I’ll admit I never really considered making treats from pumpkins. For me, they were giant orbs you sought out in a patch, artistically carved, and enjoyed on the front porch until their toothy smiles started to droop. But when I learned how artificial and sugar-loaded commercial pumpkin spice lattes are, I was happy to shift my attention from goofy faces to making my own healthy version of this fall beverage.
“To give you an example of just how high some latte’s sugar content can be—if you order a 16-ounce pumpkin spice latte in a coffee chop made with whole milk and finished off with whipped cream, you will be consuming 50 grams of sugar,” writes Dr. Josh Axe, certified doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist, and founder of Ancient Nutrition. (Here are 12 healthy sugar substitutes you can bake with instead.)
A safer bet is to indulge the season with this low-sugar (under 10 grams) DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. “Just one spoonful of pumpkin puree can provide over a third of most people’s daily vitamin A requirements,” says Axe. Not to mention the healthy fats in coconut milk and antioxidants of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. You’ll be bypassing more than a crazy sugar content, as most artificial pumpkin spice flavoring syrups contain high-fructose corn syrup, artificial food dye, and synthetic preservatives. Leave that all behind, save a few bucks, and have some fun being your own barista this fall with our recipe below.