All that being said, I'll be darned if I didn't get a serious craving for a Pumpkin Spice Latte while writing this post the other day. The craving was so serious, in fact, that I simply had to have one that very day. What's a dairy-free, health-conscious, natural-ingredient-lovin' Pumpkin Spice Latte addict to do?
Some internet research and a trip to Whole Foods later, I was ready to satisfy my yearning and chart a brave new course for Pumpkin Spice Latte fans everywhere. Overly dramatic? Maybe. Insanely delicious? Definitely.
Healthy DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte
2 cups low-fat plain or vanilla-flavored almond milk
2 tablespoons canned organic pumpkin (pumpkin should be the only ingredient listed...avoid canned "pumpkin pie filling" which usually contains added sugar among other things)
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons organic vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon no-sugar-added pumpkin pie spice (typically a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves)
1-2 shots of espresso or 1/2 cup pumpkin-flavored coffee (you can use decaf if you avoid caffeine)
Combine almond milk, pumpkin, and agave in a large saucepan, and cook over medium heat until steaming, stirring as needed. Remove from heat, add vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice, then whisk energetically until frothy. Pour into a large mug, and add espresso or coffee on top. Sprinkle a bit more pumpkin spice on top. Best savored on a crisp autumn morning, newspaper in hand. Enjoy!