Rosemary Weaver, MPH, RDN, LDN, Clinical Dietitian at Northwest Community Healthcare Wellness Center
Craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte? Love your favorite fall drink on the lighter side.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Lite
2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk (or unsweetened vanilla almond or skim milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4–1/2 cup pumpkin spice coffee, strong brew
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir together the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice for 30–60 seconds; add the brown sugar and stir until smooth and starting to bubble, another 30 seconds.
Slowly whisk the milk into the pumpkin mixture; then add vanilla. Continue to stir until hot (but not boiling), about 2 minutes.
Pour contents of the saucepan through a fine mesh strainer into a large coffee mug. Add the brewed coffee and stir.
Optional: small dollop of fat-free whipped topping and a sprinkle of freshly-ground nutmeg. If you prefer it sweeter, mix in a little Stevia.
Nutrition information (using vanilla soy milk and no added whipped topping): 12.5 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams protein, 3.5 grams fat and 110 calories