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A fan favorite, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte has become a signature part of the Fall — scrolling through Instagram is proof! For 10 years, the “espresso blended with the unmistakable spices of Fall” complete with “steamed milk, topped with delectably sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices” has become a way to mark the end of Summer and the coming of the holidays.
While some can’t get enough of this sweet drink, others would rather drink their coffee and have a slice of pie on the side. Just in case you are headed to Starbucks to indulge in this latte, you might want to know what you are about to get into calorie-wise.

*Pumpkin Spice Latte, Nonfat, No Whip has 260 calories, 5 calories from fat, 51 grams carbs, 49 grams sugar.
*Pumpkin Spice Latte, Soy Milk, No Whip has 310 calories, 45 calories from fat, 55 grams carbs, 49 grams sugar.
*Pumpkin Spice Latte, Whole Milk, With Whip has 420 calories, 160 calories from fat, 52 grams carbs, 50 grams sugar.
*Caffe Latte, Nonfat, No Whip has 130 calories, 5 calories from fat, 19 grams carbs, 18 grams sugar.
Included is a regular nonfat latte so you could see that the pumpkin spice flavoring adds 130 calories if you order the nonfat version of the flavored drink. Not to mention there’s an extra 30 grams of sugar added, too.

If you like the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks but would rather skip the extra calories and sugar, you are going to love the homemade version.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Directions:
In a cup or saucepan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stovetop or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices, and sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk. You can also use a blender — just process for 30 seconds or until foamy.
Pour coffee into a large mug; add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Enjoy!

 
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