Pumpkin Spice Latte

Who doesn’t love a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?  This favorite seasonal drink containing espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed milk and topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, has become so popular that it even has its own acronym – PSL.  homemade pumpkin spice latteYum!  Yum!  And more YUM!   But wait…a recent experience with this lovely libation caused me to press the pause button…and CREATE.

With the recent fall of autumn, I decided to get into the seasonal spirit by treating myself to a PSL from Starbucks.  While perusing the added nutrition information to their menu board – Way to go Starbucks!  – I learned just how much of a “TREAT” this really was.  At the smallest size, the 12-oz Tall contains 300 calories and costs about $4.  The medium 16-oz Grande has 380 calories and the largest 20-oz Venti tops the caloric densimeter (ok, I made up this word) at 470 calories and close to $5!!!!

While I was indulging in this bountiful beverage, I realized two things:  1) it was really TOO sweet for me and 2) there is no way that my wallet or my waistline can keep pace with these Starbucks visits.  And then I thought, “I could have the same enjoyment from making my own PSL.”  So I did and I wanted to share my VERY simple recipe with you:


  • 8-oz brewed pumpkin-flavored Green Mountain coffee
  • ¼ cup 1% Milk
  • 1 package splenda (or sweetener of your choice)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

Brew pot of pumpkin-flavored coffee.

While brewing coffee, combine ¼ cup 1% milk and 1 package splenda in microwave-safe mug and microwave for 30 seconds.

Add brewed coffee to mug with milk to desired about and top with pumpkin pie spice.



Your waistline and your wallet will thank YOU!!!!

Happy Fall to Y’all!