I am a caffeine addict. I spend way too much money at Starbucks.
This is why a couple of months ago I decided to finally invest in a nice coffee maker and I bought a used Nespresso Originaline Inissia. Those of you who know the Swiss espresso brand will know that – while this is also a single serve brewing system using pods – it is nothing to compare with Keurig or the like. It is sooo much better. And since Nespresso’s patent on the Originaline pods ran out, there are pretty decent generics available that will not break the bank.
I still enjoy a nice Latte at Starbucks every now and then, but most of the time I will prepare a coffee at my house before heading to work, for less than a buck. Until now. Holiday season came and with it the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte … my Gold Card from Starbucks was my best friend again. I mostly drink my Starbucks Lattes with Coconut milk and without whipped cream, but still, a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte can easily add up to 300 calories. With 2% milk and whipped cream, you are consuming 380 calories with your Grande PSL! This is why I tried re-creating a PSL at my house.
So here is a recipe for a homemade, DIY pumpkin spice latte, that requires little effort, tastes great, and will cost you about $1 and only about 120 calories.
- Create the “syrup”: You will need about a half a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and one teaspoon 100% Maple Syrup. You can use more if you like it sweeter. Mix it up until it’s a creamy texture.
- Froth the milk. I am using the Nespresso Aeroccino. There are cheaper milk frothers available on Amazon, which will all work better than the “shake and microwave” method. I am using Dream Blend Almond, Coconut & Chia milk with 70 calories per cup and I use a little under a cup for my latte. If you use straight coconut milk, it will have fewer calories, but froth won’t be as thick.
- Make espresso or very strong coffee. I made a lungo with the Nespresso.
- Mix it all together. Stir it well to mix the pumpkin syrup with your coffee.