Guest Post: Snack Girl’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Do you have any friends who a await the arrival of the Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte?  It has been here for 2 months and people love it.

Unfortunately, a Venti (20 ounces) will set you back 510 Calories! (whole milk and whipped cream included)

ummm, ouch.  There is 60% of your daily value of saturated fat in this single drink.

But, since you read Branappetit you are probably ordering the TALL size (still 200 calories).  You can have all kind of fun on Starbucks’ website playing with what you add to their drinks ([[ Pumpkin Spice Latte]]).

Frankly, I don’t like the Pumpkin Spice Latte because I find it too sweet.  I do adore pumpkin spice so I thought I would attempt my own version.  It turns out that ANYONE can make their own pumpkin spice latte.

Why would you want to make your own?  You will save:

*Calories – mine is 130 calories less than Starbucks’ lite version

*Money – saved about $2.50

*The Environment – no paper cup and lid to toss away

You don’t need an espresso maker with a milk frother to make this drink.  You can buy a milk frother that runs on batteries called an Aerolatte.  I have one (first saw it in Europe) and it works great! 

Buy some pumpkin spice from the baking section of your supermarket, skim milk, sugar, and you are ready to go.  Try adding just one teaspoon of sugar and see if you like it.  You don’t need a lot of sugar to make this taste delicious.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

4 ounces coffee or espresso

1/2 cup skim or nonfat milk

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (plus extra to dust on top)

Brew coffee and heat milk until hot in microwave.  Foam milk with Aerolatte or other milk frother.  Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice in coffee and pour milk on top.  Enjoy!

(77 calories, 0.2g fat, 14.8 g carbohydrates, 4.3 g protein)


Bio:  Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.


  1. I’m not a huge pumpkin spice latte fan, but this definitely sounds like a calorie savings.

  2. These would be perfect to take along while looking at Christmas lights tonight!

  3. My daughter loves the pumpkin latte at SB’s – I’ll have to tell her about this! :D

  4. ummmm…..YUMMMMM!! Thanks Brandi! I need some money saving tips like this to help my with my “habit”. Hope you’re feeling a little better each day and are able to be productive for your move.

  5. I’ve never tried pumpkin latte as I always get pounds of free freshly ground cocoa from my aunt every time I go home. Chocolates are full of calories so I might as well try this one. It looks good I hope I will love it like chocolate. :)

  6. They are crazy expensive and too sweet for me, I normally will get a grande skinny vanilla latte…but those are just for the sleepless nights and I need to get a lot done during the day ;)


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