Cheap and Healthy DIY Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte…. (Yes! It’s possible!)

I LOVE fall!

It has always been my favorite!

I crave school starts, crisp air, warm foods, and cozy environments!

But…

…the whole over-enthusiastic-schedule thing is quickly followed by early mornings, late nights, less free time to work out, and kid’s activities draining my bank account!

That’s why I figured it would be a good time to re-post this awesome healthified version of Starbuck’s beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte!

So here’s to health, frugality, early mornings, and of course, large amounts of caffeine!

Attn: Starbucks addicts!!!

Rest easy this fall….

even though the Pumpkin Spice Latte is now available, you can keep your $ in your wallet and your pants size in your closet!

I have the BEST Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup recipe…..and my “healthified” version, which (let’s be honest) is not the best, but is a close second.

I am a pretty thrifty person, but I do have a weakness……purchasing copius amounts of caffeine!

Yes, cheap-o me! I pay too much for this legal addictive stimulant!

Coffee and Jesus are how I function!

Really, I can stay away from Starbucks most the year….except for fall, when the Pumpkin Spice Latte comes out!

But this year will be different (and I’m sure my husband is thankful)

because a couple weeks ago, a friend sent me a link to the best tasting Starbuck’s knock-off syrup I’ve ever tried.

Confections of a Foodie Bride Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

This stuff is seriously that good…..so good that I know I can save a lot of money NOT buying my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

However…..the first day I made it, I drank a lot of homemade lattes (notice I didn’t write that amount…ya , the number is that embarrassing),

and that’s when I decided that although it saved me money, having to buy new pants to fit into wouldn’t– and that I’d better come up with a healthier version!

So….

If you don’t have any problems keeping you’re weight down, and you like to ingest absurd amounts of sugar, you can go to the link above….it’s pretty much like fall heaven.

But….if you’re like me and looking at lattes cause you to gain a pound, then I have a healthier version for you below.

I actually have two versions: One is an all-natural version and one is a low-cal version

All Natural Pumpkin Spice Sauce (my fave)

* 1 1/4 cups water

* 3/4 cup Agave Nectar (I purchase this in the bulk food section of our super market, but you can also find it at any health food store)

* 3 Cinnamon Sticks

* 1/2 tsp of ginger

*1/2 tsp of ground cloves

* 1 tsp of nutmeg

(or if you’re lazy like me and that is too many ingredients, just shake on some all spice until you’re happy with it)

* 3 Tbs of canned pumpkin —or if you’re a go-gether, then use real pumpkins and puree

Low-Cal Version

* 1 cup water

* 3/4 cup Splenda

* 3 Cinnamon Sticks

* 1/2 tsp of ginger

*1/2 tsp of ground cloves

* 1 tsp of nutmeg

(or again, if you’re lazy like me and that is too many ingredients, just shake on some all spice until you’re happy with it)

* 3 Tbs of canned pumpkin

The recipe creator (link above) has different instructions, but am into “quick cooking”, so I threw all my ingredients together in a pan, waited for it to boil a bit while I stirred it and that was it…(still delicious)!

How to make the latte

Make some VERY strong coffee.

NOTE: To get strong coffee, I take the leftover breakfast coffee (probably around 2-3 cups), and pour it back in the coffee maker (instead of water), add some grounds to the ones that were already used and re-brew. This makes awesomely strong coffee!

*Or you can make a seriously strong French press!

Use around 5 tbps of it (or so they suggest….I use more).

6-8 oz skim milk (for the low-cal version) -or- unsweetened coconut or almond milk (for the all-natural version).

Heat the milk.

* note: My fave is almond milk, then coconut, then skim. I think this actually goes in order of thickness.

2-3 Tbps Pumpkin Spice Syrup —-or more if you like it sweet like I do.

Mix together, and add a little whipping cream, or a sprinkle of cinnamon if you want (the cream part isn’t low cal).

Enjoy!!!

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