I have no shame in admitting I'm a basic white girl when it comes to fall. I love the cooler temps, the changing leaves, the smells, the coziness, and the food! The official start of fall for me kicks off with a pumpkin spice latte (and decorating the house for fall, but that's another story).
The two leading manufacturers of our favorite fall drink are Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. While they are popular, their PSLs are full of sugar - anywhere from 38-72 grams per drink. The American Heart Association recommends women not exceed 25g of sugar per day - for men, it's 50. You can see how your sugar intake can easily get out of control if all of your day's (or a couple of days!) is blow with one drink.
I decided to try my hand at my home version of a PSL and I have to say, it's delicious. It's got the creamy pumpkin taste without the excess sugar which makes it my new fall drinks. I do have a Nespresso and that's how I make my lattes. It's worth every penny and has saved me so much money instead of going to Starbucks multiple times a week.
You can utilize the same method but heat the pumpkin ingredients in a saucepan and add to your regular coffee!
2 shots of espresso
1 cup of milk (I use Malk Oat Milk, but use what you prefer)
1 tbsp pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin spice
2 tbsp hot water
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp maple syrup or honey
optional: dash of cinnamon
I add the hot water and pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vanilla, and maple syrup in a separate jar and use a milk frother to blend all of the ingredients. I tried adding all of them to my Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother but the pumpkin puree clogged the internal whisk. Once all of the pumpkin ingredients are mixed, I then add them to the milk in my milk frother and let it do it's thing while I prepare my espresso.
Finally, pour the milk over your espresso in your favorite cup! I use a spoon to hold back the milk froth - you don't have to but it makes it more official. Top with a dash of cinnamon and there you have it! Enjoy!
This PSL is not on the super sweet side - if you crave a little more sweetness, you can add a touch more maple syrup or honey but both can be high in sugar as well so keep that in mind when adding.