Healthier Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home!

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

After working at a coffee shop for a couple of years now, I can promise you that the hype surrounding pumpkin spice lattes every fall is no joke. From the day that we start serving our pumpkin-flavored drinks to about the end of November, those make up the majority of the drinks that we make.

Don’t get me wrong though, pumpkin flavored coffees and chai teas are absolutely amazing. But after being behind the scenes making them and seeing how much sugar goes into each one, as well as how expensive it gets for those who buy one almost every day, it makes finding an at-home alternative is not such a bad idea. So, here is a much healthier, much more inexpensive way to get your pumpkin spice latte fix at home!


Healthy Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1 C. Water
  • 1 C. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbs. Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Thumb of Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Tsp. Whole Cloves
  • ½ Tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer it for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for at least another 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer to remove the solids.

You can add this syrup to any style of coffee that you like. You can add it to hot or cold coffee with your milk of choice. Or, if you want a true latte, you can add it to espresso and milk, either hot or iced. The possibilities are endless! Also, a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on top is the perfect garnish!

Making your own pumpkin spice lattes at home is a great way to cut back on your coffee spending, but more importantly on the amount of sugar and fat that is notorious in many coffee drinks.

For more delicious fall recipes, check out the Fill Your Plate website!

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