DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Healthier, Cheaper, and Time-Saving

Get your PSL fix the healthier way. ( bhofack2 /iStock)

Get your PSL fix the healthier way. (bhofack2/iStock)

By Jessica Hamlin 

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, including the uber popular Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte that’s become as much a sign of fall as changing leaves.

Whether you love it, hate it or have never had it (like me—I’m a fan of pumpkin and spice but not coffee or flavored, sugary syrups) chances are, you’ve heard of it.

So what if you want your pumpkin and spice minus all the things not nice? Like a load of sugar, a dent in your wallet and other PSL ingredients to avoid?

Here are some ways you can make a cheaper, healthier (and in some cases, super fast) pumpkin spice latte that’ll still feel like a fall hug in a mug in the morning or whenever you want to pumpkin spice up your life.

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Via Giphy

If you like the classic

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte by Eating Bird Food

This healthier take on the PSL calls for vanilla almond milk and all the good stuff—pumpkin, maple syrup, coffee, and pumpkin pie spice.


Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte by Chocolate-Covered Katie

This recipe for one also has the usual suspects and suggests sweetening with sugar or stevia to your taste. If you’re not a stevia fan, try coconut sugar or a little maple syrup or honey, to taste. Bonus: If you want a whipped cream topping, Katie includes a super easy, two-ingredient recipe for vegan coconut cool whip!


If you don’t want coffee

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink (Coffee-Free) by Five Heart Home

For pumpkin and spice without the coffee—or for a kid-friendly version of a PSL—try this simple recipe that should taste even more like pumpkin pie. Try it with coconut milk and the sweeteners suggested above.


If you want to save time

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer by The Balanced Berry

Make this easy, healthier pumpkin spice creamer ahead of time and store in the fridge. Then add an ounce or two to your morning coffee or tea for the week. Pumpkin spice winning!

Jessica Hamlin is an LA-born and bred journalist and editor who started taking pictures of food back when everyone used film cameras. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training program, she’s passionate about wellness and enjoys making and discovering delicious and healthy food. Her work has appeared in Clean Plates, NPR affiliate KPCC, AOL, and Eater LA.   


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