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!
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk (I normally use organic almond milk or soy)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1 or ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup strong hot coffee
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Powder
- 1 tablespoon organic MCT oil
- 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.
- Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, collagen powder and MCT oil.
- 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.
- Pour pumpkin spice mixture into coffee.
- Top with extra cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
Good to Know:
If you want that extra pumpkin flavor you can use Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice ground coffee
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.