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 Snack-Girl.com. She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.