Thankfully, with a bit of clever substitution and elimination, you can create a healthy version that is not only creamy and scrumptious but suitable for any dietary needs or desires.
A pumpkin spice latte requires four ingredients: a good base (espresso), flavored syrup, foamy milk, and spices for decorating. With that list as a starting point, you can let your imagination tweak and fiddle until you create the version that suits you best.
Make Your Own Personalized Pumpkin Spice Latte
Start with good, strong espresso. You don't need a fancy machine to make it, just use a French press or even a pot on the stove for a delicious brew. If you want extra spicy flavor, add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the espresso grounds before brewing to let the flavor infuse.
If you don't want to use coffee, brew a strong black tea instead for a fall version of an English Fog. Or skip the base altogether and make it with milk only for a deliciously comforting steamer. Plum Deluxe's own Deluxe Pumpkin Spice tea makes for a great base.
Make your own flavored syrup. Instead of a sugary simple syrup, simply add pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices to pure Grade B maple syrup. Warm it on the stove to allow the flavors to mingle, then bottle and use as needed. While maple syrup is still sugar, it has lower sugar content than sugar. By replacing refined sugar in the syrup with an identical amount of maple syrup, you will cut the total sugar content by a third. Grade B maple syrup is also high in manganese and zinc with trace amounts of iron, potassium, and calcium. Although still a sweetener, it is definitely a healthier option than sugar.
While cow's milk is the traditional choice for a latte, you can easily substitute with goat's milk, rice milk, or a nut milk such as almond or hazelnut. Whichever you choose, just be sure to warm it up and foam it up before adding it to your latte. If you don't have a milk frother, use a whisk or electric mixer to foam your milk before serving.
The traditional pumpkin spice latte is dusted with one or more of the spices included in the spiced syrup. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, or allspice, or break with tradition and top it with cardamom.
Putting It All Together:
Fill a mug or glass half full with coffee or tea. Stir in pumpkin spice syrup to your sweetness preference (1-3 tablespoons is the suggested amount). Pour in foamy milk, using knife to hold back foam until the end. Dust with spices. Serve immediately.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
- 1 cup Grade B maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Deluxe Pumpkin Spice Tea
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
In small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to boil, lower heat, and simmer gently 1-2 minutes for flavors to meld.
Remove from heat and cool.
Pour into sterilized bottle, seal, and use as needed.
Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte
- 2 teaspoons Deluxe Pumpkin Spice tea
- 6 ounces water, boiling hot
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Sugar Dust or Pumpkin Spice Syrup (recipe above)
- 1/2 cup milk
- Cinnamon, to garnish
Steep tea in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
Strain brewed tea into mug and stir in Vanilla Sugar Dust or Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
Using your favorite method, steam milk until foamy. Pour into brewed tea, spooning foam on top.
Sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish, then enjoy!