusting the flavor to get it just right. Beautiful photos too!

    November 7, 2017 at 1:41 PM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    OH I am going to make this except skip on the pumpkin (I’m allergic) I love to make drinks at home that taste amazing!

    November 7, 2017 at 3:16 PM
  • Reply Shannon

    This recipe is absolutely amazing. I am definitely a fan and will be trying this out very soon.

    November 7, 2017 at 3:47 PM
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    Looks super good! If you like coconut milk, which I DON’T, coconut milk takes this over the top! It adds a touch of sweetness and is creamy, oh my!

    November 7, 2017 at 5:56 PM
  • Reply Lori |

    I’ve been seeing so many great coffee drinks this fall but haven’t tried any yet. I think I “need” this one. I love that you’ve added collagen and MCT oil! I drink them in my coffee sometimes too.

    November 7, 2017 at 5:57 PM
  • Reply tpicou10

    I love this recipe! It’ll save me a lot of money plus healthier.

    xx Tatyanna

    November 7, 2017 at 8:38 PM
  • Reply Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine

    This sounds so fun to make! I don’t drink coffee, but my husband and his brother do and I bet they would love this!

    November 7, 2017 at 9:08 PM
  • Reply Joline

    LOL our wallets are not friends with PSLs too. But they are soo good aren’t they?? Cannot wait to try making these at home.

    November 7, 2017 at 9:09 PM
  • Reply Cathy Mini

    I think I’m in the minority here…I have literally never tried pumpkin spice latte!!! I don’t get everyone’s obsession with it but it’s all good I’m not about to tell people what they should & shouldn’t stan lol

    November 7, 2017 at 9:49 PM
  • Reply Adriana Martin (@ABRecipes)

    Love the colder weather as we can enjoy so many good hot drinks latte is always my favorite. Thanks for sharing =)

    November 7, 2017 at 10:03 PM
  • Reply Cassie Liz

    Alright – lucky I’ve found this recipe because I’ve been wondering for so long what the heck a pumpkin spice latte tastes like! I’m in Australia and we don’t have them – making this one ASAP

    November 7, 2017 at 11:58 PM
  • Reply insightaboutyourmeds

    This is a good way to mask the collagen. At the same time it is so belongs to the fall season… I have to try this.

    November 8, 2017 at 12:55 AM
  • Reply Carol Cassara

    I’m really curious about that MCT oil and I would love to check it out and maybe give it a try. I think it’s really awesome that you shared this recipe, I love that it’s a healthier and lighter version!

    November 8, 2017 at 4:41 AM
  • Reply Julie Syl

    This is totally looks good! I wanna grab it right now! I’ll have to try this fantastic recipe.

    November 8, 2017 at 9:31 AM
  • Reply thefashionableaccountant

    One of my girlfriends is a barista and she would love this! I haven’t actually had one yet this season lol.

    November 8, 2017 at 2:31 PM
  • Reply Shell

    Oh my I’m so excited to make this for my family! It sounds absolutely delicious!!

    November 8, 2017 at 11:22 PM
  • Reply chelseajacobs

    This looks so good!!

    November 9, 2017 at 8:49 AM
  • Reply Jaleby

    Wow that looks really yummy !! I will share this recipe to my wife.

    November 10, 2017 at 3:34 PM
  • Reply cielo fernando

    Love this! Gotta try this at home 🙂

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    November 13, 2017 at 1:39 AM
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