A Tale of Two Pumpkin Spice Lattes

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While it may not technically be fall yet according to the calendar, once school starts and morning temps are in the 40’s, to me, pumpkin season has officially begun.

It was only a few years ago that I got on the pumpkin band wagon, and now I’m in love. And before anyone else shares this, yes,  this meme describes me perfectly.

Every once in a while I’ll splurge on a Sheetz pumpkin spice latte, and for the time being I’ll be avoiding Starbucks*. It’s been almost daily that I’ve been making a pumpkin spice latte at home…They are *that* good.

My usual daily pumpkin spice latte is made with this black tea because I much prefer tea over coffee. The recipe is as follows:

 Black Tea Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yesterday, I tested this recipe with a few adjustments:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1 packet agave
  • pinch of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups hot brewed coffee

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I cheated a little and microwaved it instead of doing it on the stove, and that worked fine. I also used a bit more coffee than the original recipe called for, and by the end of the day I was pretty jittery (hey, I’m not a coffee drinker).

It was good and a bit heartier than the tea version since it has real pumpkin in it, but I think I prefer the tea version since I can drink it all day.

As you can see from the nutrition info below, the homemade ones are way healthier.

Nutrition breakdown:

Starbucks (w/soy):

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 16oz Servings 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 48g
Protein 11g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. wp-nutrition-label

 

Sheetz (w/soy):

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 16oz Servings 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 33g
Protein 7g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. wp-nutrition-label

 

Black Tea (w/almond milk):

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 16oz Servings 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 22.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. wp-nutrition-label

 

At home coffee latte with pumpkin puree (w/almond milk):

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 16oz Servings 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57.5 Calories from Fat 22.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 7.5g
Protein 1.5g 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. wp-nutrition-label

 

*There’s a petition going around to try to get Starbucks to change their Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe because it contains milk powder. So even if someone orders it with soy milk, it still contains milk…who knew? There seems to be a lot of outrage that there’s milk in it (without a disclaimer), and then a lot of outrage that there vegans are “entitled” and demanding that the recipe be changed. I personally think it’s all a little silly. While I’ve had their PSLs without realizing there was milk in it, now that I know, I just won’t order them (not that I’m a huge Starbucks person). On the flipside, now SB knows that people who don’t drink dairy for whatever reason still love their PSLs…the ball is in their court.

 

Are you a pumpkin fanatic too? What’s your favorite flavor of fall?

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