Every time our Los Angeles weather gets cooler, I start dreaming of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. The warm milky latte with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, sweet whipped cream, all combined to make a dreamy delight that I crave. Every year I’d race to Starbucks, spend $5 for a Grande, and lose almost 400 calories for the day. I knew I had to figure out how to make the drink at home and I think I’ve cracked the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte code. Ok, mine doesn’t have the whipped cream (ahhhhhhhhh!!!!), but I could definitely add it, if I wanted to make this drink extra special. My recipe is about 56 calories, sugar free, low carb (use heavy cream instead of the whole milk if you want it to be even lower carb) and you’re going to LOVE it.
First you have to get some Torani Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice syrup (Amazon affiliate link) and a pumpkin spice flavored coffee. I purchased both of these at Cost Plus World Market (one of my all-time favorite stores) but you can find the syrup on Amazon. I think you can get away with using regular coffee, but the World Market Caramel Pumpkin Pie Coffee has a great flavor. The caramel taste really adds to the overall drink. I have tried to recreate this drink with Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee and I just didn’t love it.
(left) 2 Tablespoons of Torani Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup, (right) 1/3 cup of Whole Milk
My HIC Brands that Cook, Stainless Steel Milk Frother (Amazon affiliate link). This thing is FABULOUS! It’s easy to clean, froths milk beautifully, and is under $20 on Amazon. I use it to make my coffee and chai lattes all the time. You definitely don’t need a milk frother to make this drink, but I think it replaces the whipped cream nicely.
I’m kind of obsessed with this gadget.
Pour warmed milk into the frother (not pictured) and begin to pump the top for 1 minute at a quick but steady pace. Sometimes I go for 2, but I find that 1 minute is really plenty. Some people only pump 15-20 times. Experiment and see how long it takes for your milk of choice to get nicely frothed.
Look at all that delicious foam.
Add the 2 Tablespoons of Torani Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup into 6oz of freshly brewed coffee. I made this with my Aeropress. I’m in love with that gadget too, but that’s another post :D
Pour the warm frothed milk into your coffee. I think it’s a great replacement for whipped cream.
I like to sprinkle a little bit of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice on top for a nice pop of flavor. If you didn’t know already, the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice is the same as Spice Islands’ Pumpkin Spice. So sprinkle that if you already have it. If you don’t have a pre-made spice, this is a nice recipe that I’ve used before.
And voila! Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte that is beautiful, rich, creamy, only 56 calories, no added sugar (there is Splenda in the Torani Sugar Free Syrup) , low carb, and is easy on the wallet. I hope you try it this Fall and let me know what you think :D
If you didn’t love my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, here are a few other recipes that you might like instead: