A Pumpkin Spice Latte With 77 Calories

November 3, 2010   20 Comments

Do you have any buddies who anxiously await the arrival of the Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte? It has been here for a month and people love it.

Low Fat Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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, I am sure Snack Girl readers aren't ordering the whipped cream and the whole milk. And you guys are probably going with the TALL size (still 200 calories). You can have all kind of fun on Starbucks' website playing with what you add to their drinks (Starbucks 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 (see below). 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.

How do you deal with the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?

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

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Love that! I seem to be addicted to anything pumpkin this fall, so I will try it out. I find the starbucks version way to sweet as well so this is a great alternative! I will be posting a delicious low cal pumpkin bites recipe later to go along with the latte!

I've been making my own this year using strong regular coffee and skim or 2% milk. I make a simple syrup using 1c. water, 1/3 c sugar, and 2t Nu-Stevia. (It's not a thick syrup but works fine.) After turning off the heat I add the pumpkin spice, let cool, put in a small glass jar & refrigerate until ready. Usually 1T does the trick with the same amounts of coffee & milk in your recipe.

Looks so yummy can't wait to make.

LOVE THIS!!! I'm definitely going to try this and I always have pumpkin spice on hand for the holidays - they help make a great cookie! I like the Pumpkin spice latte but I've been treating all those drinks like dessert or a treat. If I get coffee from outside I get plain coffee and add a little milk (skim) and 3 packets of sugar (equal to 1 tablespoon of sugar = 60 calories). So this is incredibly appealing to me as something to make at home with less calories. Have you tried it with the Almond milk?

This is amazing! I have to tell all of my friends! Great job.

I absolutely LOVE my areolatte milk frother. I use it every single morning to make very cheap latte's. It ROCKS!

YUM! For some reason every year I always want to get an Eggnog Latte and every year I'm dissappointed by it. I need to get a milk frother and make my own lattes! Yay! Thanks!

Hi. I have lactose intolerance so regular lattes (even skim) are a special treat with complications. I CAN handle, however, a small splash of milk or half & half in regular coffee. So what I do during pumpkin spice latte season, when hanging out at a Starbucks on my computer, is to order a tall bold coffee with room for cream, ask for a single pump of pumpkin spice sauce, add half a packet of stevia and a couple ounces of whole milk, and it's yummy and decadent.

I definitely need to try this. I can't do milk or soy milk, and I *think* that the pumpkin spice latte isn't gluten-free, so it's off of my menu. But this I could modify and make for myself! :)

I bought one of these at Bed Bath and Beyond (only place I could find that actually stocked them in the store) and it is awesome. Did not know these existed until reading it on here. Thank you. Also, ordered Bittman's cookbook after the recipe you had on here and so far we have made the Greek nachos and an artichoke spinach pasta. Both were amazing. The Greek nachos were so good my husband sent me to the store to get stuff to make again. We had a friend over who doesn't normally eat healthy and I think at first he felt mislead because I mentioned 'nachos'. These are nothing like what one normally thinks of as nachos. He thought they were great too and gobbled it up as well. Husband and I joked it was probably the healthiest thing his friend had eaten in a while...

Silk Soy milk has Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Mint and Nog in my local grocery store, I am definately stocking up for the cheaper, lower calorie "do it yourself" version.

In my post I meant to say AeroLatte. Forgot to mention what 'it' was. Anyway, thanks again.

I don't drink coffee, but that sounds so delicious. I love anything pumpkin, I wonder if it would work with hot chocolate...?

low-cal pumpkin spice latte.
just mix
1 cup french vanilla coffee

2Tbsp. Pumpkin Spice creamer (got mine at ALDI)

2tsp. splenda

It's delicious and low low low on calories!


Why not add the pumpkin spice to the coffee when it's brewing. I do it and it is delicious. Then just add the frothed milk and sugar if desired

Thanks so much for this, can't wait to try it! You have no idea how much of a pumpkin addict I am. Seriously. lol

Just an FYI you can get an aerolatte from Ikea for $3 and it works just the same.

I don't like starbucks pumpkin spice but I really like 7-11's pumpkin spice. So if this recipe can even compare to that drink I'll be super excited.

I've made a more fattening version of this recipe with whole milk and pumpkin pie filling. I just made the recipe posted here (a bit premature for autumn...) and I can honestly say it's quite good! I would probably add a dash of vanilla extract next time...otherwise, this is a great guilt-free alternative to Starbucks and even other home recipes out there. Thanks for posting!

This was really good!

I used to make "Grog"...a coffee concoction similar, but with orange and or lemon peel in the mix.

I make an espresso with a twist of orange peel in the cup, add the pumpkin spice and sugar to taste...stir and then add the frothed milk. mmmm soooooo cozy (just be careful not to swallow the peel in the bottom of the cup) I'm ready for the snow!

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